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Also Known As: Stuart Bruce Greenwood Died:
Born: August 12, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Quebec, Ontario, CA Profession: actor, singer, musician, diamond driller, factory worker

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Having appeared in scores of films and television projects since the 1980s, actor Bruce Greenwood spent decades in smaller roles before finally receiving his due as President John F. Kennedy in the nail-biting docudrama "13 Days" (2000). Prior to the high-profile turn, Greenwood had worked steadily throughout the years on television and in features, first in his native Canada and later in Hollywood. He had numerous guest spots and recurring roles on popular shows like "St. Elsewhere" (NBC, 1982-1988) and "Knots Landing" (CBS, 1979-1993), while finally gaining recognition on the big screen with the acclaimed indie "The Sweet Hereafter" (1997). After "Thirteen Days," Greenwood's career took off, as he landed supporting parts in major movies like "Hollywood Homicide" (2003), "Being Julia" (2004), "I, Robot" (2004) and "Déjà Vu" (2006). Returning to television, he starred as a surf bum father in David Milch's exceptionally weird and short-lived "John from Cincinnati" (HBO, 2007), while playing Truman Capote's long-term companion Jack Dunphy in "Capote" (2005). After playing the president in "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" (2007), he portrayed Captain Pike of the U.S.S. Enterprise in J.J. Abrams'...

Having appeared in scores of films and television projects since the 1980s, actor Bruce Greenwood spent decades in smaller roles before finally receiving his due as President John F. Kennedy in the nail-biting docudrama "13 Days" (2000). Prior to the high-profile turn, Greenwood had worked steadily throughout the years on television and in features, first in his native Canada and later in Hollywood. He had numerous guest spots and recurring roles on popular shows like "St. Elsewhere" (NBC, 1982-1988) and "Knots Landing" (CBS, 1979-1993), while finally gaining recognition on the big screen with the acclaimed indie "The Sweet Hereafter" (1997). After "Thirteen Days," Greenwood's career took off, as he landed supporting parts in major movies like "Hollywood Homicide" (2003), "Being Julia" (2004), "I, Robot" (2004) and "Déjà Vu" (2006). Returning to television, he starred as a surf bum father in David Milch's exceptionally weird and short-lived "John from Cincinnati" (HBO, 2007), while playing Truman Capote's long-term companion Jack Dunphy in "Capote" (2005). After playing the president in "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" (2007), he portrayed Captain Pike of the U.S.S. Enterprise in J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" (2009). Regardless of the role, whether leading or supporting, Greenwood was a steady presence who brought gravitas and a wealth of talent to his performance.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Spectral (2016)
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3.
 Good Kill (2015)
4.
 Devil's Knot (2014)
5.
6.
 Endless Love (2014)
7.
 WildLike (2013)
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1967:
Moved to Vancouver with his family at age 11
:
Was as a singer/guitarist with a Canadian rock band
1976:
Made professional debut in in the Vancouver production of "Scapino"
1977:
Had leading role in the stage musical "Cruel Tears"
1980:
Feature acting debut, "Bear Island"
1981:
Acted in the Vancouver production of "Bent"
1982:
Appeared in "First Blood"; role was whittled down in the editing from a moderate speaking part to essentially a walk-on
1982:
Last stage appearance for a decade "A State of Grace"
1983:
Moved to Los Angeles, CA after being cast in pilot of HBO series "The Hitchhiker"
1984:
Made TV series debut on the NBC series "Legmen"
1986:
Joined cast of the NBC medical series "St. Elsewhere" as Dr. Seth Griffin
1989:
Starred in USA Network movie "Spy"
1991:
Played Pierce Lawton on the CBS drama, "Knots Landing"
1992:
Returned to the stage for the Los Angeles production of "Deconstructing Romance"
1994:
Starred in Atom Egoyan's feature "Exotica"
1994:
Played the lead on the short-lived Fox sitcom "Hardball"
1995:
Played Thomas Veil, the "Nowhere Man" (UPN)
1997:
Cast on short-lived NBC drama "Sleepwalkers"
1997:
Re-teamed with Atom Egoyan for "The Sweet Hereafter"
1998:
Cast in a villainous role in "Disturbing Behavior"
1999:
Played Ashley Judd's nefarious husband in "Double Jeopardy"
2000:
Cast as a National Security Advisor in "Rules of Engagement"
2000:
Portrayed President John F. Kennedy in historical drama "Thirteen Days"
2002:
Re-teamed with Egoyan for "Ararat"
2002:
Co-starred with Madonna in Guy Ritchie's "Swept Away"
2003:
Cast in writer/director Ron Shelton's "Hollywood Homicide"
2004:
Cast in "Being Julia," based on the novel "Theatre," by W. Somerset Maugham
2006:
Co-starred with Denzel Washington in "Deja Vu"
2007:
Cast as the patriarch of a surfing family on HBO's "John From Cincinnati"
2007:
Co-starred in Todd Haynes' biopic "I'm Not There," a film reflecting the life of musician Bob Dylan
2009:
Cast in J. J. Abrams' "Star Trek" as Pike
2010:
Co-starred with Paul Rudd and Steve Carell in the comedy "Dinner for Schmucks"
2011:
Co-starred in Steven Spielberg produced sci-fi thriller "Super 8," written and directed by J. J. Abrams
2012:
Re-teamed with Denzel Washington in "Flight"
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Education

University of British Columbia: -
University of British Columbia: -
Central School of Speech and Drama: London , England -
American Academy of Dramatic Arts: New York , New York - 1980 - 1981

Notes

"As long as I have a job and a guitar, I'm happy." --Bruce Greenwood in press kit for "Hardball"

In addition to acting, he also produces records, CD-ROMS, and owns his own recording studio.

"It's not as though I've made a conscious choice to eschew heroes and play peculiar villains. But I love to work, and there are more villainous roles out there. Villains are generally pretty enthusiastic, and I'm an enthusiastic person.

"I wake up in the morning, and I'm glad to be here. I'm hungry for the day. When I was a kid, I had a ridiculous amount of energy." --Bruce Greenwood quoted in Daily News, January 15, 2001.

"[He] has a great ability to do impersonations, but he can also go so far beyond that. He really felt he could get inside the character. When you look at the film ["Thirteen Days"], he looks like he's thinking all the time. He doesn't look like he's thinking 'How do I make myself look like JFK?,' but 'I am JFK.'" --director Roger Donaldson on Greenwood to Susan King of Los Angeles Times, December 28, 2000.

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wife:
Susan Greenwood. Had first date when both were 15 years old; married in 1985.

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father:
Hugh John Greenwood. Professor, geophysicist. Taught at Princeton University; retired.
mother:
Mary Sylvia Greenwood. Nurse. Retired.
sister:
Kelly Louis Greenwood. Nurse. Younger.
sister:
Barbara Lynn Greenwood. Younger.
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