Hollywood has lost another great film engineer as director George Ogilvie, who assisted George Miller as a co-director in the 1985 apocalyptic action film Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome has sadly passed at 89 years old according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Ogilvie’s death occurred Sunday evening due to cardiac arrest at the Braidwood Hospital in New South Wales as reported by his niece Heather Ogilvie. Ogilvie was battling emphysema for many years according to his family.
Ogilvie is primarily responsible for getting Russell Crowe’s career off the ground in his 1990 Australian directorial effort The Crossing. Crowe was 26 at the time and the project marked his feature film debut.
Ogilvie revisited his experience with Crowe in a 2016 interview expressing the actor’s tardiness to his audition left him breathless.
“He was desperate, but from the moment he walked in he knew he belonged there,” Ogilvie laughed. “He was a force. He worked hard, but he did expect everyone around him to work hard as well, there was no give and take. None of the crew liked him, thought he was an arrogant little pisspot.”
Ogilvie was also responsible for directing the 1987 miniseries The Shiralee, which featured Bryan Brown and Noni Hazlehurst as the top billing and 11 episodes of a police drama Blue Heelers. Ogilvie directed Short Changed and The Place at the Coast in 1986 and 1987.