Bruce Boa

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Bruce Boa
Born Andrew Bruce Boa
(1930-07-10)10 July 1930
Calgary, Alberta
Died 17 April 2004(2004-04-17) (aged 73)
Surrey, England, United Kingdom

Bruce Boa (10 July 1930 – 17 April 2004) was a Canadian actor, who found success playing the token North American in British films and television.


Boa's most prominent film role is probably in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, in which he played General Rieekan. He is also remembered as the pogue colonel in Full Metal Jacket that chastises Mathew Modine's character over a peace pin on the lapel while having "Born To Kill" written on his combat helmet. Other film credits include: The Omen, Superman, Carry On Emmannuelle, Silver Dream Racer, Octopussy, Return to Oz, and Screamers.

On television, his most notable role is probably as the American guest, Mr. Hamilton, in the "Waldorf Salad" episode of the BBC sitcom Fawlty Towers. In 1977 he appeared in Come Back, Little Sheba an episode of Laurence Olivier Presents, opposite Laurence Olivier and Joanne Woodward.

Other television credits include: The Avengers, Out of the Unknown, The Champions, The Troubleshooters, The Saint, Ace of Wands, Special Branch, The Onedin Line, Z-Cars, The New Avengers, The Professionals, The Omega Factor, Dempsey & Makepeace, Astronauts, Hart to Hart, Remington Steele, Howards' Way, Tales of the Unexpected, As Time Goes By, Road to Avonlea, Kavanagh QC and Bulman.


Bruce Boa's sister is Jungian analyst and author Marion Woodman. He was also good friends with John Cleese.


Boa died from cancer on 17 April 2004 in Surrey, having lived in England since the 1960s. His interment was somewhere in England.

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