Robert Tripe

Robert John Rostrevor "Robbie" Tripe (12 July 1973 – 2 November 2014) was a New Zealand stage, television and movie actor.

Robbie Tripe
Robert John Rostrevor Tripe

(1973-07-12)12 July 1973
Whanganui, New Zealand
Died2 November 2014(2014-11-02) (aged 41)
Auckland, New Zealand
EducationHuntley School
Wanganui Collegiate School
Toi Whakaari
Years active1999–2014


Background and EducationEdit

Born in Whanganui in 1973,[1] Tripe was educated at Huntley School in Marton and Wanganui Collegiate School.[2] He later studied acting at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, from where he graduated with a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Acting) in 1999.[1][3]


Tripe appeared on stage in theatrical productions at many venues across New Zealand, and was twice nominated for best supporting actor in the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards, first for his portrayal of Peter Trofimov in The Cherry Orchard at Circa Theatre in 2005, and then for Bernard in Death of a Salesman the following year, also at Circa.[2][4][5] He also appeared in productions of Noël & Gertie at the Tabard Theatre in London, and Te Aurarua at Théâtre des Trois Chênes in Le Quesnoy.[6] According to Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Tripe's theatrical highlight was in the role of Daniel in the BATS Theatre production of Katydid in 2010.[2]

Tripe's best-known television role was as lawyer Lawrence Cunningham in the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street. He also appeared in The Strip and Power Rangers.[2] On the big screen, his credits included The Truth About Demons (2000),[7] The Last Great Snail Chase (2007),[8] and 3 Mile Limit (2014).[9]


Tripe served for a time as vice-president of the actors' union, Equity New Zealand.[2]

Tripe died in Auckland on 2 November 2014.[10]


  1. ^ a b Robert Tripe at IMDb
  2. ^ a b c d e Bilby, Lynley (9 November 2014). "Kiwi actor Robert Tripe dies, 41". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Robert Tripe". Court Theatre. Archived from the original on 10 November 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Seven nominations for Orchard". Dominion Post. 16 November 2005. p. 11.
  5. ^ "Stage stars to be rewarded". Dominion Post. 8 December 2006. p. 14.
  6. ^ "Robert Tripe 1973–2014". Equity New Zealand. Archived from the original on 10 November 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  7. ^ Truth About Demons at IMDb
  8. ^ The Last Great Snail Chase at IMDb
  9. ^ 3 Mile Limit at IMDb
  10. ^ "Robert John Rostrevor Tripe obituary". New Zealand Herald. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2014.