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Overview (3)

Born in Elgin, Illinois, USA
Birth NameBruce William Boxleitner
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

As one of Hollywood's leading men, Bruce Boxleitner has starred in a major motion picture franchise, numerous feature films, and several popular television series, produced a major network film and TV series, performed on Broadway, and authored two science fiction novels.

Boxleitner received his formal acting training on stage. A native mid-westerner, he is an alumnus of Chicago's prestigious Goodman Theatre. In 1972, he starred in the Broadway production of Status Quo Vadis with Ted Danson. He then relocated to Los Angeles and quickly landed a guest spot on the legendary TV series The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970) as well as numerous guest roles on series, including Hawaii Five-O (1968), Baretta (1975), Police Woman (1974), and Gunsmoke (1955).

Boxleitner's big break occurred when he was cast opposite James Arness in the pilot for the epic TV series How the West Was Won (1976). He went on to star in the CBS series Bring 'Em Back Alive (1982); mini-series East of Eden (1981); and TV movie The Last Convertible (1979).

In 1982, Boxleitner was cast as the title role in Disney's cult film TRON (1982) which garnered him science fiction fans worldwide. However, it was in Boxleitner's four-year run for CBS's Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1983), starring opposite Kate Jackson, which endeared him to fans everywhere and made him a household name. In 1994, Boxleitner joined the cast of the popular TV series Babylon 5 (1994) as John Sheridan, President of the Interstellar Alliance, a war hero-turned-diplomat at the helm of Earth Alliance Space Station in the year 2259. The show aired for five seasons.

Boxleitner most recently starred with Jeff Bridges in TRON: Legacy (2010), the popular motion picture sequel to TRON. The cast includes Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde. In addition, Boxleitner reprised his role in TRON: Uprising (2012) on Disney's XD TV network, his first animated TV series. The multi-talented cast includes Elijah Wood, Mandy Moore, Lance Henriksen, and Paul Reubens. The original TRON recently celebrated its 30th anniversary.

Several motion pictures include Gods and Generals (2003) with Robert Duvall, Jeff Daniels, Stephen Lang and Mira Sorvino; The Babe (1992) with John Goodman and Kelly McGillis; Kuffs (1992) with Christian Slater; and The Baltimore Bullet (1980) with James Coburn.

Numerous TV movie credits include The Secret (1992) with Kirk Douglas; Perfect Family (1992) with Jennifer O'Neill and Joanna Cassidy; Double Jeopardy (1992) with Rachel Ward, Sally Kirkland and Sela Ward; Passion Flower (1986) with Barbara Hershey and Nicol Williamson; and Hallmark Channel movies, Love's Resounding Courage (2011) and Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door (2006); among many others. The veteran actor has appeared in numerous recurring roles on TV series including GCB (2012) and Heroes (2006), and has guest-starred on NCIS (2003) and Chuck (2007), among others.

A skilled horseman, Boxleitner utilized his talents in numerous western TV series and films including The Gambler television movie series that aired on CBS and NBC, starring opposite Kenny Rogers; Gunsmoke: One Man's Justice (1994) with James Arness (Arness' final film); CBS' remake of Red River with Gregory Harrison, James Arness and Laura Johnson; Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone (1994) with Hugh O'Brian; and Louis L'Amour's Down the Long Hills (1986), based on legendary western author Louis L'Amour's novel of the same name.

Boxleitner was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City in April 2012 honoring him for his illustrious career in western films. He is a two-time recipient of the Wrangler Award.

In 2013, Boxleitner co-starred with Andie MacDowell and Dylan Neal in Hallmark Channel's first-ever prime-time series, Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove (2013) to rave reviews and an average of 2 million viewers. The #1 rated cable program was renewed for a third season and is scheduled to premiere in the summer of 2015.

In 1999, Boxleitner authored "Frontier Earth" and in 2001, its sequel "Frontier Earth: Searcher", published by The Berkley Publishing Group. Boxleitner resides in Los Angeles with his wife, publicist Verena King, and has three sons: Sam, Lee and Michael.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Cheryl J. Kagan Public Relations

Spouse (3)

Verena King (5 October 2016 - present)
Melissa Gilbert (1 January 1995 - 25 August 2011) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
Kathryn Holcomb (28 May 1977 - 1987) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trivia (22)

Father of Sam Boxleitner (b. 1980), Lee Boxleitner (b. 1985) and Michael Boxleitner (b. 1995).
Was appointed to the National Space Society Board of Governors in May, 1998.
Ex-wife Kathryn Holcomb introduced him to his second wife, Melissa Gilbert. He called off his engagement to Melissa twice before they finally made it to the altar. The couple have since divorced.
Ex-brother-in-law of Sara Gilbert and Jonathan Gilbert.
As one of eleven people, he was elected for a three-year term to the National Board of Directors from Screen Actor Guild's Hollywood Division. He received 5,569 votes. [September 2002]
Ex-son-in-law of Barbara Cowan.
Besides Jeff Bridges, he is the only other actor to appear in both TRON (1982) and TRON: Legacy (2010).
Was the presenter of the Golden Boot Award, when Beverly Garland won that honor in 1986.
Met Beverly Garland on an episode of How the West Was Won (1976), and became friends for nearly 30 years, until her passing, late in 2008.
Despite not sharing scenes, it was revealed that he had a very good relationship with Beverly Garland on Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1983).
Since January 2013, Boxleitner has been in a relationship with publicist Verena King. They were engaged to be married on December 9, 2015 and on October 5, 2016, married in a private ceremony on Oahu, Hawaii.
Has won the Universe Reader's Choice Award for Best Actor in a Genre TV Series for Babylon 5 (1994) twice (1995, 1996).
Was honored with the Golden Boot Award in 1983.
In 1999, authored "Frontier Earth" and in 2001, its sequel "Frontier Earth: Searcher", published by The Berkley Publishing Group.
Was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City in April 2012 honoring him for his illustrious career in western films. He is a two-time recipient of the Wrangler Award.
A skilled horseman and has owned horses the majority of his adult life.
He and his ex-wife Kathryn Holcomb became first-time grandparents to their eldest son Sam Boxleitner's daughter on November 28, 2014.
In December 2014, his character John Sheridan in Babylon 5 (1994) was listed as one of Institute, British Film's "Best Sci-Fi Characters of All Time".
In 2012, Babylon 5 (1994)'s John Sheridan was named one of Los Angeles Times: Hero Complex's "TV's Top 50 Sci-Fi Characters".
Was Estee Lauder's first spokesperson and model for Lauder for Men (1986-89).
His acting mentor was the late Beverly Garland.
He is left-handed.

Personal Quotes (2)

[When asked if Beverly Garland was not a prime-time diva] She wasn't at all, no trace of diva, there; at all; she was a hard worker ... she had a great humor, (I said). If anybody was in a bad mood; after a few minutes with her, they weren't; they were laughing; she was a terrific soul.
[Of Beverly Garland] Bev was the 'great equalizer,' she was such a veteran actress; and she had a great sense of humor. She was a no-nonsense gal, she was serious about her work; and if there were any shenanigans on the set, she settled it right there. She was a marvelous lady, I missed her a great deal.

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