Bruce Spence

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Bruce Spence
Bruce Spence Photograph.jpg
Spence in 2010
Born (1945-09-17) 17 September 1945 (age 75)
Auckland, New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealander
Australian
OccupationActor, voice artist
Years active1970-present
Height1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Spouse(s)
Jenny Spence
(m. 1973)
Children2

Bruce Spence (born 17 September 1945) is a New Zealand-Australian actor.[citation needed] Spence has "amassed over 100 film and television credits" and has also acted in theater.[1]

Biography[edit]

Spence won an AFI Award for Best Actor for his role in the 1971 comedy Stork.[1]

Spence's "best known film role is as the gyro pilot" in Mad Max 2 (1981).[1][2] He also "played the lead in Werner Herzog's Where the Green Ants Dream (1984)"[1] and portrayed Jedediah the pilot in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985).[2]

In the 21st century, Spence played the Mouth of Sauron in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003),[3] the Trainman in The Matrix Revolutions (2003),[4] and Baxter in Disney's Inspector Gadget 2 (2003),[5] and voiced the character Chum in Finding Nemo (2003).[6] He also portrayed Tion Medon in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)[7] and played Lord Rhoop in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010).[7]

Spence portrayed the palaeontologist (Huxley) in the Australian performance of BBC's Walking with Dinosaurs: The Live Experience. In his role, Spence narrated the activities of life-sized mechanical dinosaurs operated by teams of puppeteers and drivers.[citation needed]

Spence taking a break during an ADR session in November 2008.

In 2008, Spence joined the television series Legend of the Seeker, which was based on the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. He played the role of Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander, co-starring with Craig Horner and Bridget Regan. The show ran for two seasons.[citation needed]

In 2014, Spence played prison inmate George Corella in episode 3.1 of Rake.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
1971 Stork Graham 'Stork' Wallace
1974 Moving On Road Worker
The Cars That Ate Paris Charlie
1975 The Firm Man Messenger
The Great Macarthy Bill Dean
1976 Let the Balloon Go Chief Gifford
Oz Bass player/Blondie the Surfie
Mad Dog Morgan Heriot
Eliza Fraser Bruce McIver
1978 Newsfront Redex trial driver
1979 Dimboola Morrie McAdam
1981 Mad Max 2 The Gyro Captain
1983 Double Deal Doug Mitchell
The Return of Captain Invincible Midnight's Doctor
Midnite Spares Wimpy
Buddies Ted
1984 Pallet on the Floor Basil Beaumont-Foster
Wo die grünen Ameisen träumen (Where the Green Ants Dream) Lance Hackett
1985 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome Jedediah the Pilot
1987 Bullseye Purdy
The Year My Voice Broke Jonah
1988 Bachelor Girl Alistair Dredge Jr
Rikky and Pete Ben
1990 ...Almost Ronnie
The Shrimp on the Barbie Wayne
1991 Sweet Talker Norman Foster
1993 Hercules Returns Sprocket
1995 Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls Gahjii
1996 The Munsters' Scary Little Christmas Mr. Gateman
1998 Dark City Mr. Wall
2002 Queen of the Damned Khayman
2003 Inspector Gadget 2 Professor Baxter
Finding Nemo Chum (voice)
The Matrix Revolutions Trainman
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Mouth of Sauron (Extended Edition only)
Peter Pan Cookson
2005 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith Tion Medon
2006 Aquamarine Leonard
Solo Kennedy
2008 Australia Dr. Barker
2010 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Lord Rhoop
2013 Mystery Road Jim the Coroner
2014 I, Frankenstein Molokai
2015 Backtrack Felix
2016 Gods of Egypt Head Judge
Blue World Order Whippett
2017 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Mayor Dix
2018 Winchester Augustine
2018 Occupation Alien Leader
2019 Blue World Order Whippet
2020 Love and Monsters Old Pete
2020 Children of the Corn Pastor Penny
2021 The Dry Gerry Hadler

Television[edit]

Year Title Role
1973 Certain Women Julius 'Big Julie'
1977 Barnaby and Me Tall Baddie
1981 And Here Comes Bucknuckle
1982 Deadline Towie
Kingswood Country Dentist
1987 Great Expectations: The Untold Story Joe Gargery
1988 The Dirtwater Dynasty Lonely Logan
1989 Zucker
Tanamera – Lion of Singapore Hammond
1989–1992 Dearest Enemy Lenny
1992 Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left The Chief
1994–1995 Over the Hill Tall Bob
1997 Return to Jupiter Ed Unit
Bullpitt! Darcy
1998 Moby Dick Elijah
Halifax f.p.: Isn't It Romantic Eric Washburn
1999 BeastMaster Annubis
2002 Farscape Prefect Falaak
2004 The Brush Off Philip Veale
2006 RAN (Remote Area Nurse) Vince
Nightmares & Dreamscapes Hans Morris
Equal Opportunity Death
2008 Double the Fist Mayor McCarthy
2008–2010 Legend of the Seeker Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander
2009 All Saints Barry Goldsworthy
2014 Rake George Corella
2021 Back to the Rafters Charles Whiteman 7 episodes

Video games[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Oral History: Actors". www.nfsa.gov.au. 25 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b Australia, National Film and Sound Archive of (7 September 2020). "Bruce Spence on Mad Max 2: 'An Absolute Joy'". www.nfsa.gov.au.
  3. ^ "Lord Of The Rings Rewind: 49 Things You Didn't Know About The Return Of The King". Gamespot.com. 4 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Reloaded Weapons: The 20 Most Powerful Characters In The Matrix, Officially Ranked". CBR. 15 November 2018.
  5. ^ Leydon, Joe (25 March 2003). "Inspector Gadget 2".
  6. ^ "15 Things You Never Knew About Pixar's Finding Nemo". EOnline.com. 31 May 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Bruce Spence (Tion Medon)". 29 December 2016.
  8. ^ 2K Australia, Gearbox Software. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!. 2K Games. Scene: Closing credits, 3:39 minutes in.
  9. ^ Shiny Entertainment. Enter the Matrix. Atari Games.

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