Bruce Weitz

Actor, Restaurant manager
After acquiring undergraduate and graduate degrees from Pittsburgh's prestigious Carnegie Institute of Technology, Emmy-winning character actor Bruce Weitz went on to train at such august regional theaters as the ... Read more »
Born: 05/26/1943 in Norwalk, Connecticut, USA

Filmography

Actor (88)

Quality Time 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Entrepreneurs 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lie to Me 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Dukes 2008 (Movie)

Toulio (Actor)

Dexter 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

El Cortez 2006 (Movie)

Popcorn (Actor)

Grey's Anatomy 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ghost Whisperer 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

JAG 1995 - 2001, 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Doc 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

ER 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Judging Amy 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

No Place Like Home 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Guardian 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Practice 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Half Past Dead 2002 (Movie)

Lester (Actor)

Third Watch 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Civil Wars 1992 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cybill 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Facing the Enemy 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1994 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1994 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 1992 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Once and Again 1996 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Profiler 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sisters 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Weber Show 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The X-Files 1994 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Walker, Texas Ranger 1992 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The West Wing 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mach 2 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Prehysteria! 3 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Superman 1996 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Voice

Deep Impact 1998 (Movie)

Stuart Caley (Actor)

Gut Feeling 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Memorial Day 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Shattered Illusions 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Duckman 1993 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Fools Gold 1997 (Movie)

Sheriff Matson (Actor)

The Landlady 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Danielle Steel's 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Coyote Summer 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sweet Justice 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The O.J. Simpson Story 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Prehisteria! 3 1994 (Movie)

Uncle Hal (Actor)

The Byrds of Paradise 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Molly and Gina 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

No Place To Hide 1993 (Movie)

Captain Nelson Silva (Actor)

The Ray Bradbury Theater 1987 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Anything But Love 1988 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Liar's Club 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Mama's Boy 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Hill Street Blues 1980 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Man and the Animals 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Chemical People 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars XIV 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Daredevils 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars XII 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Catalina C-Lab 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Every Stray Dog and Kid 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

A Deadly Silence (TV Show)

Actor

A Reason to Live (TV Show)

Actor

Babe Ruth (TV Show)

Actor

Baby M (TV Show)

Actor

Bull (TV Show)

Actor

DinoCroc (TV Show)

Actor

Dream On (TV Show)

Actor

Fair Game (TV Show)

Actor

Her Hidden Truth (TV Show)

Actor

Joe and Max (TV Show)

Actor

Legend of the Ruby Silver (TV Show)

Actor

One Hell of a Guy (TV Show)

Actor

Rainbow Drive (TV Show)

Actor

The Stuntman Awards (TV Show)

Actor

Though None Go With Me (TV Show)

Actor

Windrunner (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

After acquiring undergraduate and graduate degrees from Pittsburgh's prestigious Carnegie Institute of Technology, Emmy-winning character actor Bruce Weitz went on to train at such august regional theaters as the Guthrie in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the Actors Theatre of Louisville (Kentucky). He made his Broadway debut in a revival of "Death of a Salesman" (1976), starring George C. Scott, and subsequently acted in Broadway productions of "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel" (alongside Al Pacino) and "Norman, Is That You?". The compact, wiry Weitz also performed in 13 New York Shakespeare Festival productions from 1976-1980 but began making the transition from stage to TV at the end of the 70s, guest-starring on various series including "Quincy", "Kojak", "The White Shadow", "One Day at a Time" and "Lou Grant" while segueing to feature films in "The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover" (1977).

Weitz's big break came when he landed the role of the vaguely maniacal Mick Belker on Steven Bochco's landmark police-drama "Hill Street Blues" (NBC, 1981-87). His scruffy little undercover cop endeared himself to viewers by sometimes biting offenders, barking at dogs or terrorizing surly criminals ("Would you like to sit down, hairball, or would you prefer internal bleeding?"), earning him a 1984 Emmy as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series as well as five other nominations. Since that series' demise, Weitz has stayed busy primarily on the small screen, acting frequently in movies and episodic TV, although he has occasionally performed on stage as in the Off-Broadway production of "Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune" (1988). He returned as a series regular playing a newspaper columnist for one season (1991-92) on the ABC sitcom "Anything But Love" and reunited with Bochco as a psychiatrist counseling a family transplanted in Hawaii in the short-lived "The Byrds of Paradise" (ABC, 1994). He also appeared in the feature films "Deep Impact" (1998) and "Half Past Dead" (2002).

Relationships

Sybil Weitz

Mother

Cecilia Hart

Wife
second wife married in 1973 divorced in 1980 later married actor James Earl Jones

Alvin Weitz

Father

EDUCATION

Ransom High School

Miami , Florida
studied drama; made All-American in baseball and football

Carnegie Institute of Technology

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania 1966
school now called Carnegie-Mellon University; met future producer Steven Bochco

Carnegie Institute of Technology

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania 1964
school now called Carnegie-Mellon University

Milestones

2002

Cast in the action feature "Half Past Dead"

2001

Appeared in the dramatic stage version of "Heaven Can Wait", performed at Westport Country Playhouse

1998

Played Stuart Caley in Mimi Leder's "Deep Impact"

1996

Acted the role of Detective Steve McAdams in "Justice for Annie: A Moment of Truth Movie" (NBC)

1995

Portrayed Robert Shapiro in the Fox TV-movie "The Story of O J Simpson"

1994

Appeared in the regular role of psychiatrist Murray Rubenstein in the short-lived ABC series "The Byrds of Paradise", executive produced by Bochco

1991

Played Manager Miller Huggins in "Babe Ruth", an NBC movie starring Stephen Lang as the Sultan of Swat

1989

Received another Emmy nomination for his performance on an episode of "Midnight Caller" (NBC)

1988

Appeared Off-Broadway in Terrence McNally's "Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune"

1988

Earned an Emmy nomination for his work as Rick Whitehead in the ABC two-part docudrama "Baby M"

1983

Hosted both parts of the PBS documentary about drug abuse "The Chemical People"

1981

Acted the part of Paul Snider in NBC movie "Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story"

1981

Played Sergeant Mike Pirelli in "Every Stray Dog and Kid", an unsuccessful NBC pilot executive produced by "Hill Street Blues" executive producer Steven Bochco

1977

Feature debut, "The Private Files of J Edgar Hoover"

1976

Broadway debut in "Death of a Salesman", starring George C Scott as Willy Loman

1975

Appeared on the ABC daytime serial, "Ryan's Hope"

1972

Acted in Chicago stage production of "In the Matter of J Robert Oppenheimer"

1967

Moved onto the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, MN

1966

Joined Long Wharf Repertory Theatre in New Haven, CT

1966

Managed a restaurant on the Spanish island Formentera

Guest-starred on episodes of "Profiler" (NBC), "Jag" (CBS) and old buddy Bochco's "NYPD Blue" (ABC)

Portrayed Detective Mick Belker in critically-acclaimed NBC series "Hill Street Blues"; nominated for six Emmys during its run, winning once in 1984; show executive produced by Steven Bochco

Had regular role as Mike Urbanek in the ABC sitcom "Anything But Love"

Appeared in 13 New York Shakespeare Festival Productions

Performed at Arena Stage, Washington DC

Subsequently appeared in Broadway productions of "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel" and "Norman, Is That You?"

Worked at Actors Theatre of Louisville (KY)

Bonus Trivia

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Nancy Reagan singled Weitz out for his dedication to combating substance abuse. He served as honorary chairman of the National PTA's Drug and Alcohol Abuse Program for three years, during which time more than 13,000 youngsters wrote candid, anonymous "Write Bruce" letters about their experiences with drugs and alcohol.

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A former high school All-American baseball and football player, Weitz is an avid athlete who enjoys golfing, scuba diving, fishing, racquetball and tennis. He is the host of the Bruce Weitz-TransStar Celebrity Golf Invitational, benefitting Alcohol Community Treatment Services in Tampa, Florida.

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