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      Bruce Vilanch

      Bruce Vilanch

      Highest Rated: 100% Divine Madness (1980)

      Lowest Rated: 17% The Ice Pirates (1984)

      Birthday: Nov 23, 1948

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      One of the most sought-after jokesmiths in the entertainment industry, Bruce Vilanch has become a recognizable face in his own right, thanks to the feature-length documentary "Get Bruce!" (1999) and his stint as a regular on "Hollywood Squares" (1998-2004), for which he also serves as head writer. Known for his eclectic eyewear and collection of unique T-shirts, he began as a child model for Lane Bryant, but when his initial efforts as an actor came to naught, he became an entertainment writer for the Chicago Tribune instead. Impressed by his review of her cabaret performance in 1970, Bette Midler hired him to punch up her act, and he later moved to Los Angeles where he wrote for variety shows like the original "Donny and Marie" and "The Brady Bunch Hour" (both ABC) and provided material for Richard Pryor, Lily Tomlin and Joan Rivers. He has maintained his connection with Midler through the years, working on such projects as the feature "Divine Madness" (1980) and the TV special "Bette Midler--Diva Las Vegas" (HBO, 1997), as well as writing for her sitcom "Bette!" (CBS, 2000-01).

      Highest rated movies

      Going Down in LA-LA Land poster
      Going Down in LA-LA Land
      The Morning After poster
      The Morning After
      Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel poster Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel Tru Loved poster
      Tru Loved
      Mahogany poster
      Mahogany
      Circuit poster
      Circuit
      The Ice Pirates poster
      The Ice Pirates

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Limelight Garrett Raynes (Character) - 2018
      50% 92% Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel S.I.R.I.U.S./Janus (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Troy: Naked Boys Behind Bars, Sing! The Director (Voice) - 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Scrooge & Marley Fezziwig (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet 14% Sister Mary Farmer Jake (Character) - 2011
      67% 49% Going Down in LA-LA Land Missy (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet 14% The Adonis Factor Unknown (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet 57% Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay! Max (Character) $87.2K 2009
      39% 39% Tru Loved Minister (Character) $9.5K 2008
      37% 45% You Don't Mess With the Zohan Self $100.0M 2008
      No Score Yet 50% Queer Duck: The Movie Himself (Voice) - 2006
      No Score Yet 43% Call Me Claus Self - 2001
      20% 51% Circuit Theater Stage Manager (Character) $263.1K 2001
      72% 44% Get Bruce! Self $43.2K 1999
      No Score Yet 87% Jackie's Back! Self - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fourth Story Flower salesman (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet 67% It Nearly Wasn't Christmas Philpot (Character) - 1989
      63% 38% The Morning After Bartender (Character) $22.4M 1986
      17% 50% The Ice Pirates Wendon (Character) - 1984
      100% 90% Divine Madness Writer - 1980
      30% 76% Mahogany Dress Manufacturer (Character) - 1975

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rupaul's Drag Race: RuVealed Unknown (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero Himself (Guest Star) 2015
      No Score Yet 94% Shark Tank Guest 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Outlaugh Festival on Wisecrack Unknown (Character) 2008
      85% 75% The Simpsons Himself (Guest Voice) 2001
      No Score Yet 68% The Nanny Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      80% 60% Bosom Buddies Unknown (Guest Star) 1981