Hopkins, Bruce 1955–

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Hopkins, Bruce 1955–


Original name, Raymond Bruce Hopkins; born November 25, 1955, in Invercargill, New Zealand; son of Bill (a crayfisherman) and Colleen Marguerite Hopkins; children: Tom, Joe, Francesca. Education: Trained as a physical education teacher. Avocational Interests: Sailing, visiting elderly people, and supporting charitable causes.

Career: Actor. Worked as a professional dancer for nine years in Australia and New Zealand, and was a member of several companies including Limbs Dance Co., Auckland, New Zealand, Impulse Dance Theater, Wellington, New Zealand, Human Veins Dance Company, Canberra, Australia, Sydney Festival Dance Co., Sydney, Australia, 1978–86; appeared for two seasons (one as dancer, one as actor) with the Black Grace Dance Co., 1998; performed as half of the comedy duo Des and Les (previously known as The Golden Holdens), for 16 years, including a stint on NZ Radio Live, 100.6 FM, corporate and conference entertainment, product launches, ground announcing at Eden Park sports stadium, audience warm up for studio-based television productions, and various charity events. Also worked as a crayfisherman, physical education teacher, and as a surf lifesaver working as a member of a helicopter rescue squad. Supporter of Operation Read.

Awards, Honors: National bronze medal winner for surf lifesaving.


Film Appearances:

Colin, Linda's Body (short), 1990.

Chorus number eight, Desperate Remedies, Miramax, 1993.

The Beach (short), 1995.

Bruce, Warm Gun (short), 1996.

Jock, I'll Make You Happy, 1999.

Savage Honeymoon, 2000.

Larry, Jubilee, 2000.

Bruce, Dark Stories: Tales from Beyond the Grave, MTI Home Video, 2001.

TV writer, This Is Not a Love Story, 2002.

Gamling, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (also known as Die Herr der Ringe: Die zwei turme and The Two Towers), New Line Cinema, 2002.

Gamling, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (also known as Der Herr der Ringe: Die ruckkehr des onigs and The Return of the King), New Line Cinema, 2003.

Claw, Point Annihilation (short), 2004.

Bruce, 1nite, 2004.

Himself, Return of the Jackalope, 2005.

Also appeared in other short films, including The Bar; Henchman; Sacrifice; Dancing Barefoot; Secrets; Flying; Max Gain; Rushes; Nine Across; The Find.

Television Appearances; Series:

Marcus Bowman, Shortland Street, TVNZ, 2002.

Voice of Choobo, Power Rangers Ninja Storm, ABC, 2003.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Brig officer, Greenstone, Odyssey, 1999.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Andy Deakin, Lawless: Dead Evidence (also known as Dead Evidence), TV2, 2000.

Andy Deakin, Lawless: Beyond Justice (also known as Lawless 2), TV2, 2001.

Doug, The Vector File, 2002.

Hostage gunman, Blood Crime, USA Network, 2002.

Lancaster, Murder in Greenwich (also known as Dominick Dunne Presents: "Murder in Greenwich"), USA Network, 2002.

U.S. colonel at Savoy, Ike: Countdown to D-Day, Arts and Entertainment, 2004.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Various historical figures, This Is It, TV3, 1999.

Himself, Stage Challenge Grand Final, TV2, 2003.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Barney Crenshaw, "The Runaways," High Tide, syndicated, 1995.

Pylon, "Cast a Giant Shadow," Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, syndicated, 1995.

Termin, "Dreamworker," Xena: Warrior Princess, syndicated, 1995.

Tegason, "Ten Little Warlords," Xena: Warrior Princess, syndicated, 1996.

Jordis, "Heedless Hearts," Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, syndicated, 1996.

Theseus, "Amazon Grace," Young Hercules, Fox, 1998.

Andy Deakin, Lawless, Fox, 1999.

Rahl, "Daughter of Pomira," Xena: Warrior Princess, syndicated, 1999.

Barkeeper, "Lyre, Lyre Hearts on Fire," Xena: Warrior Princess, syndicated, 2000.

Jake Lawson, "Last Stand," Cleopatra 2525, 2000.

Colin Mitford, "Lazy Sunday Afternoon", Mercy Peak, TVNZ, 2001.

Voice of Ruby Dragon, "House of Cards," Power Rangers Dino Thunder, ABC, Family, 2004.

Voice of Praxis, "Confronted," Power Rangers S.P.D. (also known as Power Rangers Space Patrol Delta), ABC Family, 2005.

Voice of Ringbah, "Walls," Power Rangers S.P.D. (also known as Power Rangers Space Patrol Delta), ABC Family, 2005.

Also appeared in Jack of All Trades; Hearts of Men; The Chosen; Mercy Peak; Spin Doctor; Being Eve; 2050, What If?; Letter to Blanche; Candid Camera; The Nightmare Man; Blood Crime; The Life and Times of Te Tutu.

Stage Appearances:

Appeared in East; West; The Lover and the Beloved; Song of the Civilised Thief; Ladies Night; Ladies Night 2 Raging On; Sound of Music; Peter Pan; Breaking the Code; Streetcar Named Desire; Lovelock's Dream Run; Fool for Love; The Three Musketeers; Restless Ecstasy; Via Satellite; Christmas Carol; Jack and the Beanstalk; as Diesel, Westside Story, Mercury Theatre Company; Tybalt, Romeo & Juliet; title role, MacBeth, Pamdemonium Theatre.



Dominion Post, December 11, 2002.

New Zealand Herald, June 8, 2003.

Sunday Star Times, August 3, 2003.