Phil Bruns

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Phil Bruns
Born Philip Bruns
(1931-05-02)May 2, 1931
Pipestone, Minnesota, U.S.
Died February 8, 2012(2012-02-08) (aged 80)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor/Writer
Years active 1959–2012
Spouse(s) Laurie Franks (?–2012) (his death)

Philip Bruns (May 2, 1931 – February 8, 2012) was an American television actor and writer, best remembered for portraying George Shumway, the father of Mary Hartman on the 1970s comedic series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.

Life and career[edit]

Bruns was born in Pipestone, Minnesota, the youngest of three children of Margie Evelyn (Trigg) and Henry Phillip Bruns. He was of German and Irish descent.[1][2] He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from Augustana College in South Dakota. He earned his Master's Degree from the Yale School of Drama in New Haven, Connecticut. He also studied at the Old Vic Theatre School in London, England. He appeared as Morty Seinfeld in the sitcom Seinfeld, in a first-season episode entitled "The Stake Out", but was replaced in the role by Barney Martin.

He also appeared in Sanford and Son, Columbo: Exercise in Fatality, Night Court, Airwolf, Just Shoot Me!, and M*A*S*H. He appeared in dozens of films, TV commercials, and on and Off-Broadway plays (winning an Obie award for "Mr. Simian" in the 1963-64 season). He played the Warlock in Werner Liepolt's "The Young Master Dante" at The American Place Theater in 1968. Films in which Bruns appeared include A Thousand Clowns (1965), Jenny (1970), The Out-of-Towners (1970), The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight (1971), Silent Night, Bloody Night (1972), Harry and Tonto (1974), The Great Waldo Pepper (1975), Nickelodeon (1976), Corvette Summer (1978), The Stunt Man (1980), My Favorite Year (1982), Flashdance (1983), Amazon Women on the Moon (1987), Return of the Living Dead Part II (1988), Dead Men Don't Die (1991), The Opposite Sex and How to Live with Them (1993), Love Bites (1993), Pentathlon (1994), Ed (1996) and The Trigger Effect (1996). [3]

Bruns wrote The Character Actor's Do's, Don't and Anecdotes', which was published in early November 2008.

Bruns established the largest private school library in the Bahamas.


Until his death, Bruns resided in Hollywood with his wife, former Broadway musical actress Laurie Franks. He died of natural causes on February 8, 2012, aged 80.



  • Calvin, "Going Out of Business," Sanford and Son, NBC, 1974
  • Calvin, "My Kingdom for a Horse" (also known as "First Night Out"), Sanford and Son, NBC, 1974

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