How Home and Away propelled Dieter Brummer to stardom before his tragic death at 45

He won legions of fans playing Shane Parrish on Home and Away, but Dieter Brummer had a tragic end.

The former heartthrob of a teenager was found dead on Saturday at the age of 45 in a Glenhaven house in Sydney.

Brummer first found fame on Home and Away, starring in the long-running Channel Seven soap opera from 1992 to 1996.

RIP: He won legions of fans playing Shane Parrish on Home and Away, but Dieter Brummer had a tragic end

He won much adoration from young female fans in the role, and was awarded ‘The Prince of Soap’ by Dolly magazine for two consecutive years in 1993 and 1994.

Brummer’s on-screen romance with co-star Melissa George was legendary, but behind the scenes it was a different story.

Speak with women’s Day magazine in November 2019, Brummer admitted that he never got along with 44-year-old George in real life.

Tragic: A teenager's former heartthrob was found dead on Saturday at the age of 45 in a house in Sydney's Glenhaven

Tragic: A teenager’s former heartthrob was found dead on Saturday at the age of 45 in a house in Sydney’s Glenhaven

“We may have been love interests on the show, but the chemistry was far from real!” he said at the time.

Brummer said he hadn’t spoken to George since he left the show, after begging the show’s producers to kill him.

After being cast in Home and Away at age 15, Brummer later admitted to finding his fame as “pretty bizarre.”

Claim to fame: Brummer first found fame on Home and Away, starring in the long-running Channel Seven soap opera from 1992 to 1996. Pictured with co-star Melissa George

Claim to fame: Brummer first found fame on Home and Away, starring in the long-running Channel Seven soap opera from 1992 to 1996. Pictured with co-star Melissa George

Brummer openly admitted that he was disappointed in his character’s development after having a romance with Angel, played by George.

‘I know there is life after Home and Away and I’m not afraid of it. Now it’s time to move on,” Brummer said after leaving the show.

In an interview with TV tonight in April 2010, Brummer looked back on his time on Home and Away, including his departure.

Fan Favorite: He won adoration from young female fans in the role, and was awarded Dolly magazine's

Fan Favorite: He won adoration from young female fans in the role, and was awarded Dolly magazine’s “The Prince of Soap” for two consecutive years in 1993 and 1994.

“It was a pretty intense time coming out of high school to receive all this fame and admiration,” he said.

“As great as it was, I wanted to prove to myself that I could get my hands dirty and sweating for a dollar as easily as being on set, being primed and polished.”

Speak with WEEK TV in 2014, Brummer confessed that he was “not proud” of his work on Home and Away.

Tension: Brummer's on-screen romance with co-star Melissa George was legendary, but behind the scenes it was a different story

Tension: Brummer’s on-screen romance with co-star Melissa George was legendary, but behind the scenes it was a different story

“From the clips I’ve seen on YouTube, it’s hard not to cringe,” he told the publication.

Brummer also said he believed his role on the show had prevented him from being cast in other projects.

“You get typecast. It’s hard for producers or casting agents not to remember. I’m still “that guy from Home and Away” 20 years later,” he added.

“We may have been love interests on the show, but the chemistry was far from real!” he said about working with George

“Sometimes you sit back and think, ‘I wonder what it would have been like if I didn’t get that job when I was 15?’

After a few more roles on shows like Underbelly, Neighbors and Winners & Losers, Brummer finally turned his back on acting in 2014.

According to a report by The Daily Telegraph in November Brummer started a high-rise window cleaning company after retiring from acting.

'I know there is life after Home and Away and I'm not afraid of it.  Now it's time to move on,

‘I know there is life after Home and Away and I’m not afraid of it. Now it’s time to move on,” Brummer said after leaving the show show

‘People say I’m just a window cleaner, in reality it’s much more than that. Working at heights is a relatively specialist profession’, he tells TV Tonight.

Brummer said he could use his rock climbing skills in his new profession, and was grateful for the “life experience” it had given him.

“I just wanted to get some life experience, but I always intended to return to acting someday,” he added.

Disappointment: Brummer spoke for TV WEEK in 2014 and confessed that he was 'not proud' of his work on Thuis en Uit.  Pictured at a Sydney show in June 2003

Disappointment: Brummer spoke for TV WEEK in 2014 and confessed that he was ‘not proud’ of his work on Thuis en Uit. Pictured at a Sydney show in June 2003

In an interview with news.com.au in April 2009, Brummer said he was happy with his new profession and called it his ‘plan B’.

“The good thing about it is that I don’t deal with people too much,” he explained.

“If I were tapping beer, I’d have to do it with guys who say, ‘Oh, you’re tapping beer now and you used to be in Underbelly.”‘

Typecast: Brummer said he was convinced his role on the show had prevented him from being cast in other projects.  Pictured during a movie premiere in Sydney in June 2005

Typecast: Brummer said he was convinced his role on the show had prevented him from being cast in other projects. Pictured during a movie premiere in Sydney in June 2005

The former actor was found dead by police on Saturday afternoon. His death is not considered suspicious.

“About 1:30 p.m. (Saturday, July 24, 2021) officers from The Hills Police Area Command were responding to reports of concerns about the welfare of a home on Glenhaven Road, Glenhaven,” a police spokesman said.

“A man’s body was found in the house. His death is not considered suspicious. A report will be prepared for the information of the coroner.’

“You get typecast.  It's hard for producers or casting agents not to remember.  I'm still "that guy from Home and Away" 20 years later,' he said

“You get typecast. It’s hard for producers or casting agents not to remember. I’m still “that guy from Home and Away” 20 years later,” he said

After the news of his death, Brummer’s family released a statement saying that their world “would never be the same again.”

“On behalf of my family, we are posting this today with a heavy heart,” it began.

“We lost our handsome, talented, funny, complicated and beloved Dieter on Saturday morning.

Moving on: According to a report from The Daily Telegraph in November, Brummer started a high-rise window cleaning business after he quit acting

Moving on: According to a report from The Daily Telegraph in November, Brummer started a high-rise window cleaning business after he quit acting

He left a huge hole in our lives and our world will never be the same. Our thoughts go out to everyone who knew him, loved him, or worked with him over the years…”

They added: “If you or anyone you know is experiencing this, or is in pain right now, there are good people you can talk to. Pick up the phone – Lifeline 13 11 14.”

Meanwhile, Channel Seven – which broadcasts Home and Away – said they were “deeply saddened” to learn of his death.

Sad: The former actor was found dead by police on Saturday afternoon.  His death is not considered suspicious.  Pictured at a media party in Sydney in December 2010

Sad: The former actor was found dead by police on Saturday afternoon. His death is not considered suspicious. Pictured at a media party in Sydney in December 2010

“Home and Away and Channel Seven are deeply saddened to learn of Dieter Brummer’s passing,” the network said in a statement.

Dieter was a much-loved cast member of Home and Away and was acclaimed by Australian and international audiences for his award-winning portrayal of Shane Parrish.

“We extend our sincere condolences to Dieter’s family and friends at this very difficult time.”

If you or someone you know is having a hard time, get in touch lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue at 1300 22 4636.

“Home and Away and Channel Seven are deeply saddened to learn of Dieter Brummer’s passing,” the network said in a statement.

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