Grant Bowler

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Grant Bowler
Grant Bowler - Defiance Panel (cropped).jpg
Bowler at Defiance panel at the 2013 SDCC
Born (1968-07-18) 18 July 1968 (age 46)
Auckland, New Zealand
Occupation Actor, television presenter
Spouse(s) Roxane Wilson (2001–2011; divorced)

Grant Bowler (born 18 July 1968) is a New Zealand-born actor who has worked in American, Australian, New Zealand, and Canadian film, television and theatre.

He is known for playing the role of Constable Wayne Patterson in Blue Heelers and Wolfgang West in Outrageous Fortune. He also appeared as Wilhelmina Slater's love interest Connor Owens in Ugly Betty.[1] In November 2010, he was announced as the host of The Amazing Race Australia.[2] He currently stars as Joshua Nolan on the Syfy television series Defiance.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Bowler was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but was moved to Australia when he was young, raised in Brisbane.[4]

In 2011 he separated from his wife of nine years, Australian actress Roxane Wilson, with whom he has two children.[5]

Career[edit]

Bowler is a graduate of the Australian drama school National Institute of Dramatic Art, alongside other graduates including Mel Gibson, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Baz Luhrmann and Sam Worthington.

His first television role was as Constable Wayne Patterson on Blue Heelers, from 1993 to 1996. After leaving that show, he spent time on Pacific Drive in 1996 and Medivac from 1996 to 1998. He had recurring roles on Always Greener and Stingers, starred in the television adaptation of On the Beach, spent a year on the ABC series Something in the Air and starred in the 2004 miniseries Through My Eyes about the disappearance of Azaria Chamberlain. Bowler had a recurring role on All Saints from 2004 to 2005.

Bowler also hosted the Australian version of The Mole, hosting the show from 2000 to 2003. He was replaced as host on the 2005 series by Tom Williams because of family commitments and hosting duties with Border Security.

Bowler serves as the narrator of the reality show Border Security: Australia's Front Line, a duty which he began as host in 2004, though he stopped appearing on camera after the first season. Bowler starred in the New Zealand series Outrageous Fortune.[6] Bowler's acting career has developed since he first began playing Wolf, but although the character is not in every episode, he has turned down other roles to continue in Outrageous Fortune.[7]

Starting with the season 4 episode "Ji Yeon", Bowler plays the guest role of Captain Gault, the captain of a freighter on the popular American television series Lost. He also appeared in Canal Road.[citation needed]

In 2008, he became a recurring regular on Ugly Betty, in which he played the corrupt CFO of Meade Publications (Connor Owens) who romanced the series' main villain Wilhelmina Slater. Bowler said of his character, "He's got a lot of evil secrets."[8] In December 2009, he was cast in the role of Cooter, a werewolf, in the HBO urban fantasy series True Blood, for that show's third season.[9]

He played Hank Rearden in Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011), the first part of a planned three-part film adaptation of Ayn Rand's novel of the same name.[10] He was also seen in 2011 in The City of Gardens as well as the film Killer Elite.

In 2012, Bowler was cast as Richard Burton opposite Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor in the biographical TV-movie Liz & Dick for Lifetime in the US.[11]

Bowler will next be seen in psychological action film, “Swelter”, alongside Jean Claude Van Damme & Alfred Molina, Sci-Fi thriller “400 Days” with Brandon Routh and Dane Cook, “Lucky Dog” with Amy Smart and the family movie, “Zooey to the Max”.

In addition, he will be seen in the war drama "Gallipoli' set for release in 2015 on Channel 9, Australia.

Film and television credits[edit]

Television series
Year Title Role Notes
1993–1996 Blue Heelers Constable Wayne Patterson 96 episodes
1996 Pacific Drive Garth Stephens Episode: "#1.10"
1996–1998 Medivac Dr. Arch Craven 48 episodes
1998 Wildside Peter Simms Episode: "#1.27"
1999 Farscape Shaman Liko Episode: "That Old Black Magic"
1999–2001 Stingers Sean Peck 3 episodes
2000 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World Montague Fitzsimmonds Episode: "London Calling"
2000–2003 Mole, TheThe Mole Host 10 episodes
2001–2002 Something in the Air Mark Waters 26 episodes
2002 White Collar Blue Steve Petrovic Episode: "#1.9"
2002 Always Greener Greg Steele 11 episodes
2004 McLeod's Daughters Jarred Wuchowski Episode: "Fool for Love"
2004–2005 All Saints Nigel "Mac" MacPherson 20 episodes
2004–2011 Border Security: Australia's Front Line Narrator 105 episodes
2005–2009 Outrageous Fortune Wolfgang West 54 episodes
2008 Lost Captain Gault 3 episodes
2008 Canal Road Detective Ray Driscoll 10 episodes
2008–2010 Ugly Betty Connor Owens 17 episodes
2010 True Blood Cooter 7 episodes
2011 Panic at Rock Island Jim Quinn (TV Movie)
2011–2012, 2014 The Amazing Race Australia Host 24 episodes
2012 GCB Mason Massey 2 episodes
2013 Defiance Joshua Nolan 13 episodes
Films and other work
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Halifax f.p: Someone You Know Bob Palance
1999 Close Contact Mike Heyns
2000 On the Beach Lt. Peter Holmes
2001 Finding Hope Jack
2003 Ned Town priest
2003 Calling Gerry Molloy Oliver Laird
2004 One of the Oldest Con Games Sam
2004 Through My Eyes: The Lindy Chamberlain Story Black Rat
2007 Fall of Night, TheThe Fall of Night Harry
2011 Killer Elite Capt. James Cregg
2011 City of Gardens Jesus Christ in post-production
2011 Atlas Shrugged: Part I Hank Rearden
2011 Steve Niles's Remains Tom
2012 The Great Mint Swindle Ray Mickelberg Channel 9
2012 Liz & Dick Richard Burton
2012 I Do Peter
2013 Defiance (video game) Chief Lawkeeper Jeb Nolan (voice)
2014 Swelter Cole
2014 Lucky Dog Preston Spencer completed

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shattuck, Kathryn (December 4, 2009). "What's On Today > 9 p.m. (ABC) Ugly Betty". The New York Times. Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ Coster, Alice (May 11, 2011). "Grant Bowler hosts Channel 7 and Active TV's The Amazing Race Australia". Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia). Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ "‘Defiance’ Star Grant Bowler Reveals His Gaming Habits". Comcast TV Blog. March 20, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  4. ^ "Grant Bowler Video: Celebrity Interview and Paparazzi". OV Guide. Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Amazing Race's Grant Bowler splits with wife". Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia). March 30, 2011. Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  6. ^ "More New Blood – Both Vamp & Lycan Added to True Blood". Dreadcentral.com. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  7. ^ "Wolf at the door". Otago Daily Times. 17 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  8. ^ "SPOILER ALERT: The Ugly Betty Cast Dishes on Season 3 From People.com (September 16, 2008)". Tvwatch.people.com. 2008-09-16. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  9. ^ Submitted by Avid Fan on Fri, 06/11/2010 – 11:17am. "Final True Blood Season 3 Promo Poster Revealed". Dreadcentral.com. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  10. ^ New York Times
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