Bruce Marchiano

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Bruce Marchiano
Born February 5, 1956
Los Angeles, California

Bruce Marchiano (born February 5, 1956) is an American actor and author best known for his portrayals of Jesus Christ in the Visual Bible film series.

Early life[edit]

Marchiano was born in Orange County, California, his father is of Italian descent while his mother is Syrian. His first role was in a 1985 episode of Murder, She Wrote, which was followed by appearances in LA Law, Columbo, and the low-budget horror film, Curse II: The Bite. Before his roles as Jesus he was often cast as a villain and he jokes that Jesus was the first nice guy he ever played.[1]

Recent Projects[edit]

Marchiano runs Bruce Marchiano Ministries, a non-profit ministry based out of North Hollywood, California, he speaks 20 to 25 times a year in various venues all around the world[2] and has written several books, most on the subject of Jesus and the experience of portraying him on the silver screen.[3] He wrote, directed and appeared in a powerful pro-life film called " Alison's Choice" (2015).Now in development, Bruce is producing a Word-for-Word film of the Gospel of John, the cameras are set to roll in late 2017. This film is being funded by donations from across the globe—“produced by the body of Christ to bring Jesus to a lost and dying world.” Renowned Bible teacher, Kay Arthur, says, “I truly believe you could not make a better investment in the kingdom of God.”[4]

He has played Jesus in three recent films; in 2009's Road to Emmaus Marchiano portrays Christ's mysterious post-resurrection appearance to two disciples, described in the Gospel of Luke. In the computer animated Christian children's film Lion of Judah (2010) he voices an animated Jesus who meets a group of barnyard animal friends.[5]





  • Jesus Yesterday, Today & Forever
  • Jesus Wept
  • Meeting Jesus
  • In the Footsteps of Jesus
  • The Character of a Man (2006)
  • Jesus, the Man Who Loved Women (2008)


  1. ^ Bio on Bruce Marchiano website
  2. ^ Speaking, from Marchiano site
  3. ^ Marchiano's author page at Simon and Schuster
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  5. ^ 5/1/2011 live radio archive with Bruce Marchiano, verbally stating he is married as of Dec 2010 to his wife, Maria.

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