Worked briefly as an actor in England before being brought out by the Academy Theatre, Johannesburg, to perform in local production of the musical THE BOY FRIEND by Sandy Wilson. He broke a bone in his foot during rehearsal and has been here ever since….
Bruce has been in the theatre for over 30 years, doing everything from Shakespeare (Prince Hal in HENRY IV) to “Jacques Brel” for Taubie Kushlik.
Some theatrical highlights:
• 1972 – The blind boy in “BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE” (Nominated for Stewart Leith Award for Best Actor)
• 1973 – Jesus in “GODSPELL” (Won Gallo Award for Best Performance in a Musical)
• 1974 – 1984 Joseph in “JOSEPH & HIS AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT” (Nominated for Gallo Award)
• 1978 – Johnny Casino and Teen Angel in Brickhill-Burke production of “GREASE”
Bruce has acted in literally thousands of radio plays and serials in the 70s, during the days of Springbok Radio. In 1976 he garnered two SARI Awards for “Top 20 Artist Of The Year”, as well as “Best Male Vocalist”.
His recording of I WON’T GIVE UP was at #1 on the Hit Parade for 6 weeks and was awarded a Gold Record. He has released one album through EMI, originally released with the title BRUCE MILLAR, then changed to CHILDREN OF THE RAIN
’76 – Appearance on the first variety show broadcast on the fledgling SABC-TV (thus becoming one of the first local artists to be switched off…)
Has appeared as a performer, actor and presenter on numerous TV shows over the years, most recently in several episodes the sit-com SUBURBAN BLISS and the soapie GENERATIONS.
FEATURE FILMS include:
“Kingstreet’s War” (Assistant Director)
1987 – ‘92 Project Coordinator and Talent Judge on SHELL ROAD TO FAME TALENT SEARCH
1991 Joined SAfm as a Radio Drama Producer
Has won 2 ARTES Awards for Best Radio Drama Production and in 1996 won an ARTES for ‘Best Broadcaster in English”
Coordinated, edited, produced and performed in SAfm’s ‘A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE BALLOT BOX”, dozens of short satirical sketches that peppered the airwaves during the 1994 election. It included writers and performers such as Gilda Blacher, Irene Stephanou, Robert Kirby, Gaby Lomberg, Russel Savadier, Annabel Linder, Nigel Vermaas, Michael Mayer, Nicky Rebelo and Guy Willoughby.
1995-96 – Worked with Bobby Heaney in a consultative capacity and as script writer on the first two shows of ‘IT’S A FUNNY COUNTRY’, an occasional series featuring local comedy. Also presented the first programme.
1996 -Served on the jury for Television Artes ‘96, judging best Contribution to YOUTH & CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMES
‘94 – ‘98 Anchored and scripted THE BIG BIG BRUNCH – a live Saturday morning radio show on SAfm. This included writing a weekly humorous monologue based on local and international current events.
He continues to produce and present programmes with the SABC, one of the most popular being THE BRUCE MILLAR SHOW.