Bruce Spence

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Bruce Spence
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Spence taking a break during an ADR session, November 2008
Born (1945-09-17) 17 September 1945 (age 71)
Auckland, New Zealand

Bruce Spence (born 17 September 1945) is a New Zealand actor, having spent most of his career performing in Australia.

Early life[edit]

Spence was born in Auckland, New Zealand and attended Henderson High School in West Auckland.[citation needed] Bruce's two younger brothers Bill and Ross are the founders of Matua Wines.

Career[edit]

He is best known for his roles as the Gyro Captain in Mad Max 2, as Jedediah the pilot in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, and as "Zedd" (Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander) in Legend of the Seeker. He won an AFI Award for Best Actor for his role in the 1971 comedy Stork.

He performed the voice of Chum in Finding Nemo, the Mouth of Sauron in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the Trainman in The Matrix Revolutions, and Tion Medon in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.

At six feet, seven inches tall (2.01 m), Spence is one of the tallest actors to have played a leading role.

He acted as the palaeontologist (Huxley) alongside fellow actor Felix Nobis, in the Australian performance of BBC's Walking with Dinosaurs: The Live Experience. In his role, Spence narrates the activities of life-sized mechanical dinosaurs operated by teams of puppeteers and drivers.

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

In 2014, Spence played prison inmate George Corella in episode 3.1 of Rake.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
1971 Stork Graham 'Stork' Wallace
1974 Three Old Friends
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 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
2012 Mystery Road Jim the Coroner
2014 I, Frankenstein Molokai
2015 Backtrack Felix
2016 Gods of Egypt Head Judge
Blue World Order Whippett

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
1986 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
Halifax f.p.: Isn't It Romantic Eric Washburn
Bullpitt! Darcy
1998 Moby Dick Elijah
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

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