Bruce Purchase

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Bruce Purchase
Born (1938-10-02)2 October 1938
Thames, New Zealand
Died 5 June 2008(2008-06-05) (aged 69)
Putney, London
Cause of death
Cancer
Occupation Actor

Bruce Purchase (2 October 1938 – 5 June 2008)[1] was a New Zealand-born actor known for his roles on stage and television. Born in Thames, New Zealand, he won a scholarship to study acting in England, training at RADA, and went on to become a founding actor-member of Laurence Olivier's National Theatre. He also performed regularly with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

His television credits include: Callan, The First Churchills, A Picture of Katherine Mansfield, Doomwatch, Fall of Eagles, I, Claudius, The New Avengers, Doctor Who (in the serial The Pirate Planet), Blake's 7, the ITV serial Quatermass in 1979 and The Tripods.

In 2007, Purchase became seriously ill while touring with a production of The Last Confession. He died of cancer[2] on 5 June 2008 at his home in Putney, London.[3]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Strachan, Alan (2008-06-12). "Bruce Purchase: Potent presence on the British stage". The Independent (London: Independent News & Media). Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  2. ^ "Bruce Purchase: character actor, member of the National Theatre company". The Times (London: Times Newspapers). 2008-06-11. Retrieved 2008-06-11. 
  3. ^ The Times obituary puts the date of death at 8 June.

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