Stuart Bruce Greenwood

Stuart Bruce Greenwood

Her role in 'I, Robot' (2004)

Background:

An attractive, light-haired leading man, Canadian character actor Bruce
Greenwood had built a fertile career with more than 80 projects under his belt
since the late 1970s. On the small screen, he is perhaps best known for his
roles in the NBC medical drama “St. Elsewhere” (1986-1988, as Dr. Seth Griffin)
and the UPN dramatic series “Nowhere Man” (1995-1996, starred as Thomas Veil).
He took home a Gemini (Canadian Emmy) nomination after playing supporting role
Dr. Willem Hooft in the made-for-TV film The Little Kidnappers (1990), and
finally won the award for his significant appearance in one episode of “Road to
Avonlea,” four years later. Other memorable works include Danielle Steel’s Mixed
Blessings’ (1995), Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge (1995) and Judith
Krantz’s Dazzle (1995). Additionally, he has starred in such short-lived series
as the NBC series “Legmen” (1984), “Sleepwalkers” (1998), and lent the voice of
Chiron Star in the animated serial “Class of the Titans” (2006).

A prolific TV actor, Greenwood, who made his American debut with a walk-on role
in Rambo: First Blood (1982) starring the Sylvester Stallone, had a sporadic
roles in films until the late’90s. He made a name for himself in his native of
Canada with director Atom Egoyan’s films Exotica (1994), The Sweet Hereafter
(1997) and Ararat (2002). American audiences are maybe well-recognized the
performer for playing terrible characters such as in the horror/thriller
Disturbing Behavior (1998), the highly successful Double Jeopardy (1999) and
Rules of Engagement (2000). In 2000, he offered one of his best performances to
date, starring as the US President John F Kennedy in the political thriller
Thirteen Days, where he nabbed a Golden Satellite Award. In more recent movies,
Greenwood is outstanding in Hollywood Homicide (2003), The Core (2003), I, Robot
(1004, with Will Smith), Being Julia (2004, earned a Genie nod), Racing Stripes
(2005) and Eight Below (2006).

50-year-old Greenwood will star in the forthcoming Firehouse Dog (2006), the
thriller Deja Vu (2006, opposite Denzel Washington) and The Mermaid Chair (2006,
TV).

Off camera, Greenwood is an avid outdoor man. He likes skiing, hiking, sailing
and skydiving. Also a passionate musician, he sings and playing the electric
guitar, and was once served as a singer-guitarist for a Canadian rock band
before moving to Los Angeles. He is married to Susan Devlin since 1985, and has
a child with her.


Greendog

Childhood and Family:

Born Stuart Bruce Greenwood, on August 12, 1956, in Noranda, Québec, Canada,
Bruce Greenwood spent his early years in several places such as Princeton, NJ,
Washington DC and Bethesda, Maryland before moving to Vancouver at the age of
11. Mostly raised in Vancouver, the son of Hugh John Greenwood and Mary Sylvia
Ledingham attended Magee secondary school in the Kerrisdale area of Vancouver.
But, he had to finish his high school in Zurich, Switzerland, where his family
lived for 13 months while his dad did research. Bruce, who earned nicknamed
Greendog while growing up, then lived on his own and started to explore the
European ski circuit. At age 16, he suffered a knee injury that abruptly cut
short his dream of becoming a professional skier. Back to Vancouver, Bruce
attended the University of British Columbia, where his father was Head of the
Geology Department. He studied philosophy and economics for three years. He
spent a year full at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City in
early 1980s.

Bruce was happily married to his teen girlfriend, Susan Devlin, in 1985. He
dated his wife for the first time when they were both 15 years old. The couple
has one child.


Nowhere Man

Career:

Québec-born, Vancouver-raised Bruce Greenwood originally wanted to become a
professional skier, but a knee injury at age 16 was an obstacle. In the
mid-‘70s, he became interested in acting after watching a performance by Brad
Dourif in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975), and made his professional
debut as a stage actor in Vancouver in the production of “Scapino,” the
following year. More roles in local productions followed, including a lead in
the musical “Cruel Tears” (1977), and by the late 1970s, he had broken the
Canadian cinematic industry with a small role in Alistair MacLean’s Bear Island
(1979), playing technician Tommy. The adventure starred Donald Sutherland and
Vanessa Redgrave. He then had a recurring role in the Canadian series
“Huckleberry Finn and His Friends” (1980), acted in a production of “Beat”
(1981), and in 1982, made his last stage appearance for a decade with a role in
“A State of Grace.” The same year, he debuted on American movie with a walk-on
role in the Sylvester Stallone vehicle Rambo: First Blood. After a role in the
pilot of HBO’s “The Hitchhiker” (1983), Greenwood headed to Los Angeles to
further pursue his acting career.

A year later, Greenwood scored his first regular as a university student who
earns some extra money by working for a sleazy private investigator in the NBC
series “Legmen.” Unfortunately, it was a short-lived. Undaunted, he took on
recurring roles in several TV series, including “Jessie” (1984) and “Danger Bay”
(1986), and appeared in numerous TV films such as Peyton Place: The Next
Generation (1985) and Striker’s Mountain (1985) before hitting the big time with
his breakthrough role of Dr. Seth Griffin, the brash doctor who discovered
religion when he deals AIDS, in the NBC medical drama “St. Elsewhere”
(1986-1988).

After his role in “St. Elsewhere,” Greenwood’s TV career took flight. He was
seen in numerous projects such as In the Line of Duty: The F.B.I. Murders
(1988), the USA Network movie Spy (1989), Summer Dreams: The Story of the Beach
Boys (1990, as Dennis Wilson) and “Knots Landing” (1991-1992). In the
made-for-TV film The Little Kidnappers (1990), Greenwood received a Gemini
(Canadian Emmy) nod for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for
playing Dr. Willem Hooft. He finally took home a statue, this time for his
brilliant guest staring role of Caleb Stokes in an episode of “Road to Avonlea”
(1994). He also starred as Dave Logan in the brief Fox sitcom “Hardball” (1994),
and by the time he assumed the lead of the documentary photographer Thomas Veil
on the UPN dramatic series “Nowhere Man” (1995-1996), Greenwood had achieved a
star status. The same year, he was also well-received as a first-time
father-to-be in the NBC film Danielle Steel’s Mixed Blessings,’ as the husband
of Naomi Judd in Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge, and for playing Casey
Nelson in Judith Krantz’s Dazzle.

From the mid-1980s to the mid 1990s, Greenwood was sporadically seen in movies.
Among his projects were the Canadian productions The Climb (1986), The Malibu
Bikini Shop (1986, starred with Michael David Wright), the Atom Egoyan-directed
Exotica (1994, portrayed a tax collector obsessed with a stripper) as well as
Paint Cans (1994). He also appeared in Hollywood productions like Another Chance
(1989, with Vanessa Angel), the Mickey Rourke and Jacqueline Bisset starring
vehicle Wild Orchid (1990), the horror/thriller Servants of Twilight (1991,
opposite Jarrett Lennon) and Passenger 57 (1992, starred Wesley Snipes and Bruce
Payne).

In 1997, after roles in television movies Tell Me No Secrets and The Absolute
Truth, Greenwood found himself acting with Robin Williams and Billy Crystal in
the comedy film Fathers’ Day as well as reuniting with a fellow Canadian,
Egyptian-born filmmaker Egoyan for The Sweet Hereafter, a drama which netted a
special jury prize at Cannes. For his superb presentation in the latter, where
he was cast as sorrow father Billy Ansell, whose two children were killed in a
tragic bus accident, Greenwood was handed a Genie nomination for Best Actor. He
then had a supporting role in the crime/drama film Thick as Thieves (1998,
starred Alec Baldwin), guest starred as Roger Bingham in the HBO comedy series
“The Larry Sanders Show” (1997-98), starred with Naomi Watts in the short-lived
NBC drama “Sleepwalkers” (1998), took on the evil role of Dr. Edgar Caldicott in
the horror/thriller Disturbing Behavior (1998, starred James Marsden, Katie
Holmes and Nick Stahl), appeared in the drama/thriller The Lost Son (1999) and
portrayed Ashley Judd’s scheming spouse in the hit Double Jeopardy (1999). 1999
also saw roles in two television films The Color of Courage (starred Linda
Hamilton) and The Soul Collector (opposite Melissa Gilbert).

Following supporting roles in the romance film Here on Earth and the thriller
Cord (both 2000), Greenwood again undertook a bad guy role, this time playing
immoral National Security Advisor Bill Sokal in Rules of Engagement (2000). But,
it was his nuanced portrayal of US President John F Kennedy in the political
thriller Thirteen Days (2000) that propelled Greenwood’s movie career to a new
level of appreciation, especially after picking up a Golden Satellite. After a
two-year away from filmmaking, during this time he appeared on the small screen,
Greenwood rejoined Egoyan in Ararat (2002), followed by performances in the WWII
submarine thriller Below (2002), the director Guy Ritchie’s Razzie-winning
remake Swept Away (2002), the sci-fi/ thriller The Core (2003), the Ron
Shelton-helmed comedy Hollywood Homicide (2003, starred Harrison Ford) and the
Deepa Mehta’s The Republic of Love (2003, also a producer).

In 2004, Greenwood attracted the public’s interest when he joined Will Smith in
the sci-fi/ thriller I, Robot, Alex Proyas’ adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s classic
book of sci-fi short stories. The film cast him as Lawrence Robertson, the
megalomaniacal CEO of U.S. Robotics who is suspected of kill by a disbelieving
detective. The same year, he earned a Genie nomination for Best Supporting Actor
for his role of Lord Charles, opposite Annette Bening, in Being Julia, starred
in the FX original movie Meltdown, played Arnie in The Life (2004, TV) as well
as acted in The Riverman (2004, TV). The following years found roles in the
combination live-action and animated comedy Racing Stripes (2005), Saving Milly
(2005, TV), Mee-Shee: The Water Giant (2005), Capote (2005, as the long-time
lover of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Truman Capote) and The World’s Fastest Indian
(2005).

Recently starring with Paul Walker in Frank Marshall’s family film Eight Below
(2006), he is scheduled to play roles in the upcoming films Firehouse Dog
(2006), director Tony Scott’s thriller Deja Vu (2006, opposite Denzel
Washington) and The Mermaid Chair (2006, TV). As for series, Greenwood provided
his voice to the animated show “Class of the Titans” (2006), as Chiron Star.


Awards:

Golden Satellite: Thirteen Days, 2000
Gemini: Road to Avonlea, 1994
 
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