Jim Craig is the main protagonist of the 1982 Australian film The Man from Snowy River, and the 1988 Disney sequel Return to Snowy River.

He was portrayed by Tom Burlinson.


The Man from Snowy River

After the death of his father, Jim sets out to become his own man. Taking a job with horse rancher Harrison, Craig is treated poorly by the more experienced cowboys, especially Curly, but wins the heart of the rancher's daughter, Jessica, when he helps her break a high-strung colt and later saves her life. When he's unfairly blamed for the loss of an expensive horse after Curly sets it loose, Craig fights to restore his honor and prove that he's worthy of Jessica's hand.

Return to Snowy River

Jim Craig, accompanied by his herd of Australian horses, returns to his hometown of Snowy River to be with his love, Jessica Harrison. However, Jessica's father steadfastly opposes their relationship, preferring Alistair Patton, an egotistical banker's son, as a potential suitor. When Patton learns Jessica wants to be with Jim, he sets out to steal Jim's prized horses.


  • Jim Craig is based on Jack Riley from Banjo Patterson's 1890 poem and Jim Conroy from the 1920 film.


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