May. 12th, 1950
Elgin, Illinois, USA
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Bruce William Boxleitner (born May 12, 1950) is an American actor, and science fiction and suspense writer.
Boxleitner is best known for his leading roles in the television series How the West Was Won, Bring 'Em Back Alive, Scarecrow and Mrs. King (with Kate Jackson), and Babylon 5 (as John Sheridan in seasons 2–5, 1994–1998). He also starred in The Gambler TV film series (as Billy Montana, alongside Kenny Rogers: 1980, 1983 and 1987).
In 2005, he co-starred as Captain Martin Duvall in Young Blades. He has also starred in several films within the Babylon 5 universe, including Babylon 5: In the Beginning (TV, 1998), Babylon 5: Thirdspace (TV, 1998), Babylon 5: A Call to Arms (TV, 1999) and the direct-to-DVD Babylon 5: The Lost Tales (2007) and on CHAOS (Glory Days episode).
He has made appearances in many other TV shows, such as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Gunsmoke, Judith Krantz's Till We Meet Again, Tales from the Crypt, Touched by an Angel, The Outer Limits and She Spies, and in 1982, he played Chase Marshall in the TV film Bare Essence, with 'Genie Francis'. He also was a member of the cast of Heroes for seasons three and four, playing New York Governor, Robert Malden in three episodes. He also appears on the television series Chuck as the father of Devon Woodcomb.
He has also been in the made-for-television films The Secret, Hope Ranch, Pandemic, The Bone Eater, Sharpshooter, Aces 'n Eights, and Hallmark Channel movies Love's Resounding Courage and Falling in Love With the Girl Next Door.
Boxleitner was a guest-star on NCIS in the fall of 2010. He played Vice Admiral C. Clifford Chase, a high-ranking Navy official. Boxleitner also lends his voice to the animated version of his iconic character Tron in the animated series Tron: Uprising. The series premiered on Disney XD on June 7th, 2012. He also reprises the character Alan Bradley/Tron from the films Tron and Tron: Legacy. He is currently appearing on GCB on ABC as Burl Lourd, Gigi's, Annie Potts, love interest.
He has also appeared in several films, including Tron (in which he played the title role) and The Baltimore Bullet (1980) with James Coburn. He reprised his role in the Tron sequel Tron: Legacy and in the video game Tron: Evolution which was released alongside the film Tron: Legacy, as he did for sequel video game named Tron 2.0, and Disney/Square Enix crossover video game Kingdom Hearts II. Boxleitner also voice as Col. John Konrad in video game Spec Ops: The Line.
He also starred as Confederate General James Longstreet in the 2003 film Gods and Generals. He provides the voice of Colin Barrow in the animated science fiction horror film Dead Space: Downfall, based on the video game Dead Space. Other films he has been in include Kuffs, The Babe, Brilliant, Snakehead Terror, Legion of the Dead, King of the Lost World, Shadows in Paradise and Transmorphers: Fall of Man. In 2011 he officially announced that he will reprise his role as Alan Bradley/ Tron in Tron 3 in 2013.
Boxleitner's first marriage (1977–1987) was to American actress 'Kathryn Holcomb', who had previously co-starred with him on The Macahans and How The West Was Won. They had two sons together: Sam (born 1980) and Lee (born 1985). Holcomb went on to marry English actor 'Ian Ogilvy'. Ogilvy also guest-starred on Boxleitner's series Babylon 5.
Boxleitner's second marriage (1995-2011) was to American actress 'Melissa Gilbert'. They had one son together: Michael (born 1995). Gilbert also guest-starred as Boxleitner's on-screen wife, Anna Sheridan, during Season 3 of Babylon 5.
On March 1, 2011, 'Melissa Gilbert' announced that she and Bruce had separated after 16 years of marriage. On August 25 of the same year the Associated Press reported that, based on court records, Gilbert had filed for divorce.
- He and his wife Melissa have a combined family; Bruce's two sons, Melissa's son and one son together.
- Has one stepson, 'Dakota Brinkman' (qv) (b. 1989).
- Brother-in-law of 'Sara Gilbert' (qv) and 'Jonathan Gilbert (I)' (qv).
- Appeared in the final episode (episode 24 of season 20) of the epic Western TV series _"Gunsmoke" (1955)_ (qv) which went to air on 31st March, 1975.
- Left handed.
- Wrote the science fiction novels Frontier Earth and Frontier Earth: Searcher.
- Ex-Wife 'Kathryn Holcomb' (qv) introduced him to present wife, 'Melissa Gilbert (I)' (qv). He called off his engagement to Melissa Gilbert twice before they finally made it to the altar.
- (September 2002) As one of eleven people, he was elected for a three-year term to the National Board of Directors from Screen Actor Guild's Hollywood Division. He received 5,569 votes.