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Overview (4)

Born in Birmingham, Michigan, USA
Birth NameBruce Lorne Campbell
Nicknames The Chin
B-Movie Bruce
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

In 1979 with his Detroit friends, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell raised $350,000 for a low-budget film, The Evil Dead (1981), in which he starred and co-executive produced. Completed piecemeal over four years, the film first gained notoriety in England where it became the best-selling video of 1983, beating out The Shining (1980). After its appearance at Cannes, where Stephen King dubbed it "the most ferociously original horror film of the year", New Line Cinema stepped forward to release "Evil Dead" in the U.S.

After co-producing Crimewave (1985), a cross-genre comedy written by Sam Raimi, Ethan and Joel Coen, Campbell moved to Los Angeles and quickly gained a foothold producing or starring in genre films such as the Maniac Cop (1988) series, Lunatics: A Love Story (1991), Moontrap (1988), and Mindwarp (1991), a post-apocalyptic "Jeremiah Johnson", during which he met his wife-to-be, filmmaker, Ida Gearon.

Campbell then rejoined his Detroit colleagues to star and co-produce the second and third films in the Evil Dead trilogy (Evil Dead II (1987) & Army of Darkness (1992)), completing 12 years of work on the cult favorite.

This rough-and-tumble background was a plus as Campbell made his foray into television, first starring in the highly touted Fox series The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. (1993), then as a recurring guest-star on the hit show Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993).

With these under his belt, Campbell easily made the transition to director, helming numerous episodes and recurring as the King of Thieves in the #1 syndicated Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995), and its follow-up phenomenon, Xena: Warrior Princess (1995).

Bruce has since expanded his range on television, appearing in anything from Disney's update of The Wonderful World of Disney: The Love Bug (1997), to decidedly dramatic turns on the acclaimed series Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) and The X-Files (1993). At the invitation of ABC, Campbell ventured into the world of sitcoms with a recurring role on ABC's Emmy-nominated Ellen (1994), participating in one of the three touted "out" episodes.

But Campbell didn't abandon his film roots. During that time, he had featured roles in the blockbuster Congo (1995), John Carpenter's Escape from L.A. (1996), and the award-winning independent crime drama, Running Time (1997). He followed these up with roles in Paramount's romantic comedy, Serving Sara (2002), Jim Carrey's The Majestic (2001), and all three of Sam Raimi's blockbuster Spider-Man movies.

After a return to episodic television in the swashbuckling series, Jack of All Trades (2000), Campbell took the title role in MGM's cult sleeper Bubba Ho-Tep (2002). His directorial debut, Man with the Screaming Brain (2005) premiered on the Sci Fi Channel, and Dark Horse Comics published the comic adaptation.

Campbell then directed and starred as himself in My Name Is Bruce (2007), a spoof of his B-movie career, then re-teamed with Disney for their fun-filled hit, Sky High (2005).

Campbell has since made the leap into other forms of entertainment, and is enjoying his role as an author with back-to-back New York Times bestsellers: a memoir entitled "If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor", and his first novel, "Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way".

In the multi-media industry, Bruce has enjoyed voicing characters for Disney's animated TV series The Legend of Tarzan (2001) and the Warner Brothers feature The Ant Bully (2006). He also portrayed the character of "Mayor Shelbourne" in the animated hit film, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009). Recently, Campbell voiced the role of "Rod Torque Redline" in Cars 2 (2011), the sequel to the smash Disney animated feature and for the immensely popular game, "Call of Duty".

In 2013, Bruce co-produced the hit remake of Evil Dead (2013), joined his filmmaking pal Sam Raimi on Oz the Great and Powerful (2013), and completed an impressive seven-year run on the spy show, Burn Notice (2007) (2007-2013), USA's #1 show on cable.

More than two decades after the release of Army of Darkness (1992), Bruce returned to his most iconic role for Ash vs Evil Dead (2015), a highly-anticipated series premiering on the Starz network on Halloween 2015.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: BC

Family (2)

Spouse Ida Gearon (22 February 1991 - present)
Christine Deveau (13 March 1983 - 1989)  (divorced)  (2 children)
Parents Pickens, Joanne Louise
Campbell, Charlie

Trade Mark (6)

His role of Ash from the Evil Dead films and video games
His large jaw bone, giving him the nickname "The Chin"
Brash and surly but witty and likeable characters
Unflappable confidence
His unique flair for ad-libbed and off the cuff humour
Sarcastic one liners with extremely dry delivery

Trivia (48)

The L-shaped scar on his chin came from fighting with his brother, Don Campbell.
He baby-sat Ted Raimi, the younger brother of Sam Raimi and Ivan Raimi.
Often associated with Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert.
Thought by Sam Raimi and other directors to take "the best head shot in the business."
Was considered for the role of Agent Doggett on The X-Files (1993). He did make a guest appearance in The X-Files: Terms of Endearment (1999).
Attended Western Michigan University for six months before leaving to continue his already budding acting career. [1976]
Now lives in a small town just outside of Medford, Oregon.
Screen-tested for the lead role in The Phantom (1996).
26 July 2003 - Received minor injuries in a car accident near Ashland, Oregon. He was hit by a man who was charged as DUI.
Considered to be the best "Reverse Actor" in Hollywood.
Announced the winner of the 2nd Annual SPACEY Awards on April 18th, 2004 for "Favorite Horror Movie" - 28 Days Later... (2002).
In Fargo (1996) and Intolerable Cruelty (2003), he is uncredited for playing soap actors.
Recorded a full-length commentary for Bubba Ho-Tep (2002) in character as Elvis.
He won the audition for the lead role in The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. (1993) by grabbing the back of his shirt collar and flipping himself. He then had to repeat the trick at every callback, totaling about five or six flips.
Long-time friend and frequent collaborator Sam Raimi originally wanted him to play the lead role in Darkman (1990) but the producers refused to cast him because they didn't think he could handle it. He appears at the end of the film as "Final Shemp".
Has worked multiple times with directors Joel Coen and Ethan Coen including twice as an uncredited soap opera actor.
Was the first choice to play Louis Creed in Pet Sematary (1989), which went to Dale Midkiff.
#22 on Tropopkin's Top 25 Most Intriguing People [Issue #100]
Favorite movie is The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957).
He appeared in every project of Sam Raimi's (including both TV shows) until the mid-'90s, when his scenes were cut from The Quick and the Dead (1995).
He met his current wife (Ida Gearon) on the set of Mindwarp (1991).
Attended high school and remains close friends with director Sam Raimi and producer John Cameron.
1976 graduate of Birmingham Groves High School, Birmingham, Michigan.
Second cousin of actor Billy Campbell.
Once worked as a security guard at a beer brewery.
NYC punk band Eleventh Hour's third album ("The Coney Island Death March") contains a song written about him titled "Bruce." There is also an artist's drawing of him with the band's bass player (Whitney Miller) hidden behind the CD.
He is an ordained minister and has officiated weddings.
Campbell maintained a blog on his official website, where he posted mainly about politics and the film industry. The blog has since been discontinued.
He filmed a cameo in The Quick and the Dead (1995) that was cut. Campbell says Sam Raimi created that scene for the specific reason of giving Pat Hingle something more substantial to do and was never intended to be in the movie in the first place. Campbell was also visiting the set on his day off when Raimi drafted him to play a skid-row character in several background shots. Although all of Campbell's appearances ended up on the cutting room floor, he is still listed high up in the credits.
At Fan Expo Convention in Toronto, Ontario, in 2009, he was given a hand-made doll of himself, from Army of Darkness (1992), by a loyal fan. He stated he would cherish it forever.
He turned down a role in Drag Me to Hell (2009) due to his commitment to Burn Notice (2007).
He was offered the role of Edgar in Men in Black (1997), but he turned it down in favour of Tornado! (1996).
He auditioned for the role of Shooter McGavin in Happy Gilmore (1996).
He was originally supposed to play the lead role in Crimewave (1985), but the studio wanted a more "Hollywood" actor. Sam Raimi gave Campbell the supporting role of Renaldo the Heel and expanded it so that he'd be there for the whole production.
He was considered for the role of Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park (1993) that went to Jeff Goldblum.
He revealed in his autobiography that he unsuccessfully auditioned for a cameo role in Barton Fink (1991).
He was considered for the role of Jack Traven in Speed (1994) that went to Keanu Reeves.
He was the first choice for the lead role in Pet Sematary (1989) that went to Dale Midkiff.
He was considered for the role of John Nada in They Live (1988) that went to Roddy Piper.
Since 2014, the Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival, narrated and organized by Campbell, has been held in the Muvico Theater in Rosemont, Illinois. The first festival had his original run from August 21 to 25, 2014 presented by Wizard World, as part of the Chicago Comiccon. The second festival ran from August 20 to 23, 2015, with the guests Tom Holland and Eli Roth. The third festival took place over four days in August 2016. Guests of the event were Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Doug Benson.
He was considered for the role of Edward Lewis in Pretty Woman (1990) that went to Richard Gere.
He was the visual inspiration for the main character of the videogame The Adventures of Rad Gravity (1990). Campbell was 32 years old at the point.
Of Clan Campbell.
Was John Carpenter's first choice for Montoya in Vampires (1998).
Bruce was set to reprise the role of Ash Williams (Evil Dead) as a guest character for 2019 video game Mortal Kombat 11. Unfortunately due to contractual disputes, the licensing to use the character was not secured.
At one time, Campbell's literary agent was John Hodgman, who later became a famous author, actor, and Daily Show correspondent in his own right.
His autobiography is titled, "If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor".

Personal Quotes (12)

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.
[When asked what he would want with him if stuck on a deserted island] "A continent."
[about Assault on Dome 4 (1996) and Moontrap (1988)]: The movies that are the easiest to make are the hardest to watch.
[about his fans] Thanks for being very loyal . . . they're very well-informed and they're very loyal. Tell 'em I'll need them on that opening weekend.
[About the Evil Dead trilogy] For me, the first film was frankly about learning how to act. I can watch [The Evil Dead (1981)] from about halfway on without cringing . . . When Army of Darkness (1992) came around, we decided to make a different type of movie altogether and made an action-adventure picture with the same imbecile.
Don't aspire to be a B-movie director, you'll be there soon enough.
If you go to Hollywood, you've already sold out. By the sheer act of going there, you're saying, 'I need to go there because this is the only way I can get my movie made.' Baloney! Indiana's the place to make your movie. Pontiac, Michigan. Whatever. Then you're just making it on the merits of the movie. You don't have to have any discussions about what's hip now. Who can we get to do the soundtrack? You can actually put a score to your movie instead of a soundtrack. I get this thing all the time. Filmmakers go, 'Can I send you a script? You'll read it and attach yourself and we'll package it.' Why can't you get the money based on nothing, just the script? This whole packaging thing is out of control. Then you get absurd casting because it's all packaged by the same talent agency. The sensibility is so bizarre.
I can't vouch for the script because they never gave us full scripts for Spider-Man (2002). They would only give you the pages, and they all had serial numbers, and if it ever wound up on the Internet, they would sue you and murder you and take your children.
[on why he turned down the chance to reprise his role in a sequel to Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)]: Don Coscarelli is a very passionate filmmaker. We got to a few points that we couldn't reconcile. I want to keep our friendship, so we parted ways. So I'm not part of that project.
It seemed that my lot in life was to either have big parts in small films or small parts in big films.
I'm not interested in making a $60-million studio film with a bunch of 24-year-olds telling me what to do.
[tribute to Kirk Douglas] Kirk! A pillar of Hollywood has fallen. Nobody danced on Viking oars like you! Safe travels, stud! (6 February 2020)

Salary (2)

Army of Darkness (1992) $500,000
Running Time (1997) $5,000

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