Bruno Lawrence

About Bruno Lawrence

Who is it?: Actor, Writer, Director
Birth Day: February 12, 1941
Birth Place:  Worthing, Sussex, England, United Kingdom
Occupation: Actor, musician
Years active: 1971-1995

Bruno Lawrence

Bruno Lawrence was born on February 12, 1941 in  Worthing, Sussex, England, United Kingdom, is Actor, Writer, Director. His diverse talents made this New Zealander a cult icon in his relatively short life. Born in Brighton, England, Bruno Lawrence (real name David Lawrence) settled in New Zealand as a pre-schooler and developed an early interest in the drums. He formed a dixie-land band at age 15 and made the various school and church dance rounds where he picked up the nickname Bruno. He veered quickly toward jazz and from 1961 made his living as a session artist. He played drums in a slew of jazz and pop groups including "The Blockbusters," "The Measles," "Max Merritt and the Meteors," "The Electric Heap," "Quincy Conserve," "Fresh Air," "Littlejohn," "Blerta" and "Crocodiles" throughout the 60s and 70s, while tossing out his own singles here and there. Bruno moved slowly into the TV music scene and soon latched on to film and TV roles in between his musical gigs. A dark, very complex man, Bruno focused heavily on acting in the 80s and impressed in a number of strange, tense, intriguing performances, but the drums would remain his first love. In 1995, while working on a new film Cosi (1996) with Toni Collette, Bruno complained of chest pains and discovered he had inoperable lung cancer. He died within months of the diagnosis. A wife and five children survived. A biography entitled Bruno: The Bruno Lawrence Story was published in 1999 by Roger Booth.
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As per our current Database, Bruno Lawrence has been died on 10 June 1995(1995-06-10) (aged 54)\nWellington, New Zealand.

🎂 Bruno Lawrence - Age, Bio, Faces and Birthday

When Bruno Lawrence die, Bruno Lawrence was 54 years old.

Popular As Bruno Lawrence
Occupation Actor
Age 54 years old
Zodiac Sign Pisces
Born February 12, 1941 ( Worthing, Sussex, England, United Kingdom)
Birthday February 12
Town/City  Worthing, Sussex, England, United Kingdom
Nationality United Kingdom

🌙 Zodiac

Bruno Lawrence’s zodiac sign is Pisces. According to astrologers, Pisces are very friendly, so they often find themselves in a company of very different people. Pisces are selfless, they are always willing to help others, without hoping to get anything back. Pisces is a Water sign and as such this zodiac sign is characterized by empathy and expressed emotional capacity.

🌙 Chinese Zodiac Signs

Bruno Lawrence was born in the Year of the Snake. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Snake are seductive, gregarious, introverted, generous, charming, good with money, analytical, insecure, jealous, slightly dangerous, smart, they rely on gut feelings, are hard-working and intelligent. Compatible with Rooster or Ox.



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 began acting in short films in the late 1960s. He won his first acting award, for television play Time Out, in 1971, although at this point music took up the majority of his time. By the late 1980s he had become one of New Zealand's most recognised actors on his own soil. Between 1981 and 1986 he was a much loved feature of many local films; he continued to act in occasional NZ productions through until 1993.


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.


Lawrence's breakthrough movie role was relationship drama Smash Palace (1981). Playing the former race car driver who leaves with his daughter after the breakdown of his marriage, Bruno won an award at the Manila Film Festival, and acclaim from American critic Pauline Kael. Further acclaim came with his leading role as the lone scientist in Geoff Murphy's end of the world tale, The Quiet Earth (1985), for which Bruno also helped write the script. He had earlier acted in Murphy's Utu (1983), about the land wars of the 1860s, and cameoed in his breakthrough film Goodbye Pork Pie (1981). The Los Angeles Times compared his work in 1984 drama Heart of the Stag to that of "a young Brando".


Bruno's Australian roles included Anthony Hopkins movie Spotswood (aka The Efficiency Expert), Colleen McCullough adaptation An Indecent Obsession (playing a blind man), and 1986 miniseries The Great Bookie Robbery (playing gun loving robber Cracka Park). His last and, at least in Australia, best-known screen role was as devious, golf-loving TV Producer Brian Thompson in 1990s satirical TV series Frontline.


Lawrence spent most of his life in New Zealand, but also worked extensively in Australia. He was a jazz and rock Drummer in many bands, including 2 years with Max Merritt & The Meteors in Sydney, 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. A remarkable show, it was repeated in 1990, this time with Vince Jones on vocals, Dave Addis on saxophone, Jonathan Crayford on piano, Rolf Stube on bass and added the New Zealand String Quartet.


In 1994 while enjoying the success of the Australian television series Frontline, Lawrence was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. He died in Wellington, New Zealand on the 10th of June 1995 at the age of 54.


A biography, Bruno: The Bruno Lawrence Story by Roger Booth, and television documentary Numero Bruno (2000, directed by Steve La Hood), cover his life and work. Lawrence is also featured in compilation documentary Blerta Revisited (2001, directed by Geoff Murphy).

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