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Born: July 28, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Portland, Oregon Profession: actor, dancer, director, art dealer, waiter

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A tall, darkly handsome leading player of horror films and occasional star of TV-movies, Bruce Abbott is perhaps best recalled as the med student whose run-in with the dean triggers the mayhem of the horror classic "Re-Animator" (1985). Some may also remember him for his stint as the hip judge of the CBS series "Dark Justice", a role he essayed for two seasons (1992-93).Trained as a stage actor and dancer, Abbott began his career with such companies as the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He also honed his craft at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco before relocating to L.A. in 1980. Among his many stage credits are "Fiddler on the Roof", "The Cherry Orchard" and "Tamara".Abbott began acting in films playing a murderous college student who in a game involving guns substituted with real bullets in "Tag: The Assassination Game" (1982). He again had homicide on his mind as a drifter who seduces a bored farm wife (Lori Singer) and kills her husband (Anthony Edwards) in the interesting but uneven "Summer Heat" (1987). In "Bad Dreams" (1988), he was cast as a psychiatrist who becomes enmeshed in the personal affairs of a patient. The...

A tall, darkly handsome leading player of horror films and occasional star of TV-movies, Bruce Abbott is perhaps best recalled as the med student whose run-in with the dean triggers the mayhem of the horror classic "Re-Animator" (1985). Some may also remember him for his stint as the hip judge of the CBS series "Dark Justice", a role he essayed for two seasons (1992-93).

Trained as a stage actor and dancer, Abbott began his career with such companies as the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He also honed his craft at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco before relocating to L.A. in 1980. Among his many stage credits are "Fiddler on the Roof", "The Cherry Orchard" and "Tamara".

Abbott began acting in films playing a murderous college student who in a game involving guns substituted with real bullets in "Tag: The Assassination Game" (1982). He again had homicide on his mind as a drifter who seduces a bored farm wife (Lori Singer) and kills her husband (Anthony Edwards) in the interesting but uneven "Summer Heat" (1987). In "Bad Dreams" (1988), he was cast as a psychiatrist who becomes enmeshed in the personal affairs of a patient. The inevitable "The Bride of Re-Animator" (1990) saw Abbott reprise his role as Dan Cain. While not completely successful, the gory sequel generates its share of thrills and owes much to James Whale's far superior "The Bride of Frankenstein" (1935). Abbott nicely acquitted himself as the seemingly good guy caught up in a nightmare. More recently, he co-starred with Nicole Eggert and Richard Grieco in the direct-to-video sci-fi thriller "The Demolitionist" (1996).

Key roles on TV have included Jake Hale Jr., a member of the core family in the 1982 CBS historical miniseries "The Blue and the Gray", a burn victim befriended by another patient (Glynnis O'Connor) in "Why Me?" (ABC, 1984) and was featured alongside Leslie Ann Warren in "Baja Oklahoma" (HBO, 1988). Abbott assumed the role of Judge Nicholas Marshall on "Dark Justice" in 1992 when the show moved its production base from Barcelona, Spain, to L.A. More recently, he starred as the clueless boyfriend of a crime fighter (Joan Severance) in the Showtime thriller "Black Scorpion" (1995) and was alongside Delta Burke in the pilot "Melanie Darrow" (USA Network, 1998).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Beyond Re-Animator (2003) Dan Cain
2.
 Melanie Darrow (1997) Alex Kramer
3.
4.
 BLACK SCORPION, THE (1995) Michael Russo
5.
 Dillinger (1991) Harry Pierpont
6.
 Bride of Re-Animator, The (1990) Dan Cain
7.
 Johnny Ryan (1990) Tom Kelly
8.
 Kaleidoscope (1990)
9.
 Trapped (1989) John Doe
10.
 Casual Sex? (1988) Keith
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Became interested in acting while in high school
1975:
Began acting and dancing with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
1980:
Moved to L.A.
1982:
Film debut, "Tag"
1982:
Made miniseries debut in "The Blue and the Gray" (CBS)
1985:
Had leading role in horror classic "Re-Animator"
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Appeared in Los Angeles production of stage hit "Tamara"
1990:
Reprised role in "The Bride of Re-Animator"
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TV series debut as regular, assumed role of Judge Nicholas Marshall in the CBS late-night series "Dark Justice"
1996:
Co-starred in the direct-to-video release "The Demolitionist"
1997:
Returned to features in "Trance"
1998:
Joined cast of the USA Network series "The Net"
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Education

Portland State University: Portland , Oregon -
American Conservatory Theatre: San Francisco , California -

Notes

Abbott is actively involved with the charities Heal the Bay and Children of the Night.

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wife:
Linda Hamilton. Actor. Met during filming of "Tag"; married in December 1982; divorced in 1989.
wife:
Kathleen Quinlan. Actor. Met during filming of USA Network movie "Trapped" in 1989; married in April 1994.

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son:
Dalton Abbott. Born October 4, 1989; mother, Linda Hamilton.
son:
Tyler Abbott. Born c. 1990; mother, Kathleen Quinlan.

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