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Michael Sundin
(March 1, 1961 - July 24, 1989) U.K.

Michael Sundin

Trampolinist, dancer, film actor, television presenter, and entertainer

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Sundin was brought up in Low Fell in Gateshead and he went to Breckenbeds Junior High School. He won awards for trampolining from the age of 12. In 1976, along with his partner Carl Furrer, he became the World Synchro Champion in the 15-to-18 year old age group. He went on to become a member of the British Men's National Squad. His younger brother David, also a trampolinist, was British champion in the under 15s group.

After leaving school, with nine 'O' levels, Michael Sundin took a job as a computer programmer. He took up dancing and won third prize in a national disco dancing contest. He also formed his own dance group Midnight Fantasy. He gave up his job for a dancing part in the pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle, with Barbara Widsor as the star.

At the age of 20 he was given the role of Bill Bailey in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Cats. While performing in Cats a Disney talent scout spotted him and he was given the role of Tik-Tok in the film Return to Oz, (1985).

He was the 13th presenter on the BBC children's television magazine programme Blue Peter and his first appearance on the show was on 13th. September, 1984. He stayed for 77 episodes. Three months after he had left the programme in June 1985 a video emerged showing him dancing in his underwear with a male stripper in a London nightclub. This led to a string of revelations about his gay lifestyle. Future retrospectives of Blue Peter tended to overlook Michael Sundin's brief tenure on the programme.

He died of complications arising from AIDS, in Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, England; although it has often been simply reported that he died of cancer of the liver.

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Source: excerpts from: The Knitting Circle, U.K. - http://www.sbu.ac.uk/stafflag/people.html

His performances include:

  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Cats (1980)
  • Forever Young (1983)
  • Blue Peter (1984-1985)
  • Return to Oz (1985)
  • Lionheart (1987)
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