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Bruno was born in New Haven, Connecticut to actor Scott Bruno and Nancy M. Bruno. His younger brother Dylan, played Colby Granger is also an actor (best known for his role in Numb3rs). The brothers grew up in Milford with their mother, Nancy, but spent a substantial amount of time with their father on Manhattan's Upper West Side. During college, Bruno was active in both theater and sports. After an injury sidelined his skiing career while attending college in Vermont, he auditioned for and was cast in the lead in The Mandrake.
Transferring to the State University of New York at Stony Brook as a theatre major, he became the starting pitcher for the school's baseball team. Soon after college graduation, Bruno joined the cast of Another World as Dennis Carrington Wheeler and was nominated for a Soap Opera Award for Outstanding Newcomer. After Another World, he was cast as Michael Delaney on ABC's All My Children. Bruno spent some time as a stand up comedian in the years following his soap opera stints and landed several guest-starring spots on the sitcoms The Nanny, Jesse and Suddenly Susan.
In 2001, he was cast as Walt Bannerman in USA Network's sci-fi drama The Dead Zone, the premiere of which was the highest-rated cable television series premiere at that time. In the series' fifth season, Bruno's directorial debut was the episode "Independence Day", which was dedicated in memory of his mother, who died of cancer.
Bruno remained a star on the show for the first five seasons; his character was killed off during the sixth season premiere. Bruno made three additional guest appearances for the remainder of the final season. He also starred opposite Anthony Hopkins in the 2005 Roger Donaldson film The World's Fastest Indian, which according to Bruno was "one of the most exciting jobs" he's ever done.
In 2009, he appeared in 2 episodes of Prison Break and then appeared in the television movie Prison Break: The Final Break. He voiced Jack Slate in the 2002 video game Dead to Rights. In 2014 Bruno started playing the role of Adam Stevens on ABC Family's The Fosters. In 2014 He also did two episodes of MTV's Awkward playing the role of Danny, Matt's biological father.
- Truth Never Lies (2009) - Fred
- The Cell 2 (2009) - Sheriff Harris
- Dead and Gone (2008) - Constable
- Grendel (2007) - Beowulf
- The World's Fastest Indian (2005) - Bob Higby
- The Dead Zone (2002–2007) - Sheriff Walt Bannerman
- My Girlfriend's Boyfriend (1999) - Cliff
- All My Children (1995–1997) - Michael Delaney
- Another World (1992) - Dennis Carrington Wheeler #3
- Chris Bruno at the Internet Movie Database
- Chris Bruno at AllMovie
- Chris Bruno's biography, USAnetwork.com; accessed August 29, 2015.