Bruce Dern

Bruce Dern

Highest Rated: 100% Smile (1975)

Lowest Rated: 0% American Dresser (2018)

Birthday: Jun 4, 1936

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Bruce MacLeish Dern is the scion of a distinguished family of politicians and men of letters that includes his uncle, the distinguished poet/playwright Archibald MacLeish. After a prestigious education at New Trier High and Choate Preparatory, Dern enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania, only to drop out abruptly in favor of Lee Strasberg's Actors' Studio. With his phlegmatic voice and schoolyard-bully countenance, he was not considered a likely candidate for stardom, and was often treated derisively by his fellow students. In 1958, he made his first Broadway appearance in A Touch of the Poet. Two years later, he was hired by director Elia Kazan to play a bit role in the 20th Century Fox production Wild River. He was a bit more prominent on TV, appearing regularly as E.J. Stocker in the contemporary Western series Stoney Burke. A favorite of Alfred Hitchcock, Dern was prominently cast in a handful of the director's TV-anthology episodes, and as the unfortunate sailor in the flashback sequences of the feature film Marnie (1964). During this period, Dern played as many victims as victimizers; he was just as memorable being hacked to death by Victor Buono in Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1965) as he was while attempting to rape Linda Evans on TV's The Big Valley. Through the auspices of his close friend Jack Nicholson, Dern showed up in several Roger Corman productions of the mid-'60s, reaching a high point as Peter Fonda's "guide" through LSD-land in The Trip (1967). The actor's ever-increasing fan following amongst disenfranchised younger filmgoers shot up dramatically when he gunned down Establishment icon John Wayne in The Cowboys (1971). After scoring a critical hit with his supporting part in They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969), Dern began attaining leading roles in such films as Silent Running (1971), The King of Marvin Gardens (1972), The Great Gatsby (1974), and Smile (1975). In 1976, he returned to the Hitchcock fold, this time with top billing, in Family Plot. Previously honored with a National Society of Film Critics award for his work in the Jack Nicholson-directed Drive, He Said (1970), Dern received an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of an unhinged Vietnam veteran in Coming Home (1978), in which he co-starred with one-time Actors' Studio colleague (and former classroom tormentor) Jane Fonda. He followed this triumph with a return to Broadway in the 1979 production Strangers. In 1982, Dern won the Berlin Film Festival Best Actor prize for That Championship Season. He then devoted several years to stage and TV work, returning to features in the strenuous role of a middle-aged long distance runner in On the Edge (1986).After a humorous turn in the 1989 Tom Hanks comedy The 'Burbs, Dern dropped beneath the radar for much of the '90s. He would appear in cult favorites like Mulholland Falls and the Walter Hill Yojimbo re-make Last Man Standing (both 1996), as well as The Haunting (1999) and All the Pretty Horses (2000). As the 2000's unfolded, Dern would continue to act, apperaing most notably in film like Monster and Django Unchained.Formerly married to actress Diane Ladd, Bruce Dern is the father of actress Laura Dern.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Emperor Actor 2020
45% Inherit the Viper Clay Carter 2020
No Score Yet Nation's Fire PopPop 2020
43% Badland Actor 2019
91% QT8: The First Eight Actor 2019
86% Freaks Mr.Snowcone 2019
96% The Peanut Butter Falcon Carl 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood Actor 2019
94% The Mustang Myles 2019
No Score Yet The Lears Actor 2019
No Score Yet Remember Me Claude 2019
89% Lez Bomb Grandpa 2018
No Score Yet Warning Shot Calvin 2018
59% White Boy Rick Ray Wershe 2018
86% Class Rank Oswald Flannigan 2018
81% Chappaquiddick Joe Kennedy Sr. 2018
40% Nostalgia Ronnie $85.4K 2018
0% American Dresser King 2018
90% Our Souls at Night Dorlan 2017
57% Hickok Doc Rivers O'Roark 2017
No Score Yet American Violence Richard Morton 2017
75% The Hateful Eight Gen. Sanford Smithers $54.2M 2015
35% Cut Bank George Wits 2015
40% Northern Borders Austin Kittredge Sr. 2015
No Score Yet The Millionaires' Unit Narrator 2015
91% Nebraska Woody Grant $11.4M 2013
No Score Yet Fighting For Freedom Christian Dobbe 2013
46% The Lords of Salem Francis Matthias $1.1M 2013
86% From Up On Poppy Hill Yoshio $0.7M 2013
No Score Yet Pete's Christmas Grandpa 2013
No Score Yet Coffin Baby Vance 2013
87% Django Unchained Old Man Carrucan $162.9M 2012
81% The Hole Creepy Carl $1.7M 2012
No Score Yet Hitting The Cycle James 2012
26% Twixt Bobby LaGrange 2012
92% Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel Bruce Dern $7.5K 2011
No Score Yet Choose Dr. Pendleton 2011
29% The Chaperone Actor 2011
No Score Yet America Lost and Found: The BBS Story Actor 2010
20% The Lightkeepers Bennie D. 2010
No Score Yet American Cowslip Cliff 2009
28% Chatham (The Golden Boys) Captain Perez 2009
No Score Yet Walker Payne Chester 2008
No Score Yet Swamp Devil Howard Blaime 2008
64% The Cake Eaters Easy 2007
60% Believe in Me Ellis Brawley $0.2M 2007
58% The Astronaut Farmer Hal $11M 2006
52% Down in the Valley Charlie $0.5M 2006
28% Madison Harry Volpi $0.5M 2005
No Score Yet The Hard Easy Actor 2005
81% Monster Thomas $34.2M 2004
25% Masked and Anonymous Editor $0.2M 2003
No Score Yet Hard Ground Nate Hutchinson 2003
38% Milwaukee, Minnesota Sean McNally 2003
21% The Glass House Mr. Alvin Begleiter $17.4M 2001
No Score Yet It Conquered Hollywood! The Story of American International Pictures Actor 2001
32% All the Pretty Horses Judge $14.8M 2000
16% The Haunting Mr. Dudley 1999
No Score Yet The Premonition Winston 1999
48% Small Soldiers Link Static 1998
No Score Yet Perfect Prey Swaggert 1998
No Score Yet If... Dog... Rabbit Actor 1998
37% Last Man Standing Sheriff Ed Galt 1996
30% Mulholland Falls LAPD Chief Bill 1996
12% Down Periscope Admiral Graham 1996
42% Wild Bill Will Plummer 1995
No Score Yet Mrs. Munck Patrick Leary 1995
No Score Yet A Mother's Prayer John Walker 1995
No Score Yet Amelia Earhart: The Final Flight George Putnam 1994
No Score Yet Dead Man's Revenge McCay 1993
57% Diggstown John Gillon 1992
No Score Yet Carolina Skeletons Junior Stoker 1992
No Score Yet Into the Badlands T.L.Barston 1991
No Score Yet The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson Scout Ed Higgins 1990
82% After Dark, My Sweet Uncle Bud 1990
53% The 'Burbs Mark Rumsfield 1989
No Score Yet World Gone Wild Ethan 1988
55% 1969 Cliff 1988
57% The Big Town Mr. Edwards 1987
No Score Yet Uncle Tom's Cabin Actor 1987
No Score Yet On the Edge Wes Holman 1986
No Score Yet Amor Difícil Rob Charters 1985
No Score Yet Last of the Wild Bunch Actor 1982
71% That Championship Season George Sitkowski 1982
No Score Yet Harry Tracy Harry Tracy 1982
33% Tattoo Karl Kinsky 1981
No Score Yet Middle Age Crazy Bobby Lee 1980
73% The Driver The Detective 1978
82% Coming Home Capt. Bob Hyde 1978
No Score Yet Rebel Rousers Actor 1977
69% Black Sunday Capt. Michael J. Lander 1977
No Score Yet Folies Bergere (The Twist) Actor 1976
20% Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood Grayson Potchuck 1976
92% Family Plot Lumley 1976
67% Posse Jack Strawhorn 1975
100% Smile "Big Bob" Freelander 1975
39% The Great Gatsby Tom Buchanan 1974
62% The Laughing Policeman Insp. Leo Larsen 1973
71% The King of Marvin Gardens Jason Staebler 1972
75% The Cowboys Long Hair 1972
67% Silent Running Freeman Lowell 1972
No Score Yet Thumb Tripping Smitty 1972
No Score Yet The Making of 'Silent Running' Actor 1972
No Score Yet The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant Roger 1971
62% Drive, He Said Coach Bullion 1971
17% Bloody Mama Kevin Kirkman 1970
83% They Shoot Horses, Don't They? James 1969
No Score Yet The Cycle Savages Keeg 1969
38% Castle Keep Lt. Billy Byron Bix 1969
71% Support Your Local Sheriff! Joe Danby 1969
No Score Yet Rebel Rousers J.J. Weston 1969
92% Hang 'em High Miller 1968
85% Will Penny Rafe Quint 1968
No Score Yet Psych-Out Steve Davis 1968
No Score Yet Waterhole No. 3 Deputy 1967
89% The St. Valentine's Day Massacre John May 1967
90% The War Wagon Hammond 1967
39% The Trip John 1967
63% The Wild Angels 'Loser' 1966
81% Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte John Mayhew 1964
82% Marnie Sailor 1964
100% Wild River Jack Roper 1960


56% Black Monday
Rod 2020
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Host Guest 2018
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
Guest 2015
No Score Yet Real Time with Bill Maher
Guest 2014
No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio
Guest 2013
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
Guest 2013
79% Big Love
Frank Henrickson Frank Harlow 2011
No Score Yet King of the Hill
Voice 2003
No Score Yet The High Chaparral
Wade 1970
No Score Yet Bonanza
Maco Bayliss 1970
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Lou Judd Phleger Guerin 1969
No Score Yet The Fugitive
Cody Hutch Hank Martin Charley 1966
No Score Yet Rawhide
Rankin 1965
91% The Outer Limits (1963)


Chris Mannix says: May I sit down sir?

Gen. Sanford Smithers says: According to the Yankees, 'It's a free country'..

Gen. Sanford Smithers says: According to the Yankees, it's a free country.

Lander says: We're champions!

Woody Grant says: You'd drink too if you were married to your mother.

David Grant says: Did you ever want to farm like your Dad?

Woody Grant says: I don't remember.

David Grant says: Did you ever want a farm like your dad?

Woody Grant says: I don't remember... and it doesn't matter.

Woody Grant says: I haven't been drinking!

Kate Grant says: That's what you said on our first date!

David Grant says: How did you and Mom end up getting married?

Woody Grant says: Oh, she wanted to.

David Grant says: And you didn't?

Woody Grant says: I figured, what the hell.

David Grant says: Were you ever sorry you married her?

Woody Grant says: All the time.

David Grant says: So, you told the sheriff that you were walking to Nebraska?

Woody Grant says: That's right. To get my million dollars.

Woody Grant says: C'mon, take a beer with your old man. Be somebody.

Judge says: The trouble with a liar is that he can't remember what he said.

Mark Rumsfield says: Hey! Pinocchio! Where are you going?

Mark Rumsfield says: Come to think of it, I don't recall ever seeing a moving van...

Uncle Reuben Klopek says: Thats strange, since it was parked outside ALL DAY!

Mark Rumsfield says: what'd you got in the klopek!!??

Mark Rumsfield says: What have you got in the cellar, HER Klopek!

"Big Bob" Freelander says: How does Santa Rosa FEEL about that?

Mark Rumsfield says: You're dog just took his last dump on my lawn! I find one more - just one - I'm going to catch him and staple his ass shut!