Tasmania's arts community is in mourning after the death of Marcus Bower.
A film critic for The Examiner for more than 25 years, Bower was an actor, director, drama teacher, theatre reviewer, writer, committee member and mentor to many.
He died following an extended illness.
In a statement released on Friday, the Theatre Council of Tasmania paid tribute to his legacy.
"He worked with numerous Tasmanian theatre companies including CentrStage, Three River Theatre, Launceston Players, Old Nick Company and the Launceston Musical Society, including serving as president and as a committee member for many organisations," they said.
"In 2014 Marcus received an award from the Launceston City Council in recognition of his service to cultural heritage and the arts.
"Marcus was a former member of TCT's Steering Committee, and we were thrilled to honour him at last year's Tasmanian Theatre Awards with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
"We join with Tasmania's theatre community in offering our heartfelt sympathy to Suzie and other family members and friends.
"We feel privileged to have known Marcus, and thank him for his enormous contribution to Tasmanian theatre."
Among Bower's many theatrical roles, were his "outstanding" performances as Emcee for Cabaret, Grant Swain in Dead White Males and his role in Twelve Angry Men (winner of the Tasmanian Theatre Award for Best Ensemble in 2017).
He has also been sought after for advertising campaigns and TV work including ABC's production of Dynasties.
Encore Theatre Company also expressed their condolences for loss.
"From day one he welcomed our company to the local theatre scene, and offered us insightful reviews and critiques on our development and progress," they said in a statement.
"His contribution to Tasmanian theatre is enormous, and he leaves us with a lasting legacy of teaching, mentoring, performance and reviews. Vale, Marcus."