Bill Brochtrup as Leopold
Bill Brochtrup portrayed 'P.A.A. John Irvin' on ABC TV's Emmy Award-winning police drama NYPD Blue. A series regular, Brochtrup got his big career break when he was cast for two episodes during the show's second season. 'John Irvin' proved to be an arresting addition, generating an avalanche of mail. The openly gay and extremely efficient Police Administrative Aide made such a favorable impression that he wound up with a permanent job in the precinct's Anti-Crime unit. Therein, his kind spirit endeared 'Upstairs John' to all in the precinct. Brochtrup and the rest of the cast of "NYPD Blue" were nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2000. NYPD Blue finished its twelfth and final season on ABC and continues to air in reruns on the TNT and COURT TV cable channels.
Having trained at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, with Milton Katselas, and at Circle-In-The-Square, Brochtrup has worked continuously in theater, film and television since making his professional debut on the television series Hot Pursuit. Confessing to early credits including three reality-based court shows - as a teen rapist on both The Judge and Superior Court and a newly-arrived Russian immigrant on Divorce Court--he quickly moved up the ladder to guest-starring roles on primetime series which include Dharma and Greg, Picket Fences, Murder She Wrote, and Without a Trace. His telefilm credits include Betrayed: The Story of Three Women with Swoosie Kurtz and Meredith Baxter and Two Voices starring Gail O'Grady.
Brochtrup's feature film credits include Not Again, the critically acclaimed 'mockumentary,' Man of the Year, the futuristic Space Marines and the Fox 2000 feature Ravenous, starring Guy Pearce and Robert Carlyle.
Brochtrup continued to work in the theater scene. For his riveting performance in D.H. Lawrence's The Fox, he earned a Drama-Logue Award. He starred on both coasts in Raft of the Medusa, and in Snakebit at the Century Theatre in New York City and Coast Playhouse in West Hollywood. He starred as "Henry" in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing on the South Coast Repertory's stage. He starred in Sinan Unel's Pera Palas at the Theatre at Boston Court in Pasadena. He starred in James Duff's critically acclaimed Quarrel of Sparrows at the Court Theater in Los Angeles, Death Takes a Holiday at the Lobero Stage Company in Santa Barbara and the world premiere of Jonathan Tolin's If Memory Serves at the Pasadena Playhouse.
Answering the call from the USO, Brochtrup celebrated the Fourth of July, 2001 with thousands of service men and women on the USS Constellation (CV-64), "America's Flagship," docked in Jebel Ali in the Arabian Gulf, United Arab Emirates, Al Dhafra Air Force Base and Abu Dhabi. He spent the 2002 and 2003 Christmas Holidays visiting our troops stationed in Bosnia and Kosovo and Japan.