William Kircher

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William Kircher
William Kircher on 5 April 2015 at the Hobbitcon III convention in Bonn, Germany
Born (1958-05-23) 23 May 1958 (age 65)
Years active1983–present

William Kircher (born 23 May 1958) is a New Zealand actor. William Kircher first came to prominence in New Zealand television in the police drama series Shark in the Park.

Life and career[edit]

Kircher is married to Nicole Chesterman Kircher and they have four daughters.[1]

Kircher lied about his age when applying to Toi Whakaari, the New Zealand Drama School, so he was only 18 when he graduated two years later.[2][3] He graduated with a Diploma in Acting in 1976.[4]

In the late 1990s, Kircher shifted his focus away from acting toward production, singing, and executive management.[1] In 2003, he went into partnership to form ScreenAdventures, a movie company.[3] He returned to acting in 2006 in the film Out of the Blue which was based on the true story of the Aramoana massacre. Kircher appeared in the film adaptations of The Hobbit as the dwarf Bifur.[1][5]

In 2018 he directed Steven Dietz's play Trust in North Hollywood with Zachary Cowan, Caroline Henry, Elizabeth Izzo, Paul McGee, Caroline Simone O’Brien and Heidi Rhodes.



Years Television series Role Notes
1983 The Kids from OWL Kane
1984 Heroes Diner Episode: 1.01
1986 Cuckoo Land
1987, 1989 Worzel Gummidge Down Under Stallholder
3 episodes
1989 The Ray Bradbury Theater Ned Bantlin Episode: "A Miracle of Rare Device"
1989–1991 Shark in the Park BP 28 episodes
1995 Fallout Richard Harman TV miniseries
Plainclothes Gary Halloway Episode: 1.16
1996 The Enid Blyton Adventure Series Tel Episode: "Valley of Adventure"
Oscar and Friends Referee
1998 The Enid Blyton Secret Series' Uncle Joe Episode: "The Secret of Moon Castle"
City Life Ross Palmer 8 episodes
The Legend of William Tell Quint Episode: "Master of Doubt"
Xena: Warrior Princess Captain Episode: "Locked Up and Tied Down"
1999 A Twist in the Tale Mr. Anton Episode: "Bertie"
2006 Legend of the Seeker The Merchant Episode: "Broken"


Year Film Role Notes
1984 Trespasses Constable
Constance Police officer
1985 Hot Target Pearson
1988 Send a Gorilla Ned
1991 Gold: A Fistful of Gold Pyke TV movie
1992 Absent Without Leave Sergeant Major
1994 The Last Tattoo Gibbon
Bread & Roses Sid Holland
1996 Return to Treasure Island Pearce TV movie
2006 Out of the Blue Sergeant Stu Guthrie
2008 Wildfire / Hold-Up Construction worker
Aftershock Rupert Stalker TV movie
2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Bifur
2013 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Bifur
2014 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies


  1. ^ a b c "William Kircher - The good villain". Stuff. 19 February 2021. Retrieved 16 May 2021.
  2. ^ "William Kircher". The OneRing.Net. 7 December 2010. Retrieved 16 May 2021.
  3. ^ a b "William Kircher". www.nzonscreen.com. 2020. Retrieved 16 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Graduate". www.toiwhakaari.ac.nz. Retrieved 9 August 2021.
  5. ^ "Hobbit to Holmes". www.circa.co.nz. 20 July 2015. Retrieved 16 May 2021.

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