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Bruce Dern

Highest Rated:   100% Smile (1975)
Lowest Rated:   12% Down Periscope (1996)
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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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet White Boy Rick
  • Ray Wershe
2018
No Score Yet American Violence
  • Richard Morton
2017
No Score Yet Hickok
  • Doc Rivers O'Roark
2017
No Score Yet Warning Shot
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet 21 Years: Quentin Tarantino
  • Actor
2016
75% The Hateful Eight
  • Gen. Sanford Smithers
$54.2M 2015
33% Cut Bank
  • George Wits
2015
40% Northern Borders
  • Austin Kittredge Sr.
2015
No Score Yet The Millionaires' Unit
  • Actor
2015
91% Nebraska
  • Woody Grant
$11.4M 2013
No Score Yet Fighting For Freedom
  • Christian Dobbe
2013
44% The Lords of Salem
  • Francis Matthias
$1.1M 2013
83% From Up On Poppy Hill
  • Yoshio
$0.7M 2013
No Score Yet Pete's Christmas
  • Grandpa
2013
No Score Yet Coffin Baby
  • Vance
2013
88% Django Unchained
  • Old Man Carrucan
$162.9M 2012
81% The Hole
  • Creepy Carl
$1.7M 2012
No Score Yet Hitting The Cycle
  • James
2012
29% 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
No Score Yet America Lost and Found: The BBS Story
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Light Keepers
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet 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
57% The Astronaut Farmer
  • Hal
$11M 2006
52% Down in the Valley
  • Charlie
$0.5M 2006
29% Madison
  • Harry Volpi
$0.5M 2005
No Score Yet Trabajo Fácil
  • Actor
2005
82% Monster
  • Thomas
$34.2M 2004
24% Masked and Anonymous
  • Editor
$0.2M 2003
No Score Yet Hard Ground
  • Nate Hutchinson
2003
39% Milwaukee, Minnesota
  • Sean McNally
2003
77% A Decade Under the Influence
  • Actor
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
17% 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
31% Mulholland Falls
  • LAPD Chief Bill
1996
12% Down Periscope
  • Admiral Graham
1996
41% 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
54% Diggstown
  • John Gillon
1992
No Score Yet Carolina Skeletons
  • Junior Stoker
1992
No Score Yet Into the Badlands
  • Barston
1991
No Score Yet The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson
  • Scout Ed Higgins
1990
82% After Dark, My Sweet
  • Uncle Bud
1990
46% 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 Amor Difícil
  • Rob Charters
1985
No Score Yet Last of the Wild Bunch
  • Actor
1982
60% That Championship Season
  • George Sitkowski
1982
No Score Yet Harry Tracy
  • Harry Tracy
1982
No Score Yet Tattoo
  • Karl Kinsky
1981
No Score Yet Middle Age Crazy
  • Bobby Lee
1980
85% The Driver
  • The Detective
1978
81% Coming Home
  • Capt. Bob Hyde
1978
No Score Yet Rebel Rousers
  • Actor
1977
71% Black Sunday
  • Capt. Michael J. Lander
1977
No Score Yet Folies Bergere (The Twist)
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood
  • Grayson Potchuck
1976
95% Family Plot
  • Lumley
1976
80% Posse
  • Jack Strawhorn
1975
100% Smile
  • "Big Bob" Freelander
1975
39% The Great Gatsby
  • Tom Buchanan
1974
58% 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
67% Drive, He Said
  • Coach Bullion
1971
17% Bloody Mama
  • Kevin Kirkman
1970
84% They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
  • James
1969
No Score Yet The Cycle Savages
  • Keeg
1969
43% Castle Keep
  • Lt. Billy Byron Bix
1969
69% Support Your Local Sheriff!
  • Joe Danby
1969
No Score Yet Rebel Rousers
  • J.J. Weston
1969
92% Hang 'em High
  • Miller
1968
83% Will Penny
  • Rafe Quint
1968
No Score Yet Psych-Out
  • Steve Davis
1968
No Score Yet Waterhole No. 3
  • Deputy
1967
100% The St. Valentine's Day Massacre
  • John May
1967
83% The War Wagon
  • Hammond
1967
31% The Trip
  • John
1967
58% The Wild Angels
  • 'Loser'
1966
81% Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte
  • John Mayhew
1964
82% Marnie
  • Sailor
1964
100% Wild River
  • Jack Roper
1960

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2013
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio
1994
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Guest
  • 2013
85% Big Love
2006-2011
  • Frank Henrickson Frank Harlow
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 1983
  • 1982

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