John Bach

John Bach

Age Range
72 - 84
188cm / 6ft 2in
111cm / 44in
87cm / 34in
113cm / 44in

Lee Leslie Management - AU Agent

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John Bach has a prolific body of work in film, television, and stage. Known for his lead role in the 1985 series, Roche, his on-screen credits total over 120 films and shows including kiwi classics Good Bye Pork Pie (1980) and Utu (1984). John was also involved in some of the world's highest grossing films, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers & Return of the King, and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.  John played the lead roles in the Duggan series (1997-1999) and The Sound and the Silence. His theatrical credits range from experimental theatre in London, to Christchurch's Court Theatre.

Bach's more recent work includes his role in the first season of Roman Empire (2016) as Marcus Aurelius, Graham King on the third season of Janet King, the Judge on TV movie, Mistress Mercy, as Mayor Jock Johnson in The Light Between Oceans, and Jack in Reunion. It’s no wonder they call him ‘John the Don’- in 2021, he appeared in Rebecca Gibney’s comedy series, Under the Vines, and Loren Taylor’s feature film Going, Going- both as Don.


Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2023 The Moon is Upside Down Don Dir. Loren Taylor Feature Film
2019 Reunion Jack Miss Burn Ltd. Feature Film
2018 Mistress Mercy Judge Anderson The Gibson Group, dir. Mike Smith Tele-Feature Film
2013 Hope & Wire Vernon GPP / Hope & Wire Productions Feature Film
2011 The Cure Lionel The Cure Production Ltd Feature Film
2011 Hobbit Saruman Double 3 Foot 7 Ltd Feature Film
2010 Rest for the Wicked Frank FFTW Ltd, dir. Simon Pattison Feature Film
2008 Piece of my Heart (MOW) Mike MF Films, dir. Fiona Samuel Feature Film
2007 Narnia - Prince Caspien British Homeguard Wimbleweather Ltd Feature Film
2006 The Tattooist Lazlo The Tattooist Ltd, dir. Peter Burger Feature Film
2003 The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King Madril 3'6" Ltd, dir. Peter Jackson Feature Film
2002 The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers Madril 3'6" Ltd, dir. Peter Jackson Feature Film
1997 Aidiko Insane Kahukura Productions, dir. Julian Arahunga Feature Film
1994 The Last Tattoo Austin Leech Plumb Productions / Capella, dir. John Reid Feature Film
1990 Prisoners of the Sun (AKA Blood Oath) Maj. Frank Roberts Village Roadshow, dir. Stephen Wallace Feature Film
1987 Bad Blood Bert Cropp Southern Pictures, dir. Mike Newall Feature Film
1984 Other Halves Jim Findlayson-Hill Productions, dir. John Laing Feature Film
1984 Heart of the Stag Shearer Feature Film
1984 Pallet on the Floor Jack Voor Mirage Films, dir. Lynton Butler Feature Film
1983 Wild Horses Jack Endeavour Productions, dir. Derek Morton Feature Film
1983 Utu Belcher Utu Productions, dir. Geoff Murphy Feature Film
1983 The Lost Tribe Edward/Max Scurry Meridian Films, dir. John Laing Feature Film
1982 Carry Me Back Winton Kiwi Films, dir. John Reid Feature Film
1982 Warlords of the 21st Century (AKA Battletruck) Bone Phillips-Whitehouse Productions Feature Film
1981 Prisoner Bodell Endeavour Productions, dir. Peter Werner Feature Film
1980 Goodbye Pork Pie Snout AMA Productions, dir. Geoff Murphy Feature Film
1980 Beyond Reasonable Doubt Det. Murray Jeffries Endeavour Productions, dir. John Laing Feature Film
1970 Lie of the Land Filmcraft Ltd, dir. Graeme McLean Feature Film


Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2021 Under the Vines S1 & S2 Don Libertine Pictures Drama
2019 The Sounds Frank Cabbott Dir. Loren Taylor Drama
2018 Frontiersmen James Madison Steven David Entertainment, dir. Jon Earler, Johnny St Ours Drama
2017 Janet King Graham King Screentime Drama
2016 Jack Irish Senator Michael Longmore Essential Media & Entertainment Drama
2016 Roman Empire: Reign of Blood Marcus Aurelius Stephen David Entertainment / Netflix, dir. Richard Lopez Drama
2014 Gallipoli Sir Ian Hamilton Endemol Australia Productions No 10 Pty Ltd Drama
2013 Wentworth Vinnie Holt Fremantle Media Australia Pty Ltd Drama
2013 Nancy Wake Mr Fiocca Gibson Group Drama
2009 Spartacus Magistrate Pacific Renaissance Drama
2009 This is Not My Life Harry Sheridan GRST Ltd Drama
2007 A Tall Long Faced Tale Bridge Builder/Lion Voice Production Shed TV Ltd Drama
2007 The Killian Curse Professor MacTavish TVNZ, dir. Thomas Robins Drama
2006 Hothouse Frank McCaw Gibson Group Drama
2005 Ike - Thunder in June Air Marshall Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory MOW / Film Factory Drama
2005 Hercules Creon Cootes Hayes Production Services Drama
2005 Kidnapped Cluny Drama
2005 The Lost Children Frank Big House Productions, dir. Mike Smith Drama
2004 Farscape - The Peacekeeper Wars (Mini-Series) Einstein Drama
2002 Farscape - Unrealised Reality (Mini-Series) Einstein Drama
2000 The Lost World Balar BBC Drama
2000 Tales of the South Seas Drama
2000 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's - The Lost World Balar Cootes Hayes Production Services Drama
2000 Clare Gibson Group Drama
1999 Duggan - Sins of the Fathers Dt John Duggan Gibson Group Drama
1999 The Day of the Roses Liberty and Beyond Productions Drama
1999 The Dark Knight Palana Productions Drama
1999 Duggan DI John Duggan Gibson Group Drama
1999 Young Hercules Aegeus/Zeus Pacific Renaissance Drama
1998 Duggan - Death in Paradise (Telefeature) Dt John Duggan Gibason Group Drama
1997 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Thierry Arromax VRP Production Services Drama
1995 Mysterious Island Captain Nemo Tasman Productions Drama
1994 Time Track - Cool Hand Darien Xavier Draks Lorimar Telepictures Drama
1994 High Tide Boucher Straight Throw Productions Drama
1994 The Man From Snowy River Dandy Jim O'Rourke Pro Films Drama
1993 Crime Broker Frank MacPhee Drama
1993 Typhon's People Daniel Harrington Gibson Group Drama
1993 The Feds (9 Telefeatures) Rainer Bass Crawford Productions Drama
1992-1993 Marlin Bay - Series 3 South Pacific Pictures Drama
1992 The Ray Bradbury Theatre Lazlo South Pacific Pictures Drama
1992 Heroes - Series 2 Lt Cmdr Donald Davidson Drama
1992 The Sound of Silence Alexander Graham Bell South Pacific Pictures / Atlantis Drama
1991 Golden Fiddles (Mini-Series) Walter Balfour S.A.F.C. Drama
1991 Old Scores Ewen Murray South Pacific Pictures / Harlech Drama
1990 The Paper Man Philip Cromwell Roadshow / Coote & Carroll Drama
1989 The Ray Bradbury Theatre Travis Atlantis Films / MacLean Productions Drama
1988 Georgia Karlin Drama
1988 Heroes Donald Davidson TVS Drama
1988 Spit MacPhee Jack Tree Revcom Drama
1986 The Great Bookie Robbery Mike Power PBL Productions Drama
1985 Dangerous Orphans Drama
1984 Out of Time Mike Drama
1984 Inside Straight TVNZ Drama
1982 Roche Mick TVNZ Drama
1980 Country GP TVNZ Drama
1975 Richard Pearse Jack Pearse TVNZ Drama
Close to Home Core Cast TVNZ Drama
Cuckoo Land Gibson Group Drama
Ngaio Marsh Theatre - Vintage Murder TVNZ Drama
Mortimer's Patch TVNZ Drama
Play Something Fantastic TVNZ Drama
Nearly No Christmas Gibson Group Drama
Sea Urchins TVNZ Drama
If You Can't Beat 'em TVNZ Drama
Rachel TVNZ Drama
Graham's Mum & The Golden Fleece TVNZ Drama
The Gathering TVNZ Drama
Mad Dog Gang TVNZ Drama
Stroke TVNZ Drama
The Governor TVNZ Drama
Jo & Koro TVNZ Drama
The Games Affair Endeavour Productions Drama
White Fang South Pacific Pictures / Neverland Studios Drama
Obsession in August Cloud 9 Productions Drama


Year Production Role Company / Director
2015 The Ladykillers One-round The Court Theatre
2013 August: Orange County Beverly Weston The Court Theatre
2013 Amadeus Salieri The Court Theatre
2012 The Slapdash Assasin Padraig The Court Theatre
2012 Heroes Gustave The Court Theatre
2010 Homeland Ken Taylor The Court Theatre
2008 Blackbird Ray The Court Theatre

Short Film

Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2018 Big Bingo Bonanza Arthur The NZ Film & TV School Short Film
2018 Walk A Mile Russ Robin Films Short Film
2016 Zealandia The man Oxygen Films Short Film
2014 Food for Thought Angus Robin Murphy Productions Short Film
2014 The Ballad of Maddog Quinn Grandpa Quinn Little Dragon Pictures Short Film
2005 The Man Who Couldn't Dance Dancing Man Short Film


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