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Bruce Vilanch

Highest Rated:   96% I Am Divine (2013)
Lowest Rated:   9% The Ice Pirates (1984)
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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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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
$0.1M 2013
No Score Yet Vito
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Scrooge & Marley
  • Fezziwig
2012
63% Going Down In La-la Land
  • Missy
2012
89% Carol Channing: Larger Than Life
  • Bruce Vilanch
$0.1M 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
$0.1M 2009
35% Tru Loved
  • Daniel
2008
No Score Yet Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon
  • Actor
2008
38% 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
23% Mahogany
  • Designer
1975

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet RuPaul's Drag Race
2009
  • Judge
  • 2014
  • 2011
No Score Yet Shark Tank
2009
  • Appearing
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2001

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