Tristan's journey through the entertainment industry began in the 1960s in his native Australia. Australian TV was in its infancy when Tristan came onto the scene, working as a walk-on stuntman and doubling as a boom carrier. Ambitious, and eager to learn, Tristan also did sound effects in the parking lot at night and volunteered for any other work which would keep him on the lot and in peoples eyesight. It wasn't long before he landed a series regular role in "The Link Men".When the struggling production folded after about 10 episodes, Tristan headed for England.
The year was 1969 and Tristan thought he'd try being a drummer in a rock band on for size.. After three years of "intense experiences" in London, and witnessing live some of the greatest music ever to hit planet Earth, Tristan decided to give up the musician's life. What he had learned after years of successful modeling to help make the band's ends meet, was that he REALLY DID want to act.
Back in Australia in 1972, Tristan found himself working in all manner of local productions. For the next seven years it was non-stop work in everything from television to radio. By then, the idea of coming to America had taken hold, so in 1979 it was time to move again. Tristan arrived in California in the summer of 1979 and felt right at home.
In December of 1980, Tristan landed a job in a show called "General Hospital" and his life changed forever. An outpouring from fascinated fans of all ages turned then-producer Gloria Monty's head and changed the initial 3-week gig into a 3-year contract role. "General Hospital" opened many doors for him with appearances on most of the then prominent '80's and '90's television series.
It was during this period that Tristan became involved in the American Cinema Awards Foundation, an organization created to honor achievement in the cinema. As the vice-president and director of shows, Tristan helped to raise over $4,000,000 for the Motion Picture Retirement Home and Hospital. The organization also afforded him the rare opportunity to work with, and get to know such legendary stars as: Joseph Cotton, Robert Preston, Bette Davis, Sophie Loren, Robert Mitchum, Glenn Ford, Elizabeth Taylor, Bob Hope and many, many more.
In 1992, Tristan made the momentous decision to leave "General Hospital" and seek other challenges. He had always felt that it is after all show business and that he had only participated in one portion of it. In order to do the other, he had to commit to it. His first experience on the production side came about in 1996. Tristan had spent several years researching a show about what is arguably his first love, motor racing. In 1997, Tristan found himself in Canada where he was instrumental in launching a show for the Showtime Network called "Fast Track", set in the world of American stock-car racing. The show lasted for 22 episodes and the learning experience was priceless.
Tristan finally brought the character that made him a household name back to life in 2006 when he returned to "General Hospital". His tour de force performance in SoapNet's critically acclaimed second season of "Night Shift" cemented what his fans and his peers already knew: handsome, charming and personable without a doubt, Tristan was also an incredibly gifted actor.
In addition to producing, Tristan continues to appear in major films and television shows, as well as being the spokes voice for several major TV ad campaigns. Always a little ahead of his time, Tristan has also been a key figure in the development of internet-based soaps. An avid and vocal proponent of the development of web-based entertainment, Tristan is also involved in web-based productions.