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|Born||Bruce Travis McGill
July 11, 1950
San Antonio, Texas, United States
|Spouse(s)||Gloria Lee (m. 1994)|
Bruce Travis McGill (born July 11, 1950 in San Antonio, Texas) is an American actor who has an extensive list of credits in film and television. He is perhaps best known for his work with director Michael Mann in the movies The Insider, Ali, and Collateral. He also got his breakout role in the 1978 comedy classic Animal House, and for his frequent recurring role as Jack Dalton on the TV series MacGyver in the 1980s.
McGill was born in San Antonio, Texas, the son of Adriel Rose (née Jacobs), an artist, and Woodrow Wilson McGill, a real estate and insurance agent. He graduated from Douglas MacArthur High School in the northeastern part of San Antonio and from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in drama. He is related to former Texas State Senator A.R. Schwartz.
McGill has starred in many films, perhaps his most well-known role being "D-Day" in the 1978 comedy classic National Lampoon's Animal House, a role McGill was desperate to take at the time, recalling his days as a young unemployed actor sitting in a New York City casting office. In Animal House, he played the William Tell Overture by drumming his fingers on his windpipe. He duplicated this talent in MacGyver, playing "Rock-The-Cradle" to lull a child in his care to sleep.
Some of his films include Wildcats, The Last Boy Scout, My Cousin Vinny, Cliffhanger, Timecop, Black Sheep, Rosewood, The Insider, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Ali, The Sum of All Fears, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, Matchstick Men, Runaway Jury, Collateral, Cinderella Man, Outlaw Trail: The Treasure of Butch Cassidy, and Vantage Point.
McGill is a favorite of director Michael Mann, having worked with him on The Insider, Ali and Collateral. He has also appeared in four HBO TV films, first playing Yankees manager Ralph Houk in Billy Crystal's film 61* in 2001, then diplomat George Ball in the 2002 film Path to War; journalist Peter Arnett in Live from Baghdad later that year; and most recently Mac Stipanovich in the 2008 film Recount about the 2000 Presidential election in Florida. He portrayed CIA Director George Tenet in Oliver Stone's film W. and, most recently, Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln.
McGill reprised his role as D-Day from National Lampoon's Animal House in the short-lived 1979 ABC TV Spinoff Delta House. His other television guest appearances range from Quantum Leap (in both the pilot and final episodes), Walker, Texas Ranger, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Crime Story, and Miami Vice (again, a Michael Mann production), to Star Trek: Voyager as Captain Braxton in the episode "Relativity". He also appeared multiple times as a regular guest star in MacGyver as the title character's comical best friend, soldier of fortune/bush pilot Jack Dalton. Echoing that role, McGill often plays friends of the lead character in film and television. In 1994 he made a guest appearance along with Jay Leno in the Emmy nominated TV series, Home Improvement. He played Willard Cates in the short-lived series Wolf Lake. He was scheduled to join the cast of Bionic Woman in the fall of 2007. He also voiced Agent Buford in the video game Mercenaries. In 2009, McGill appeared on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Gordon Garrison, a zealously bigoted anti-immigration talk-show host who, after sparking a mini-riot in court, sets up the acquittal of the killer. McGill also appeared on ABC's 2010 TV show, No Ordinary Family.
McGill also played Major Ed Ryan in the third season Babylon 5 episode "Severed Dreams" (which won the 1997 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation). Babylon 5 producer J. Michael Straczynski originally intended for Everett McGill to play the role. However he did not know McGill's first name, so when he asked to have McGill contacted, Straczynski was asked if he meant Bruce McGill, to which he replied yes. Even though it became apparent to Straczynski when Bruce McGill met him to discuss the role that this wasn't the McGill Straczynski had in mind, Straczynski decided to use him instead.
McGill portrayed the character of veteran Boston Police Homicide Detective Vince Korsak on the TNT television crime drama, Rizzoli & Isles. The character of Korsak is the mentor and friend of Detective Jane Rizzoli, portrayed by Angie Harmon. Korsak saved Rizzoli's life from serial killer, Charles Hoyt. Korsak shot Hoyt's partner just before Hoyt was about to kill Rizzoli with a knife. In the episode "She Works Hard for the Money" of Rizzoli & Isles (season 1 episode 4) Korsak is asked where he went to college. He responds "Didn't. Watched Animal House a few times", which is a reference to his Animal House persona.
|1977||Handle with Care||Blood|
|1978||National Lampoon's Animal House||Daniel Simpson "D-Day" Day|
|1981||A Whale for the Killing||Television film|
|1985||Into the Night||Charlie|
|1986||No Mercy||Lieutenant Hall|
|1986||As Summers Die||V.D. Skinner||Television film|
|1986||Club Paradise||Dave, Jack's fireman buddy|
|1987||Waiting for the Moon||Ernest Hemingway|
|1987||End of the Line|
|1987||The Secret of My Success||Uncredited|
|1989||Quantum Leap||Weird Ernie||Television series
Season 1, Episode 1
|1991||The Last Boy Scout||Mike Matthews|
|1992||My Cousin Vinny||Sheriff Farley|
|1993||A Perfect World|
|1993||Quantum Leap||Al the Bartender||Television series
Season 5, Episode 22
|1993||Walker, Texas Ranger||Boone Waxwell||Television series
Season 2, Episode 1
|1994||Timecop||Com. Eugene Matuzak|
|1996||Courage Under Fire|
|1998||Letters from a Killer|
|1998||Ground Control||T.C. Bryant|
|1999||The Insider||Ron Motley|
|1999||A Dog of Flanders||William the Blacksmith|
|1999||Star Trek Voyager||Captain Braxton|
|2000||Running Mates||Senator Mitchell Morris||Television film|
|2000||The Legend of Bagger Vance||Walter Hagen|
|2001||Exit Wounds||Frank Daniels|
|2001||Inside the Osmonds||George Osmond||Television film|
|2001||61*||Ralph Houk||TV movie|
|2001||Shallow Hal||Reverend Larson|
|2002||Path to War||George Ball||Television film|
|2002||The Sum of All Fears||Gene Revell|
|2002||Live from Baghdad||Peter Arnett||Television film|
|2003||Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde||Stanford "Stan" Marks||
|2003||Matchstick Men||Chuck Frechette|
|2003||Runaway Jury||Judge Frederick Harkin|
|2005||Cinderella Man||James Johnston|
|2005||Valley of the Heart's Delight||Horace Walsh|
|2006||Outlaw Trail: The Treasure of Butch Cassidy||Garrison|
|2006||Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil||General Norman T. Vance|
|2007||The Good Life||Frank Jones|
|2007||The Lookout||Robert Pratt|
|2008||Recount||Mac Stipanovich||Television film|
|2009||From Mexico with Love|
|2009||The Perfect Game|
|2009||Law Abiding Citizen|
|2009||Psych||Fire Chief Dan Trombly||Ep. Earth, Wind and... Wait for It|
|2010–2016||Rizzoli & Isles||Det. Vince Korsak||Main cast|
|2010||No Ordinary Family||Allan Crane||Ep. "No Ordinary Visitors"|
|2010||Family Guy||Santa Claus (voice)||Ep. "Road to the North Pole"|
|2012||For Greater Glory|
|2012||FDR: American Badass|
|2012||The Good Wife||Jeremy Breslow||Ep. "A Defense of Marriage"|
|2013||The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents||Narrator||TV miniseries|
|2014||Ride Along||Lt. Brooks|
|2015||Run All Night||Pat Mullen|
|2016||Ride Along 2||Lt. Brooks|
- "Bruce McGill Biography (1950-)".
- ""Home Improvement" The Complete Fourth Season DVD Review".
- "Zap2It". Archived from the original on 2007-10-13.
- "No Ordinary Family Books Cybill Shepherd... and Bruce!". TVGuide.com. Retrieved September 1, 2010.
- J. Michael Straczynski, commentary on DVD for episode Severed Dreams.
- [[List of The Cleveland Show characters]]
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