Bruce McGill

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Bruce McGill
Born Bruce Travis McGill
(1950-07-11) July 11, 1950 (age 65)
San Antonio, Texas, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Gloria Lee (m. 1994)

Bruce Travis McGill (born July 11, 1950) is an American actor who has an extensive list of credits in film and television. He is perhaps best known for his role as Daniel Simpson "D-Day" Day in National Lampoon's Animal House and as Detective Vince Korsak on the crime drama, Rizzoli & Isles.

Early life[edit]

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.[1] 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.

Film work[edit]

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.

Television roles[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5]

McGill also had a small role in a season 3 episode of Numb3rs as well as a season 3 episode of Psych.

McGill currently portrays 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.

McGill also had a recurring voice role on The Cleveland Show as Lloyd Waterman, the homosexual owner of Waterman Cable, where Cleveland Brown is employed as a cable installer.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1977 Handle with Care Blood
1978 National Lampoon's Animal House Daniel Simpson "D-Day" Day
1981 The Hand
1981 A Whale for the Killing (TV)
1983 Silkwood Mace Hurley
1985 Into the Night Charlie
1985-1992 MacGyver Jack Dalton
1986 Wildcats
1986 No Mercy Lieutenant Hall
1986 As Summers Die V.D. Skinner (TV)
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 (TV) Season 1, Episode 1
1989 Three Fugitives
1989 Out Cold Ernie
1991 The Last Boy Scout Mike Matthews
1992 My Cousin Vinny Sheriff Farley
1993 Cliffhanger Treasury Agent
1993 A Perfect World
1993 Quantum Leap Al the Bartender (TV) Season 5, Episode 22
1994 Timecop Com. Eugene Matuzak
1995 Home Improvement
1996 Black Sheep Neuschwander
1996 Courage Under Fire
1997 Rosewood Duke Purdy
1997 Lawn Dogs Nash
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 (TV)
2000 The Legend of Bagger Vance Walter Hagen
2001 Exit Wounds Frank Daniels
2001 Inside the Osmonds George Osmond TV movie
2001 61* Ralph Houk (TV)
2001 Shallow Hal Reverend Larson
2001 Ali Bradley
2002 Path to War George Ball (TV)
2002 The Sum of All Fears Gene Revell
2002 Live from Baghdad Peter Arnett (TV)
2003 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Stanford "Stan" Marks


2003 Matchstick Men Chuck Frechette
2003 Runaway Jury Judge Frederick Harkin
2004 Collateral Frank Pedrosa
2005 Cinderella Man James Johnston
2005 Elizabethtown Bill Banyon
2005 Valley of the Heart's Delight Horace Walsh
2005 Slow Burn Godfrey
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 Vantage Point
2008 Recount Mac Stipanovich (TV)
2008 W. George Tenet
2009 Obsessed
2009 From Mexico with Love
2009 The Perfect Game
2009 Law Abiding Citizen
2009 Imagine That
2010–present Rizzoli & Isles Det. Vince Korsak Main cast
2010 No Ordinary Family Allan Crane Ep. "No Ordinary Visitors"
2010 Fair Game
2010 Family Guy Santa Claus (voice) Ep. "Road to the North Pole"
2011 Apart
2012 Me Again
2012 Lincoln Edwin Stanton
2012 For Greater Glory
2012 FDR: American Badass
2012 Unconditional
2013 The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents Narrator (TV Mini-Series)
2014 Ride Along
2015 Run All Night Pat Mullen


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