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Bruno Lawrence is a Actor, Author, Script Supervisor and Original Music Composer Néo-Zélandais born on 12 february 1941 at Worthing (United-kingdom)

Bruno Lawrence

Bruno Lawrence
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Nationality Nouvelle zelande
Birth 12 february 1941 at Worthing (United-kingdom)
Death 10 june 1995 (at 54 years) at Wellington (Nouvelle zelande)

Bruno Lawrence (12 February 1941 – 10 June 1995) was a British and New Zealand musician and actor.

Initially notable as a musician and founder of 1970s ensemble Blerta, he went on to well-regarded roles in several major films; his television work included starring in 1990s era Australian satirical series Frontline.


Born David Charles Lawrence in Worthing, West Sussex, England, he migrated with his family to New Zealand in 1946, settling in New Plymouth before moving to Wellington in 1948.

Lawrence spent most of his life in New Zealand, but also worked extensively in Australia. He was a renowned jazz and rock drummer, playing drums in many bands, including Max Merritt & The Meteors, Quincy Conserve, Blerta, and The Crocodiles. His last recording was with Bernie McGann, Larry Gales and Jonathan Crayford on "Jazz at the St. James" in 1989.

In the early 1970s, Lawrence founded Blerta ("Bruno Lawrence's Electric Revelation and Travelling Apparition"). The multi and theatrical co-operative toured New Zealand and in parts of Australia. Blerta saw him performing alongside many people he would work with later as an actor, including director Geoff Murphy, and actors Martyn Sanderson and Ian Watkin.

Usually with

Geoff Murphy
Geoff Murphy
(3 films)
Tony Barry
Tony Barry
(6 films)
John Bach
John Bach
(6 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Bruno Lawrence (22 films)

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Gino (1994)
, 1h34
Actors Zoe Carides, Bruno Lawrence
Roles Mr. Palzetti
Rating59% 2.978822.978822.978822.978822.97882
Gina Pallazetti is in love with Lucia Petri and his career as a stand up comedian is about to take off.
Jack Be Nimble, 1h32
Genres Thriller, Horror
Actors Alexis Arquette, Bruno Lawrence, Tony Barry, Elizabeth Hawthorne
Roles Teddy
Rating59% 2.9972252.9972252.9972252.9972252.997225
Jack (Arquette) decides to put an end to the abuse he has received from his adoptive parents, and runs away to find his long lost sibling, Dora (Smuts-Kennedy). Although Dora has fared much better since their abandonment and subsequent adoption, she is also drawn to use her telepathic powers to find him. Along the way, Jack is constantly pursued by the four daughters of his adoptive parents, seeking revenge for their parents' demise at the hands of Jack and his invention.
The Rainbow Warrior
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Sam Neill, Jon Voight, Lucy Lawless, Kerry Fox, Bruno Lawrence, Peter Hambleton
Roles Detective Sr. Sgt. Terry Batchelor
Rating55% 2.7608452.7608452.7608452.7608452.760845
Film is based on the true story of the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior, which was bombed in Auckland harbour on 10 July 1985, when it was preparing for a Pacific voyage to protest French nuclear testing. The film chronicles the police investigation to discover what happened to the ship and who was responsible.
Spotswood (1992)
, 1h25
Directed by Mark Joffe
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Anthony Hopkins, Ben Mendelsohn, Bruno Lawrence, John Walton, Rebecca Rigg, Toni Collette
Roles Robert, Carey's Father
Rating61% 3.0957753.0957753.0957753.0957753.095775
In late 1960s Melbourne, Errol Wallace (Anthony Hopkins) is a financial business consultant who we meet in the course of his being hired by the board of Durmack, an automotive component manufacturer, where he assesses a large work force redundancy and recommends major layoffs.
The Rogue Stallion
Actors Beth Buchanan, José María Caffarel, Bruno Lawrence, Jodie Rimmer, Dean O'Gorman, Rawiri Paratene
Roles John Peterson
Rating71% 3.558723.558723.558723.558723.55872
Anna Peterson (Beth Buchanan) loves horses, and the fact that her father (Bruno Lawrence) works at a racetrack in Sydney, Australia only adds to her enthusiasm. One night at dinner, her father announces that after the success of one of the stable's horses in a prominent trophy race, his boss gave the employees a bonus large enough for the Peterson family to go back to her father's ancestral home in New Zealand. Tragically the following day, there is an accident at the stables and Anna's father is killed. With nothing left to keep them in Australia, Anna's mother Rose (Michele Fawdon) decides to follow through on her husband's dream and moves Anna and her younger brother Mike (Andrew Shepherd) to Charlton, New Zealand.
The Delinquents, 1h41
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Kylie Minogue, Charlie Schlatter, Bruno Lawrence, Todd Boyce, Melissa Jaffer, Lynette Curran
Roles Bosun
Rating56% 2.8491752.8491752.8491752.8491752.849175
The film was adapted from the novel of the same name by Australian author Deirdre Cash, writing as Criena Rohan. Lola and Brownie are teenagers in the Australian town of Bundaberg during the 1950s. They fall in love, but because of their age must fight their parents and welfare, who try to keep them apart. Lola falls pregnant and the couple runs away so they can keep their baby and live happily ever after. Lola's mother and the police find them and take Lola home. Brownie joins the crew of a ship so he can sail the coast and look for Lola. Meanwhile, Lola is forced to have an abortion by her mother in Brisbane. After an argument with her mother about Brownie and the abortion, Lola moves to Melbourne, becomes a waitress and bleaches her hair. Lola is reunited with Brownie after he visits the bar where Lola works whilst on shore leave. She returns with Brownie to his ship and they spend the night together in Brownie's cabin, where they are discovered the following morning by Brownie's friend and boss, Bosun. After an argument between Brownie and Bosun as to whether Lola should return to her mother or stay with Brownie, Bosun eventually relents and says that Lola can stay, so long as she is kept "out of sight" from the other sailors.
Grievous Bodily Harm, 1h36
Directed by Mark Joffe
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Colin Friels, Kym Gyngell, John Waters, Bruno Lawrence, Shane Briant, Sandy Gore
Roles Det. Sgt. Ray Birch
Rating52% 2.6182952.6182952.6182952.6182952.618295
Crime reporter Tom Stewart (Colin Friels) and a cop (Bruno Lawrence) look for a deranged schoolteacher (John Waters) who goes on a murder spree while looking for the lover he thought to be dead.
Rikky and Pete, 1h41
Directed by Nadia Tass
Genres Comedy, Action
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Tetchie Agbayani, Bill Hunter, Bruno Lawrence, Bruce Spence, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Dorothy Alison
Roles Sonny
Rating58% 2.9005552.9005552.9005552.9005552.900555
Rikky Menzies (Nina Landis) and Pete Menzies (Stephen Kearney) are sister and brother. Rikky is an out-of-work geologist, and aspiring singer (vocals by Wendy Matthews). Pete is a misfit who dreams up weird inventions. Pursued by police sergeant Whitstead (Bill Hunter), on whom Pete has been playing practical jokes, they flee to the mining town of Mount Isa.
Initiation (1987)
, 1h28
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure
Actors Bruno Lawrence, Miranda Otto, Rodney Harvey, Tony Barry
Roles Nat Molloy
Rating53% 2.6799152.6799152.6799152.6799152.679915
Danny Molloy arrives in Adelaide to visit his father who he has not seen in ten years. He then crashes in a rain forest.
Pallet on the Floor, 1h28
Genres Drama, Comedy, Horror comedy, Horror, Crime
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Comedy horror films
Actors Marshall Napier, Peter McCauley, John Bach, Bruce Spence, Bruno Lawrence, Terence Cooper
Roles Ronald Hugh Morrieson
Rating52% 2.64842.64842.64842.64842.6484
Life was hard enough for Sam Jamieson without Jack Voot’s lechery and Miriam Breen’s jealousy. Then life at Kurikino erupted into a sensation of murder and blackmail, turning his life into a nightmare from which the efforts of Tinny Entwistle, Gigglejuice Saunders and the Remittance Man could not save him. But Spud McGhee had an idea .... . Sam never gets round to working on his cottage, he goes to the Brian Boru the only hotel in Kurikino, run by Amos Blennerhasset. Wife Sue is pregnant. Sam works at 'the big slaughter-house across the bridge at the foot of the hill' known as 'the Works'.
Utu (1984)
, 1h58
Directed by Geoff Murphy
Origin Nouvelle zelande
Genres Drama, War, Adventure, Historical, Western
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Political films
Actors Bruno Lawrence, Wi Kuki Kaa, Martyn Sanderson, Tim Eliott, Ilona Rodgers, John Bach
Roles Williamson
Rating68% 3.444653.444653.444653.444653.44465
Set in New Zealand’s North Island during the New Zealand Wars, Utu follows Te Wheke (Anzac Wallace), a Maori Captain in the British army. When Te Wheke’s unit comes across a village that has been slaughtered he, recognising it as his own, deserts the army and organises a guerilla force to terrorise the invading British forces. When the unit destroys the home of Williamson (Bruno Lawrence) and kills his wife, Williamson vows to hunt down Te Wheke and kill him himself. Meanwhile, army scout Wiremu (Wi Kuki Kaa) and recent Boer War veteran Lieutenant Scott (Kelly Johnson) aim to track down Te Wheke themselves, also using guerilla warfare techniques against the will of corrupt Colonel Elliot (Tim Eliot).