2 October 1938|
Thames, New Zealand
|Died||5 June 2008
|Cause of death||Cancer|
Bruce Purchase (2 October 1938 – 5 June 2008) 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.
Notes and references
- Strachan, Alan (2008-06-12). "Bruce Purchase: Potent presence on the British stage". The Independent (London: Independent News & Media). Retrieved 2008-06-12.
- "Bruce Purchase: character actor, member of the National Theatre company". The Times (London: Times Newspapers). 2008-06-11. Retrieved 2008-06-11.
- The Times obituary puts the date of death at 8 June.
- "RSC actor Bruce Purchase dies at 69". The Press Association. 2008-06-09. Retrieved 2008-06-09.
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