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Bruce Dern


Bruce Dern had established himself as the movies' premier heavy, playing sociopaths, psychotics and just plain criminals by the time he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Coming Home (1978). Some perceptive critics had noted that Dern was a finer actor than his roles generally allowed one to believe, repelled as one ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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 2014 Cut Bank (filming)
 2013 Fighting for Freedom
Christian Dobbe
 2013 Northern Borders
Austin Kittredge Sr.
 2013 Coffin Baby
Vance Henrickson
 2012 Django Unchained
Old Man Carrucan
 2012 Hitting the Cycle
James
 2011 Twixt
Sheriff Bobby LaGrange
 2011/I Inside Out
Vic Small
 2011 From Up on Poppy Hill
Yoshio Onodera (English version, voice)
 2010 Choose
Dr. Ronald Pendleton
 2010 Trim
Dale
 2009 The Lightkeepers
Bennie
 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
Gene
 2006 Walker Payne
Chester
 2006 Believe in Me
Ellis Brawley
 2005 Down in the Valley
Charlie
 2005 Madison
Harry Volpi
 2003 Monster
Thomas
 2003 Milwaukee, Minnesota
Sean McNally
 2000 All the Pretty Horses
Judge
 1998 Small Soldiers
Link Static (voice)
 1996 Mulholland Falls
The Chief (uncredited)
 1995 Wild Bill
Will Plummer
 1995 Mrs. Munck
Patrick Leary
 1992 Diggstown
John Gillon
 1990 After Dark, My Sweet
Garrett "Uncle Bud" Stoker
 1988 1969
Cliff
 1988 World Gone Wild
Ethan
 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
Smitty
 1971 Drive, He Said
Coach Bullion
 1970 The Rebel Rousers
J.J. Weston
 1969 The Cycle Savages
Keeg
 1969 Number One
Richie Fowler
 1969 Castle Keep
Lt. Billy Byron Bix
 1968 Psych-Out
Steve Davis
 1967 Waterhole #3
Deputy Samuel P. Tippen
 1967/II The Trip
John
 1967 The War Wagon
Hammond
 1966 The Wild Angels
Joe 'Loser' Kearns
 1964 Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte
John Mayhew
 1964 Marnie
Sailor
 1960 Wild River
Jack Roper (uncredited)
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Other Works:

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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1 Print Biography | 5 Interviews | 3 Articles | 5 Pictorials | See more »

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on meeting Marilyn Monroe at the Actor studio] She leaned over to me and, I'd never met her -she's Marilyn Monroe, I'm Brucy from Winnetka-and she said, 'Oh, you're Gadge's new wunderkind, aren't you?' And I said, 'Oh, c'mon please. He doesn't say that.' She said, 'Yes, he does. He also says nobody's going to know who you are until you're in your late 60s.'" See more »

Trivia:

Seventeen years after daughter Laura Dern starred in Alexander Payne's first major film Citizen Ruth (1996), Bruce starred in Payne's Nebraska (2013)-- probably one of the few, if only, times in movie history that a father-daughter duo similarly starred in the same director's films, especially with the actress/daughter's performance preceding her actor/father's. See more »

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Star Sign:

Gemini

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