Dominic Purcell stars as Mick Rory AKA Heat Wave, a hot-headed criminal with a heat gun, on The CW’s new series, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
Purcell grew up in Australia and attended the prestigious Australian Theater for Young People. After beginning his training there, he extended his classical training to the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) alongside fellow alumni Hugh Jackman and Francis O’Connor.
After graduating, Purcell landed many leading roles in popular Australian television series as well as features including Moby Dick starring opposite Patrick Stewart and Gregory Peck, Miramax’s Equilibrium with Christian Bale, and The Visitors opposite Radha Mitchell. But it was the title role for television series John Doe for director Mimi Leder, in which he played an amnesiac that knows every fact in the world except who he is, that brought him to the attention of millions. The series quickly became a fan favorite and earned rave reviews.
Purcell returned to television playing the lead role of Lincoln Burrows in the massively successful and critically acclaimed series Prison Break. The series became an international phenomenon and earned many awards and nominations including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Television Series and a Best Actor award from the Australian Film Institute.
Purcell followed his television success with starring roles in the films Marvel’s Blade III: Trinity, opposite Ryan Reynolds and Wesley Snipes; and Primeval, opposite Brooke Langton and Orlando Jones. He starred in Joel Schumacher’s Blood Creek, opposite Michael Fassbender and Henry Cavill; Rod Lurie’s remake of Straw Dogs; and recently starred as an elite ex-SAS operative in The Killer Elite, opposite Jason Statham and Robert De Niro. Purcell’s recent films include The Bag Man, opposite John Cusack and reuniting with Robert De Niro; the sweeping epic adventure Vikingdom; the thriller Officer Down, opposite Stephen Dorff; Bad Karma, opposite Ray Liotta; and Bailout, a gripping character study of a man whose life is slowly torn apart by the economic collapse.
Purcell will next be seen in A Fighting Man in which he stars as the titular character opposite Famke Janssen and James Caan, giving a nuanced performance as an aging boxer who takes on one last fight.