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 70)
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.


He is 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.


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