Bruce Campbell

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Bruce Campbell

Born

6/22/1958, Royal Oak, Michigan

Birth Name

Bruce Lorne Campbell

Gender

Male

Also Known As

R.O.C. Sandstorm, Pete Perkinson
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Biography

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The youngest of three boys, Bruce Campbell wanted to be an actor as young as eight-years-old after witnessing his dad's enjoyment while performing in local community theater . Eventually, he followed his father's footsteps into the acting profession by performing in local community theater. He began his professional…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2007, Bruce appeared in a series of commercials for "Old Spice" cologne. In one of them he performs a lounge version of Duran Duran's "Hungry Like the Wolf" to a group of beautiful young women. In another commercial he talks about those who have experience & those who don't. In the commercial the Necronomicon & Ash Williams chainsaw are visible in the background.

    • Bruce's wife called him one Saturday night while he was down in New Zealand and asked him what he was doing. He said that he was playing poker with Kevin Smith and Kevin Sorbo. She laughed, and said that the women of the world would be amazed that those two hunks had nothing better to do on a Saturday night.

    • When they created the show Jack of All Trades they meant Bruce to play a dashing Englishman in the time of Queen Elizabeth I. But Bruce went to the Producers and told them that since he always played himself regardless of the role, they had better make Jack an American. They did.

    • Lucy Lawless went to a Bruce Campbell book signing for his book If Chins Could Kill in disguise and began gushing about how huge a fan of his she was. She had him completely fooled for a few minutes, but eventually he signed her book with, "... That's when my jaw dropped. Lucy Lawless, that stealthy Warrior Princess, fooled me- hook, line, and sinker."

    • Bruce nicknamed his character Autolycus from the TV shows Xena and Hercules "Auto-Erotic".

    • Bruce's voice excerpts are featured in many tracks from the industrial band Skinny Puppy, such as "Who's Laughing Now?".

    • His two other nominations for any award were for The US Comedy Arts festival in 2003 and The Chlotrudis Awards in 2004, both for his role in Bubba Ho-Tep.

    • In 2003, the DVD Exclusive Awards nominated him for "Best Audio Commentary- Library Release" for his commentary track on The Evil Dead Limited Edition.

    • Bruce audtioned for the part of "Bruce Wayne" for the 1995 release Batman Forever.

    • Bruce Campbell has been married twice. First, he was married to Christine Deveau from 1983 to 1989 and had two children with her. Currently, he is still married, since 1991, to Ida Gearon.

    • The Evil Dead, in which Bruce starred as "Ash," was the best selling video of 1983 in England.

    • As a child, Bruce watched Lost in Space on Tv and ran around dressed as "Zorro".

    • Bruce Campbell invented a mixed drink he called the Rum Dinger. Its ingredients are: dark rum, Kahlua and ginger ale.

    • Bruce's agent is Michelle Bega.

    • Bruce Campbell wrote the introduction to a comic book titled Guy Pumpkinhead (1998)

    • During the filming of Evil Dead Bruce suffered a broken jaw when Sam Raimi accidentally crashed into him with a motorcycle.

    • Bruce's immediate family consists of:
      brother: Don Campbell
      daughter: Rebecca Campbell
      father: Charlie Campbell
      half-brother: Michael Campbell
      mother: Joanne Campbell
      son: Andy Campbell

    • Bruce Campbell's favourite food is hot Grape Nuts cereal with honey and cinnamon

    • Bruce Campbell was given the lead role in the T.V. Series The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. by performing a back-flip in the auditioning office.

    • Bruce's favorite film is The Bridge on the River Kwai.

    • Bruce played the character of an aging Elvis Presley in the camp film Bubba Ho-Tep, and he did a full length commentary on the DVD in character.

    • Bruce was the first choice of producers to play the role of the lead character Louis Creed in the 1989 film Pet Sematary, but he was unable to take the role due to prior commitments.

    • Bruce tried out for the lead role in the 1996 film The Phantom, even going so far as to screen test, but the role was eventually given to Billy Zane.

    • Bruce attended Western Michigan University, but left after only six months because he didn't want to leave his acting career on hold.

    • Bruce used to babysit for Ted Raimi (younger brother of filmmaker Sam Raimi).

    • The scar on Bruce's chin is due to a childhood injury that resulted from falling off a swing.

    • Has appeared in almost every film that Sam Raimi has directed, in everything from starring roles to uncredited cameos.

    • He has been used in several films by the Cohen Brothers including uncredited appearances as a soap opera star on television in both Fargo and Intolerable Cruelty.

    • Bruce's jutting, scarred, cleft chin is perhaps his most well-recognized attribute. He even titled his autobiography, If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor.

    • Bruce is the son of actor Charlie Campbell and the younger brother of Don Campbell, who has worked both in front of and behind the camera.


    • Bruce was on the short list of actors who were considered for the role of Agent Doggett on The X-Files.

    • Bruce is 6' 1" tall and left-handed.

    • Kurt Russell asked Bruce for an autograph for his son during the making of Escape from L.A.

    • Bruce is contracted to appear in all the Spider-Man films. To date he has played the wrestling announcer in the first, an usher in the second and a waiter at a high class restaurant in the third.

    • Bruce and director Sam Raimi are good friends

    • Bruce is best known for his smartmouthed one-liners as "Ash" in the Evil Dead films

  • Quotes


    • Bruce: (after the cancellation of Jack of All Trades) I'm never hurt by cancellations if I've given it my all. On Jack of All Trades, I can safely say that everyone involved gave 110 percent. If the ratings weren't good enough for the show to stay on the air, then so be it. I won't play the blame game - that's so easy to get into. I can also claim my personal life back for a while, so in that sense there's no harm done whatsoever.


    • Bruce: Folks always want some future incarnation of canceled cult shows (like Brisco County, Jr), but I can stand on record by saying that old television shows age like anything in television land. Nobody on the corporate level wants to be associated with a loser, and since they finance the shows, it's a self-fulfilling prophecy.


    • Bruce: (on working on Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys) I was spoiled by working on those shows because of the professionalism of the main actors. Working on Xena and Hercules was always virtually problem free, and the producers were very accommodating. The US productions I've been involved in since have been a bit of an eye opener as far as work ethics go. But that's enough said on that subject.

    • Bruce: I guess I'm just a simpleton, but when I was a kid in the 60's, playing in the dirt was enough to pass countless hours and I wasn't even raised by wolves.

    • Bruce: Maybe too much excitement is hazardous to our health. That may be an absurd statement coming from someone who makes his living in the same industry, but I'm serious.

    • Bruce: (When asked what he would want with him if stuck on a deserted island) A continent.

    • Bruce: There is a large element of me in every role I do. Actors who say they can dive inside a character are either schizophrenic or lying.

    • Bruce: The movies that are the easiest to make are the hardest to watch.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • One of the finest actors of our generation, Mr. Campbell brings a wit and charm to his projects that few can copy. Few of the many projects he has done have not prospered and been better for his involvement.moreless

    10
    From playing Ash, to Brisco County Jr, to Sam Axe, Bruce Campbell brings a flair and professionalism as well as a tremendous amount of charisma to whatever roles he takes on. As a contemporary of Mr. Campbell's I have been blessed to see the majority of his work when it actually occurred. Like a few other actors of our days rarely does a project come out including him that his fans would dare to miss. He brings so much to the table as far as insight and experience.



    I was lucky enough to sit in on a Burn Notice chat with him and Sharon Gless. He was as charming then as he seems to come across on the small and big screens.



    Following the success of Sam Raimi's Evil Dead which became a cult classic, Bruce starred in Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness, sequels to the original. Besides his many film roles Bruce has been able to be involved in some unusual and exciting TV projects such as The Adventures of Brisco County Jr., Jack of all Trades, and of course the current hit Burn Notice. Mr Campbell also wrote a New York Times bestseller If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor. Look for him in the upcoming Spiderman 4 sequel as a major character. Of course Sam Raimi has been responsible for those movies and he has put Bruce in the earlier ones in small roles. He of course will bring much to this project and I look forward to it.



    Mr. Campbell has been married twice and has two children with his first wife Christine Deveau (1983-1989) and is currently married to Ida Gearon since 1991.



    Even Bruce makes fun of his "B" list movie nomenclature as per the title of his book. Though he has lived on the periphery of the main Hollywood world, Bruce Campbell is an "A" list actor in my book and one of my favorite actors ever. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Bruce Campbell....

    10
    There are many reasons I like Bruce Campbell. 1 I like his acting 2 I think he is good looking 3 his movies are funny. I know people say that Bruce is not a good actor but if you look at all his roles he plays very different people and each time he is believable as a different person. Ok yes I do think Bruce is very good looking well at least back in the day. Now a days he is still good looking but he just doesn't look like he use to. YES I do love Bruce Campbell movies and yes I have to say that I laugh at them. Well I didn't laugh at The Evil Dead but I still loved it. I was first introduced to Bruce in Army of Darkness when I was about 10 or so. Well I liked the movie and thought it was funny. The second time I encountered him was on The Evil Dead. I have to say then and there I fell for the man and have tried to buy or at least see his movies. Bruce Campbell is a great actor and I love him for that.moreless
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