Patrick has worked in radio for Auckland Classic Hits 97FM station and Newstalk ZB. He has also worked on the non broadcast videos Blood On The Floor (2001) and Trainee Directors and Writers Course (1995).
Patrick has appeared in several short films, including Changing of the Guard (2004) and Warm Gun (1996).
When former Shortland Street actor Jesse Peach directed a production of the play Equus for The Auckland Theatre Company, he asked specific actors to play each role, since he felt that holding open auditions would leave him with less skillful actors. Patrick was one of the actors he asked personally to be in his production, and he agreed, playing the role of Mr Strang.
While working as a police officer in the early eighties, Patrick was called upon to face rioters at a football match when the Springboks, the South African squad, was in Auckland for a series. One of the rioters was his own brother Bernard, but fortunately the two brothers didn't meet during the clash.
Patrick has some agricultural skills, including sheep shearing.
Eric does public speaking seminars. His topic is corporate training in "The Change Dynamic".
Patrick's theatre credits include:
(2007) Equus "Mr Strang", Eden Playhouse, dir. Jesse Peach
(2006) Hitchcock Blonde "Hitchcock", Fortune Theatre, dir. David Lawrence
(2006) Weighing In "Ronald", Centrepoint Theatre, dir. Simon Ferry
(2005) Spreading Out "Colin", Fortune Theatre, dir. Janice Finn
(2003) The Bach "Simon", Auckand Theatre Company, dir. Danny Mulheron
(2003) Control Freaks "Carl Willard", dir. Celia Nicholson
(2003) The Sore Footed Man, "Odysseus", dir. Vadim Ledogorov
(2003) Twelve Angry Men, "Court Clerk", Auckland Theatre Company, dir. Simon Prast
(2003) The Cherry Orchard, dir. Vadim Ledogorov
(2003) The Changeling "Jasperino", Watershed Theatre
(2003) Arsenic and Old Lace "Officer Brophy", Downstage Theatre
(2003) Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Downstage Theatre
(2003) Glengary Glenross "Det. Baylen", Downstage Theatre
(2003) Once in a Lifetime "George Lewis", dir. Tim Reynolds
(2003) Blood Wedding, "The Father", dir. Lisa Dorian
(2003) Antony and Cleopatra "Antony", dir. Nicholas Davey
(2003) What the Butler Saw "Dr. Prentice", dir. R. Ronerts
(2003) Sauce for the Goose "Jean", dir. Gilian Roberts
(2003) As You Like It, various roles, dir. Patrick Wilde
(2003) Confusions, "Harry Compton", dir. Patrick Wilde
(2003) As You Like It, "Jacques", dir. Nicholas Davey
(2003) Living Quarters "Father Tom Carty", dir. Graham Watts
(2003) Rose "Jim Beam", dir.Kate Crutchley
Patrick's acting skills include stage combat, mask work, singing baritone, and speaking in various British and American accents.
Patrick is an avid sportsman, and enjoys rugby, cricket, squash, cycling, and bungee jumping. He is also a qualified marksman with a pistol and rifle.
One of the most challenging aspects of being on Spin Doctors for Patrick was that they received each week's script on Sunday night, and then began shooting the very next day, giving him very little time to learn his lines. He says that he could pretty much plan on not getting any sleep until they wrapped the episode's shoot by late Tuesday afternoon. The main reason the actors had so little time with the scripts is that each episode was aimed at a very specific person/group in the NZ news, and the show's lawyers needed make sure that their subject matter would not get the show sued.
When Patrick decided to take up acting, he traveled to London, England, so that if he failed, he wouldn't do it in front of anyone he knew. Fortunately, he was successful, and has since gotten several major roles in New Zealand television shows such as Mercy Peak and Spin Doctors, as well as the US shows Hercules, Xena, and Cleopatra 2525.
Patrick is 6'0" tall, with brown hair and blue eyes.
Patrick is represented professionally by the firm Kathryn Rawlings Actors.
Patrick: (on working as a riot policeman during a football match) Remember that movie, [Zulu], where they are in their fortress in Rorke's Drift? Someone says, 'Oh, look, there's a Zulu.' And you look, and there on the mountain is a sea of people... For Blue Squad, some 30 members spread behind a thin line of razor wire and sundry skip bins, and facing hundreds and hundreds of protesters, it is something like Zulu.
Patrick: (on going to acting school later in life) I don't know why acting. I came from an all boys' school, rugby background. I was a cop for 10 years. It was a kind of macho, hard environment and theatre-going certainly wasn't one of my recreational pursuits. I thought it was like pottery classes where you sign up to learn and they say turn up on Wednesday at 7.
Patrick: (on his role for "Spin Doctors") I often play heavies, the cop or the villain, so it's nice to play some comedy for a change.
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