In 1954 he joined the Stratford Festival in its second season and appeared in The Taming of the Shrew and Oedipus Rex, both directed by Tyrone GUTHRIE, and Measure for Measure.
Gerussi became one of the leading actors in the Stratford company, playing Romeo to Julie Harris's Juliet in 1960, Ariel in The Tempest in 1962, and Mark Antony in Julius Caesar in 1965. His Feste in the 1957 production of Twelfth Night was highly praised by Robertson DAVIES as "a masterly performance which broods over the whole play and sets its tone."
Gerussi made his New York debut as Launce in Two Gentlemen of Verona. The next season he toured the US with the National Phoenix Theatre as Sir Edward Mortimer in Mary Stuart.
In addition to his continuing role as Nick, other television appearances included an Italian immigrant in "The Newcomers 1978" (1980) and in Bernard Slade's "Moving Day" (1987).
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