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Bruce Dern was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Jean (MacLeish) and John Dern, an attorney and utility chief. His paternal grandfather, George Henry Dern, served as Governor of Utah (1925-1933) and then U.S. Secretary of War (1933-1936). His ancestry includes German, English, Scottish, and Dutch. Bruce Dern had established himself as the movies' ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 28 nominations. See more awards »

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 2016 American Dresser (filming)
 2015 Borderland (post-production)
 2013 Fighting for Freedom
Christian Dobbe
 2013 Northern Borders
Austin Kittredge Sr.
 2013 Coffin Baby
Vance Henrickson
 2012 Hitting the Cycle
 2011 Twixt
Sheriff Bobby LaGrange
 2011/I Inside Out
Vic Small
 2011 From Up on Poppy Hill
Yoshio Onodera (English version, voice)
 2011/II Choose
Dr. Ronald Pendleton
 2010 Trim
 2009 The Lightkeepers
 2008 The Golden Boys
Capt. Perez Ryder
 2008 Swamp Devil
Howard Blaime
 2007 The Death and Life of Bobby Z
Hippy Narrator (uncredited)
 2007 The Cake Eaters
Easy Kimbrough
 2006 The Hard Easy
 2006 Walker Payne
 2006 Believe in Me
Ellis Brawley
 2005 Down in the Valley
 2005 Madison
Harry Volpi
 2003 Monster
 2003 Milwaukee, Minnesota
Sean McNally
 2000 All the Pretty Horses
 1998 Small Soldiers
Link Static (voice)
 1996 Mulholland Falls
The Chief (uncredited)
 1995 Wild Bill
Will Plummer
 1995 Mrs. Munck
Patrick Leary
 1990 After Dark, My Sweet
Garrett "Uncle Bud" Stoker
 1988 1969
 1987 World Gone Wild
 1987 The Big Town
Mr. Edwards
 1986 On the Edge
Wes Holman
 1980 Middle Age Crazy
Bobby Lee
 1976 The Twist
William Brandels
 1975 Smile
Big Bob
 1975 Posse
Jack Strawhorn
 1973 The Laughing Policeman
Insp. Leo Larsen SFPD
 1973 Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
Deputy (uncredited)
 1972 Thumb Tripping
 1971 Drive, He Said
Coach Bullion
 1970 The Rebel Rousers
J.J. Weston
 1969 The Cycle Savages
 1969 Number One
Richie Fowler
 1969 Castle Keep
Lt. Billy Byron Bix
 1967 Waterhole #3
 1967/II The Trip
 1967 The War Wagon
 1964 Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte
John Mayhew
 1964 Marnie
 1960 Wild River
Jack Roper (uncredited)
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Stage Play: Strangers. Written by Sherman Yellen. Scenic Design by David Jenkins. Directed by Arvin Brown. John Golden Theatre: 4 Mar 1979- 11 Mar 1979 (9 performances + 12 previews). Cast: Bruce Dern (as "Sinclair Hal Lewis"), Lois Nettleton (as "Dorothy Thompson") [final Broadway role], William Newman (as "German Guest/Waiter/Russian ... See more »

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[on James Dean] Dean was so real. I believed he was the real person, that he wasn't acting. See, I never thought Rock Hudson was real. Or any of the guys in the forefront then -- Gregory Peck, Paul Newman and them. See more »


Claims that he has never smoked outside of the movies, or drank alcohol or coffee, due to his commitment to marathon running. See more »


Often appears in western movies, usually as henchmen or killers See more »

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