Peter Vere-Jones

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Peter Vere-Jones

Born1939 (age 79–80)
Paekakariki, New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealand
Years active1969–present
Spouse(s)Sue Vere-Jones

Peter Vere-Jones ONZM (born 1939) is a New Zealand actor. He is known for his collaborations with director Peter Jackson, appearing in four of his films. He is also known for starring in the New Zealand television series Shortland Street.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Vere-Jones lives with his wife Sue and his two children, Benjamin and Emma. In 1989, he was diagnosed with bowel cancer, which was documented in a television documentary called Crisis: One Man's Fight. He later made a full recovery.[2]


Vere-Jones was appointed as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit at Queen Elizabeth II's 2002 Birthday Honours for services to writing and acting.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1969 The Alpha Plan Edward Harris Television series
1970 The Crown in New Zealand Narrator Documentary
1971 The Killing of Kane Kimble Bent Television film
1972 Rangi's Catch Mr. Murray
1972 Pukemanu Mark Gold Television series
1974 The Hum Narrator Documentary
1977 The Mackenzie Affair Highlander Television mini-series
1979 Children of Fire Mountain James Gregory Television mini-series
1981 Pictures Walter Burton
1982 Bad Blood Mr. Ogier
1982 Casualties of Peace Bill Television film
1983 Nate and Hayes Gunboat Captain
1984 Mortimer's Patch Lionel Foster Television series
1985 Roche Jim Donaldson Television series
1985 Dangerous Orphans Handesman
1987 Bad Taste Lord Crumb Voice
1988 Good Taste Made Bad Taste Narrator Documentary
1989 Meet the Feebles Bletch/Arthur/Various Voice
1989 Crisis: One Man's Fight Himself Documentary
1990 The Grasscutter Kepple Television film
1992 Shortland Street Laurence Buchanan Television series
1992 Braindead Undertaker
1992 Secrets Jock Television film
1993 Typhon's People Bank manager Television film
1995 Fallout Gerald Hensley Television mini-series
1996 Xena: Warrior Princess King Silvus Television series
1997 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Zeus Television series
1997 The Enid Blyton Secret Series Uncle Henry Television series
1998 The Adventures of Swiss Family Robinson Captain Blacker Television series
1999 A Twist in the Tale Grandad Television series
2002 Revelations – The Initial Journey Buchanan Television series
2005 The Knock Psychiatrist Short film
2010 Legend of the Seeker Carraticus Zorander Television series
2013 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Spider Voice


  1. ^ "Peter Vere-Jones". British Film Institute. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Crisis: One Man's Fight". NZ On Screen. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  3. ^ "New Zealand Honours". Archived from the original on 24 August 2003. Retrieved 27 June 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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