|Born||Bruce MacLeish Dern
June 4, 1936
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Education||The Choate School|
|Alma mater||University of Pennsylvania|
|Spouse(s)||Marie Dean (m. 1957–59)
Diane Ladd (m. 1960–69)
Andrea Beckett (m. 1969)
Bruce MacLeish Dern (born June 4, 1936) is an American actor, often playing supporting villainous characters of unstable nature. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Coming Home (1978) and the Academy Award for Best Actor for Nebraska (2013). He also won the 1983 Silver Bear for Best Actor for That Championship Season, and the 2013 Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor for Nebraska. His other film appearances include The Great Gatsby (1974), Family Plot (1976), Black Sunday (1977), and The Hateful Eight (2015).
Dern was born in Chicago, the son of Jean (née MacLeish) and John Dern, a utility chief and attorney. He grew up in Kenilworth, Illinois. His paternal grandfather, George, was a former Utah governor and Secretary of War (he was serving in the latter position during the time of Bruce's birth). Dern's maternal grandfather was a chairman of the Carson, Pirie and Scott stores, his maternal granduncle was poet Archibald MacLeish, and his maternal great-grandfather was Scottish-born businessman Andrew MacLeish. Dern's godfather was former Illinois governor and two-time presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson II. His ancestry includes Dutch, English, German and Scottish. He attended The Choate School (now Choate Rosemary Hall) and the University of Pennsylvania. He starred in the Philadelphia premiere of Waiting for Godot.
Dern made an uncredited role in Wild River (1960), as Jack Roper who is upset with his friend for hitting a woman that he punches himself. In 1964, he played the sailor seen in flashbacks with Marnie's mother for Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie in a short role and had a small crucial one in Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte. Dern played a murderous rustler in Clint Eastwood's Hang 'Em High (1968) and a gunfighter in Support Your Local Sheriff!. He appeared in four films in 1972, including The Cowboys as Asa Watts, a serial killer of Wil Andersen. John Wayne warned Dern, "America will hate you for this." and he wryly replied, "Yeah, but they'll love me in Berkeley".
He played a psychotic Goodyear Blimp pilot who launches a terrorist attack at the Super Bowl in Black Sunday and Captain Bob Hyde in Coming Home, in which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. In 1983, he won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 33rd Berlin International Film Festival for That Championship Season. On May 26, 2013, he also won the Best Actor award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival for Alexander Payne's Nebraska, and was nominated for the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Actor.
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Dern married Marie Dawn Pierce in 1957, but divorced less than two years later. In 1960, Dern married Diane Ladd. Their first daughter, Diane Elizabeth Dern was born November 29, 1960 and died at eighteen months from head injuries, after falling into the swimming pool on May 18, 1962. Their second daughter, Laura is also an actress. Together, they were presented their stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 1, 2010.
After his divorce from Ladd in 1969, Dern married Andrea Beckett. He won a Legend Award at the inaugural Gold Coast International Film Festival on June 1, 2011.
|1960||Route 66||Albert||Episode: "The Man on the Monkey Board"|
|1961||Naked City||Hollis / Nicky||Uncredited
|1961||Sea Hunt||FBI Agent John Furillo||Episode: "Crime at Sea"|
|1961||Surfside 6||Johnny Page||Episode: "Daphne, Girl Detective"|
|1961||Thriller||Johnny Norton||Episode: "The Remarkable Mrs. Hawk"|
|1961||Ben Casey||Billy Harris||Episode: "A Dark Night for Billy Harris"|
|1961||The Detectives||Jud Treadwell||Episode: "Act of God"|
|1961–62||Cain's Hundred||Eddie Light / Joe Krajac||2 episodes|
|1962–63||Stoney Burke||E.J. Stocker||17 episodes|
|1962–63||The Dick Powell Show||Deering||2 episodes|
|1963||Kraft Suspense Theatre||Maynard||Episode: "The Hunt"|
|1963||The Outer Limits||Ben||Episode: "The Zanti Misfits"|
|1963–65||Wagon Train||Wilkins / Jud Fisher / Seth Bancroft||3 episodes|
|1963–66||The Fugitive||Deputy Martin / Charley / Hutch / Hank / Cody||5 episodes|
|1964–65||The Virginian||Bert Kramer / Lee Darrow / Pell||3 episodes|
|1964||77 Sunset Strip||Ralph Wheeler||Episode: "Lovers' Lane"|
|1964||The Greatest Show on Earth||Vernon||Episode: "The Last of the Strongmen"|
|1964||The Alfred Hitchcock Hour||Jesse / Roy Bullock||2 episodes|
|1964–65||Twelve O'Clock High||TSgt. Frank Jones / Lieutenant Michaels / Lieutenant Danton||4 episodes (two as Michaels)|
|1965||Rawhide||Ed Rankin||Episode: "Walk into Terror"|
|1965||Laredo||Joe Durkee||Episode: "Rendezvous at Arillo"|
|1965||A Man Called Shenandoah||Bobby Ballantine||Episode: "The Verdict"|
|1965; 1968||The F.B.I.||Virgil Roy Phipps / PFC Byron Landy||2 episodes|
|1965–66; 1969||Gunsmoke||Guerin / Lou Stone / Judd Print / Doyle Phleger||4 episodes|
|1966||Branded||Les||Episode: "The Wolfers"|
|1966||The Loner||Merrick||Episode: "To Hang a Dead Man"|
|1966||Disneyland||Turk||Episode: "Gallegher Goes West: Crusading Reporter"|
|1966–67||Run for Your Life||Alex Ryder||3 episodes|
|1966–68||The Big Valley||John Weaver / Gabe Skeels / Clovis / Harry Dixon / Jack Follet||5 episodes|
|1968–69||Lancer||Tom Nevill / Lucas Thatcher||2 episodes|
|1968; 1970||Bonanza||Bayliss / Cully Maco||2 episodes|
|1969||Then Came Bronson||Bucky O'Neill||Episode: "Amid Splinters of the Thunderbolt"|
|1970||Land of the Giants||Thorg||Episode: "Wild Journey"|
|1970||The High Chaparral||Wade||Episode: "Only the Bad Come to Sonora"|
|1970||The Immortal||Luther Seacombe||Episode: "To the Gods Alone"|
|1986||Toughlove||Rob Charters||Television film|
|1987||Roses Are for the Rich||Douglas Osborne||Television film|
|1987||Uncle Tom's Cabin||Augustine St. Claire||Television film|
|1989||Trenchcoat in Paradise||John Hollander||Television film|
|1990||The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson||Scout Ed Higgins||Television film|
|1991||Into the Badlands||T.L. Barston||Television film|
|1991||Carolina Skeletons||Junior Stoker||Television film|
|1993||It's Nothing Personal||Billy Archer||Television film|
|1994||Dead Man's Revenge||Payton McCay||Television film|
|1994||Amelia Earhart: The Final Flight||George Putnam||Television film|
|1995||A Mother's Prayer||Grandpa||Television film|
|1999||Hard Time: The Premonition||Winston||Television film|
|2003||King of the Hill||Randy Strickland (voice)||Episode: "Boxing Luanne"|
|2003||Hard Ground||Nate Hutchinson||Television film|
|2006–11||Big Love||Frank Harlow||27 episodes|
|2007||CSI: NY||Vet||Episode: "Boo"|
|2013||Pete's Christmas||Grandpa||Television film|
Awards and nominations
- "Actor Bruce Dern | Interviews | Tavis Smiley". PBS. 2014-01-15. Retrieved 2016-05-29.
- Bruce Dern Biography (1936-)
- John Dern, 54, Utility Chief, Attorney, Dies
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
- "New Again: Bruce Dern - Page". Interview Magazine. Retrieved 2016-05-29.
- Borrelli, Christopher (November 11, 2013). "Bruce Dern's long run to 'Nebraska'". Chicago Tribune.
- "Bruce Dern shows a dangerous streak in 'Big Love'". Los Angeles Times. January 13, 2010.
- Bruce Dern was on Tavis Smiley recently and told the story of how Eleanor Roosevelt was not his godmother but a family friend whom his family visited at Hyde Park. "One year they were visiting and little Brucie got to go with them, and I was riding a bicycle in the afternoon, and ran into a tree and hit my head and had a concussion. In those days when you had a concussion they laid you down with your head on a pillow and then strapped your head across the pillow so you couldn’t move it to the side or forward or anything. When I kind of came to, I guess it was late at night, 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning, and as I rolled my head to the side, I saw this lady’s legs. They were kind of veiny, and had a nightgown down to about here with little kind of tacky slippers. (Laughter) I didn’t understand. As I slowly came up and started looking up to where the woman’s face was, she had a book in her lap, and she looked like this (makes face) and had that Roosevelt bite. I realized, my God, it’s the president’s wife. (Laughter) I had – it was just before he went to Yalta, so I would have been about eight, I guess. This was ’44; I think that’s when he went to Yalta. So that was in my house. Somebody took that and ran with it and assumed, well, who would babysit a guy like that unless it was his godmother?"
- "Berlinale: 1983 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
- "Cannes Film Festival: Awards 2013". Cannes. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
- "Cannes: Lesbian Drama 'Blue Is the Warmest Color' Wins Palme d'Or". The Wrap. Retrieved May 26, 2013.