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Ian Watkin

Actor

Ian Watkin's long acting career saw him playing mad doctors, priests, axe-wielding stepfathers, and American presidents. Part of the legendary Blerta troupe which toured Australasia in the 1970s, Watkin went on to appearances in everything from Beyond Reasonable Doubt and an iconic Crunchie bar commercial, to presenting Miss Universe New Zealand. He passed away in May 2016.

Geoff [Murphy]’s bombs had been getting bigger and bigger, and that night I was well clear behind the curtain because I had seen him putting together a real beauty ... when I looked out there were all these feet up in the air. Ian Watkin recalls a particularly explosive Blerta show, in Roger Booth’s book Bruno

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Billy T: Te Movie

2011, Subject - Film

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Blerta Revisited

2001, Various roles, Writer, Doctor Ectomy - Film

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Ngā Tohu: Signatures

2000, As: Henry Caulfield - Television

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Numero Bruno

2000, Subject - Television

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Savage Honeymoon

2000, As: Frank - Film

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Shortland Street - 1995 Christmas episode (truck crash)

1995, As: Ted Coombes - Television

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Dead Certs

1995, As: Preacher - Television

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Lynn of Tawa - In Search of the Great New Zealand Male

1994, Subject - Television

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Shortland Street

1994, Writer - Television

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Moonrise (aka Grampire)

1992, As: Father Vincent - Film

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Braindead

1992, As: Uncle Les - Film

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Magic Kiwis - Bruno Do That Thing

1990, Subject - Television

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The New Adventures of Black Beauty

1990 - 1991, As: Sergeant Morton - Television

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The Shadow Trader (Part One)

1989, As: Barman - Television

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The Shadow Trader (Part Two)

1989, As: Barman - Television

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Space Knights - The Golden Knight (First Episode)

1989, As: Mordread Darvoid / Conrod - Television

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Just Me and Mario

1989, As: Boyd - Short Film

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Magic Kiwis

1989 - 1991, Subject - Television

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Peppermint Twist

1987, Writer, As: Clive Springer - Television

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Peppermint Twist - Let's Limbo Some More

1987, As: Clive Springer - Television

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Porters (Episode Five)

1987, As: Night manager - Television

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Pallet on the Floor

1986, As: Amos - Film

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Open House

1986, Actor - Television

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Heart of the High Country - First Episode

1985, As: Local Merchant - Television

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Death Warmed Up

1984, As: Bill - Film

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It's Lizzie to those Close

1983, As: Stock Buyer - Television

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The Lost Tribe

1983, As: Mears - Film

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Loose Enz - Graham's Mum and the Goulden Tour

1982, As: Graham - Television

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Bad Blood

1982, As: Detective Sergeant Knight - Film

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Goodbye Pork Pie

1981, As: Man in Mini - Film

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Radio Times - Series One, Episode Two

1980, As: Various roles - Television

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Kaleidoscope - Beyond Reasonable Doubt

1980, Subject - Television

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Sea Urchins

1980, As: Gripper - Television

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Beyond Reasonable Doubt

1980, As: Kevin Ryan - Film

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Blackhearted Barney Blackfoot

1980, As: Barney - Short Film

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Nutcase

1980, As: Godzilla - Film

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The Deep End - The Wrestler

1980, Dr Mindbender's promoter - Television

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The Neville Purvis Family Show

1979, Various roles - Television

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Middle Age Spread

1979, As: Wrightson - Film

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Sleeping Dogs

1977, As: Dudley (cafe owner) - Film

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Wild Man

1977, Writer, As: The Colonel - Film

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Epidemic - Hemi Te Koaka (First Episode)

1976, As: Teacher - Television

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Hunter's Gold - First Episode

1976, As: Robber - Television

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Winners & Losers: Shining with the Shiner

1976, As: Publican Robinson - Television

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Great Crunchie Train Robbery - Cadbury Crunchie

1975, As: Guard - Commercial

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Pukemanu

1971 - 1972, As: Dr Rhyder - Television

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Pukemanu - Pukemanu Welcomes You (first episode)

1971, As: Dr Rhyder - Television