Grant Bridger

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Grant Bridger

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Auckland, New Zealand

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Grant Bridger

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Born in 1947, Grant has had an extensive career in the entertainment industry. He began in radio, but soon left to tread the boards of the Mercury Theatre, where he was a core cast member for fifteen years until it's demise. He is also a singer and musician,…more

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    • In 2012, Grant directed Passschendaele - The Passions of War for the Hamilton, NZseason.

    • Grant's commercial credits includes one in Australia in 2008 for RaboPlus and on in NZ in 2012 for RaboDirect.

    • Grant served MC for "The Great Peace Debate", which included internationally known actor Craig Parker (Haldir, LOTR) as one of the debaters. The theme for the day was, "Peace is too important to be taken seriously!"

    • Grant has co-written and performed on a dramatised documentary of the life of James K. Baxter, a controversial poet of New Zealand. This documentary is held in the University of Auckland's New Zealand literature file.

    • Grant takes active part in various campaigns to preserve the environment, including volunteering his time to act as MC for the Waihi Beach Rock Wall Appeal, which raised money to build awareness of the need to create a wall to prevent erosion of the Waihi Beach.

    • Grant had a signed trading card made featuring him playing the part of King Augeas for the third season of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.

    • Grant was briefly a member of an acoustic band called Forgiving, and the group released a single called "Shadow People/School House" in 1971.

    • Grant works as a voice coach, training young singers to develop their talents.

    • Grant coordinated casting and repertoire for, and also performed in, the Schweppes Showtime which performed before 250,000 people in the Auckland Domain, and has been invited to sing with the Auckland Philharmonia and Christchurch Symphony Orchestras. His one-man show, Some Enchanted Evening, has been enjoyed by many, including the 2001 Waiheke Jazz Festival.

    • Grant was a DJ on Radio New Zealand for eight years before embarking on his acting career.

    • Grant was invited to speak on GreenplanetFM, Auckland's one hour environmental program. The topic under discussion was the role of ators and artists in the push to live more environmentally friendly lives.

    • In 1997, Grant was a finalist in the New Zealand Radio Awards in the category "Best New Zealand Produced Musical Program, Light" for his covers of early Elton John songs.

    • Grant is listed as one of the singers on the soundtrack CD for the Xena episode "Lyre, Lyre, Hearts on Fire". He has also released a CD of his own called Moving Breeze, which he describes as Pacific jazz/rock.

    • In 2002, Grant took part in a three-day art benefit to benefit refugees of war, famine, and politics who had come to New Zealand after many of the country's citizens had protested their rapidly growing numbers.

    • Grant's theatre credits include:
      (2013) You Can Always Hand Them Back, "Grandpa Maurice", Fortune Theatre, Dir. Lara MacGregor
      (2007) Aladdin "Lead", Fortune Theatre
      (2005) The Full Monty, 'Harold', dir. David Sidwell
      (2003) Boogie Nights 'Eammon' Stetsons
      (2002) Music And Laughter, Light Series, 'Soloist', (with Helen Medlyn) APO, Bruce Mason Centre, cond. Marc Taddei
      (2001) Chicago, 'Billy Flynn', Stetson
      (1998) Wind in the Willows, 'Alfred', ATC
      (1998) Phantom of the Opera, Tour of Japan
      (1997) The Herbal Bed, 'Goche', 1997, ATC, dir. Raymond Hawthorne

    • One of Grant many skills is as a horseback rider, which came in handy in his guest role as Karris on the Hercules episode "The Power".

    • Grant is an excellent singer in the tenor/high baritone range.

    • Grant is 6'0", with grey hair and hazel eyes.

    • Grant is represented professionally by the firm Auckland Actors.

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