In this week’s episode of Home And Away, the people of Summer Bay are preparing to bid Ari Parata farewell.
Ari was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, and the character will make a tragic goodbye from the serial this week.
Ari has been involved in various major storylines during his tenure in Summer Bay, including being placed on remand for creating a fake police confession in the aftermath of Matthew Montgomery’s murder in order to protect his partner Mia Anderson.
As Summer Bay prepares to bid goodbye to Ari, the Daily Star looks back on actor Rob Kipa-Williams’ career, from his connection to Jason Statham to the star’s near-retirement from acting.
Heartbreaking Home And Away exit
Since joining the Australian soap in 2019, Rob Kipa-Williams has been a significant part of Summer Bay life.
Fans in Australia were left devastated in March when his character Ari Parata died after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. He died surrounded by his family, bidding an emotional farewell to his loved ones.
The scenes are set to air in the United Kingdom this week.
“Thank you to the fans, for all the love and ridiculous numbers of messages and support,” the actor said in a heartfelt Instagram post, thanking his fellow Home And Away performers and fans for their love and support throughout his time on the drama. Thank you to everyone who makes the wheels turn, including the cast, crew, camera, directors, production, writing, makeup, art department, and everyone else in between.
“This Iconic Ozzie Television Show Took Chances.” I’m honoured to have collaborated on Maori cultural themes, and I’ll always be proud of the scenes that made it to the movie… it was true teamwork. My goal is that this will lead to increased diversity.
“Thank you, Ariki Wiremu Parata, for everything; you’ve taught me a lot.” “I’m going to miss you,”
In the comments section, fans rushed to express their admiration for Rob, with one commenter adding, “The Paratas were the best thing that happened to H&A!” Ari, you’ll be missed.”
“I’m really sad!!!” said another. On the show, you were fantastic! I couldn’t help but cry. I wish you the best of luck!”
Link to Jason Statham
Rob had a long acting career in TV shows and films before joining Home And Away, including a connection to a prominent Hollywood a-lister.
In 2018, Rob played D’Angelo in the shark blockbuster The Meg, with Jason Statham.
The Megaladon stars Bingbing Li and Rainn Wilson and was based on a true story of a group of scientists who came face to face with one of the world’s most terrifying carnivores.
Rob has also been in TV programmes such as 800 Words as Zac, Legend Of The Seeker, TV film Pearl in Paradise, and 2020 feature Stranded Pearl, in addition to The Meg.
Rob has stated that he almost gave up acting before landing the role of Ari in Home And Away, despite his popularity and fame from his roles in The Meg and 800 Words.
The actor told the Daily Mail that he was considering stepping away from the spotlight and instead pursuing a career as a salesman.
He revealed that he has been passed over for a few “major parts,” saying: “I went through a period in my life where I experienced a few setbacks.
“I’d reached a point where I wasn’t sure if [acting] was right for me… All I had to do was concentrate on making my life more stable.
Rob then finished a sales certification course, but fate intervened when Channel Seven called and gave him the now-famous Summer Bay position.
He did, however, crack a joke: “In fact, I am still qualified. So, if you need any health or life insurance advice, please don’t hesitate to contact me.”