Albury, New South Wales, Australia
"Bruno's essentially a bloke with a sensitive side," says Travis McMahonof his character in Last Man Standing.A nurse by trade, Bruno enjoys working with people and likes taking careof them. "He has a close relationship with the other nurses at thehospital," says McMahon. "He has a lot of fun with the women at work - butit's not in a sleazy way, they are genuinely good pals."But despite the fact that he cares for the sick, enjoys a bit of indoornetball and hangs out with chicks at work, Bruno is no softie."He's into going to the gym, lifting weights, drinking at the pub -typical blokey stuff," says McMahon. "And he loves his footy." Indeed, thefact that Bruno is a passionate Richmond supporter does not sit all thatwell with McMahon - a keen Essendon fan. "Rodger [Corser] is a Hawthornsupporter so he asked that Adam follow the Hawks too. Unfortunately forme, it was written in the script that Bruno is a Tigers fan so I'm playinga Richmond supporter against my will."The friendship and interaction between the three male leads was somethingthat appealed to McMahon when he first read the script for Last ManStanding. "I thought 'This is great. It's something that hasn't been donebefore'," he says. "It's great to be in a show about three really closemates who are struggling through the minefield of relationships andtalking about it from a bloke's point of view - but it's not too soft."McMahon stresses the value that Bruno places on his friends: "Adam andCameron are his closest mates. He loves hanging out with them, talkingabout footy, women - whatever really."On the subject of women, McMahon admits that his character's love lifecould be better. "Bruno loves women but he's just unlucky in love. Thingsjust seem to go wrong for him and when that happens he likes to be able tosound off with Adam and Cameron."McMahon reveals that in his first couple of auditions for Last ManStanding, he read for the role of Adam but when he read for Bruno, "itjust felt right". And when the producers brought all three of the leadguys in for a read through, McMahon adds that "everything just clicked."He reckons that the bond between the actors is one of the best aspects ofthe show, "We don't have to sell the relationship, we're great mates andit's like we have been for a really long time."McMahon's first foray into acting came as a kid when he appeared as achorus line ragamuffin alongside his mother in an amateur production ofOliver. >From there, he went on to appear in numerous school productionsbut it wasn't until he was a teen that he decided to pursue acting as acareer.McMahon enrolled at the University of Wollongong's School of Creative Artswith a major in acting. However, after one year, he deferred and took ajob at Sydney's Hard Rock Café, which led him to live in an artist squatin 1991. The following year saw McMahon return to Wollongong before beingaccepted into the National Institute of Dramatic Art.He began the three-year drama course in 1993, admiring actors like SeanPenn and Anthony Hopkins. After graduating in 1995, Travis secured a rolein the Melbourne Theatre Company's production of Kidstakes, directed byRobin Nevin.The year 1996 was a turning point with McMahon winning a lead role in thetwo-hour telemovie, and then 13-part series of the Nine Network's copshow, Good Guys Bad Guys - opposite Alison Whyte and Marcus Graham. Hischaracter Reuben Zeus had Tourette's syndrome. It aired in 1997, the sameyear he filmed series two of Good Guys Bad Guys, as well as a guest rolewith Guy Pearce in Halifax f.p. 1998 saw him guesting in All Saints andBlue Heelers.In 1999, McMahon performed in Romeo and Juliet and Away for the MTC'sschool program.An offer came through in late 1999 for him to appear in Cloudstreet, basedon Tim Winton's novel. The show toured for six months in Melbourne,Adelaide, then Zurich, London and Dublin. Then it was back to Melbourne inmid 2000 for the MTC production of the 1800s play Trelawny of the Wells,opposite Justine Clarke. Cloudstreet proved so popular, Travis embarked ona second tour, this time for five months in 2001 in Sydney, Brisbane,London, New York and Washington. He also shot an episode of the ABC seriesChangi, with Bud Tingwell in the same year.Then 2002 was frantic, with appearances in the Sydney Theatre Company's AMan with Five Children, opposite Steve Bisley in February, then the Irishrugby play Alone It Stands at the Sydney Opera House in July, and AnUnseasonable Fall of Snow - the first play directed by well-known actorErik Thomson. Travis also starred in the feature film Dope. About thistime there was also a guest role in Stingers, which earned him an AFInomination.The pace continued in 2003, Travis played opposite Nicky Wendt and JohnDiedrich in HIT Production's Speaking in Tongues - the play that inspiredthe film Lantana. This was the year he also auditioned for Last ManStanding.Early 2004 saw him film the mini series Through My Eyes, before taking afew months off to ski at Mount Hotham over winter.Surprisingly, McMahon says his most challenging role was voicing the bookPeter Pan. "I had to do all of the characters myself. I was way out of mycomfort zone. It was tough." A one-eyed Essendon fan, he relented to voiceSwanSong; The Paul Kelly Story, written by the Sydney Swans footballer andBrownlow medallist.