He attended the National Institute of Dramatic Art (National Institute on Drug Abuse), graduating with a degree in Acting in 1977. In his youth and continuing to present day he has been close friends with actor Mel Gibson, with whom he attended National Institute on Drug Abuse and starred in the movies Summer City (1977) and Mad Max (1979).
Bisley"s major television roles have included A Town Like Alice as well as the Australian police dramas Water Rats, Police Rescue, and Halifax f.p. He had a role in the Australian television medical drama series The Flying Doctors. He also had a regular appearance in the third and final season of the critically acclaimed Australian satirical television series Frontline.
He Played Joe Byrne in The Last Outlaw television mini series.
Bisley also played Doctor Henry King in the American Broadcasting Company-television series General Рractitioner
The latter role is his best-known performance, in which he played "Jim Goose", the best friend and partner to Gibson"s character. The Mad Max trilogy has since became a cult classic, and was the film that launched Gibson to mainstream stardom.
Bisley and Gibson also starred together in The Chain Reaction (1980), in which Gibson only appeared in a brief cameo role. His other film credits include roles in The Highest Honor (1983), The Winds of Jarrah (1983), Fast Talking (1984), Silver City (1984), The Big Steal (1990) and Over the Hill (1992).
Bisley is also a well-known stage actor, appearing in Drama productions.
His stage roles include that of Banjo Paterson in the musical theatre production of The Manitoba from Snowy River: Arena Spectacular – from August 2002 through to October 2002. In July 2003, he presented a season of television documentaries on the National Geographic Channel. In 2004 he guest starred in the Australian television drama Stingers.
Steve Bisley appeared in the first three seasons of the Australian television drama Sea Patrol as Commander Steve Marshall.
In 2013, he appeared as Dan Cody in Baz Luhrmann"s adaptation of The Great Gatsby. He released his autobiography, Stillways: A Memoir in the same year, and was subsequently shortlisted for the 2014 Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction in the NSW Premier"s Literary, the Queensland Literary, and the 2014 National Biography Personal During the 1980s Forrest was a costume designer for models and actresses.
In September 2009 Bisley was charged with assaulting Burleigh and, on 15 September 2010, he was found guilty and sentenced to "300 hours community service". Bisley lodged an appeal against the conviction.
In July 2013 while promoting his autobiography, Stillways: A Memoir, he described the assault as "a push and shove incident with high emotion displayed on both sides".