Bruce Greenwood


12 august, 1956



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He is an avid musician and relaxes by singing and playing his electric guitar.

Bruce was in grade school in Bethesda, Maryland, during the Cuban Missile Crisis and remembers the preparations for possible war vividly.

Auditioned for the parts of Dr. Jeffrey Geiger in "Chicago Hope" (1994) and Mike Ryan in "Almost Perfect" (1995).

Stopped smoking after the pilot of "Nowhere Man" (1995).

Owns the tuxedo he wore in Treacherous Beauties (1994) (TV).

Began making talking books in 1996, which employs his penchant for dialects.

Loves to pepper his speech with sound effects and foreign accents.

Filmed a public service message for Northwest Medical Teams on the plight of Romanian orphans while on "Nowhere Man" (1995).

Won a Gemini for Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role for his performance of Caleb Stokes in "Road to Avonlea" (1990) in 1995. Bruce was also nominated for a Gemini for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance of Dr. Willem Hooft in The Little Kidnappers (1990) (TV) in 1990.

Broke his ankle in 1985 filming The Climb (1986) while on location in the mountains of Pakistan.

Initially, Bruce refused his breakthrough role in "St. Elsewhere" (1982) because he was filming the movie Another Chance (1989) but managed to work on both jobs simultaneously for several weeks.

Had a year-long contract with Warner Brothers to do television pilots in 1984.

Lived in a two-bedroom apartment in Laurel Canyon after moving to Los Angeles and drove a 1972 Toyota pick-up truck. Bruce did not own an operable television set for many years after his move to Los Angeles.

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 in 1982 for an important part in Psycho II (1983).

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).

Was working on a drilling crew in Northern Alberta when a director called with a part in the musical "Cruel Tears".

Broke his leg during a dance routine in the touring company of "Cruel Tears". He damaged the same leg in a motorcycle accident three days after the cast came off, a little stunt that left him on crutches for eight more months.

Played a life-sized puppet in best friend Norman Foote's earliest shows for children.

Once worked as a diamond driller in the Northwest 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.

Bruce attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City for a full year in 1980-1981. He lived on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village and used a skateboard as transportation.

Originally had 12 lines in the Sylvester Stallone film First Blood (1982), and even though his speaking part was cut to a walk-on, he still got listed in the credits.

Had his first big screen role in the pilot of the HBO series "The Hitchhiker" (1983). He came to Los Angeles in 1983 to dub dialog in "The Hitchhiker" (1983), where he "conditionally" acquired his first agent and got the lead in "Legmen" (1984) -- all within a week. He auditioned for the lead in Falconer in 1984 but was dubbed too youthful looking for the part.

Graduated from high school in Zurich, Switzerland, where his family lived for 13 months while his father did research. Afterwards, Bruce lived on his own, exploring the European ski circuit. He planned on becoming a professional skier until he injured his knee when he was 16. This has resulted in a total of six operations on his right knee, the last one early in 1997. Bruce always wears a brace on his right knee for skiing and other sports. He participated in celebrity ski tournaments during his two seasons with "St. Elsewhere" (1982).

Lost a front tooth in a tussle some years ago and cheerfully removed it for his part in The Sweet Hereafter (1997).

An avid outdoorsman who skis, skydives, sails and hikes.

During his year with "Nowhere Man" (1995), Bruce became an enthusiastic golfer and occassionally participates in celebrity tournaments.

Was raised mostly in Vancouver, where his family moved when he was 11. Bruce went to Magee secondary school in the Kerrisdale area of Vancouver. He attended the University of British Columbia for three years where his father was Head of the Geology Department and his mother was a nurse in the extended care unit. Bruce never lived in one place longer than four years. He studied philosophy and economics at UBC and only took his first drama class for an easy credit.

When Bruce was a child, he rarely watched television since it was rationed, and he saved up his half-hours to view "ABC's Wide World of Sports" (1961) on weekends. Bruce dislikes scary films and -- as a child -- was even frightened by the monkeys in The Wizard of Oz (1939).

Had the nickname "Greendog" while growing up.

Has two younger sisters: Kelly (a nurse) and Lynn (a mother and an activist).

Born in Noranda, Quebec, because his Vancouver-born father was working on a mining project there at the time. Bruce spent the first three years of his life in Princeton, New Jersey, where his father got his graduate degrees, the next three years in Washingon, D.C. and Maryland, and the three after that back in Princeton.

Bruce's parents are Hugh John Greenwood and Mary Sylvia Ledingham.

First became interested in acting when he saw Brad Dourif's performance as Billy Bibbit in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). He debuted as an actor swinging across stage à 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.

Plays President John F. Kennedy in Thirteen Days (2000), and the unnamed fictional President in National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007).

Father of Breana Chloe Greenwood.

Position Actor