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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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Known For

(1979)
Macbeth Caithness
(1971)
Quatermass Tommy Roach
(1979)
The Tripods Ali Pasha
(1985)

Filmography

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 2001 Another Life
Sir Henry Curtis-Bennett
 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 Mini Series)
Pathologist
- Episode #1.3 (1998) ... Pathologist
 1998 The Sea Change
Oldberg
 1997 David (TV Mini Series)
Jesse
- David Part 1 (1997) ... 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.
Additional Voices (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 (uncredited)
 1986 Return to Treasure Island (TV Mini 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
- The Forest of Death (1985) ... Ali Pasha
- Escape from the City of Gold (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 Saint Joan (TV Movie)
Captain la Hire
 1979 Henry IV Part II (TV Movie)
Earl of Northumberland
 1979 Henry IV Part I (TV Movie)
Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland
 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 The Quatermass Conclusion
Tommy Roach
 1979 Diary of a Nobody (TV Series)
Farmerson
- Episode #1.4 (1979) ... Farmerson
- Episode #1.1 (1979) ... Farmerson
 1979 Blake's 7 (TV Series)
Gola
- The Keeper (1979) ... Gola
 1979 Meetings with Remarkable Men
Father Maxim
 1979 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Wally
- The Quiz Kid (1979) ... Wally
 1978 Kidnapped (TV Mini Series)
Duke of Cumberland
- Uncle Ebenezer (1978) ... Duke of 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 Mini 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 The Secret Agent (TV Movie)
Mr. Michaelis
 1975 Looking for Clancy (TV Series)
Basil Rudering
- Episode #1.1 (1975) ... Basil Rudering
 1975 Edward the King (TV Mini Series)
Czarevitch Alexander / Czar Alexander III
- The Royal Quadrille (1975) ... Czar Alexander III
- Dearest Prince (1975) ... Czarevitch Alexander
- The Invisible Queen (1975) ... Czarevitch Alexander
 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
- Absolute Beginners (1974) ... Von Plehve
 1974 Undercovers Hero
Colonel Meinertzhagen (uncredited)
 1973 Alice Through the Looking Glass (TV Movie)
Walrus / Guard
 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
Policeman
 1973 A Picture of Katherine Mansfield (TV Series)
Stanley Burnell / Father / Mr. Sheridan
- Episode #1.6 (1973) ... Stanley Burnell
- Episode #1.4 (1973) ... Stanley Burnell
- Episode #1.3 (1973) ... Father
- Life Is the Only Cure for Life (1973) ... Mr. Sheridan
 1972 A Phoenix Too Frequent (TV Movie)
Virilius
 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
 1971 Mary, Queen of Scots
Morton
 1971 Macbeth
Caithness
 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
 1969 The Inside Man (TV Series)
Latte
- The Spy Vanishes (1969) ... Latte
 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)
Albert Pendleton / Charles Hargreaves, as a young man
- Song Without Words (1967) ... Albert Pendleton / Charles Hargreaves, as a young man
 1967 High Dreams (TV Mini Series documentary)
Farinata / Voice of Eagle / Lord Civil Law / ...
- The Divine Comedy (1967) ... Farinata / Voice of Eagle
- Piers the Plowman (1967) ... Lord Civil Law / A Juggler
 1967 Write a Play (TV Series)
 1967 The Paradise Makers (TV Series)
New Zealander
- Episode #1.1 (1967) ... New Zealander
 1966 The Big Spender (TV Series)
Weston
- The Twist (1966) ... Weston
 1965 Othello
Senator / Soldier / Cypriot
 1965 The Newcomers (TV Series)
John
- Episode #1.13 (1965) ... John
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He acted in George Bernard Shaw's play, "Back to Methusalah", in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at The Pit Theatre in London, England with Janet Whiteside, Julian Curry, Paul Greenwood, Tim Treloar, Caroline Harris, Adam Levy and Nina Conti in the cast. David Fielding was the director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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Official Sites:

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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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