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Francis Bell
Born 18 April 1944(1944-04-18)
United Kingdom
Died May, 1994 (aged 50)
Auckland, New Zealand

Francis Bell (18 April 1944 – May 1994) was a UK-born New Zealand resident actor who achieved international stardom playing the part of Max Ramsay in the early years of the popular Australian soap opera, Neighbours.

Max was a key character for the show's first year. Soon after the serial switched to Channel Ten in early 1986, Bell went on sick leave. To accommodate this loss, the new character of Max's brother Tom was hastily introduced. In the story Tom arrived to take the reins of Max's plumbing business while Max was away; behind the scenes the scriptwriters went through the scripts replacing "Max" with "Tom", with Tom speaking the dialogue written for Max.

Bell's Neighbours contract expired during his period of sick leave and he never returned to the series, meaning that Max never had a farewell scene.

Prior to Neighbours, Bell had minor roles in The Sullivans, Sons and Daughters.

He died after falling from a building in Auckland, New Zealand.

imdb entry for Francis Bell


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