Severe fear of missing the Footy Show star who mysteriously disappeared three weeks ago and hasn’t been seen since
- Former AFL Footy Show star Andrew Startin, 42, has not been seen since June 26
- Concerned friends say mysterious disappearance doesn’t suit him
- The Melbourne man was last seen in a parking lot in Hamilton in southwest Victoria
- The TV career started in 1997 after submitting footage depicting Sam Newman
Shocked friends have expressed deep fear of a former TV personality who disappeared without a trace nearly three weeks ago.
Andrew Startin, 42, best known for his impersonation role on Channel Nine’s AFL Footy Show in the late 1990s, was last seen in the Nigretta Falls car park in Hamilton, southwest Victoria on June 24.
Concerned family and friends say Mr Startin’s disappearance is not a good fit for his character and is deeply concerned about the man’s well-being in Melbourne as he suffers from a medical condition.
Melbourne man Andrew Startin (pictured) has not been seen since June 24
“Starto, please let someone know you’re okay,” old friend Belinda Meyers posted on Facebook on Sunday.
She had no idea he was missing until she was told by a friend about the police statement released on Sunday about his mysterious disappearance.
“The last time I spoke to him a few weeks ago. We’ve known each other for a long time and we’ve been in touch more recently, ”Ms. Meyers told the Herald Sun..
“When I spoke to him, he seemed to be himself, but this is very strange to Andrew and it is very worrying. I just hope he’s okay. ‘
Ms. Meyers described her friend as a wonderful person who loved to make people laugh.
“I just hope he contacts you. Of course we are so concerned about him, “she said.
Footy fans remember Mr. Startin’s start when he sent images (photo) to the AFL Footy Show posing as co-host Sam Newman
Mr Startin is described as 180 cm tall, thin and has brown hair and eyes.
Police believe he may be driving off the highway in his silver Honda Accord with registration number SDGB99.
News of Mr. Startin’s disappearance has also shocked footy fans after Victoria Police posted a public appeal on Facebook.
Mr. Startin’s career as an impersonator began in 1997 after he sent footage to the Footy Show simulating co-host Sam Newman as part of a competition.
Show host Eddie McGuire described his audition as ‘absolutely gorgeous’ at the time.
Police released this photo of Andrew Startin when they issued a public call on Sunday
Mr. Startin was on the program several times in 1997 and only in 2017 and was best known for his impersonations of Bruce McAvaney, Mike Sheahan, Dennis Commetti and Gerard Whateley.
Mr. Startin indicates on his LinkedIn profile that he has more than 21 years of experience as a corporate speaker and that he is entertaining his audience throughout Australia at AFL and other sports clubs.
He also worked on Channel Seven’s live variety show Live & Kicking over two seasons in the late 1990s.
Recently, Mr. Startin has worked as the principal porter at The Langham Hotel in Melbourne CBD since 2018.
Anyone with information about Mr. Startin’s whereabouts is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000.
Andrew Startin appeared on the AFL Footy Show several times. Depicted is his debut in 1997