George Bernard Spartels is an Australian actor, presenter, director, playwright and children's musician of Greek descent on his father's ancestry, and English and Irish on his mother's. He remains best known for his role on the television soap opera Neighbours, playing family patriarch Benito Alessi, along with Prisoner and Bellbird star and soap veteran Elspeth Ballantyne as his wife Cathy Alessi, two sons Felice Arena And Dan Falzon, the Alessi family of Italian descent were added to the series in mid-1992, as a new family, joining already cast cousins, the Blakeney sisters. Spartels was also a children's television presenter, having had a long tenure on the ABC's Play School, over 14 years between 1985 and 1999. Other roles include Cop Shop in 1978, Prisoner in 1979, Punishment in 1981, the Bluestone Boys and Blackfinger in the movie Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome in 1985, alongside Mel Gibson and Tina Turner. Spartels' photoportrait, by Ivan Gaal, is in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery.