Samuel Johnson quits acting for 'all out war' on cancer

Actor Samuel Johnson has announced his retirement from acting via Facebook.

The Australian actor recently play Ian 'Molly' Meldrum in a TV mini series about the music critic and TV Show 'Countdown' host.

Johnson posted this message on his sister's cancer awareness and fundraising page:

To our amazing LYS Village, I think this is the best place for me to announce my retirement from acting, after nearly 25 years! And what better time to hang up my hat, so to speak!

I can't act anymore. Not if I'm to serve you properly.

This village means everything to me and I'm tired of other things dragging me away from you. It all started with a promise to my crook sister.

I unicycled for her. But not for long. As I squiggled my way slowly through this brilliant f__ing country of ours, I met many of you in person, in the same boat as me, and soon enough I was riding for all of us, for every family in this country being terrorised by cancer.

I cannot play pretend on telly while our families are falling.

Cancer is the last true riddle of our time (not of our doing) and I wanna be part of the push to solve it once and for all - part of the new 'moonshot'. To be honest, something's gotta kill us. I don't really have such a problem with cancer if it attacks someone after they've enjoyed a full life - fair price.

But when it cuts down mums before they can see their kids grow, when it takes out innocent children...well, then I get majorly f___ing offended.

I won't play pretend on television while science is being murdered. Not while federal funding for research remains static for ten years.

Not while the CSIRO is being bulldozed. Not while climate science is still being denied. Not until I fulfill my promise to you. After I finished that unicycling absurdity I made you a promise. I promised that I would help raise $10M for those brilliant bloody scientists and researchers at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. Like I showed with my one-wheeled promise to my poor terminal sister, I'm good for it.

But I can't keep my promise as it stands. We raised $1.4M in our first year, $800K in our second year, and last year, down to $200K. We're not going to get there if I'm off gallivanting. So I won't.

Not until we get to that $10M and show those faceless f___ers at the top end of town just how serious we are about research here at ground level.


Samuel Johnson is the star of Seven's mini-series Molly.
Samuel Johnson is the star of Seven's mini-series Molly.

Not while people still believe that positive thinking and apricot kernels and hugs will cure it. Not while conspiracy theorists are stupidly assuming that our scientists would dare allow big pharma to hide their discoveries. I love acting, it's the best job in the world.

But the thing is, being a 'vollie' for healthy families kinda wins hands down. No contest. If it weren't for Molly, I'd have done it sooner. So call me Molly if you like. Call me Research Australia's Advocate of the Year. Call me that annoying voice over guy.

Samuel Johnson as Molly Meldrum
Samuel Johnson as Molly Meldrum

Call me a fundraiser, an advocate, an activist. Call me a brother who tries hard. Just don't call me an actor. Not until we as a nation are as threatened by cancer as we are by terrorism.

Not until the $10M is raised. Until then, I'm all yours, around the clock. And I do have a plan. Actually, it's not a plan at all. It's a war. I'm going all out.

I'm building an army to make science and research more relevant again and I'll stop at nothing.

To save me from dropping my lolly completely, Tim Minchin, Meshel Laurie, Danny Green, Shaun Tan, Nick Riewoldt, Tom Gleeson, Denise Scott, Michael Leunig, Deb Mailman, Michael Gudinski, Sam Mac and Shaun Micallef have already joined the push and it's growing.

If you want the war plan, trust me with your email in the link below. I won't pester like the others. 


Let's f___en do this. I love you. Here's to our Village! Here's to the good fight. Here's to every single scientist in the country.

And here's to kicking cancer in the face-hole once and for all.

Your loyal villager and proud retiree, Sam

ps - I will still have to do the odd voice-over so I can eat if that's ok!

#fuckallcancers #kickcancerinthefacehole #glovesareoff #garvanresearchfoundation #nowisawesome #maketherestofyourlifethebestofyourlife #sciencematters #illbeahashtagwankeruntiltheresafuckingcure

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