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Bruce Campbell

Highest Rated:   98% Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Demolitionist (1995)
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Birthplace:   Birmingham, Michigan, USA
A self-described B-movie actor, Bruce Campbell can claim to have scaled the casualty-littered mountain of cult movie stardom. First attaining more notoriety than fame for his performance in Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead (1983), which he also executive produced, Campbell went on to star in that movie's two sequels and a number of other schlock-tastic films. He has also occasionally ventured into more reputable territory, thanks to such films as the Coen brothers' The Hudsucker Proxy (1994).Hailing from Royal Oak, MI, where he was born June 22, 1958, Campbell attended Western Michigan University. When he was only 21, he and two of his Detroit friends, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, scraped together 350,000 dollars to make a low-budget horror film. The result, completed piecemeal over four years, was The Evil Dead, an exuberantly awful piece of filmmaking that featured Campbell as its demon-battling hero. The film first earned notoriety in England, and after being personally endorsed by author Stephen King when it was screened at Cannes, it was eventually released in the U.S. in 1983.The Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn followed in 1987, and the third installment in the series, Army of Darkness, was released in 1992. Both were enthusiastically embraced by fans of the series and less so by critics, but one thing that impressed both groups was Campbell's work in both films, thanks in part to his uncanny ability to make it through an entire performance without blinking once.In addition to the Evil Dead films, Campbell has acted in a number of other low-budget films, and, in the case of the Coens' The Hudsucker Proxy and a blink-and-you-miss-it cameo in Fargo (1996), a handful of fairly respectable projects as well. He has also acted frequently on television, most notably in the weekly Western The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. and Jack of all Trades. In 2001 Campbell made his literary debut with If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor. A humorously detailed account of his rise to B-movie stardom, If Chins Could Kill detailed, among other things, Campbell's uniquely diverse fanbase as well as his relationship with longtime friend and frequent collaborator Sam Raimi. When fans embraced the freewheeling semi-autobiography with more zeal than even Campbell himself may have anticipated, a succesful speaking tour was soon followed by a sophomore novel, the satirical Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way. A highly fictionalized look at what it may be like for Campbell to land a substantial role in a high-profile Hollywood production, Make Love the Bruce Campbell way found the sarcastic B-movie idol hobnobbing with co-star Richard Gere and offering directorial advice to veteran director Mike Nichols. Yet Campbell was hardly one to forget where his bread was truly buttered, and following his brief literary detour, it was time to head back to the big screen for a pair of memorable cameos in pal Raimi's Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2, the longtime actor and emerging producer was finally ready to make his feature directorial debut with the outlandish sci-fi comedy The Man with the Screaming Brain. Despite helming the occasional Xena and Hewrcules episode, Campbell had yet to tackle feature films and when the opportunity arose to direct a script that he himself had written, everything just seemed to fall into place. Though the critics weren't so kind, fans were more than willing to indulge as their favorite film and television star finally got a chance to shine on his own. After voicing his most famous character in a pair of Evil Dead videogames, it was finally time for Campbell to return to the role of Ash on the big screen - albiet in a decidedly meta-manner - when he stepped into the role of an actor named Bruce Campbell who is mistaken for the demon-slayer that he played in the movies and forced to to battle with the legions of hell in the 2006 horror comedy They Call Me Bruce; a film that also afforded Campbell his sophomore

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Escort
  • Charles
2015
5% The Color of Time
  • Goody
2014
89% Doc Of The Dead
  • Actor
2014
59% Oz the Great and Powerful
  • Winkie Gate Keeper
2013
39% Cars 2
  • Rod "Torque" Redline
2011
No Score Yet Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe
  • Executive Producer
  • Sam Axe
2011
No Score Yet The Walking Dead Girls
  • Actor
2011
87% Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
  • Mayor Shelbourne
2009
40% My Name Is Bruce
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Himself
2007
63% Spider-Man 3
  • Maitre d'
2007
48% Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters
  • Chicken Bittle
2007
69% The Woods
  • Joe Fasulo
2006
63% The Ant Bully
  • Fugax
2006
No Score Yet Touch the Top of the World
  • Ed Weihenmayer
2006
73% Sky High
  • Coach Boomer
2005
33% Man with the Screaming Brain
  • Producer
  • William Cole
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2005
No Score Yet Alien Apocalypse
  • Dr. Ivan Hood
2005
No Score Yet Making the Amazing (Making the Amazing: Spider-Man 2)
  • Actor
2004
93% Spider-Man 2
  • Usher
2004
No Score Yet Blood Drive II
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Spider-Man 2.1 (Extended Cut)
  • Actor
2004
78% Bubba Ho-Tep
  • Elvis
2003
No Score Yet Time Quest
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Blaze Of Glory
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Masters of Horror
  • Host
2002
No Score Yet Terminal Invasion
  • Jack
2002
4% Serving Sara
  • Gordon Moore
2002
89% Spider-Man
  • Ring Announcer
2002
No Score Yet Hatred of a Minute
  • Producer
2002
No Score Yet Fanalysis
  • Actor
  • Director
2002
No Score Yet Hatred of a Minute
  • Producer
2002
42% The Majestic
  • Roland the Intrepid Explorer
2001
No Score Yet The Ice Rink
  • The Actor
2000
No Score Yet Icebreaker
  • Carl Greig
1999
9% From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money
  • Barry
1999
25% Double Jeopardy
  • Bartender at Party
1999
No Score Yet Gold Rush
  • Pierce Thomas Madison
1999
No Score Yet Goldrush: A Real Life Alaskan Adventure
  • Pierce Thomas Madison
1998
No Score Yet Menno's Mind
  • Mick Dourif
1997
No Score Yet The Love Bug
  • Hank Cooper
1997
3% McHale's Navy
  • Virgil
1997
No Score Yet Running Time
  • Carl
1997
53% John Carpenter's Escape from L.A.
  • Surgeon General of Beverly Hills
1996
No Score Yet Tornado!
  • Jake
1996
94% Fargo
  • Soap Opera Star on TV
1996
No Score Yet The Dead Next Door
  • Actor
1995
23% Congo
  • Charles
1995
0% The Demolitionist
  • Gang Member
1995
56% The Quick and the Dead
  • Wedding Shemp
1995
57% The Hudsucker Proxy
  • Smitty
1994
72% Army of Darkness
  • Producer
  • Ash
1993
No Score Yet Mindwarp
  • Stover
1992
No Score Yet Chiller Theatre
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Lunatics: A Love Story
  • Ray
  • Producer
1992
20% Waxwork II: Lost in Time
  • John
1991
No Score Yet Easy Wheels
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1990
60% Maniac Cop 2
  • Jack Forrest
1990
No Score Yet Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat
  • Van Helsing
1990
83% Darkman
  • Final Shemp
1990
No Score Yet Moontrap
  • Ray Tanner
1989
No Score Yet Intruder
  • Officer Howard
1989
50% Maniac Cop
  • Forrest
1988
98% Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
  • Ash, Ashley J. Williams
  • Producer
1987
No Score Yet Thou Shalt Not Kill... Except
  • Video Newscaster
1987
No Score Yet Crimewave
  • The Heel
  • Producer
1986
No Score Yet Going Back
  • Brice Chapman
1983
95% The Evil Dead
  • Ashley J. Williams
  • Executive Producer
1981
No Score Yet Within the Woods
  • Actor
1978

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The X-Files
1993-2016
  • Wayne
No Score Yet @midnight With Chris Hardwick
2014
  • Panelist
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
43% 1600 Penn
2012-2013
  • Doug
99% Ash vs. Evil Dead
2015
  • Ash Williams Ash
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
86% Burn Notice
2007-2013
  • Sam Axe

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