|Born||February 5, 1956
Los Angeles, California
Marchiano was born in Orange County, California. His father is of Italian descent while his mother is Syrian. His first role was in a 1985 episode of Murder, She Wrote, which was followed by appearances in LA Law, Columbo, and the low-budget horror film, Curse II: The Bite. Before his roles as Jesus he was often cast as a villain and he jokes that Jesus was the first nice guy he ever played.
Marchiano runs Bruce Marchiano Ministries, a non-profit ministry based out of North Hollywood, California. He speaks 20 to 25 times a year in various venues all around the world and has written several books, most on the subject of Jesus and the experience of portraying him on the silver screen. Marchiano does not perform as Jesus as part of his speaking ministry.
He has played Jesus in three recent films. In 2009's Road to Emmaus Marchiano portrays Christ's mysterious post-resurrection appearance to two disciples, described in the Gospel of Luke. In the computer animated Christian children's film Lion of Judah (2010) he voices an animated Jesus who meets a group of barnyard animal friends.
Marchiano's primary project currently is development of a word-for-word film adaptation of the Gospel According to John titled Jesus... No Greater Love, on which he is serving as Producer and Screenwriter. He may also reprise his role as Jesus in the film. His idea for a new movie has received endorsements from several Christian ministries; Marchiano announced on April 3, 2010 that the film's funding goal of $45 million by March 1 had not been reached. Only $300,000 had been received by that date. According to the movie website's donation counter $359,979.31 had been collected by January, 2012.
After growing up in a strong Catholic home Marchiano became a born again Christian around 1990, the result of his contact with fellow actors who had previously become Christians themselves. He is currently married.
- Revelation Road :The Beginning of the End (2013)....Jesus
- Apostle Peter and the Last Supper (2012) .... Jesus
- This Is Our Time (2012) Professor Callahan
- The Encounter: Paradise Lost (2012) .... Jesus
- Lion of Judah (2011) .... Jesus
- The Encounter (2010) .... Jesus
- Road to Emmaus (2009) .... Jesus
- Faith Happens (2006) .... Peter
- Final Solution (2001) .... Jake
- Millennial Madness (1999)
- The Visual Bible: Acts (1994) (V) .... Jesus
- The Visual Bible: Matthew (1993) .... Jesus
- Curse II: The Bite (1988) .... Deputy Barney
- Legend of the Candy Cane (2001)
- Columbo: Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star (1991) .... 2nd Technician
- L.A. Law .... Catcher (1 episode, 1989)
- Freddy's Nightmares .... Rick (1 episode, 1989)
- Hardball (1 episode, 1989)
- Murder, She Wrote .... Assistant Director (1 episode, 1985)
- Jesus Yesterday, Today & Forever
- Jesus Wept
- Meeting Jesus
- In the Footsteps of Jesus
- The Character of a Man (2006)
- Jesus, the Man Who Loved Women (2008)
- http://www.brucemarchiano.com/about/bruces-story Bio on Bruce Marchiano website
- http://www.brucemarchiano.com/ministry/speaking Speaking, from Marchiano site
- http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Bruce-Marchiano/38977969 Marchiano's author page at Simon and Schuster
- http://newjesusmovie.com Jesus... No Greater Love website
- Sponsorship page at film website
- http://blog.newjesusmovie.com/?p=303 4/3/2010 post to Jesus... No Greater Love website blog
- Donation counter for movie. (Counter no longer up. 1/2012 the latest figures)
- 5/1/2011 live radio archive with Bruce Marchiano, verbally stating he is married as of Dec 2010 to his wife, Maria. No evidence this has changed since.
- Bruce Marchiano at the Internet Movie Database