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Gray BruceGRAY, Robert Bruce  - September 7, 1936 - December 13, 2017

Most Canadians would know Bruce Gray as the Machiavellian star of the TV series Traders (Gemini Award), but most Americans would recognize him as the hapless father of the groom in My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

Although he began his acting career on stage in the 60s, he quickly moved into daytime dramas: contracted to Somerset, High Hopes and the Edge of Night in the 70s.

A move to Hollywood in the 80s led to guest star roles on hundreds of TV shows, recurring on Murder She Wrote, Medium, Tour of Duty, Falling Skies and How I Met Your Mother. Bruce gained notoriety in the gay community as "Shickle The Pickle" on Queer As Folk, then for football fans by playing a team owner on Playmakers for ESPN.

He originated roles in several new plays as a member of The Circle Rep in NYC during the late 70s and has been a multiple award-winning resident director of Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills, 90210 since the 80s. The high point of his long theatrical career came in 1989 when he toured the USA and USSR in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

A published author: Bruce has had articles in the Toronto Sun, the Equity Newsletter, American Theatre Magazine, and in a book Standing Naked in the Wings.

For the last ten years he has volunteered in the G.A.T.E. program at Toluca Lake Elementary School. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, he received an MA in Psychology from the University of Toronto.

For the last 25 years Bruce has made his home in the Hollywood Hills, where he was known to host "fabulous" dinner parties. He is survived by his sister Judy, nephew Randy, niece Wendy and the rest of his family, friends, and Mike.  (bruce-gray.com)

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Gray BruceGRAY, Robert Bruce  - September 7, 1936 - December 13, 2017

Most Canadians would know Bruce Gray as the Machiavellian star of the TV series Traders (Gemini Award), but most Americans would recognize him as the hapless father of the groom in My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

Although he began his acting career on stage in the 60s, he quickly moved into daytime dramas: contracted to Somerset, High Hopes and the Edge of Night in the 70s.

A move to Hollywood in the 80s led to guest star roles on hundreds of TV shows, recurring on Murder She Wrote, Medium, Tour of Duty, Falling Skies and How I Met Your Mother. Bruce gained notoriety in the gay community as "Shickle The Pickle" on Queer As Folk, then for football fans by playing a team owner on Playmakers for ESPN.

He originated roles in several new plays as a member of The Circle Rep in NYC during the late 70s and has been a multiple award-winning resident director of Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills, 90210 since the 80s. The high point of his long theatrical career came in 1989 when he toured the USA and USSR in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

A published author: Bruce has had articles in the Toronto Sun, the Equity Newsletter, American Theatre Magazine, and in a book Standing Naked in the Wings.

For the last ten years he has volunteered in the G.A.T.E. program at Toluca Lake Elementary School. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, he received an MA in Psychology from the University of Toronto.

For the last 25 years Bruce has made his home in the Hollywood Hills, where he was known to host "fabulous" dinner parties. He is survived by his sister Judy, nephew Randy, niece Wendy and the rest of his family, friends, and Mike.  (bruce-gray.com)

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