Bruce McGill
Birth Date:
July 11, 1950
Birth Place:
San Antonio, Texas, USA
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An actor since 1977, Bruce McGill has made a name for himself as one of the most perceptible and fertile character players in the business. He is perhaps best recalled for his portrayal of frat-brat D Day on the box office hit comedy “National Lampoon's “Animal House'” (1978) and as Jack Dalton on the television series “MacGyver” (1986-1992). The Texas-born thespian, who began his career on stage with  the National Shakespeare Company in  Washington D.C., had regular roles in the short lived series “Delta House” (1979), where he reprised his role of D Day, “Live Shot” (1995-1996) and “Wolf Lake” (2001-2002). Currently, he plays Det. Vince Korsak on the TNT series “Rizzoli & Isles” (2010-?), opposite Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. The husky actor's more recent film credits include “A Perfect World” (1993), “Courage Under Fire” (1996), “Rosewood” (1997), “The Insider” (1999), “The Legend of Bagger Vance” (2000), “Shallow Hal” (2001), “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde” (2003), “Cinderella Man” (2005), “Elizabethtown” (2005), “Law Abiding Citizen” (2009), “Fair Game” (2010) and “Unconditional” (2011). On stage, McGill has performed at New York’s Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and with the National Shakespeare Company in Washington, D.C. He co-starred on the musical “My One and Only” on Broadway.     

Texas' Son

Childhood and Family:

Son of Woodrow Wilson McGill, a real estate and insurance agent, and Adriel Rose McGill, an artist, Bruce Travis McGill was born on July 11, 1950, in San Antonio, Texas. He attended Wilshire Elementary School, where he first discovered an interest on acting through performances on school's plays, and MacArthur High School, both were in San Antonio, Texas. He received a B.F.A. in Drama from the University of Texas at Austin, in Austin, Texas. He has a half sister named Pamela Lynn.

Bruce married his wife Gloria Lee in 1994. The couple currently lives in Ojai, California. He is an accomplished pianist and  enjoys sailing and golfing, in addition to music. In April 2009, he served as the honorary grand marshal in San Antonio. He was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame on March 11, 2010.   

Rizzoli & Isles


Bruce McGill kicked off his professional acting career in the early 1970s with the National Shakespeare Company in Washington, DC. He then worked with the esteemed Trinity Square Repertory Company in Providence, RI for two seasons before moving to New York City, where in 1975, he initiated a long affiliation with the NY Shakespeare Festival by playing two roles on “Hamlet.” His first screen role arrived two years later when he was cast alongside Paul Le Mat and Candy Clark in the Jonathan Demme comedy/drama film “Handle with Care” (1977), playing Blood.

McGill quickly scored a huge success with “National Lampoon's 'Animal House'” (1978), in which he portrayed the wild-eyed, law-breaking Daniel Simpson Day (aka. “D-Day”). Despite mixed reviews, the John Landis directed comedy was a massively commercial success, grossing over $141 million against a budget of $2.7 million. McGill went on to reprise his role on the television spin off “Delta House,” which ran on ABC for a season from January 18, 1979 to April 21, 1979. Other original actors who reprised their roles on the series were John Vernon (Dean Wormer), Stephen Furst (Flounder) and James Widdoes (Hoover).  

After the cancellation of “Delta House,” McGill co-starred with David Hasselhoff and Markie Post on the television version of the 1977 hit movie, “Semi-Tough” (ABC, 1980), where he played Burt Reynolds' original role, battle-weary pro footballer Billy Clyde Pucket. Unfortunately, the sitcom only had a short life. McGill next could be seen in such films as Oliver Stone's “The Hand” (1981, starred Michael Caine), Richard Fleischer's “Tough Enough” (1983, starred Dennis Quaid), Mike Nichols' “Silkwood” (1983, starred Meryl Streep and Kurt Russell), John Landis' “Into the Night” (1985, starred Jeff Goldblum and Michelle Pfeiffer), “Wildcats” (1986, starred Hawn), “Club Paradise” (1986), “No Mercy” (1986), Jay Russell's “End of the Line” (1987, starred Kevin Bacon), the remake “Three Fugitives” (1989, starred Nick Nolte, Martin Short and Sarah Rowland Doroff) and Malcolm Mowbray's “Out Cold” (1989, starred John Lithgow, Teri Garr and Laura Alcalde). He also appeared on the stage on the Broadway musical “My One and Only” (1983-1984), along with Tommy Tune and Twiggy.

Following a guest spot in “Miami Face” (1985), McGill returned to series television as a recurring player on the hit ABC series “MacGyver,” playing the title character's comical best friend, soldier of fortune/bush pilot Jack Dalton. He was on the show around 1986 to 1992. He remained on the small screen with appearances in the made for television films “As Summers Die” (1986, with Scott Glenn, Jamie Lee Curtis and Bette Davis), “The Last Innocent Man” (1987), “The Man Who Fell to Earth” (1987) and “Baby M” (1988) as well as in episodes of “Crime Story” (1987), “Hardball” and “Quantum Leap” (both 1989).  

Early 1990s saw McGill appear in such films as “The Flockens” (TV), “Little Vegas,” “Goodnight Sweet Wife: A Murder in Boston” (TV), “Shoot First: A Cop's Vengeance” (TV), “The Perfect Tribute” (TV), Tony Scott's “The Last Boy Scout” (starred Bruce Willis), “Crash Landing: The Rescue of Flight 232” (TV), “My Cousin Vinny” (played the sheriff), “Desperate Choices: To Save My Child” (TV), “Play Nice,” “Black Widow Murders: The Blanche Taylor Moore Story,” “Cliffhanger,”  “Shameful Secrets” (TV), Clint Eastwood's “A Perfect World” and the Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle “Timecop.” Besides, he had guest spots in several television series like “Davis Rules,” “Tales from the Crypt,” “Black Tie Affair,” “Walker, Texas Ranger,” “Bakersfield P.D.” and “The Commish.” He provided the voice of Martin Mahoney in several episodes of the animated series “Family Dog” (1993).

By the mid 1990s, McGill had made his way back to series television as a regular on another short lives show, “Live Shot,” which ran on the UPN from between August 1995 and January 1996. playing a veteran news producer named Joe Vitale, co-stars in the series included Antonia Jones, Eddie Velez, Karen Austin and Debra Eisenstadt. The actor was cast in the Emmy nominated Western film “The Good Old Boys” (1995), which marked the directorial debut of actor Tommy Lee Jones, in the NBC based on novel telepic “Shadow of a Doubt” (1995, starred Brian Dennehy, Bonnie Bedelia and Fairuza Balk) and in the crime/drama film “Perfect Alibi” (1995, starred Teri Garr, Hector Elizondo and Alex McArthur). He continued to appear in many films like Penelope Spheeris' comedy “Black Sheep” (1996, played Neuschwander), Edward Zwick's “Courage Under Fire” (1996, with Denzel Washington and Meg Ryan), John Singleton's “Rosewood” (1997, with Jon Voight, Ving Rhames and Don Cheadle), “Lawn Dogs” (1997), David Carson's “Letters from a Killer” (1998, portrayed Brinker), “Ground Control” (1998), “A Dog of Flanders” (1999) and Michael Mann's multiple Academy Award nominee “The Insider” (1999), in which he delivered a short but notable turn as a district attorney, Ron Motley.  Television fans found the actor making guest appearances in shows like “Home Improvement” (1995), “Babylon 5” (1996), “Tracey Takes On...” (1996), “Dave's World” (1997), “Spy Game,” “ I Am Weasel” (1997), “The Magnificent Seven” (1999, as Dicky O'Shea) and “Star Trek: Voyager” (1999, as Captain Braxton).    

Entering the new millennium, McGill co-starred with Craig Sheffer and Terry Farrell in the action/science fiction movie “Deep Core” (2000), for director Rodney McDonald, with Tom Selleck and Laura Linney in the TNT original movie “Running Mates” (2000) and was cast as gold legend Walter Hagen in the Robert Redford drama “The Legend of Bagger Vance” (2000), opposite Will Smith, Matt Damon and Charlize Theron. He played Osmond family patriarch George Osmond in the ABC biopic “Inside the Osmonds” (2001), Yankees manager Ralph Houk on the HBO sports drama “61*” (2001), which was directed by Billy Crystal, Frank Daniels in the Joel Silver produced film adaptation of John Westermann's book, “Exit Wounds” (2001), Reverend Larson in the Gwyneth Paltrow/ Jack Black vehicle “Shallow Hal” (2001) and Bradley in the Michael Mann helmed biopic “Ali” (2001), starring Will Smith as boxing icon Muhammad Ali.        

After a guest spot in “Gideon's Crossing” (2000), McGill had a regular role on the CBS mystery series “Wolf Lake” (2001-2002), playing Willard Cates / Dr. Sokolov. While working on the show, he also made guest appearances in “The Practice” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (both 2002). He next appeared in such films as the Golden Globe winner “Path to War” (2002, TV, as played Undersecretary of State to President Lyndon B. Johnson), “The Sum of All Fears,” the Emmy winning “Live from Baghdad” (2002, as news reporter Peter Arnett), the Reese Witherspoon sequel “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde” (2003), “Matchstick Men” (2003), the John Grisham adaptation “Runaway Jury” (2003), “Collateral” (2004, played an FBI agent), Ron Howard's depression era drama, “Cinderella Man” (2005, with Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger and Craig Bierko), Cameron Crowe's “Elizabethtown” (2005, with Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst), “Slow Burn” (2005), “Valley of the Heart's Delight” (2006), “Outlaw Trail: The Treasure of Butch Cassidy” (2006), “Area 57” (2007, TV), “Humble Pie” (2007), “The Good Life” (2007, with Mark Webber, Zooey Deschanel and Harry Dean Stanton ), “The Lookout” (2007), “Kings of the Evening” (2008), “Vantage Point” (2008), “A Line in the Sand” (2008), “Recount” (2008, TV), Oliver Stone's “W.” (2008, as the Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet, “Law Abiding Citizen” (2009, opposite  Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler), “Held Hostage” (2009, TV), “Obsessed” (2009), “The Perfect Game” (2009) and “From Mexico with Love” (2009). The actor also appeared in episodes of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (2006), “Numb3rs” (2007), “Psych” (2009, as Fire Chief Dan Trombly), “Medium” (2009) and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2009). In 2009, McGill started his recurring voice role of  Mr. Waterman in the Fox animated series “The Cleveland Show.”

McGill returned to TV as a series regular when he was cast as Detective Vince Korsak on the TNT police procedural series “Rizzoli & Isles,” starring Angie Harmon as police detective Jane Rizzoli and Sasha Alexander as medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles. The show premiered on July 12, 2010. The third season of the show is set to premiere in the summer of 2012.  He also acted in the films “Fair Game” (2010), “Family Guy Presents: It's a Trap” (2010), “Apart” (2011), “Unconditional” (2011) as well as in episodes of “ No Ordinary Family” (2010) and “Family Guy” (2 episodes, 2010-2011).

Recently, in 2012, McGill has completed filming three movies: “Mr. Sophistication,” a drama written and directed by Danny Green, “Me Again,” opposite David A.R. White and Ali Landry,  and “For Greater Glory,” a history flick starring Eva Longoria, Bruce Greenwood and Andy Garcia. He is also set to play roles in the upcoming films “FDR: American Badass!” and “Lincoln” (2012).


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