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Dominic Purcell Poster

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Overview (4)

Born in Wallasey, Merseyside, England, UK
Birth NameDominic Haakon Myrtvedt Purcell
Nickname Dom
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Dominic was born in England, to a Norwegian father and Irish mother. At the age of two, Dominic and his family moved from England to Sydney's Bondi and then moved to the Western Suburbs. After trying his hand at landscape gardening he decided to become an actor whilst watching the war movie Platoon (1986). Due to his working-class background, acting seemed a very unlikely choice of career, so he didn't pursue it until sometime later. He studied at The Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) and then later enrolled at the Western Australian Academy of Performing arts where he met his future wife Rebecca and studied with Hugh Jackman. In 1997, Dominic scored a role in the TV series Raw FM (1997) and then landed a part in Mission: Impossible II (2000), which was filmed in Australia. He became a TV star. In 2000, he won the Green Card lottery and now lives in Los Angeles with his family. He was spotted by a US talent scout and has been working constantly with roles in the movie Equilibrium (2002), the TV show John Doe (2002), Blade: Trinity (2004), and in the upcoming thriller Three Way (2004) and a new police television drama, Strut.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Nichol and Aeryn

Spouse (1)

Rebecca Williamson (1 August 1998 - 22 October 2008) ( divorced) ( 4 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Strong angular face and intense gaze.

Trivia (16)

He was a classmate of Hugh Jackman at the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts.
Left high school to form a landscape gardening venture with some friends. His pre-acting stints also included surfing.
Has four children: Joseph (b. August 12th 1999), Audrey (b. January 30th 2001) and twins Lily-Rose and Augustus (b. July 7th 2003).
Did all of his stunts in the sword fight scene against Blade in Blade: Trinity (2004).
He's the oldest of five children. Sibling's names: Damian Purcell, Jaime Pucell, Patrick Purcell, and Marie-Therese Purcell.
Has two nieces named Claudia and Eilisha (Marie-Therese's daughters).
Former son-in-law of David Williamson.
Whilst in Ireland at Christmas 2007 he and his brother saved the life of a 16 month old boy, who was choking, by slapping his back to dislodge an onion ring and then Damian giving CPR until he started breathing again. Til this day both Dom and Damian keep in touch with the child and the boy's family.
Dom's parents and siblings all live in Dundalk, Ireland, so twice a year he flies in to see the family.
In a relationship with AnnaLynne McCord since July 2011. He is 17 years older.
Has the birth dates of his four children tattooed on the inside of his left forearm.
Lives in Vancouver, Canada, with his family while filming the series John Doe (2002). [2003]
Official residence, with his family, is Los Angeles but he lives in Chicago, Illinois, during filming of Prison Break (2005) and flies home to his family on weekends. [2005]
Appeared with Wentworth Miller in three TV shows: Prison Break (2005), The Flash (2014) and DC's Legends of Tomorrow (2016). In "Prison Break", they were both protagonists and in "The Flash" they were both the antagonists, then in "Legends of Tomorrow" they take on the role of the "anti-hero".
During filming of Prison Break: Sequel he was seriously injured and suffered from a broken nose and a head injury.
He has played the same character (Mick Rory / Heat Wave) in four different series: Arrow (2012), The Flash (2014), Supergirl (2015) and DC's Legends of Tomorrow (2016).

Personal Quotes (7)

I've been here for five years, maybe four. I was doing 'John Doe,' and I was working ridiculous hours on that, and I was speaking American all day and then I'd get home and speak Australian and I just felt so exhausted by going back and forth that I just decided to speak it all the time. Now I just speak American.
My fighting style, if you will, is a combination of mimicking, cowboy films and boxing that I have done throughout my life.
Yeah, I'm a physical kind of guy. I've always liked being physical. It takes a stuntman to really say, 'Look, we don't want you to do this. No, no, I'm serious, you're not going to do this' to get me not to do my stuff.
I'm very appreciative and humbled by the success of 'Prison Break.'
I don't watch TV dramas. I watch ESPN, HBO boxing, National Geographic Channel and I kind of like to get some DVDs, movies that I haven't seen and I just pop them in.
I'm a hands-on dad. I love my kids more than anything. It's very important to me. I'd give myself a 10 out of 10 for being a dad.
People have asked me why are Australians and Brits so good at American accents, and it's quite simple. We grew up listening to the American sound on our TV. That's why American actors have a hard time with foreign accents.

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