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Dominic Purcell: I Was A Hellraiser, But Slowed Somewhat

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It's a real Hollywood story, only it happened in Australia.  How Dominic Purcell, the star of the new movie "Vikingdom," got his start in acting.

"It was an accident.  I was 19 and doing landscape gardening. My girlfriend was a model and I went to pick her up from her modeling agency and the casting person came out and said, 'Who's that?'

Dominic continues, "She said, 'He's my boyfriend.'  He said, 'Well, he looks like he's got the face for a cigarette commercial.'  So she introduced me to this camera -- I'd never been involved in TV or anything, and I got the job.  I got $50,000.  And to go from making $800 a week, to making $50,000 shooting in Malaysai, of all places, I said 'This is the career for me."

Dominic Purcell joins Steve Edwards and Lisa Breckenridge on Good Day L.A.

Fun Facts About Dominic Purcell (Source: Wikipedia)

  • He is an Australian actor, who was born in England and raised in Australia, best known for his roles as Lincoln Burrows in Prison Break, the titular character in John Doe, and Dracula in Blade: Trinity.
  • After becoming a landscape gardener he soon tired of the profession and, while watching the war film Platoon, decided to become an actor.
  • He later attended the Australian Theatre for Young People and then enrolled at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts where he met his future wife, Rebecca Williamson, and studied with Hugh Jackman.
  • With his wife he has a son Joseph (August 12, 1999), a daughter Audrey (January 30, 2001), and twins Lily-Rose and Augustus (July 7, 2003).

‘Vikingdom' opens Friday, October 4th.

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