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Bruce Purchase (1938–2008)

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 ... See full bio »

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 2000 Bob Martin (TV Series)
Frank
- Mr. and Mrs. (2000) ... Frank
 2000 ChuckleVision (TV Series)
Hiram J. Cugalschriber
- Double Trouble (2000) ... Hiram J. Cugalschriber
 1999 Esther (TV Movie)
Commissioner
 1998 Killer Net (TV Series)
Geoff Hearn
 1998 The Sea Change
Oldberg
 1997 David (TV Movie)
Jesse
 1995 Richard III
City Gentleman
 1995 Ruth Rendell Mysteries (TV Series)
Bearded Man
- The Strawberry Tree: Part 1 (1995) ... Bearded Man
 1994 Law and Disorder (TV Series)
Captain Swift
- The Cannibal (1994) ... Captain Swift
 1992 Freddie as F.R.O.7. (voice)
 1987 The Bill (TV Series)
Man with shot-gun
- The New Order of Things (1987) ... Man with shot-gun
 1987 Lionheart
Simon Nerra
 1987 Playing Away
Fredrick
 1987 Casanova (TV Movie)
Major Grandi
 1986 Casualty (TV Series)
Spiderman
- Teeny Poppers (1986) ... Spiderman
 1986 Return to Treasure Island (TV Series)
Trelawney
- Treasure Island (1986) ... Trelawney
- Spanish Gold (1986) ... Trelawney
- In Chains (1986) ... Trelawney
- The Map (1986) ... Trelawney
 1985 The Tripods (TV Series)
Ali Pasha
- Episode #2.12 (1985) ... Ali Pasha
- Episode #2.11 (1985) ... Ali Pasha
 1985 Wallenberg: A Hero's Story (TV Movie)
Rabbi Mandel
 1985 Anna of the Five Towns (TV Mini-Series)
Tom Kelly
- Episode #1.3 (1985) ... Tom Kelly
 1984 Other Halves
Irwin
 1984 Freud (TV Mini-Series)
Professor Nothnagel
- In the Name of the Gods (1984) ... Professor Nothnagel
 1984 Pope John Paul II (TV Movie)
Jerzy Loparicz
 1979-1983 Play for Today (TV Series)
Goff / Jake
- Atlantis (1983) ... Goff
- Even Solomon (1979) ... Jake
 1979 The Quiz Kid
Wally
 1979 All Quiet on the Western Front (TV Movie)
Cook (uncredited)
 1979 Quatermass (TV Mini-Series)
Tommy Roach
- Lovely Lightning (1979) ... Tommy Roach
- Ringstone Round (1979) ... Tommy Roach
 1979 Blakes 7 (TV Series)
Gola
- The Keeper (1979) ... Gola
 1979 Meetings with Remarkable Men
Father Maxim
 1979 The Quatermass Conclusion
Tommy Roach
 1978 Kidnapped (TV Mini-Series)
Cumberland
- Uncle Ebenezer (1978) ... Cumberland
 1978 A Horseman Riding By (TV Series)
Parson Augustus Bull
- 1914: The Last Hot Summer (1978) ... Parson Augustus Bull
- 1905: The Hollow Victory (1978) ... Parson Augustus Bull
- 1903: An Outbreak of Romance (1978) ... Parson Augustus Bull
- 1902: The Party (1978) ... Parson Augustus Bull
 1978 Doctor Who (TV Series)
Captain
- The Pirate Planet: Part Four (1978) ... Captain
- The Pirate Planet: Part Three (1978) ... Captain
- The Pirate Planet: Part Two (1978) ... Captain
- The Pirate Planet: Part One (1978) ... Captain
 1978 Rumpole of the Bailey (TV Series)
Leslie Delgado
- Rumpole and the Heavy Brigade (1978) ... Leslie Delgado
 1978 The Devil's Crown (TV Series)
Count of Anjou
- If All the World Were Mine (1978) ... Count of Anjou
 1977 BBC2 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Ernest
- Exiles (1977) ... Ernest
 1977 London Belongs to Me (TV Series)
Det. Sgt. Slater
- Episode #1.3 (1977) ... Det. Sgt. Slater
 1977 Supernatural (TV Mini-Series)
Herr Steekebeck
- Mr. Nightingale (1977) ... Herr Steekebeck
 1976 The Hunchback of Notre Dame (TV Movie)
Provost
 1976 Crown Court (TV Series)
Plet Roux
 1976 I, Claudius (TV Series)
Sabinus
- Hail Who? (1976) ... Sabinus
 1976 The New Avengers (TV Series)
Prof. Lopez
- Target! (1976) ... Prof. Lopez
 1976 Clayhanger (TV Series)
Big James
- Death and Dreams (1976) ... Big James
- The Orgreave Calamity (1976) ... Big James
- A Musical Evening (1976) ... Big James
- Possessions (1976) ... Big James
- The Exquisite Burden (1976) ... Big James
 1976 Shades of Greene (TV Series)
George Wilditch
- Under the Garden (1976) ... George Wilditch
 1976 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Taffy
- Trilby (1976) ... Taffy
 1975 Looking for Clancy (TV Series)
Basil Rudering
- Episode #1.1 (1975) ... Basil Rudering
 1975 The Fight Against Slavery (TV Mini-Series)
Kelsall
- A Matter of Insurance (1975) ... Kelsall
 1974 Intimate Strangers (TV Series)
Landlord
- Episode #1.11 (1974) ... Landlord
 1974 Fall of Eagles (TV Mini-Series)
Von Plehve
- Dearest Nicky (1974) ... Von Plehve
 1974 Undercovers Hero
Colonel Meinertzhagen (uncredited)
 1973 Vienna 1900 (TV Mini-Series)
Adele's father
- Man of Honour (1973) ... Adele's father
 1973 Six Days of Justice (TV Series)
Mr. Rossmore
- Case for Committal (1973) ... Mr. Rossmore
 1973 The Optimists of Nine Elms
Policeman
 1973 A Picture of Katherine Mansfield (TV Series)
Father / Mr. Sheridan
- Episode #1.6 (1973) ... Father
- Episode #1.4 (1973) ... Father
- Episode #1.3 (1973) ... Father
- Life Is the Only Cure for Life (1973) ... Mr. Sheridan
 1972 Doomwatch (TV Series)
Norman Sylvester
- Waiting for a Knighthood (1972) ... Norman Sylvester
 1972 Softly Softly: Task Force (TV Series)
Det. Sgt. Kershaw
- Resolution (1972) ... Det. Sgt. Kershaw
 1969 The First Churchills (TV Mini-Series)
Duke of Buckingham
- Plot, Counter-Plot (1969) ... Duke of Buckingham
- Bridals (1969) ... Duke of Buckingham
 1969 The Flaxton Boys (TV Series)
Sergeant Bentley
- 1854: The Deserter (1969) ... Sergeant Bentley
 1969 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Performer
- Rogues Gallery: The Wicked Stage (1969) ... Performer
 1969 Rogues' Gallery (TV Series)
Bosun
- The Wicked Stage (1969) ... Bosun
 1967-1969 Callan (TV Series)
Det. Sgt. Lynn / Blair
- Land of Light and Peace (1969) ... Det. Sgt. Lynn
- Goodbye, Nobby Clarke (1967) ... Blair
 1967 City 68' (TV Series)
- The Shooting War (1967)
 1967 Escape (TV Series)
Spence
- A Bad Risk (1967) ... Spence
 1967 Emergency-Ward 10 (TV Series)
Charles / Albert
- Episode #3.23 (1967) ... Charles / Albert
 1967 Write a Play (TV Series)
 1967 The Paradise Makers (TV Series)
New Zealander
- Episode #1.1 (1967) ... New Zealander
 1965 Othello
Company
 1965 The Big Spender (TV Series)
Weston
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Provided a commentary for the Doctor Who DVD "The Pirate Planet". See more »

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Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Trivia:

Best-known for his role as "The Captain" in the Doctor Who (1963) episode, "The Pirate Planet", in 1978.

Star Sign:

Libra

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