Ray is dedicated to Brittany and to his older brother Bruce, who is experiencing the gradual reduction in mobility and coordination due to a motor neuron disease. Ray often visits Bruce, giving firm but unforced support. The last thing that Bruce wants is pity. Bruce was in a similar line of business to his little brother before his career was cut short, so part of his struggle is learning to accept not just the physical limitations, but the restrictions on being an active participant in the outside world.
Nicholas Cassim, who portrays Bruce, says: “I imagine that Bruce’s life was similar to his brother’s, on the wrong side of the law, but without the same level of intelligence and proficiency as Ray. Although Bruce is an older brother, I see him as being in a sense the younger brother, in that when they did ‘jobs’ together, Bruce wouldn’t have been as wily as Ray. Bruce was probably without much ambition in the world that they operated in, but I think they’re very close in that Australian male way of not being over demonstrative emotionally. They’re extremely loyal to each other.”
A graduate of Theatre Nepean, Cassim has built up an impressive list of credits, including his current role as “Sergeant McCarthy” on the Seven Network’s long running series Home & Away.
Other television credits include Winter for the Seven Network, The Moodys and The Elegant Gentlemen’s Guide To Knife Fighting for Jungle Boys, The Outlaw Michael Howe for Cordell Jigsaw productions, as well as Underbelly: Razor and Tricky Business. Films include Around The Block; Wish You Were Here, produced by Aquarius Films and Say Nothing Productions; and Dealing With Destiny, produced by Dalifey Films.
Selected theatre credits include Noir for Darlinghurst Theatre, Elling and La Ronde for Belvoir, and The Decameron and The School of Night for Old Fitzroy Hotel.