Philip Bruns

TV producer Norman Lear had a lot of smash hits during his career, but "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" was not one of them. The short-lived 1976-1977 soap opera parody did, however, afford actor Philip Bruns the role of ... Read more »
Born: 05/02/1931 in Pipestone, Minnesota, USA

Filmography

Actor (32)

Johnny Skidmarks 1998 (Movie)

Old Coot (Actor)

Profiler 1995 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Baywatch Nights 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ed 1996 (Movie)

Clarence (Actor)

The Trigger Effect 1996 (Movie)

Mr Schaefer (Actor)

Love Bites 1992 (Movie)

Vinne Helsting (Actor)

Dead Men Don't Die 1991 (Movie)

Nolan (Actor)

Return of the Living Dead Part II 1988 (Movie)

Doc Mandel (Actor)

The Christmas Star 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Great Day 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Flashdance 1983 (Movie)

Frank Szabo (Actor)

My Favorite Year 1982 (Movie)

Federal Marshal Holt (Actor)

But Mother! 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Stunt Man 1979 (Movie)

Ace (Actor)

Corvette Summer 1978 (Movie)

Gil (Actor)

Forever Fernwood 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman 1975 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Chopped Liver Brothers 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Waldo Pepper 1975 (Movie)

Dillhoeffer (Actor)

Harry and Tonto 1974 (Movie)

Burt (Actor)

Masquerade 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Performer

The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight 1971 (Movie)

Gallagher (Actor)

Aunt Mary (TV Show)

Actor

Betrayed by Innocence (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Detective (TV Show)

Actor

Ink (TV Show)

Actor

Last Hours Before Morning (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Inside/Mr. Outside (TV Show)

Actor

Target Risk (TV Show)

Actor

The Family Kovack (TV Show)

Actor

The Kansas City Massacre (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

TV producer Norman Lear had a lot of smash hits during his career, but "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" was not one of them. The short-lived 1976-1977 soap opera parody did, however, afford actor Philip Bruns the role of father George Shumway for 18 episodes. To more contemporary audiences, Bruns is noted for having been the original Morty Seinfeld on "Seinfeld." As legend has it, he was replaced by Barney Martin because show co-creator Larry David was unhappy with the way the actor was essaying the part of Jerry's father. Bruns is now one of the great "Seinfeld" trivia question answers, having played Morty in just a single episode, entitled "The Stake Out." Early in his career, Bruns was also a very busy TV actor. In the mid to late 70s, he appeared on four episodes of cops comedy classic "Barney Miller," as Elvin Swift. His participation in the 1982 Peter O'Toole comedy "My Favorite Year" led later to an unusual fringe benefit: the preface to Bruns's advice book was written by the British actor.

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