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What happened to Brian Deacon the actor who played Jesus?
Brian Deacon is a British actor who many people around the world well know as the man who portrayed Jesus in the 1979 film Jesus.
He was part of 900 actors who were screen tested by producer John Heyman for the role.
The 1979 film Jesus made Decon famous through the evangelical organization the Jesus Film Project.
Deacon was born on 13 February 1949 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK, the second son of a mechanic and nurse. As of 2023, he is 74 years old. Aside from playing Jesus, Brian Deacon has appeared in lots of movies including portraying Heumac in The Feathered Serpent (1976, 1978), Frank Miles in the 1978 TV series Lillie, and appeared with his brother, Eric, in the Peter Greenaway film, A Zed & Two Noughts (1985), as Oswald Deuce.
Some of Decon’s latest movies and works include Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords (2004) Video Game (voice), The Projectionist (2012), The Night of the Rabbit (2013) Video Game (voice) and Mistaken (2013).
Brian Deacon the actor who played Jesus
Many people got to know Jesus through Brian Decon and the actor also gained most of his fame from playing Jesus.
Though he played the role a long time ago, many still believe he is Jesus. Deacon was 30 years old when he played the character.
Some sources claim He was the only British actor among a totally Israeli cast. The Jesus actor had performed in theater and film before accepting the role of Jesus Christ.
The actor admitted his agent discouraged me from taking the part and playing Jesus in the film according to sources.
Three weeks before the filming began, Deacon read the Gospel of Luke more than 20 times. “It comforted me“, he said.
Reading the Bible helped the actor to view his character “Jesus” as a man with great compassion and understanding.
Brian Deacon also recalled- “Many people advised Deacon how to play his part. He felt pressure from people who wanted a voice for their ideas.
The character of Jesus belongs to everyone, and I had to find my voice and emotion for the role“
In the last decades, over 3 billion people in almost all countries have seen the Jesus film. Also through more than 400 mission agencies and organizations, the Jesus film is available in 582 translations and 237 language versions are in progress.
Today when he looks back, it almost frightens Brian Deacon. “I’m just an actor, he says. I was the medium. It wasn’t me that impacted those people, but it’s difficult for people to make that distinction“.
According to comeandsee, While Brian Deacon was discussing his own faith, the actor said, “I’m a lapsed Catholic who hasn’t practiced his faith. I’ve had many doubts about Jesus’ teaching.
I’ve always found it difficult to know how truth can be proclaimed to others’ the very ministry of Jesus. To me it’s more of a private matter.” Aside from playing the role of Jesus in Jesus (1979), he also played Jesus in The Story of Jesus for Children (2000).
Brian Deacon has been married twice
The Jesus actor has been married twice, firstly to Rula Lenska in 1977, with whom he had a daughter, Lara Parker Deacon.
His ex-wife Rula is also an actress. she is known for the films Queen Kong and Aura, and she portrayed Claudia Colby in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street.
Brian and Rula got divorced in the year 1997. In 1998 he married Natalie Bloch who he is still married to up to date. His current wife is also an actress who is known for Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994).
Here are some of Brian Deacon’s Latest movies
The Story of Jesus for Children (2000) Home Video only
Doctors, episodes “Face Value (2001) e “Amends (2009)
The Projectionist (2012)
The Night of the Rabbit (2013) Video Game (voice)
Bugs, episode “Down Among the Dead Men” (1995)
Is Brian Deacon still alive?
Brian Deacon is still alive as of 2023. He is healthy and kicking. Deacon is 74 years old as of 2023.