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Gold Logie winner Jimmy Hannan dies aged 84

Australian television icon Jimmy Hannan has died at the age of 84 following a short battle with cancer.

The actor, singer and 1965 Gold Logie winner appeared in dozens of shows during a career that spanned more than 30 years, including as a host on game and variety shows in the 1960s and 1970s.

"He passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer. He was 84 so he had a fantastic life," his daughter Emily Gillman told nine.com.au.

Hannan, who was born in Sydney, became a familiar face shortly after the birth of television in Australia, debuting as an 18-year-old contestant on Name That Tune in 1956, according to the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.

He appeared on more than 20 shows and at one stage was making 13 appearances a week, on top of radio commitments.

Saturday Date, hosted by Hannan, featured appearances by young stars Olivia Newton-John and Billy Thorpe.

Also a renowned singer, Hannan released his first recording, Beach Ball, in 1963, with the Bee Gees performing back-up vocals.

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