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Marshall Napier

Actor

Marshall Napier's run of memorable supporting roles included classic films Came a Hot Friday and The Navigator. He starred in BellbirdThe Lie of the Land and 1995 teleplay Swimming Lessons. A move to Australia in the 1980s saw turns in hit movie Babe and TV shows Police Rescue and McLeod’s Daughters. In 2006 Napier took his play Freak Winds to New York, after a sellout run in Australia. He died in August 2022. 

I've played a ridiculous number of cops and criminals over the years. It just seemed to happen...I was fine with it — they're character roles and I'm a character actor. It's not that I identify with these guys, but there's definitely a cathartic thrill attached to playing some of these parts. Like most actors though, my ultimate goal is to play as wide a range of characters as possible. Marshall Napier

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Interview

Marshall Napier: A Trans-Tasman success…

Interview, 2012

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Northspur

2022, As: Summers - Film

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In Memoriam 2022

2022, Subject - Television

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Bellbird

2019, As: Ross - Film

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Auckland Daze - Series Two

2013, As: Trinity's Dad - Web

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Auckland Daze

2014, As: Arnold - Web

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I'm Not Harry Jenson

2009, As: Tom - Film

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Swimming Lessons

1995, As: Jim Sadler - Television

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The Grasscutter

1988, As: Detective Inspector Cross - Television

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The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey

1988, As: Searle - Film

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Starlight Hotel

1987, As: Detective Wallace - Film

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Pallet on the Floor

1986, As: Joe Voot - Film

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Footrot Flats - The Dog's Tale

1986, As: Hunk Murphy - Film

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Heart of the High Country

1985, As: Harry - Television

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Came a Hot Friday

1984, As: Sel Bishop - Film

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Inside Straight

1984, As: Anzac - Television

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Wild Horses

1984, As: Andy - Film

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Battletruck

1982, As: Driver - Film

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Bad Blood

1982, As: Trev Bond - Film

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Goodbye Pork Pie

1981, As: Determined traffic cop - Film

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Hold Up

1981, As: Robber - Short Film

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Kaleidoscope - Geoff Murphy and Andrew Brown

1981, Subject - Television

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Rock Around the Clock - First Episode

1981, As: Bodgie - Television

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Lynn of Tawa - Special

1980, Writer, As: Greg the Snail Chef, Constable - Television

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Beyond Reasonable Doubt

1980, As: Constable Wylie - Film

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The Neville Purvis Family Show

1979, As: Larry Lucas - Television

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The Neville Purvis Family Show - Episode

1979, As: Larry Lucas - Television

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The Governor 6 - To the Death (Episode Six)

1977, As: Richard Seddon - Television