A man who claims Reg Grundy & # 39; s & # 39; love child & # 39; To be in a fight for part of his $ 900 million fortune, is a former mayor and a dead ringtone for the media magnate.
Simon Russell has given DNA to a court this week in an attempt to prove that he is the long lost son of the man behind popular shows such as Neighbors and Prisoner.
The results of the DNA test are expected to come back next week and put an end to Russell & # 39; s paternity mystery that spanned six decades.
Mr. Grundy – who died in 2016 at the age of 92 – left assets worth $ 800 million abroad and $ 71 million in Australia.
The former mayor who claims Reg Grundy's & # 39; s (right) & # 39; love child & # 39; to be in the fight for part of his $ 900 million ability, is first pictured (left)
Reg Grundy is pictured above with his second wife Joy Chambers in 2005
Mr. Russell, who was born before Mr. Grundy married his first wife Lola Powell in 1954, declined to comment on the ongoing DNA tests.
& # 39; There is no story until the DNA arrives, & # 39; he said.
Mr. Russell is the owner of Roc Cafe in Black Rock, a suburb of Bayside of Melbourne, reportedly closed for weeks, the Daily Telegraph reported.
The cafe seems to be flopping because it has been closed last month and is currently on the market.
Russell is a famous businessman in the area and served the community as a councilor for more than a decade.
He was first elected mayor of the Sandringham Council in 1994 and was elected mayor of the Bayside Council for the second time in 2001 and 2002, when the cities merged.
M. Russell (right), was born before Mr Grundy (left) married his first wife Lola Powell in 1954, declined to comment on pending DNA testing
Simon Thomas Russell owns Roc Cafe in Black Rock, a suburb of Melbourne (photo). The café has been closed last month and is now for sale
In the most recent vote from 2016, Russell missed Russell as a candidate for the Southern Ward seat in Bayside.
The businessman and former mayor, who also served in the army reserve, is a husband and father of three who is believed to have reached the age of 6.
Despite the striking agreement, Russell & # 39; s legal representative, lawyer Anthea McIntyre, said that the information that led her client to believe that he could be Mr. Grundy's child was private.
Mr. Grundy, who also produced the Australian versions of the popular Wheel of Fortune game shows and The Price is Right, was supposed to have conceived only one child, Kim Robin Grundy, now known as Viola La Valette.
Last year she started a legal battle for her share of his fortune and challenged to leave most of his legacy to his second wife Carolyn Joy Chambers-Grundy.
Mrs. La Valette claimed that her father suffered from Alzheimer's disease when he made that will.
Grundy died in 2016 at the age of 92 and left overseas assets worth $ 800 million and $ 71 million at the local level
Mr. Grundy and his wife Joy Chambers portray themselves in 1994. The couple moved to Bermuda in the early 1980s and they were there together the day he died
M. Russell's lawyer, Nicolas Kirby, told the court that DNA samples from both Mr. Grundy and Mr. Russell were kept in a lab.
Mrs. La Valette, Mr. Grundy's daughter with first wife Patricia Lola Powell, challenged Mrs. Chambers for her piece of her father's estate.
La Valette pursues access to documents about her father's mental state and health in the run-up to his death.
After her lawsuit, friends of the Grundy family came forward to say that they had never heard of the daughter of the TV legend, A Current Affair reported in 2017.
She had not spoken to her father 22 years ago until his death.
The value of a 1.6-hectare property in Bermuda, presumably the palatial Idolwood Lagoon Estate, is expected to be questioned during the proceedings.
Mr Grundy was behind several long-celebrated soap operas and game shows such as Sons and Daughters, The Young Doctors, The Restless Years, Sale or The Century and Neighbors.
He also produced ABBA: The Movie alongside Stig Anderson, and was known to keep his private life out of the public eye.
After marrying his first wife in his & # 39; 20 and divorcing her later, Mr. Grundy lived with his daughter Kim, and his mother in the & # 39; 60 while building his television empire.
Mr. Grundy met Joy, an author and actress, when she was a panel member of the game show I have a secret and married her four years later in 1971.
Grundy was the man behind shows such as Neighbors (photo) and Prisoner
She went to the star in various soaps of her husband, including The Restless Years, The Doctors and Neighbors.
Mrs. Grundy continues to live in the sprawling Bermuda mansion of the couple. However, she briefly returned to Sydney for the appearance of the court.
The couple moved to Bermuda in the early 1980s and they were there together the day he died.
In 1983, Mr. Grundy was appointed Officer in the Order of the British Empire, and became a Companion of the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honors in 2008.
He also obtained his PhD in 2004 at the University of Queensland.
The value of the 1.6-hectare property in Bermuda, presumably the palatial Idolwood Lagoon Estate (photo), is expected to be questioned during the work of La Valette.