Bruce Abbott

Actor, Dancer, Director
A tall, darkly handsome leading player of horror films and occasional star of TV-movies, Bruce Abbott is perhaps best recalled as the med student whose run-in with the dean triggers the mayhem of the horror classic ... Read more »
Born: 07/27/1954 in Portland, Oregon, USA

Filmography

Actor (27)

Trance (Trampas) 2014 (Movie)

Taylor Black (Actor)

Beyond Re-Animator 2003 (Movie)

Dan Cain (Actor)

Family Law 1991 - 1992, 1994 - 1996, 1999 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

UC: Undercover 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1991 - 1996, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Net 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1991 - 1992, 1994 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Demolitionist 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Danielle Steel's 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Dillinger 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bride of Re-Animator 1991 (Movie)

Dan Cain (Actor)

Trapped 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Bad Dreams 1988 (Movie)

Dr Alex Karmen (Actor)

Casual Sex? 1988 (Movie)

Keith (Actor)

Casual Sex? 1988 (Movie)

Keith (Actor)

Summer Heat 1987 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Re-Animator 1985 (Movie)

Dan Cain (Actor)

Why Me? 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Tag 1981 (Movie)

Gersh (Actor)

Baja Oklahoma (TV Show)

Actor

Black Scorpion (TV Show)

Actor

Command 5 (TV Show)

Actor

Dark Justice (TV Show)

Actor

Johnny Ryan (TV Show)

Actor

Melanie Darrow (TV Show)

Actor

Out of Time (TV Show)

Actor

Velvet (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A tall, darkly handsome leading player of horror films and occasional star of TV-movies, Bruce Abbott is perhaps best recalled as the med student whose run-in with the dean triggers the mayhem of the horror classic "Re-Animator" (1985). Some may also remember him for his stint as the hip judge of the CBS series "Dark Justice", a role he essayed for two seasons (1992-93).<p>Trained as a stage actor and dancer, Abbott began his career with such companies as the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He also honed his craft at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco before relocating to L.A. in 1980. Among his many stage credits are "Fiddler on the Roof", "The Cherry Orchard" and "Tamara".<p>Abbott began acting in films playing a murderous college student who in a game involving guns substituted with real bullets in "Tag: The Assassination Game" (1982). He again had homicide on his mind as a drifter who seduces a bored farm wife (Lori Singer) and kills her husband (Anthony Edwards) in the interesting but uneven "Summer Heat" (1987). In "Bad Dreams" (1988), he was cast as a psychiatrist who becomes enmeshed in the personal affairs of a patient. The inevitable "The Bride of Re-Animator" (1990) saw Abbott reprise his role as Dan Cain. While not completely successful, the gory sequel generates its share of thrills and owes much to James Whale's far superior "The Bride of Frankenstein" (1935). Abbott nicely acquitted himself as the seemingly good guy caught up in a nightmare. More recently, he co-starred with Nicole Eggert and Richard Grieco in the direct-to-video sci-fi thriller "The Demolitionist" (1996).<p>Key roles on TV have included Jake Hale Jr., a member of the core family in the 1982 CBS historical miniseries "The Blue and the Gray", a burn victim befriended by another patient (Glynnis O'Connor) in "Why Me?" (ABC, 1984) and was featured alongside Leslie Ann Warren in "Baja Oklahoma" (HBO, 1988). Abbott assumed the role of Judge Nicholas Marshall on "Dark Justice" in 1992 when the show moved its production base from Barcelona, Spain, to L.A. More recently, he starred as the clueless boyfriend of a crime fighter (Joan Severance) in the Showtime thriller "Black Scorpion" (1995) and was alongside Delta Burke in the pilot "Melanie Darrow" (USA Network, 1998).

Relationships

Dalton Abbott

Son
born October 4, 1989 mother, Linda Hamilton

Tyler Abbott

Son
born c. 1990 mother, Kathleen Quinlan

Linda Hamilton

Wife
met during filming of "Tag" married in December 1982 divorced in 1989

Kathleen Quinlan Actor

Wife
Met 1989 during filming of USA Network movie "Trapped" Married April 12, 1994

EDUCATION

Portland State University

Portland , Oregon

American Conservatory Theatre

San Francisco , California

Milestones

1998

Joined cast of the USA Network series "The Net"

1997

Returned to features in "Trance"

1996

Co-starred in the direct-to-video release "The Demolitionist"

1990

Reprised role in "The Bride of Re-Animator"

1985

Had leading role in horror classic "Re-Animator"

1982

Made miniseries debut in "The Blue and the Gray" (CBS)

1982

Film debut, "Tag"

1980

Moved to L.A.

1975

Began acting and dancing with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

TV series debut as regular, assumed role of Judge Nicholas Marshall in the CBS late-night series "Dark Justice"

Became interested in acting while in high school

Appeared in Los Angeles production of stage hit "Tamara"

Bonus Trivia

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Abbott is actively involved with the charities Heal the Bay and Children of the Night.

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