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SpouseJenny Spence
MarkOften portrays tall, ominous, and sometimes sinister characters
FactHe is listed alongside James Arness as the tallest actor to play a leading role by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Bruce Spence is an Australian actor who has appeared in a number of films and television series. He is best known for his roles in the Mad Max franchise, in which he played the Gyro Captain in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior and Jedediah the Pilot in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. He has also appeared in such films as The Matrix, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.

Spence was born in Sydney, Australia, on 18 September 1945. His parents were both schoolteachers. He has two sisters. Spence was educated at Sydney Boys High School and the University of Sydney, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

Spence began his acting career in the early 1970s, appearing in such Australian television series as Homicide and Matlock Police. He made his film debut in Mad Max in 1979. He went on to appear in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, as well as such other films as The Matrix, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.

Spence has been married three times. His first wife was actress Sheila Florance, with whom he had a son, Nicholas. His second wife was actress Catherine Wilkin, with whom he had a daughter, Chloe. His third wife is actress Lisa McCune, with whom he has two sons, Oscar and Harry.

Spence is a tall man, with a height of 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m). He has blue eyes and blond hair.

General Info

Full NameBruce Spence
Height2.01 m
ProfessionVoice Actor
EducationHenderson High School
NationalityNew Zealand


SpouseJenny Spence


AwardsAACTA Award for Best Lead Actor
MoviesMad Max 2, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Gods of Egypt, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Finding Nemo, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Backtrack, The Matrix Revolutions, Dark City, Queen of the Damned, Ace Ventura:...
TV ShowsLegend of the Seeker, RAN Remote Area Nurse, Certain Women, Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left

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#Marks / Signs
1Often portrays tall, ominous, and sometimes sinister characters


1[on his costume as Tion Medon in Star Wars] "It was a huge contribution to my character. It's one of those things that just adds up to thins here, too. I felt almost priestlike when it was on, and that's when I thought, I'm the administrator of this planet, but that role carries extra responsibilities. Especially when I put on this costume that has accumulated over eons. The significance of all the different pieces goes back and has evolved over many years"


1He is listed alongside James Arness as the tallest actor to play a leading role by the Guinness Book of World Records.
2Has played in the third installments of five big film franchises - Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, The Matrix Revolutions, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
3Played "The Mouth of Sauron" in The Lord of the Rings for Peter Jackson. His scene was removed from the theatrical cut of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, but is being restored for the Extended Edition.




Chuck Finn1999TV SeriesProfessor Heinz
Halifax f.p.1998TV SeriesEric Washburn
Moby Dick1998TV Mini-SeriesElijah
Dark City1998Mr. Wall
Bullpitt!1997-1998TV SeriesDarcy Kelso
Return to Jupiter1997TV SeriesEd Unit
Good Guys Bad Guys1997TV SeriesSquirt Man
The Munsters' Scary Little Christmas1996TV MovieMr Gateman
After the Beep1996TV Series
Twisted Tales1996TV SeriesColin Condon
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls1995Gahjii
Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left1993-1994TV SeriesThe Chief
Over the Hill1994TV SeriesTall Bob
Hercules Returns1993Sprocket
Sweet Talker1991Norman Foster
The Shrimp on the Barbie1990Wayne
Zucker1989TV Movie
Dearest Enemy1989TV SeriesLenny (1989 / 1992)
Tanamera - Lion of Singapore1989TV Mini-SeriesHammond
Rikky and Pete1988Ben
The Dirtwater Dynasty1988TV Mini-SeriesLonely Logan
Rob Roy1987Video voice
Bachelor Girl1987Alistair Dredge Jr
The Year My Voice Broke1987Jonah
Great Expectations: The Untold Story1987TV MovieJoe Gargery
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome1985Jedediah the Pilot
Pallet on the Floor1984Basil Beaumont-Foster
Where the Green Ants Dream1984Lance Hackett
Special Squad1984TV SeriesProfessor
The Return of Captain Invincible1983Midnight's Doctor
Double Deal1983Doug Mitchell
Midnite Spares1983Wimpy
Kingswood Country1981-1982TV SeriesDentist / Samson
..Deadline..1982TV MovieTowie
The Road Warrior1981The Gyro Captain
And Here Comes Bucknuckle1981TV Series
Barnaby and Me1979TV MovieTall Baddie
Dimboola1979Morrie McAdam
Skyways1979TV SeriesDavid Howard
Newsfront1978Redex trial driver
Case for the Defence1978TV SeriesAlfred Burrows
Eliza Fraser1976Bruce McIver
Let the Balloon Go1976Chief Gifford
20th Century Oz1976Bass Player / Surfie
Mad Dog Morgan1976Heriot
The Great MacArthy1975Bill Dean
Matlock Police1974-1975TV SeriesJohnny Butler / Maxie
The Firm Man1975Messenger
Three Old Friends1974ShortSteve
Ryan1974TV SeriesWally Scott
The Cars That Eat People1974Charlie
Moving On1974Road Worker
Certain Women1973TV SeriesJulius 'Big Julie'
Dimboola: The Stage Play1973Morrie McAdam, the Groom
Boney1973TV SeriesRon Sawyer
Division 41972-1973TV SeriesJames 'Peachtree' Peach / Timothy Higgins
Stork1971Graham 'Stork' Wallace
Dead Easy1970Friend 2
Blue World Orderpost-productionWhippett
Edge of TwilightVideo Game post-productionHorace (voice)
The Weekend Shift2016TV SeriesShaun
Dog Squadron2016TV ShortBoots (voice)
Black Comedy2016TV SeriesGuest Cast
Gods of Egypt2016Head Judge
The Wizards of Aus2016TV SeriesRegimand
Let's Talk About2015TV Mini-SeriesMan in Toilet
Rake2014TV SeriesGeorge Corella
I, Frankenstein2014Molokai
Mystery Road2013Jim the Coroner
The Occupants2012ShortGrandfather
Census2012ShortDr. Deluise
The Man with Wings2011Short
Cloudstreet2011TV Mini-SeriesPig
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader2010Lord Rhoop
Legend of the Seeker2008-2010TV SeriesZeddicus Zu'l Zorander
All Saints2009TV SeriesBarry Goldsworthy
The Art of Darts & Dying2009ShortDave De Crease
Australia2008Dr. Barker
City Homicide2008TV SeriesMaurice Biederman
Double the Fist2008TV SeriesMayor
Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage2007ShortChum (voice)
Death's Requiem2007ShortJohn
Equal Opportunity2006TV ShortDeath
Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King2006TV Mini-SeriesHans Morris
RAN: Remote Area Nurse2006TV Mini-SeriesVince
Grange2005TV Movie
Crooked Mick of the Speewah2005ShortDrover
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith2005Tion Medon
Australian Summer2005ShortHerman
The Brush-Off2004TV MoviePhilip Veale
Peter Pan2003Cookson
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King2003Black Lieutenant (extended edition)
The Matrix Revolutions2003Trainman
Finding Nemo2003Chum (voice)
Enter the Matrix2003Video GameTrainman (voice)
Inspector Gadget 22003VideoBaxter
Always Greener2001-2003TV SeriesRev. Millburn
Short Cuts2002TV SeriesMr. Coxon
Farscape2002TV SeriesPrefect Falaak
Queen of the Damned2002Khayman
BeastMaster2001TV SeriesAnnubis
Something in the Air2000TV SeriesRussell Redlich
Tales of the South Seas2000TV Series


RingCon 20102010DocumentaryHimself
The Making of 'Walking with Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular 2009'2010DocumentaryNarrator
Legend of the Seeker: The Making of a Legend!2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Walking with Dinosaurs: The Making of the Live Experience2007Video documentaryHimself
The Matrix Reloaded Revisited2004Himself / The Trainman
Weta Workshop2004Video documentaryHimself
The Matrix Reloaded: The Exiles2004Video documentaryHimself
The Matrix Recalibrated2004Video documentary shortHimself

Archive Footage

Edición Especial Coleccionista2011TV SeriesThe Gyro Captain
Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!2008DocumentaryHimself
On the Bench with the Great MacArthy2004Video
The Making of 'Three Old Friends'2004Video
Finding Nemo2003Video GameChum
The Celluloid Heroes1995TV MovieHimself


Won Awards

2005Best Actor - MaleTropfestAustralian Summer (2005)
1972Hoyts Prize for Best PerformanceAustralian Film InstituteBest ActorStork (1971)

Nominated Awards

1983Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorMad Max 2 (1981)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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