Ernest Carroll was an Australian puppeteer, entertainer, radio and television personality, comic writer, television producer, puppeteer and comic strip writer, most recognised for his role as the man behind Ossie Ostrich on Hey Hey It’s Saturday, Cartoon Corner and The Daryl and Ossie Show.
Ernie Carroll Parents ( Mother, Father )
Carroll was born in Geelong, the son of a fruit farmer.His parents always supported his career.His mother’s name is not available and her father’s name is not available.After attending the Vincent School of Broadcasting in Melbourne, he made his radio début on 3TR which at that time was based in Sale.He became well known in Geelong radio station 3GL in the 1950s, and joined Melbourne television station GTV-9 in its first active year, 1956, as producer for children’s television.
Ernie Carroll Wife / Partner
Ernie Carroll married with his beautiful wife Miffy Marsh.They have two childrens together daughter named Lynne Carroll and a son Bruce Caroll.
Ernie Carroll Net Worth
Ernie Carroll has an estimated Net Worth of $1 Million – $2 Million in 2022.He earns a good fortune from his hard work , which he devotes a lot of time to and where he presents oneself entirely.
Ernie Carrol Career
He worked on shows such as The Tarax Show both on screen and as a producer, and later wrote for Graham Kennedy. He created the character of the ‘squeaky-voiced moppet’ Joybelleand “Professor Ratbaggy”, which owed its origins to Denzil Howson’s “Professor Nitwitty” from the late 1950s, and he appeared as “Uncle” Ernie.He also penned the comic strip versions of Gerry Gee,Joy-Belle and Ossie Ostrich.
His greatest fame was as the puppeteer and voice of “Ossie Ostrich”, initially on The Tarax Show then on the long-running and successful variety show Hey Hey It’s Saturday with Daryl Somers. Carroll hired Somers to work on Cartoon Corner, and played the role of Ossie when Somers’ co-host, the footballer Peter McKenna, was forced to withdraw: Carroll ‘decided to replace McKenna with… one of his old puppet characters he had stashed in a suitcase.’Cartoon Corner, with Somers and Carroll as hosts, ran between 1971 and 1977, when both men left the Nine Network for the 0-10 Network and The Daryl and Ossie Show, an arrangement that would only last a year and which saw them return to Nine in 1979.
Ossie, played by Carroll, was also Somers’ sidekick on Hey Hey from 1971 until December 1994, when Carroll retired. He reprised his role as Ossie in 2009 with the second Hey Hey reunion special and later returned to the show’s re-instatement in 2010. Carroll and Somers created the television production company, Somers Carroll Productions.