Bruce Greenwood

Bruce Greenwood

Aug. 12th, 1956
Born in
Noranda, Qu´┐Żbec, Canada
6' 0 1/2

Bruce Greenwood's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The River TV Show
The River
John From Cincinnati TV Show
John From Cincinnati
Nowhere Man TV Show
Nowhere Man
Sleepwalkers TV Show
Jessie TV Show
Legmen TV Show
Veronica Clare TV Show
Veronica Clare

Main Movie Roles

2010 - Barney's Version
2010 - Dinner for Schmucks
2009 - Star Trek
2009 - Mao's Last Dancer
2007 - Firehouse Dog
2007 - National Treasure: Book of Secrets
2006 - Eight Below
2006 - Déjà Vu
2005 - Capote
2005 - The World's Fastest Indian
2005 - Racing Stripes
2004 - Being Julia
2004 - I, Robot
2003 - Hollywood Homicide
2003 - The Core
2002 - Swept Away
2002 - Ararat
2002 - Below
2000 - Here On Earth
2000 - Thirteen Days
2000 - Rules of Engagement
2000 - Cord
1999 - The Lost Son
1999 - Double Jeopardy
1997 - Fathers' Day
1997 - The Sweet Hereafter
1994 - Exotica
1992 - Passenger 57
1989 - Wild Orchid
1982 - Rambo: First Blood

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Dr. Seth Griffin
Batman (Voiced)
Pierce Lawton
Dave Logan
Roger Bingham
Flaming C (Voiced)
Richard Adderly
Jeff Storey
Jeff Boder
Mitchell Gordon
[Complete List]


Canadian character actor Bruce Greenwood spent the 1970s working in regional Vancouver theater, and appeared in many Canadian TV shows during the '80s. His first American film was a walk-on role in Ra... read morembo: First Blood. In the U.S., he fared much better with television pilots, miniseries, and made-for-TV movies. His first big role was Dr. Seth Griffin on St. Elsewhere from 1986-1988. Other TV projects included The FBI Murders, The Servants of Twilight, and Summer Dreams: The Story of the Beach Boys. By the '90s, he had found a home for himself on television. Greenwood played Pierce Lawson in 1991 on the evening soap opera Knots Landing, earned a Gemini (the Canadian Emmy) nomination for The Little Kidnappers, and then took home an award for his role in Road to Avonlea. He also starred as Thomas Veil on the UPN dramatic series Nowhere Man and guest starred as Roger Bingham on the HBO comedy series The Larry Sanders Show. He did quite well on NBC, as well, appearing in many TV movies (including Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge) and starring in the sci-fi mystery show Sleepwalkers as Dr. Nathan Bradford.Greenwood made the leap to the big screen with a fellow Canadian, Egyptian-born filmmaker Atom Egoyan. In Exotica, he played the troubled Francis, a tax collector obsessed with a stripper. The film was a hit at the Cannes Film Festival, and Greenwood re-teamed with the director for his next film, The Sweet Hereafter, which won a special jury prize at Cannes, while Greenwood was nominated for a Genie award for his supporting role of mourning father Billy Ansell. By contrast, he played bad guys in mainstream thrillers in the '90s, with starring roles in Disturbing Behavior, Hide and Seek, Double Jeopardy, and Rules of Engagement He may be most well known, however, for playing President John F. Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis in the political thriller Thirteen Days, for which he won a Golden Satellite Award. With this role under his belt, Greenwood moved into more dramatic territory with the A&E miniseries The Magnificent Ambersons as well as a dual role in Egoyan's Ararat. In 2003, he produced fellow Canadian Deepa Mehta's film The Republic of Love and appeared in the action comedy Hollywood Homicide and the sci-fi thriller The Core. Projects for 2004 include Being Julia, I, Robot, and Racing Stripes.

  • Stopped smoking after the pilot of _"Nowhere Man" (1995)_ (qv).
  • Was supplementing his theatrical career with a job in a chemical factory when he unexpectedly got the part in his first movie, _Bear Island (1979)_ (qv).
  • Once worked as a diamond driller in the North West Territories to earn money to study at The London Central School of Speech and Learning. He left college one year short of graduation to visit Greece and work on a sailboat -- still his favorite job, ever. He bought a motorcycle the year after that to cruise the United States.
  • Dated his wife for the first time when they were both 15. Bruce has been married for 15 years and has known his wife for more than 25 years.
  • Auditioned for the parts of Dr. Jeffrey Geiger in _"Chicago Hope" (1994)_ (qv) and Mike Ryan in _"Almost Perfect" (1995)_ (qv).
  • Bruce attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC for a full year in 1980-1981. He lived on Bleecker St. in Greenwich Village and used a skateboard as transportation.
  • Loves to pepper his speech with sound effects and foreign accents.
  • First became interested in acting when he saw 'Brad Dourif' (qv)'s performance as Billy Bibbit in _One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)_ (qv). He debuted as an actor swinging across stage Ó la Tarzan in a theater production at UBC. Bruce began his professional acting career in the theatre in Vancouver and didn't decide to act for sure until after his first professional play.

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