Bruce Marchiano

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Bruce Marchiano
Born (1956-02-05) February 5, 1956 (age 63)
Years active1984–present

Bruce Marchiano (born February 5, 1956) is an American actor and author best known for his portrayals of Jesus Christ in the Visual Bible film series.

Early life[edit]

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.[1]

Recent Projects[edit]

Marchiano runs Bruce Marchiano Ministries, a non-profit ministry based out of North Hollywood, California. He has stated that he speaks 20 to 25 times a year in various venues around the world[2] and has written several books, most on the subject of Jesus and the experience of portraying him on the silver screen.[3] He wrote, directed and appeared in a powerful pro-life film called " Alison's Choice" (2015). Now in development, Marchiano is producing a Word-for-Word film of the Gospel of John titled "Jesus: No Greater Love".

He has played Jesus in three 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.[4]

In 2012, Marchiano portrayed Jesus once again in The Apostle Peter and the Last Supper. In this film St. Peter recalls his early days with Jesus as he prepares for his martyrdom in Rome.

Marchiano grew up in a strong Catholic home and is married, stating he is married as of December 2010 to his wife, Maria.




  • Legend of the Candy Cane (2001) ... John Sonneman
  • 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)
  • The Encounter ... Jesus (8 episodes, 2016)


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  2. ^ Speaking, from Marchiano site
  3. ^ "Bruce Marchiano". Simon & Schuster.
  4. ^ "Bruce Marchiano".

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