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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

February 1st - Happy Birthday Linus Roache

Law & Order fans became familiar with Linus Roache when he began this season as EADA Michael Cutter, filling the big shoes of Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston). But Roache already had a lengthy list of films and television shows to his credit.

Linus William Roache was born February 1, 1964 in Manchester, England, the son of actor William Roache and actress Anna Cropper. Since 1960, William Roache has played “Ken Barlow” on the UK’s longest-running soap, “Coronation Street. ” In fact, Linus began his acting career when he was a young boy on that same show. He spent much of his early career on stage.

He gained recognition playing a gay Catholic priest in Antonia Bird's 1994 movie, “Priest”. He subsequently appeared in many varied movie roles. Here’s a listing of his performing credits:

Onedin Line (1971), TV Series
Coronation Street (1960) TV Series, as Peter Barlow (1975)
No Surrender (1985) as Ulster Boy
Omnibus TV Series (1990) as Vincent Van Gogh
Priest (1994) as Father Greg Pilkington
Seaforth (1994) TV Series, as Bob Longman
How High the Moon (1994) (mini) TV Series
The Wings of the Dove (1997) as Merton Densher
Shot Through the Heart (1998) (TV) as Vlado
Venice Project (1999), as Count Jacko/Count Giaccomo
Siam Sunset (1999) as Perry
Best (2000) as Denis Law
Pandaemonium (2000) - playing Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Hart's War (2002) as Capt. Peter A. Ross
Gathering Storm (2002) (TV) as Ralph Wigram
RFK (2002 TV) as Robert F. Kennedy
Beyond Borders (2003) as Henry Bauford
Blind Flight (2003) as John McCarthy
The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) as the "Purifier"
12 and Holding (2005) as Mr. Carges
The Forgotten (2004) as Mr. Shineer
Batman Begins (2005) as Dr. Thomas Wayne
Find Me Guilty (2006) as Sean Kierney
Kidnapped (2006) TV Series as Andy Archer
Law & Order TV Series (2008) as Michael Cutter

The Internet Movie Database says that Linus is a vegetarian – so let’s all have a nice big salad to celebrate his birthday.

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