Jack Lassiter Alan Hopgood
Jack Lassiter 1986, 2013
Marital Status: Adeline 'Addie' (?-1985; died), Andrea Townsend (1986-??)
Occupation: Gold Prospector, Owner of Lassiter's Hotel
Jack Lassiter made his money in gold prospecting out in Kalgoorlie, Western
Australia and moved to Erinsborough with his wife, Addie.
He took over a local hotel, naming it Lassiter’s, and created
The Waterhole pub, an exact replica of his local pub back
in W.A. Despite being the owner, Jack refused to live inside
the hotel, instead setting up his caravan by the lake. Jack
was often mistaken for famous gold prospector Lewis Lasseter,
which he used to drum up business for the hotel on the odd
occasion. When Addie died, Jack retreated into himself slightly,
with many hotel guests mistaking him for the odd-job man.
Robinson was anxious to buy Lassiter’s from Jack, but
the owner seemed like he didn’t want to budge for the time
being. When Paul noticed that Jack had taken quite a shine
to Andrea Townsend, he paid
her to try and convince Jack to sell. Jack quickly cottoned
on to the plan and he decided to get his own back on Paul.
He went to the Daniels Corporation office and told Paul that
he’d decided to sell up. Paul was thrilled, but a week later,
Jack changed his mind and Paul realised that he’d been on
the receiving end of some of his own ruthless treatment. Meanwhile,
Jack and Andrea were growing closer. After tiptoeing around
each other for a while, Andrea asked him over for dinner.
It quickly became obvious, however, that Andrea’s son, Bradley,
wasn’t keen on the blossoming relationship, as he told Jack
that he was too old for his mum and that their kissing was
disgusting. Noticing that Andrea didn’t even reprimand Bradley
for his behaviour, Jack smacked him and found himself thrown
out of the house.
later returned and apologised and he also managed to have
a quiet word with Bradley, explaining that he wouldn’t come
between him and his mother. It looked like the damage had
been done, though, until one evening when Jack was having
dinner with the Ramsay family, by way of Madge
apologising since her brother, Tom,
had been trying to set the two of them up with each other.
Throughout the evening, Jack could only think, and talk, about
Andrea. He decided to go over and see her, putting his feelings
on the line. Andrea was happy with this development, but became
subdued when Des announced his
engagement to Daphne, as she
realised that she and Bradley would have to move out. Jack
took the opportunity to propose to her and she accepted, but
first warned him that she cared deeply for him but didn’t
love him. Jack realised that this could be his final chance
at happiness and told her that he’d settle for just being
liked. He then announced his plans to sell the hotel and move
away from Erinsborough to the outback. Andrea was unhappy
about this and Jack realised it, so, at the last minute, he
told her that their plans had changed and they’d be leaving
for Paris after the wedding in Perth.
leaving, Jack told Paul that he wasn’t quite ready to sell
the hotel. He gave Paul first refusal, however, asking him
to manage the place for the six months he was away. When that
time was up, Jack contacted the Daniels Corporation from Europe,
where he’d decided to extend his tour, and announced that
he would happily sell his business on to Paul and Rosemary.
In 2013, over 27 years after he'd last been in Erinsborough, Jack returned and checked himself
into the hotel, with no warning and little fanfare. Terese Willis, the
manager of Erinsborough's branch of the Lassiter's chain, was a little starstruck as she realised who
he was, and Paul, who owned the hotel again after time away from the area, was also pleased to have
Jack back in town. Jack was also happy to see Paul, and found that his business persona had grown even more
ruthless over the years. Paul was now happily living alone, in a penthouse apartment above the hotel, but
Jack tried to make it clear that he would end up very unhappy if he continued to sacrifice love, family and
friends for the sake of money.
Beginning to feel very nostalgic after returning to Erinsborough, Jack decided that he wanted to give something
back to the local community. After arranging to invest some of his money in the old PirateNet radio station, so that
the school could reopen it, he then helped Josh Willis to arrange a local treasure hunt,
to help publicise the station's new broadcasts. The plan worked, with many people in the community getting involved
in the search, and eventually Lou Carpenter and Sheila Canning
finding the treasure, and sharing their $10,000 winnings between them. Jack was delighted to see everyone having so much
fun, and quickly arranged another treasure hunt.
Meanwhile, Jack continued to try to make Paul see that he was putting money and business ahead of family, and would
never be truly happy unless he stopped. When Paul failed to win an auction to buy 32 Ramsay Street, as it was cancelled at
the last minute, Jack pointed out that Paul needed to stop trying to recreated the happiness he felt growing up on that
street, and find something new to make him happy in the present day. Paul then went out and bought himself a Ferrari,
and Jack wondered if he was now having a midlife crisis, pointing out that when he was Paul's age - rapidly approaching 50 -
he'd married Andrea, which had proved to be a mistake and he hadn't heard from her in years. It seemed that Jack's words might
finally be getting through to Paul, but it also looked like Jack's time in Erinsborough was about to come to an end - having
walked back to Charlie's bar, after looking at Erinsborough's history wall, Jack suddenly suffered a heart attack and collapsed.
After a couple of days, he was released and returned to the hotel, where Paul told him that his credit card had been declined.
Jack explained that he'd been deliberately giving away his millions, as he'd found out six months ago that he had an inoperable brain
aneurysm, that could rupture and kill him at any moment - the heart attack had been a side effect of the medication. Paul was upset
with Jack keeping such a big secret, and with him being so shortsighted and ending up with nothing, but Jack explained that he had
nobody to leave the money to, as he'd pushed away everyone close to him, and it had given him a lot of happiness to see the way his
money had helped so many people. With no way of knowing how much longer he'd be around for, and no way of paying his bills, Jack decided
to tell Paul where the final $10,000 of the treasure hunt was buried, explaining that he could dig it up and use it to pay for the hotel
room. Later, as Jack said his final goodbyes and prepared to leave Erinsborough, Paul caught up with him and said that he'd found the money,
used it to pay for the hotel and put the rest into Jack's bank account. Jack said that he'd been past the place where the money was buried already,
and he knew that there'd been no digging there. He explained that this had been one final test, to see if Paul would put family ahead of
money again, and he was delighted that Paul had passed. Paul then gave Jack a hug and sent him on his way - and Paul's method of paying Jack's hotel bill was then explained too, when Terese passed by
and asked him about the whereabouts of his new Ferrari - and he said that he'd decided to sell it, as he wasn't happy with the colour.
Three weeks later, Paul was devastated to learn that Jack had died, and had been found in his room at Lassiter's Darwin, by one of the housekeeping
staff. As Terese got in touch with Gaby Willis, the manager of the Darwin branch, to find out about funeral arrangements,
Paul started to write a eulogy, and Jack's words finally started to hit home with him, as he decided that he was going to make some changes to his life, and
start giving back to his community.
• Alan Hopgood later worked as a Neighbours scriptwriter
• Alan holds the record for the longest gap between Neighbours appearances, playing the same character, with 6432 episodes having passed between his
1986 and 2013 guest stints
• As Paul was writing Jack's eulogy, his year of birth was given as 1937
• Alan Hopgood was credited as playing Jack in episode 6746, but was only shown in flashbacks
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Biography by Steve