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Bruce Vilanch

Bruce Vilanch was born on November 23, 1948 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a writer and actor, known for You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008), The Ice Pirates (1984) and The 14th Annual American Comedy Awards (2000). See full bio »

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 2011 The 83rd Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (written by)
 2010 Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On (TV Movie) (additional written material)
 2010 The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (TV Special)
 2009 The 81st Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (written by)
 2008 The 80th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (written by)
 2007 Naked Boys Singing! (written by)
 2007 The 5th Annual TV Land Awards (TV Special)
 2007 The 79th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special)
 2006 Comic Relief 2006 (TV Special documentary) (head writer)
 2004 The 58th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special)
 2003 The 75th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (special material written by)
 2003 TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV (TV Special documentary)
 2003 The Disco Ball (TV Special)
 2002 The 74th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (special material written by)
 2000 The 54th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special)
 1999 American Fashion Awards (TV Special)
 1999 The 53rd Annual Tony Awards (TV Special)
 1998 Hollywood Squares (TV Series) (head writer)
 1998 Comic Relief VIII (TV Special)
 1998 The 52nd Annual Tony Awards (TV Special)
 1998 The 70th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (special material)
 1997 Bette Midler in Concert: Diva Las Vegas (TV Movie documentary)
 1997 The 19th Annual CableACE Awards (TV Special)
 1997 The 1997 World Music Awards (TV Special)
 1997 The 51st Annual Tony Awards (TV Special)
 1997 The 69th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (special material)
 1996 The 50th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special)
 1996 The 68th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (written by)
 1995 TV Laughs at Life (TV Movie)
 1995 The 67th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special)
 1994 Elvis: The Tribute (TV Movie documentary)
 1994 She TV (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.2 (1994) ... (writer)
 1994 The 66th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (special material)
 1994 Comic Relief VI (TV Special documentary) (writer)
 1994 Trevor (Short) (special material written by)
 1993 For Our Children: The Concert (TV Movie documentary)
 1992 Comic Relief V (TV Special)
 1992 The 34th Annual Grammy Awards (TV Special)
 1992 Laughing Back: Comedy Takes a Stand (TV Movie) (story) / (teleplay)
 1991 Ray Charles: 50 Years in Music (TV Special documentary)
 1991 The 63rd Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (special material)
 1990 America's Dance Honors (TV Special)
 1990 Miss USA Pageant (TV Movie)
 1988 Dolly (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Episode #1.14 (1988)
 1988 The Cheech Show (TV Movie)
 1983 The 35th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (TV Special) (additional material)
 1980 Divine Madness (Documentary)
 1980 Omnibus (TV Series)
 1980 John Ritter: Being of Sound Mind and Body (TV Movie) (writer - segment "The Rock Doctor")
 1979 The Music for UNICEF Concert: A Gift of Song (TV Special) (written by)
 1978 The Star Wars Holiday Special (TV Movie) (written by)
  Donny and Marie (TV Series) (3 episodes, 1977) (writer - 19 episodes, 1975 - 1978)
- Episode #4.3 (1978) ... (writer)
- Episode #3.14 (1978) ... (writer)
- Episode #3.9 (1977)
- Episode #3.8 (1977) ... (writer)
- Episode #3.7 (1977) ... (writer)
 1977 Bette Midler: Ol' Red Hair Is Back (TV Movie documentary)
 1976-1977 The Brady Bunch Variety Hour (TV Series) (writer - 9 episodes)
- Episode #1.8 (1977) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.7 (1977) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.6 (1977) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.5 (1977) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.4 (1977) ... (writer)
 1977 The Barry Manilow Special (TV Movie)
 1976 The Paul Lynde Halloween Special (TV Special) (written by)
 1976 The Bette Midler Show (TV Special) (as Bruce Vilanche)
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Up in One (1979). Musical revue (Special). Conceived by Peter Allen and Craig Zadan. Music by Peter Allen. Additional musical material by Adrienne Anderson, Jeff Barry, Marvin Hamlisch, Marsha Malamet, Dean Pitchford and Carole Bayer Sager. Additional material by Bruce Vilanch. Musical Director: Marc Shaiman. Music arranged by ... See more »

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2 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Bruce Vilanche


5' 7" (1.7 m)

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Personal Quote:

"Musicals have clearly gotten more physical. You never saw Ethel Merman doing step aerobics. The real culprit in all this is not even the costume designer but the choreographer, that malicious spawn of Gwen Verdon and Satan." -- commenting on his strenuous undertaking in the tour of "Hairspray".


Hefty, quipping, American gag writer who turned celebrity after becoming a wisecracking regular on the revamped Hollywood Squares (1998) game show (located next to Whoopi Goldberg in the left-center square). See more »


Wild, blonde-gray locks, thick red glasses and gay-suggestive tee-shirts

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