Cameron Rhodes

Cameron Rhodes


8/1/1967, New Zealand

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Cameron Rhodes


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Kiwi actor Cameron Rhodes has had a varied career in acting and directing. He graduated from the Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School in 1986. He's perhaps best known in the US for his roles on the TV show "Xena" or from the blockbuster "The Fellowship of the…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2013, Cameron played "Keith" in the web series The Factory.

    • Cameron was born in 1967.

    • In 2010, Cameron won "Best of Theatre 2010" for both Happy Days and The Importance of Being Ernest at the NZ Herald Best of Theatre Awards.

    • In 2009, Cameron was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film at the Qantas Film and Television Awards for his role in the movie I'm Not Harry Jensen. He was also nominated for Best Actor in a Short Film for Brave Donkey. In 2010, he won Best Actor for Brave Donkey at the Show Me Shorts Awards.

    • Cameron has several credits in short films, such as Auld Lang Syne (2004), Ants (1996), Killing Phillip (2011), Brave Donkey (2009), and Reservations (2013).

    • When Cameron won the role of Prince John on Dark Knight, he did quite a bit of research in books and movies featuring his character, especially Ivanhoe and The Lion in Winter. He was mostly looking for descriptions of his behavior, and discovered that John was said to have a very bad temper and a sadistic streak, which Cameron felt made him the perfect dramatic villain.

    • Ben Pullen, who starred with Cameron in Dark Knight, said of him, "Cameron Rhodes will delight people with his Prince John- I think he will be the yardstick against which all Prince Johns are measured - indeed against which all vile/evil/sadistic/monstrous villains are measured from now on."

    • Cameron's favorite role is that of the evil Prince John on Dark Knight, because he is "a lot like a spoilt brat, he's often drunk or over-excited. But he's scared inside".

    • In 2004, Cameron performed as Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol for the Auckland Theatre Company. But for four performances, he played the lead role of Scrooge because Mark Hadlow, the regular performer, was absent filming Peter Jackson's blockbuster King Kong.

    • At the Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School website Cameron is listed as one of their success stories in theatre and directing.

    • Cameron works as a voice coach and an acting tutor. Cameron was named the 2008 Education Director as well as a Drama Tutor for the Centre City Music Theatre Summer School, which is aimed at children aged 8 and up.

    • Cameron's theatrical credits include:
      (2013) Motel "Elvis", Basement Theatre, dir. Todd Rippon
      (2012) Live Live Cinema: Carnival of Souls "Ensemble", Sydney/Dunedin/Frankfurt/Nelson tour
      (2012) A Shortcut to Happiness, "Ray", Auckland Theatre Company, Dir. Alison Quigan
      (2011) Tartuffe "Orgon/Madame Pernelle", Silo Theatre, dir. Shane Bosher
      (2011) Mary Stuart "Davison", Auckland Theatre Company, dir. Colin McColl
      (2011) Live Live Cinema: Carnival of Souls "Ensemble", Civic Theatre, dir. Oliver Driver
      (2010) Happy Days "Willie", Silo Theatre, dir. Michael Hurst
      (2010) Assassins "Samuel Byck", Silo Theatre, dir. Oliver Driver
      (2010) The Importance Of Being Earnest "Chasuble", Auckland Theatre Company, dir. Colin McColl
      (2009) Loot "Truscott", Silo Theatre, dir. Shane Bosher & Michael Hurst
      (2009) She Stoops to Conquer "Mr. Hardcastle", Auckland Theatre Company, Dir. Michael Hurst
      (2009), The Thirty Nine Steps "Various", Auckland Theatre Company, Dir. Ross Gumbley
      (2008)The Thereepenny Opera, "Tiger Brown", Silo Theatre, dir. Michael Hurst
      (2008), Design for Living, ATC, Dir. Colin McColl
      (2007) The Real Thing, Silo Theatre
      (2006) Sweet Charity, dir. Colin McColl
      (2005) Duchess of Malfi, ATC, dir. Colin McColl
      (2004) A Clockwork Orange "Priest", dir. Andrew Foster
      (2004) A Christmas Carol, "Jacob Marly", ATC, dir. Jennifer Ward-Lealand
      (2004) Goldie, ATC, dir. Colin McColl
      (2003) Ladies' Night "Gavin", ATC
      (2003) Hamlet, Theatre at Large, dir. Michael Hurst
      (2002) Leah, NZ Actors Company, Wellington Festival, dir. Simon Bennett
      (2000) A Midsummer Nights Dream "Bottom", NZ Actors Company
      (2000) Serial Killers "Matt", Circa Theatre
      (1998) A Christmas Carol "Ghosts", Downstage Theatre
      (1998) Beauty and the Beast "Brother One", New Zealand International Festival of the Arts
      (1997) Amageddon "Ageithus", Downstage Theatre
      (1997) The Herbal Bed "Jack Lane", Circa Theatre
      (1997) Cyrano de Bergarac "Cyrano", Adelaide Space Theatre

    • Cameron is credited with playing Farmer Maggot in The Fellowship of the Ring, but his character's voice was dubbed by Supervising Sound Editor Mike Hopkins. Cameron has made a number of appearances at LOTR conventions.

    • Cameron is represented professionally by the firm Auckland Actors.

    • Cameron has had several roles in musical theatre, including the shows Into the Woods and Sweeney Todd. He sings baritone, and can play the piano.

    • Cameron enjoys running, swimming and mountain biking.

    • Cameron is 5'10" tall, with red hair and blue eyes.

    • Cameron has numerous theatrrical directing credits as well as acting with the Auckland Theatre Company.

  • Quotes

    • Cameron: (on his role for "Dark Knight") I think we all love to hate the villains, they do naughty, outrageous, extreme things that we are perhaps tempted, but would never dare to do. John is this, a little devil, a brat, who deep down we would all like to have a go at being, but of course the consequences we be horrendous.

    • Cameron: (on not overacting) Well, it's the old acting rule, 'play the truth'. If it's truthful and rooted in real emotions, it won't be overacting. Sure, Prince John can be extreme, but it's always for a reason, usually fear and insecurity. If I look for why he is behaving as he does, and play with the other actors, it will be right.

    • Cameron: (on his role on "Dark Knight") Prince John is delight to play as there is a wealth of complexities and character flaws to get my 'teeth into'. He is a true baddie, and the devil always gets the best lines!

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