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Bruce Purchase (William Reginald Bruce Purchase)

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Biography

Thames, New Zealand
Bearded, heavy-set New Zealand-born character actor with a booming voice, who went to England to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. After repertory experience, he had notable stage appearances with the National Theatre Company (of which he was a founder member) and the Mermaid Theatre, invariably in Shakespearean parts. His portrayals of Balthasar in 'Much Ado About Nothing' (1965) and Sebastian in 'The Tempest' (1970) were particularly well received. He also played Doolittle during a European tour of 'My Fair Lady'. Read more...

Actor

Character: Von Plehve

Fall of Eagles 1974

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Character: Jesse

David 1997

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Character: Oldberg

The Sea Change 1998

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Character: Sir Henry Curtis-Bennett

Another Life 2001

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Character: Rabbi Mandel

Wallenberg: A Hero's Story 1985

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Character: George Wilditch

Shades of Greene 1975

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Character: Leslie Delgado

Rumpole of the Bailey 1978

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Character: Father Maxim

Meetings with Remarkable Men 1979

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Character: Blair

Callan 1967

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Character: Czar Alexander III

Edward the King 1975

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Character: Professor Nothnagel

Freud 1984

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Character: Jerzy Loparicz

Pope John Paul II 1984

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Character: Walrus / Guard

Alice Through the Looking Glass 1973

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Character: Major Grandi

Casanova 1987

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