Bruce Greenwood biography
Birth Name: Stuart Bruce Greenwood
Date of Birth: August 12, 1956
Canadian born Bruce Greenwood spent the first years of his life in Noranda, Quebec before moving
to Princeton, New Jersey, then Washington D.C. and finally to Vancouver, British Columbia at
Greenwood trained at the University of British Columbia and the American Academy of Dramatic
Arts. After graduating, he landed bit roles in the feature films Bear Island (1980) and
First Blood (1982).
Before moving to L.A. to pursue an acting career, he spent a year touring as a singer/guitarist
with a rock band. In 1984 Greenwood landed his first TV series, the short-lived Legmen in
which he played a college student earning extra money by working for a seedy private
detective. Although a key role in the TV-Movie Peyton Place: The Next Generation followed,
he first came to attention on St. Elsewhere as Dr. Seth Griffin, the brash doctor who
finds religion after he contracts AIDS from a hypodermic needle.
More TV roles followed, including spots in Spy, Summer Dreams: The Story of the Beach
Boys, The Larry Sanders Show and the title role in Nowhere Man. Greenwood has
won a Gemini award for his guest appearance on Road to Avonlea.
In film, Greenwood has appeared in such American films as Passenger 57 and Wild
Orchid, but his Canadian work has gained him more acclaim and attention. In 1994,
Greenwood starred in Atom Egoyan's critically-acclaimed Exotica as a tax inspector
obsessed with a stripper. He reunited with Egoyan to play the mournful father Billy Ansel
in the Oscar-nominated The Sweet Hereafter with Ian Holm and Sarah Polley. This film
garnered him a Genie nomination.
From focusing his early career in television, Greenwood began to work more intensively in
the feature film industry late in the 20th century. Some of his more notable appearances
in film includes Fathers Day (1997), Thick as Thieves (1999), The Lost Son
(1999), an independent British feature; Disturbing Behavior (1998), Double Jeopardy
(1999) playing the treacherous husband, and Rules Of Engagement (2000).
He continues to work in features such as Thirteen Days (2000) with Kevin Costner, Eight Below (2006) with Paul Walker and Star Trek (2009), but makes time to return to the small screen in miniseries such as Haven, It's a Girl Thing
and The Magnificent Ambersons.
He has been married to Susan Devlin since 1985.
Bruce Greenwood Filmography