Bruce Campbell is an eminent American television and film actor, producer, director and a writer. He was born as Bruce Lorne Campbell on June 22, 1958, in Royal Oak, Michigan in the U.S. to Joanne Louise and Charles Newton Campbell. He started acting during his teenage years and subsequently made some short Super 8 films with his friends. When he met the prominent actor and director, Sam Raimi at the Wylie E. Groves High School, they eventually became friends and started to make movies of their own. Bruce attended Western Michigan University while working on his acting career. The two have worked on together in the Super 8 version of the very first
movie, which was entitled Within the Woods. Initially, this was use to attract investors.
After few years, Raimi and Bruce along with some family and friends started to work in the American supernatural horror film, The Evil Dead. He was starred and worked as the co-executive producer of the film while Raimi penned, edited and helmed it. The Evil Dead was endorsed by
, a popular author of horror films and gradually received distributions. After four years the film was released, it turned out to be the number one film in the United Kingdom. It later earned distribution in the U.S. and had two sequels in 1987 (Evil Dead II) and in 1992 (Army of Darkness). His portrayal as Ashley J. Williams became an iconic character and was even drawn in the popular comics, the Marvel Zombie. Bruce was featured in 5 comics and the entire series of Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness. In 1998, he played the lead role as Officer Jack W. Forrest Jr. in the action-slasher film, Maniac Cop and its sequel, Maniac Cop 2 in 1990.
He also acted in several films of Raimi and was notable in cameo roles in the film series of Spiderman. He was also seen in the 1990 superhero action film, Darkman and the American Western film, The Quick and the Dead in 1995. In 1994, Bruce was seen in a pivotal role in the screwball comedy film, The Hudsucker Proxy, which was produced and directed by the Coen Brothers. He played the role of Charles Travis in Frank Marshall’s action adventure film, Congo in 1995, which is based on Michael Crichton’s novel of the same name. Bruce also appeared in the sci-fi action film, Escape from L.A. in 1996 and in the film version of McHale’s Navy in 1997.
He was seen as Roland the Intrepid Explorer in Jim Carrey’s The Majestic in 2001. He usually takes peculiar roles such as
in Don Coscarelli’s comedy horror film, Bubba Ho Tep in 2002. He was seen in a supporting role in the superhero comedy film, Sky High in 2005 as Tommy Boomowski. Bruce performed in B-Movies and was starred in the comedy film, My Name is Bruce, which he co-produced and directed in the year 2007. His voice was used in the animated adaptation of the American children’s book, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs in 2009 and in the computer-animated action comedy spy film, Cars 2 as Rod ‘Torque’ Redline in 2011. He collaborated with Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi in the remake of the supernatural horror film, The Evil Dead. He appeared in the film and reprised his role as Ash Williams. He is currently working in the upcoming film, Dark Ascension, which stars Jillian Murray, Serena Lorien and Tony Cook in the lead roles.
Aside from working in the big screen, Bruce also made an appearance in several television series. He was seen in three episodes of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman as Bill Church Jr., which is based on Morgan Edge’ character in the Superman comics. Bruce was starred as Brisco County Jr. in the sci-fi western series, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. on Fox in the year 1994. From the year 1996 to 1997, he had a recurring guest appearance on ABC network’s Ellen. Bruce is also popular for a recurring role as Autolycus, The King of Thieves in the television series, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and the action adventure TV series, Xena: Warrior Princess, which were both filmed in New Zealand. He was starred in the made-for-television remake of The Love Bug on ABC.
He made a guest appearance that turned out to be critically acclaimed in the fourth season of the police procedural television series, Homicide: Life on the Street. He later played the role of a bigamous evil in an X-Files episode entitled Terms of Endearment and in the episode, Which Way Now? of the fantasy supernatural drama, Charmed. Bruce also made an episodic in the short-lived horror series, American Gothic.
In the year 2000, he was seen as Jack Stiles in the syndicated action-comedy series, Jack of All Trades, from which he was credited as the co-producer. He was seen as Sam Axe, a former Navy Seal, in Matt Nix’
from the year 2007 until 2013 and was starred in the show’s prequel, which focuses in his Navy Seal career in the Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe in 2011. Bruce was also seen as Santa Claus in The Librarians in 2014. He reprised his role once again as Ash Williams in the comedy horror television series, Ash vs. Evil Dead on Starz Network.
Bruce’s voice was featured in a number of video games titles including Evil Dead: Hail to the King, Evil Dead: Regeneration and Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick, Pitfall 3D: Beyond the Jungle, The Amazing Spiderman, Spiderman: The Movie, Spiderman 2 and Spiderman 3. Besides that, he also lent his voice of Jake Logan’s character in Tachyon: The Fringe; Jake Burton in Broken Helix; and a lot more. His voice was also used in the MBA online game entitled Tome: Immortal Arena and as Sgt. Lennox in the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
He also has a passion for writing and started with an autobiography in the year 2002 entitled If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor. The book followed his career as an actor up-to-date and furnished his insight about the Blue-Collar Hollywood. Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor turns out to be a best seller at the New York Times. His second book was entitled, Make Love! The Bruce Campbell Way involves him as the main character, who is struggling to reach the world of the A-list films. The book was published in 2005.
Bruce is also a writer for X Ray Magazine, The Hire (comic series) and the Man with the Screaming Brain (comic book adaptations). Recently, he penned the introduction of The Complete Guide to Low-Budget Feature Filmmaking by Josh Becker. He is regularly writing on his official website and posted predominantly about the film industry and politics. Bruce was first married to Cristine Deveau in 1983, and they have two children namely Andy and Rebecca. The couple had a divorce in the year 1989. He got married for the second time to Ida Gearon, a costume designer, whom he met during the set of the film, Mindwarp in 1992. They also have two children.