Bruce Vilanch

Bruce Vilanch

  • Highest Rated: 96% I Am Divine (2013)
  • Lowest Rated: 9% The Ice Pirates (1984)
  • Birthday: Nov 23, 1948
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • With his unmistakable presence -- characterized by an obese figure, oversized red glasses, a shaggy blonde mane, and a scruffy, unkempt beard -- Bruce Vilanch checked in as one of Hollywood's most colorful characters for decades. His effeminate presence and apparel (both of which played up Vilanch's open homosexuality) only heightened this. Though known to many as an onscreen character player and comedian, Vilanch scored his most resounding successes as a gag writer for stand-up comics such as Bette Midler, Billy Crystal, Lily Tomlin, and Roseanne; in fact, a point arrived where many considered him the go-to comic for stand-up sets and a first-choice writer for events such as the perennial Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, and Tony telecasts. A native of Paterson, NJ, Vilanch attended Ohio State University as a theater and journalism major. After graduation, Vilanch moved into show business professionally, with comic roles in features such as the 1975 Mahogany (as a fashion designer), the 1984 Ice Pirates, the 1986 thriller The Morning After, and the 2008 Adam Sandler comedy You Don't Mess with the Zohan. On the side, Vilanch did frequent uncredited rewrites of Hollywood features and enjoyed a lengthy and productive tenure as a writer of features for the Chicago Tribune newspaper. Vilanch's professional mainstay, however, remained comedy writing. He was the subject of the all-star 1999 documentary Get Bruce! and played Edna Turnblad during an extensive run of the Broadway musical Hairspray.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

74% The Outrageous Sophie Tucker Actor 2015
No Score Yet Silent But Deadly Uncle Bruce 2014
96% I Am Divine Actor $60.5K 2013
No Score Yet Vito Actor 2013
No Score Yet Scrooge & Marley Fezziwig 2012
63% Going Down In La-la Land Missy 2012
90% Carol Channing: Larger Than Life Bruce Vilanch $16K 2012
No Score Yet Walk A Mile In My Pradas Himself 2011
No Score Yet Sister Mary Farmer Jake 2011
No Score Yet Pride: The Gay & Lesbian Comedy Slam Actor 2010
No Score Yet Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!! Max $87.7K 2009
35% Tru Loved Daniel 2008
No Score Yet Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon Actor 2008
37% You Don't Mess With the Zohan Himself $100.1M 2008
No Score Yet Laughing Matters...The Men Actor 2007
No Score Yet Queer Duck: The Movie Actor 2006
79% The Aristocrats Actor $6.2M 2005
No Score Yet Wisecrack Actor 2005
50% Naked Fame Actor 2005
No Score Yet Bette Midler: The Divine Bette Midler Actor 2005
No Score Yet Call Me Claus Himself 2001
20% Circuit Stage Manager 2001
No Score Yet Jackie's Back Actor 1999
71% Get Bruce Himself 1999
No Score Yet Love Can Be Murder (Kindred Spirits ) Bernie 1992
No Score Yet Fourth Story, (Basic Deception) Flower Salesman 1991
No Score Yet It Nearly Wasn't Christmas Philpot 1989
No Score Yet The Drifter Cook 1988
71% The Morning After Bartender 1986
9% The Ice Pirates Wendon 1984
No Score Yet Divine Madness Screenwriter 1980
29% Mahogany Designer 1975

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

83% RuPaul's Drag Race
2009
Judge
  • 2014
  • 2011
No Score Yet Shark Tank
2009
Appearing
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Proud Family
2001-2005
Voice
  • 2001
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 2001

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