Bruce Dern

Actor, Cab driver
An intense character actor who was frequently typecast as a psycho or villain, Bruce Dern started on television with credits on multiple Westerns. He scored film success with roles in Hitchcock's "Marnie" (1964), Bette ... Read more »
Born: 06/03/1936 in Winnetka, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (110)

Cut Bank 2015 (Movie)

Georgie Wits (Actor)

Northern Borders 2015 (Movie)

Austin Kittredge Sr. (Actor)

Pete's Christmas 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Real Time with Bill Maher 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The Hard Easy 2014 (Movie)

Gene (Actor)

The Hateful Eight 2014 (Movie)

General Sanford Smithers AKA The Confederate (Actor)

Fighting for Freedom 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hart's Location 2013 (Movie)

Joe Hart (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2013 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Nebraska 2013 (Movie)

Woody Grant (Actor)

The Big Valley 2013 (Movie)

Judge Adams (Actor)

Django Unchained 2012 (Movie)

Old Man Carrucan (Actor)

Big Love 2005 - 2007, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Choose 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Inside Out 2011 (Movie)

Dr. Vic Small (Actor)

Twixt 2010 (Movie)

Bobby LaGrange (Actor)

American Cowslip 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cake Eaters 2009 (Movie)

Easy Kimbrough (Actor)

The Golden Boys 2009 (Movie)

Captain Perez Ryder (Actor)

The Lightkeepers 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Believe In Me 2007 (Movie)

Ellis Brawley (Actor)

CSI: New York 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Astronaut Farmer 2007 (Movie)

Hal (Actor)

Down in the Valley 2006 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

Madison 2005 (Movie)

Harry Volpi (Actor)

Milwaukee, Minnesota 2005 (Movie)

Sean McNally (Actor)

Walker Payne 2005 (Movie)

Chester (Actor)

A Decade Under the Influence 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

King of the Hill 2003 (Tv Show)

Voice

Masked & Anonymous 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Monster 2003 (Movie)

Thomas (Actor)

Jane Fonda: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Rona Barrett: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Glass House 2001 (Movie)

Alvin Begleiter (Actor)

All the Pretty Horses 2000 (Movie)

Judge (Actor)

If... Dog... Rabbit 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Mia Farrow: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Haunting 1999 (Movie)

Mr Dudley (Actor)

The Premonition 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Mojave Adventure 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Small Soldiers 1998 (Movie)

of Link Static (Voice)

Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Down Periscope 1996 (Movie)

Admiral Yancy Graham (Actor)

Last Man Standing 1996 (Movie)

Sheriff Ed Galt (Actor)

Mrs. Munck 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Wild Bill 1995 (Movie)

Will Plummer (Actor)

Carolina Skeletons 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Diggstown 1992 (Movie)

John Gillon (Actor)

After Dark, My Sweet 1990 (Movie)

Uncle Bud (Actor)

The 'Burbs 1989 (Movie)

Mark Rumsfield (Actor)

1969 1988 (Movie)

Cliff (Actor)

World Gone Wild 1988 (Movie)

Ethan (Actor)

The Big Town 1987 (Movie)

Mr Edwards (Actor)

Uncle Tom's Cabin 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

James A. Michener's "Space" 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Harry Tracy 1982 (Movie)

Harry Tracy (Actor)

That Championship Season 1982 (Movie)

George Sitkowski (Actor)

Tattoo 1981 (Movie)

Karl (Actor)

Middle Age Crazy 1980 (Movie)

Bobby Lee (Actor)

Coming Home 1978 (Movie)

Captain Bob Hyde (Actor)

The Driver 1978 (Movie)

Detective (Actor)

Black Sunday 1977 (Movie)

Michael Lander (Actor)

Family Plot 1976 (Movie)

Lumley (Actor)

Folies bourgeoises 1976 (Movie)

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Posse 1975 (Movie)

Jack Strawhorn (Actor)

Smile 1975 (Movie)

"Big Bob" Freelander (Actor)

Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood 1975 (Movie)

Grayson Potchuck (Actor)

The Great Gatsby 1973 (Movie)

Tom Buchanan (Actor)

The Laughing Policeman 1973 (Movie)

Leo Larsen (Actor)

Thumb Tripping 1973 (Movie)

Smitty (Actor)

Drive, He Said 1971 (Movie)

Bullian (Actor)

Silent Running 1971 (Movie)

Lowell (Actor)

The King of Marvin Gardens 1971 (Movie)

Jason Staebler (Actor)

Bloody Mama 1970 (Movie)

Kevin Dirkman (Actor)

Cycle Savages 1970 (Movie)

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Rebel Rousers 1970 (Movie)

J J (Actor)

The Cowboys 1970 (Movie)

Rustler (Actor)

The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant 1970 (Movie)

Roger (Actor)

Castle Keep 1969 (Movie)

Billy Bix (Actor)

Number One 1969 (Movie)

Richie Fowler (Actor)

Support Your Local Sheriff 1969 (Movie)

Joe Danby (Actor)

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? 1969 (Movie)

James (Actor)

Hang 'Em High 1968 (Movie)

Miler (Actor)

Psych-Out 1968 (Movie)

Steve (Actor)

Will Penny 1968 (Movie)

Rafe Quint (Actor)

Gallagher 1964 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

The St. Valentine's Day Massacre 1967 (Movie)

John May (Actor)

The Trip 1966 (Movie)

John (Actor)

The War Wagon 1966 (Movie)

Hammond (Actor)

Waterhole Number 3 1966 (Movie)

Deputy (Actor)

The Wild Angels 1965 (Movie)

Loser (Actor)

Hush ... Hush, Sweet Charlotte 1964 (Movie)

John Mayhew (Actor)

Marnie 1964 (Movie)

Sailor (Actor)

Wild River 1960 (Movie)

Jack Roper (Actor)

A Mother's Prayer (TV Show)

Actor

Dead Man's Revenge (TV Show)

Actor

Hard Ground (TV Show)

Actor

Into the Badlands (TV Show)

Actor

It's Nothing Personal (TV Show)

Actor

Perfect Prey (TV Show)

Actor

Roses Are For the Rich (TV Show)

Actor

Swamp Devil (TV Show)

Actor

Toughlove (TV Show)

Actor

Trenchcoat in Paradise (TV Show)

Actor
Director (1)

Hart's Location 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

An intense character actor who was frequently typecast as a psycho or villain, Bruce Dern started on television with credits on multiple Westerns. He scored film success with roles in Hitchcock's "Marnie" (1964), Bette Davis' "Hush Hush, Sweet Charlotte" (1964), and a string of projects with Roger Corman, including "The Wild Angels" (1966). A genre star, Dern was most recognizable for his committed turns in lower quality but vivid productions including the mad scientist film "The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant" (1971), the sci-fi proto-environmental picture "Silent Running" (1972), and the deranged mastermind behind a blimp bombing of the Super Bowl in "Black Sunday" (1977). Other notable film work included "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" (1969), "Support Your Local Sheriff!" (1969), and his infamous turn as a cattle rustler who kills John Wayne in "The Cowboys" (1972). He garnered award recognition as the spoiled Tom Buchanan in "The Great Gatsby" (1974) and as a disillusioned Vietnam vet in "Coming Home" (1978). The ex-husband of fellow actor Diane Ladd and the father of actress Laura Dern, he continued to book roles into later age, including a chilling turn as the domineering father of polygamist Bill (Bill Paxton) on "Big Love" (HBO, 2006-2011). Although he never fully broke out of his typecasting as a genre heavy, Bruce Dern proved he possessed impressive enough acting chops to build a long-lasting career.

Relationships

Andrea Beckett Dern

Wife
Married Oct. 20, 1969

Laura Dern Actor

Daughter
Born Feb. 10, 1967; mother, Diane Ladd; starred in "Rambling Rose" (1991) and "Jurassic Park" (1993)

John Dern

Father

Jean Dern

Mother

Diane Dern

Daughter
Born Nov. 27, 1960; mother; Diane Ladd Drowned at 18 months in a pool while in a teenage maid's care on May 18, 1962

George Dern

Grandfather

Ellery Harper

Grandson
Born Aug. 21, 2001 to Laura Dern and Ben Harper

Jaya Harper

Granddaughter
Born Nov. 28, 2004 to Laura Dern and Ben Harper

Diane Ladd Actor

Wife
Met while appearing off-Broadway in "Orpheus Descending" (1959) Married in 1960 Divorced in 1969

Archibald MacLeish Actor

Uncle

Adlai Stevenson

Godfather
Democratic nominee for President (1952, 1956)

EDUCATION

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
Dropped out

New Trier High School

Winnetka , Illinois

Choate School

Wallingford , Connecticut
The all male school merged in 1974 with the all female Rosemary Hall, now called Choate Rosemary Hall

Actors Studio

New York , New York

Milestones

2013

Starred in Alexander Payne's "Nebraska"

2013

Won the Cannes Film Festival's Best Actor Award for his role in "Nebraska"

2012

Appeared in Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained"

2007

Cast as Virginia Madsen's father in "The Astronaut Farmer"

2006

Cast as Bill Paxton's father in the HBO series, "Big Love"

2005

Starred with Troy Garity and Randy Quaid in "Milwaukee, Minnesota"

2003

Cast opposite Charlize Theron in "Monster," about a Florida woman who killed seven men and was executed by lethal injection in 2002

2001

Appeared with Leelee Sobieski and Diane Lane in "The Glass House"

1999

Cast as Mr. Dudley in the thriller, "The Haunting"

1998

Voiced Link Static in the animated movie, "Small Soldiers"

1996

Played Sheriff Ed Galt in the drama "Last Man Standing" with Bruce Willis

1996

Apeared in the comedy, "Down Periscope"

1995

Starred with former wife Diane Ladd in "Mrs. Munck"; Ladd also wrote and directed the film

1992

Played John Gillon, a business man who owns most of a boxing town in "Diggstown"

1989

Featured in the Comedy "The Burbs," as the paramilitaric neighbor

1987

Appeared opposite Matt Dillon in "The Big Town"

1985

Co-starred in the CBS miniseries, "Space"

1979

Played Sinclair Lewis opposite Lois Nettleton in the Broadway production of "Strangers"

1978

Won Oscar nomination for his portrayal of a Vietnam veteran in "Coming Home"

1967

First of several collaborations with Jack Nicholson, "The Trip" (written by Nicholson) and "St Valentine Day's Massacre"

1966

Co-starred with Peter Fonda and then wife Diane Ladd in "The Wild Angels"

1962

TV series debut as regular, played E J Stocker on ABC's Western "Stoney Burke"

1960

Screen acting debut in Kazan's "Wild River"

1959

Broadway debut in "The Shadow of a Gunman"; led to audition for Actors Studio after Elia Kazan saw production

Bonus Trivia

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Dern says he became an actor "to find out what makes people do what they do in times of stress." - from The Hollywood Reporter, March 15, 1991

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Over a half-century since his professional career started, Dern had a late-career resurgence with his universally praised performance as the curmudgeonly Woody Grant in Alexander Payne's "Nebraska."

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