PROFILE
Name:
Bruce Campbell
Birth Date:
June 22, 1958
Birth Place:
Birmingham, Michigan, USA
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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Burn Notice

Background:

“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.” Bruce  Campbell

Hollywood actor, director and producer Bruce Campbell is known for his frequent teamwork with high school mate Sam Raimi, with whom he worked on “The Evil Dead” (1981), “Evil Dead II” (1987) and the forthcoming remake of “The Evil Dead” (2013). Starting out the ongoing association with some short films, including “It’s Murder” (1977), he then continued working with Raimi in many other titles, such as “Crimewave” (1985, also co-produced), “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” (1995-1999, as Autolycus, also directed), “The Nutt House” (1992) and the blockbuster “Spider-Man” movies. Campbell won a U.S. Comedy Arts Festival Award, a Fantasporto award and a Fangoria Chainsaw Award for his starring turn as Elvis Presley/Sebastian Haff in the horror/comedy “Bubba Ho-Tep” (2002). The recipient of the 2007 Ashland Independent Film Festival Rogue Award has also appeared in films like “Intolerable Cruelty” (2003), “The Ladykillers” (2004), “Sky High” (2005), “Man with the Screaming Brain” (2005), “The Ant Bully”  (2006), “My Name Is Bruce (2007, also directed), “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” (2009) and “Cars 2” (2011). Modern television audiences is recognized him for playing Sam Axe on the USA Network series “Burn Notice” (2007-?), where he picked up a Satellite nomination in 2010 for his performance.   

Moviegoers will soon see his performance in the upcoming film “Tar” (2012).

Outside the limelight, the actor with an L-shaped scar on his chin was injured due to a car accident near Ashland, Oregon in July 2003, after being hit by a drunk driver. On a more positive note, the 22nd person of Tropopkin’s Top 25 Most Intriguing People (Issue No.100), Campbell is considered to be the best “Reverse Actor” in Hollywood.

Campbell currently resides in a small town outside Medford, Oregon, with his wife Ida Gearon. Previously, he was married to Christine Deveau, with whom he shares two children.


Six-Month College Student

Childhood and Family:

Bruce Lorne Campbell was born on June 22, 1958 in Birmingham, Michigan to Joanne (homemaker) and Charlie Campbell (actor, billboard inspector for Chevrolet). He has two older brothers, Michael and Don.

At age 14, Bruce had a first taste of acting when he replaced an ailing actor for the local play “The King and I,” which cultivated his early interest in acting. He graduated from Birmingham Groves High School in Birmingham, Michigan in 1976. Taking film courses at the Western Michigan University, Bruce eventually attended the class for only six months and preferred working as a production assistant for a production company.

On March 13, 1983, Bruce married Christine Deveau, with whom he has two children, a daughter named Rebecca (born in 1984) and a son named Andy (born in 1987). However, in 1989, the couple ended up their marriage. Two years later, Bruce exchanged wedding vows with costume designer Ida Gearon, whom he met on set of “Mindwarp” (1990).


The Evil Dead

Career:

While he was a teen, Bruce Campbell joined up a Michigan community theater and made a number of Super 8 films with his high school friend and future partner, Sam Raimi. He also worked as an apprentice at a summer stock company called the Cherry County Playhouse in Traverse City, Michigan, during the summer of 1975.

The same year, Campbell went to the screen and made his first acting performance as Kreon in the short adaptation of Sophocles’ play, “Oedipus Rex” (1975). He then joined Sam Raimi in his directorial debuts, the short film “It’s Murder” (1977) and the direct-to-video “Within the Woods” (1978), where he worked both as the executive producer and the actor. The latter film was also the basis for the next Campbell-Raimi’s collaboration, the fantasy horror “The Evil Dead” (1981), with Campbell starring as Ashley ‘Ash’ J. Williams and serving as the executive producer.
Detouring to the drama genre, Campbell had the leading role of Brice Chapman in Ron Teachworth’s “Going Back” (1983). Still supporting Raimi’s projects, he played Renaldo ‘The Heel’ in “Crimewave” (1985, also co-produced) and reprised his role in the sequel “Evil Dead II” (1987, also co-produced). After appearing as Jack Forrest in the action movie “Maniac Cop” (1988), he took a regular part as Alan Stuart in the local soap drama “Generations” (1989-1991).

Campbell, who in 1985 tried a hand at storywriting with the action thriller “Stryker’s War,” was cast as Stover in the science fiction movie “Mindwarp” (1990) and acted alongside Sam Raimi’s brother Ted Raimi in “Lunatics: A Love Story” (1991). Following the self-produced “Army of Darkness” (1992), the actor wrote the screenplay of Raimi’s comedy drama “The Nutt House” (1992), under the pseudo-name R.O.C. Sandstorm. The next years, he went to the titular turn of a bounty hunter in the western/ science fiction series “The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.” (1993-1994) and guest starred as Bill Church Jr. in three episodes of “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” (1995).

Still in 1995, Campbell began directing for the Raimi-produced TV series “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys,” in which he later helmed five other episodes and had the recurring turn of Autolycus (1995-1999). He also appeared as Autolycus in several installments of “Xena: Warrior Princess” (1996-1999, also directed a 1999 episode), which was another series produced by Raimi.
Following his recurring role of bookstore manager Ed Billik in the ABC sitcom “Ellen” (1996-1997), Campbell acted opposite Alyssa Milano in the made-for-TV adventure Goldrush: A Real Life Alaskan Adventure (1998, as Pierce Thomas ‘PT’ Madison) and took on the double tasks as a co-executive producer and an actor in the syndicated series “Jack of All Trades” (2000, starred as Jack Stiles/Daring Dragoon). As a director, he continued his TV work by directing Pamela Anderson in two episodes of “V.I.P.” (2001), and then tried the documentary film with “Fanalysis” (2002), a short movie about the world of fan conventions and fanatics.

The voice of Thompson in the short animated movie “Hubert’s Brain” (2001), Campbell was awarded a U.S. Comedy Arts Festival for Best Actor, a Fangoria Chainsaw for Best Actor and Fantasporto's International Fantasy Film Award for Best Actor as well as a Chlotrudis nomination after wittily delivering the part of Elvis Presley/Sebastian Haff in the horror comedy “Bubba Ho-Tep” (2002). Subsequent to his unaccredited turns in “Intolerable Cruelty” (2003) and “The Ladykillers” (2004), the performer was back in the director’s chair with the documentary film “A Community Speaks” (2004), which chronicled the modern-day, land stewardship issues. Taking another multiple tasks, he produced, co-wrote, helmed and starred as wealthy industrialist William Cole in “Man with the Screaming Brain” (2005).

Campbell provided his voice for Fugax in the animated family movie “The Ant Bully” (2006), alongside Julia Roberts, Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep, co-starred in the supernatural horror film “The Woods” (2006), with     Agnes Bruckner, Patricia Clarkson, Lauren Birkell and Rachel Nichols, “ Touch the Top of the World” (2006) and was cast as the father of Peter Facinelli in the made for television movie “Touch the Top of the World” (2006), the story of the first blind man ever to reach the top of Mount Everest. 2006 also found him starting his recurring voice role as Uncle Phil in “The Replacements.”  

In 2007, Campbell appeared on the big screen with the self-directed and produced horror/comedy “My Name is Bruce,” a spoof that parodied himself as a B-movie legend mistaken for his film character, rejoined Sam Raimi for Raimi's imminent “Spider-Man 3,” where Campbell played Maître d', and provided the voice of Chicken Bittle in the animated film “Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters,” directed and written by Matt Maiellaro and Dave Willis. Still in 2007, he co-starred in the television series “Burn Notice,” which premiered on the USA Network on June 28. Playing Sam Axe, a beer-chugging, womanizing ex-Navy SEAL now working as an unlicensed private investigator and infrequent mercenary with his old friend, Michael Westen, the main character of the show, the role has brought him a 2010 Satellite nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

After doing voice overs for the animated movies “White on Rice” and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” (both 2009), Campbell reprised the Sam Axe role for a “Burn Notice” television movie prequel centering on Sam's Navy Seal career, “Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe” (2011), which he also executive produced. He voiced Rod 'Torque' Redline in “Cars 2” (2011), directed by John Lasseter and Brad Lewis.    

Recently, Campbell has completed filming a supporting role for the upcoming drama film “Tar” (2012), starring James Franco, Henry Hopper and Mila Kunis. Reuniting with longtime partner Sam Raimi, he will produce the remake of “The Evil Dead,” starring Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez and Jessica Lucas and directed by Fede Alvarez. The horror/thriller is set to be released on April 12, 2013.  


Award:

Ashland Independent Film Festival: Rogue Award, 2007
Fantasporto: International Fantasy Film Award, Best Actor, “Bubba Ho-Tep,” 2005
Fangoria Chainsaw : Chainsaw Award, Best Actor, “Bubba Ho-Tep,” 2004
U.S. Comedy Arts Festival: Film Discovery Jury Award, Best Actor, “Bubba Ho-Tep,” 2003
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