Bruce Lorne Campbell was born June 22, 1958 in Royal Oak, Michigan, the youngest of 3 brothers. He is the son of Joanne Louise (Pickens) and Charles Newton Campbell, a traveling billboard inspector. As a child, Bruce watched Lost in Space (1965) on TV, and ran around dressed as Zorro. He got the acting bug at age 8; his dad was performing in local community theater. At 14, Bruce got to play the young prince in "The King and I" and even got to sing. He went on to appear in several community theater productions, including "South Pacific". However, he was also interested in directing, and shot super-8 flicks with a neighborhood pal. Perhaps through fate, he met future director Sam Raimi in a high school drama class in 1975. Soon, along with Sam, and now a bunch of other high school pals, Bruce filmed about 50 super-8 movies. During the summer of 1976, he was an apprentice in northern Michigan at Traverse City's Cherry County Playhouse, a summer-stock company. Bruce worked 18-hour days putting up sets, being assistant stage manager, doing errands, etc. No money, but it was a learning experience (it was show biz). He attended Western Michigan University and took theater courses. Bruce became a production assistant for a company that made commercials in Detroit. In the early part of 1979, with buddy Sam Raimi, he decided to become a pro filmmaker. Armed with a super-8 horror film Within the Woods (1978) which they showed potential investors, they raised $350,000 to make The Evil Dead (1981) which Bruce co-produced and starred in as "Ash". Four years later, the completed film became the best-selling video of 1983 in England, and New Line Cinema got it a US release. Around this time, he married his first wife, and they had 2 kids. They raised 10 times as much cash for the sequel Evil Dead II (1987) again co-produced by Bruce and starring him as "Ash". He moved to L.A. In 1990, while filming Mindwarp (1992), he met his future second wife (costume designer Ida Gearon) on the set. In 1992, he rejoined Sam, and Bruce co-produced and starred as "Ash" in the 3rd of the Evil Dead trilogy, Army of Darkness (1992) for Universal Studios. On TV, Bruce directed many episodes of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995). Bruce also acted as the recurring character "Autolycus", the King of Thieves; he portrayed this villain with zest in both Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995) and Xena, la guerrière (1995). Bruce starred as the title rogue in the short-lived series Jack of All Trades (2000). Everybody loves Jack. And everybody's heard of him -- "There ain't a French or pirate rogue who don't know Jack!". He had a much longer run as Sam Axe on Burn Notice (2007), which ran for 7 seasons.
5 wins & 3 nominations.
|Burn Notice||Sam Axe 111 episodes, 2007-2013||2007-06-28|
|Dinner for Five||Unknown||2001-07-06|
|The Legend of Tarzan||Unknown||2001-09-03|
|Jack of All Trades||Daring Dragoon / ... 22 episodes, 2000||2000-01-17|
|Hercules: The Legendary Journeys||Unknown||1995-01-16|
|Xena: Warrior Princess||Unknown||1995-09-04|
|Homicide: Life on the Street||Unknown||1993-01-31|
|The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.||Brisco County Jr. 27 episodes, 1993-1994||1993-08-27|
|Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman||Unknown||1993-09-12|
|The Tonight Show with Jay Leno||Unknown||1992-05-25|