Bruce MacLeish Dern (born June 4, 1936) is an American actor, often playing supporting villainous characters of unstable nature. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Coming Home (1978) and the Academy Award for Best Actor for Nebraska (2013). His other film appearances include the Roger Corman films The Wild Angels (1966), The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967), and The Trip (1967), as well as The Cowboys (1972), Silent Running (1972), The Great Gatsby (1974), Black Sunday (1977), The Driver (1978), The 'Burbs (1989), Monster (2003), and The Hateful Eight (2015).
|Born||Bruce MacLeish Dern
June 4, 1936
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Education||The Choate School|
|Alma mater||University of Pennsylvania|
|Spouse(s)||Marie Dean (m. 1957–1959)
Diane Ladd (m. 1960–1969)
Andrea Beckett (m. 1969)
|Children||2, including Laura Dern|
Dern was born in Chicago, the son of Jean (née MacLeish; 1908–1972) and John Dern (1903–1958), a utility chief and attorney. He grew up in Kenilworth, Illinois. His paternal grandfather, George, was a former Utah governor and Secretary of War (he was serving in the latter position during the time of Bruce's birth). Dern's maternal grandfather was a chairman of the Carson, Pirie and Scott stores, his maternal granduncle was poet Archibald MacLeish, and his maternal great-grandfather was Scottish-born businessman Andrew MacLeish. Dern's godfather was former Illinois governor and two-time presidential nominee Adlai Stevenson II. His ancestry includes Dutch, English, German and Scottish. He attended The Choate School (now Choate Rosemary Hall) and the University of Pennsylvania. Dern starred in the Philadelphia premiere of Waiting for Godot.
Dern appeared in an uncredited role in Wild River, as Jack Roper who is so upset with his friend for hitting a woman that he punches himself. He played the sailor in a few flashbacks with Marnie's mother for Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie. Dern played a murderous rustler in Clint Eastwood's Hang 'Em High and a gunfighter in Support Your Local Sheriff!. He also played Asa Watts, a serial killer of Wil Andersen in The Cowboys (1972). John Wayne warned Dern, "America will hate you for this." and Dern replied, "Yeah, but they'll love me in Berkeley".
He played a psychotic Goodyear Blimp pilot who launches a terrorist attack at the Super Bowl in Black Sunday. Dern was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Coming Home. In 1983, he won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 33rd Berlin International Film Festival for That Championship Season. In 2013, Dern won the Best Actor Award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival for Alexander Payne's Nebraska, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.
Dern was married to Marie Dawn Pierce from 1957 to 1959. He then married Diane Ladd in 1960. Their first daughter, Diane Elizabeth Dern (born November 29, 1960), died at 18 months from head injuries after falling into a swimming pool on May 18, 1962. The couple's second daughter, Laura, is also an actor. They received their stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 1, 2010. After his divorce from Ladd in 1969, Dern married Andrea Beckett.
|1960||Route 66||Albert||Episode: "The Man on the Monkey Board"|
|1961||Naked City||Hollis / Nicky||Uncredited
|1961||Sea Hunt||FBI Agent John Furillo||Episode: "Crime at Sea"|
|1961||Surfside 6||Johnny Page||Episode: "Daphne, Girl Detective"|
|1961||Thriller||Johnny Norton||Episode: "The Remarkable Mrs. Hawk"|
|1961||Ben Casey||Billy Harris||Episode: "A Dark Night for Billy Harris"|
|1961||The Detectives||Jud Treadwell||Episode: "Act of God"|
|1961–62||Cain's Hundred||Eddie Light / Joe Krajac||2 episodes|
|1962–63||Stoney Burke||E.J. Stocker||17 episodes|
|1962–63||The Dick Powell Show||Deering||2 episodes|
|1963||Kraft Suspense Theatre||Maynard||Episode: "The Hunt"|
|1963||The Outer Limits||Ben||Episode: "The Zanti Misfits"|
|1963–65||Wagon Train||Wilkins / Jud Fisher / Seth Bancroft||3 episodes|
|1963–66||The Fugitive||Deputy Martin / Charley / Hutch / Hank / Cody||5 episodes|
|1964–65||The Virginian||Bert Kramer / Lee Darrow / Pell||3 episodes|
|1964||77 Sunset Strip||Ralph Wheeler||Episode: "Lovers' Lane"|
|1964||The Greatest Show on Earth||Vernon||Episode: "The Last of the Strongmen"|
|1964||The Alfred Hitchcock Hour||Jesse / Roy Bullock||2 episodes|
|1964–65||Twelve O'Clock High||TSgt. Frank Jones / Lieutenant Michaels / Lieutenant Danton||4 episodes (two as Michaels)|
|1965||Rawhide||Ed Rankin||Episode: "Walk into Terror"|
|1965||Laredo||Joe Durkee||Episode: "Rendezvous at Arillo"|
|1965||A Man Called Shenandoah||Bobby Ballantine||Episode: "The Verdict"|
|1965; 1968||The F.B.I.||Virgil Roy Phipps / PFC Byron Landy||2 episodes|
|1965–66; 1969||Gunsmoke||Guerin / Lou Stone / Judd Print / Doyle Phleger||4 episodes|
|1966||Branded||Les||Episode: "The Wolfers"|
|1966||The Loner||Merrick||Episode: "To Hang a Dead Man"|
|1966||Disneyland||Turk||Episode: "Gallegher Goes West: Crusading Reporter"|
|1966–67||Run for Your Life||Alex Ryder||3 episodes|
|1966–68||The Big Valley||John Weaver / Gabe Skeels / Clovis / Harry Dixon / Jack Follet||5 episodes|
|1968–69||Lancer||Tom Nevill / Lucas Thatcher||2 episodes|
|1968; 1970||Bonanza||Bayliss / Cully Maco||2 episodes|
|1969||Then Came Bronson||Bucky O'Neill||Episode: "Amid Splinters of the Thunderbolt"|
|1970||Land of the Giants||Thorg||Episode: "Wild Journey"|
|1970||The High Chaparral||Wade||Episode: "Only the Bad Come to Sonora"|
|1970||The Immortal||Luther Seacombe||Episode: "To the Gods Alone"|
|1986||Toughlove||Rob Charters||Television film|
|1987||Roses Are for the Rich||Douglas Osborne||Television film|
|1987||Uncle Tom's Cabin||Augustine St. Claire||Television film|
|1989||Trenchcoat in Paradise||John Hollander||Television film|
|1990||The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson||Scout Ed Higgins||Television film|
|1991||Into the Badlands||T.L. Barston||Television film|
|1991||Carolina Skeletons||Junior Stoker||Television film|
|1993||It's Nothing Personal||Billy Archer||Television film|
|1994||Dead Man's Revenge||Payton McCay||Television film|
|1994||Amelia Earhart: The Final Flight||George Putnam||Television film|
|1995||A Mother's Prayer||Grandpa||Television film|
|1995||Mrs. Munck||Patrick Leary||Television film|
|1999||Hard Time: The Premonition||Winston||Television film|
|2003||King of the Hill||Randy Strickland (voice)||Episode: "Boxing Luanne"|
|2003||Hard Ground||Nate Hutchinson||Television film|
|2006–11||Big Love||Frank Harlow||29 episodes|
|2007||CSI: NY||Vet||Episode: "Boo"|
|2013||Pete's Christmas||Grandpa||Television film|
Awards and nominationsEdit
- "Actor Bruce Dern | Interviews | Tavis Smiley". PBS. January 15, 2014. Retrieved 2016-05-29.
- Bruce Dern Biography (1936–)
- John Dern, 54, Utility Chief, Attorney, Dies
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
- "New Again: Bruce Dern – Page". Interview Magazine. Retrieved 2016-05-29.
- Borrelli, Christopher (November 11, 2013). "Bruce Dern's long run to 'Nebraska'". Chicago Tribune.
- "Bruce Dern shows a dangerous streak in 'Big Love'". Los Angeles Times. January 13, 2010.
- Bruce Dern was on Tavis Smiley recently and told the story of how Eleanor Roosevelt was not his godmother but a family friend whom his family visited at Hyde Park. "One year they were visiting and little Brucie got to go with them, and I was riding a bicycle in the afternoon, and ran into a tree and hit my head and had a concussion. In those days when you had a concussion they laid you down with your head on a pillow and then strapped your head across the pillow so you couldn't move it to the side or forward or anything. When I kind of came to, I guess it was late at night, 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning, and as I rolled my head to the side, I saw this lady's legs. They were kind of veiny, and had a nightgown down to about here with little kind of tacky slippers. (Laughter) I didn't understand. As I slowly came up and started looking up to where the woman's face was, she had a book in her lap, and she looked like this (makes face) and had that Roosevelt bite. I realized, my God, it's the president's wife. (Laughter) I had – it was just before he went to Yalta, so I would have been about eight, I guess. This was '44; I think that's when he went to Yalta. So that was in my house. Somebody took that and ran with it and assumed, well, who would babysit a guy like that unless it was his godmother?"
- "Berlinale: 1983 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
- "Cannes Film Festival: Awards 2013". Cannes. May 26, 2013. Retrieved May 26, 2013.
- "Cannes: Lesbian Drama 'Blue Is the Warmest Color' Wins Palme d'Or". The Wrap. Retrieved May 26, 2013.