Jun. 22nd, 1958
Birmingham, Michigan, USA
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"Uncle Sam's favorite son" as the lyrics to the theme of Jack of All Trades (2000) go, was born June 22, 1958 in Royal Oak, Michigan. As a child, Bruce watched Lost in Space (1965) on TV, and ran around dressed as Zorro. He got the acting bug at age 8; his dad was performing in local community theater. At 14, Bruce got to play the young prince in "The King and I" and even got to sing. He went on to appear in several community theater productions, including "South Pacific". However, he was also interested in directing, and shot super-8 flicks with a neighborhood pal. Perhaps through fate, he met future director Sam Raimi in a high school drama class in 1975. Soon, along with Sam, and now a bunch of other high school pals, Bruce filmed about 50 super-8 movies. During the summer of 1976, he was an apprentice in northern Michigan at Traverse City's Cherry County Playhouse, a summer-stock company. Bruce worked 18-hour days putting up sets, being assistant stage manager, doing errands, etc. No money, but it was a learning experience. He attended Western Michigan University and took theater courses. Bruce became a production assistant for a company that made commercials in Detroit. In the early part of 1979, with buddy Sam Raimi, he decided to become a pro filmmaker. Armed with a super-8 horror film Within the Woods (1978) which they showed potential investors, they raised $350,000 to make The Evil Dead (1981) which Bruce co-produced and starred in as "Ash". Four years later, the completed film became the best-selling video of 1983 in England, and New Line Cinema got it a US release. Around this time, he married his first wife, and they had 2 kids. They raised 10 times as much cash for the sequel Evil Dead II (1987) again co-produced by Bruce and starring him as "Ash". He moved to L.A. In 1990, while filming Mindwarp (1992), he met his future second wife (costume designer Ida Gearon on the set. In 1992, he rejoined Sam, and Bruce co-produced and starred as "Ash" in the 3rd of the Evil Dead trilogy, Army of Darkness (1992) for Universal Studios. On TV, Bruce directed many episodes of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995). Bruce also acted as the recurring character "Autolycus", the King of Thieves; he portrayed this villain with zest in both Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995) and Xena: Warrior Princess (1995). Bruce's latest television venture was starring as the title rogue of Jack of All Trades (2000). Everybody loves Jack. And everybody's heard of him - "There ain't a French or pirate rogue who don't know Jack!".
- Once worked as a security guard at a beer brewery until a co-worker realized he was in _The Evil Dead (1981)_ (qv).
- Married his second wife in the same wedding chapel where 'Ronald Reagan (I)' (qv) married 'Nancy Davis (I)' (qv).
- Was the first choice to play Louis Creed in _Pet Sematary (1989)_ (qv).
- Favorite movie is _The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)_ (qv)
- 26 July 2003 - Received minor injuries in a car accident near Ashland, Oregon. He was hit by a man who was charged as DUI.
- (1976) Attended Western Michigan University for six months before leaving to continue his already budding acting career.
- Long time friend and frequent collaborator 'Sam Raimi' (qv) originally wanted him to play the lead role in _Darkman (1990)_ (qv) but the producers refused to cast him because they didn't think he could handle it. He appears at the end of the film as "Final Shemp".
- Has expressed an interest in working with 'Kevin Smith (I)' (qv).