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Also Known As: Bruce Travis Mcgill Died:
Born: July 11, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Antonio, Texas, USA Profession: actor

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Few moviegoers who enjoyed one of Bruce McGill's earliest film performances - that of the wild-eyed, law-breaking D-Day in "Animal House" (1978) - could have foreseen that the Texas-born actor would later come to embody the face of law enforcement and the legal profession in films and on television series. But McGill's imposing presence and voice placed him among the top echelon of casting agents' choices for police detectives, lawyers, military men, politicians and other authority figures in a vast array of projects, including "My Cousin Vinny" (1992); "Cliffhanger" (1993); three films for Michael Mann, including "The Insider" (1999), "Ali" (2001) and "Collateral" (2004); and Oliver Stone's "W" (2008), in which he played CIA director George Tenet. His versatility also allowed him to tackle numerous sympathetic and comedic parts in such films as "Shallow Hal," (2001) and Cameron Crowe's "Elizabethtown" (2004), as well as a recurring role as Richard Dean Anderson's roguish pal on "McGyver" (ABC, 1985-1992) during the series mid-1980s run. To say that McGill could play just about any role did not overstate things, as the chameleon-like character actor had proven repeatedly throughout the decades that...

Few moviegoers who enjoyed one of Bruce McGill's earliest film performances - that of the wild-eyed, law-breaking D-Day in "Animal House" (1978) - could have foreseen that the Texas-born actor would later come to embody the face of law enforcement and the legal profession in films and on television series. But McGill's imposing presence and voice placed him among the top echelon of casting agents' choices for police detectives, lawyers, military men, politicians and other authority figures in a vast array of projects, including "My Cousin Vinny" (1992); "Cliffhanger" (1993); three films for Michael Mann, including "The Insider" (1999), "Ali" (2001) and "Collateral" (2004); and Oliver Stone's "W" (2008), in which he played CIA director George Tenet. His versatility also allowed him to tackle numerous sympathetic and comedic parts in such films as "Shallow Hal," (2001) and Cameron Crowe's "Elizabethtown" (2004), as well as a recurring role as Richard Dean Anderson's roguish pal on "McGyver" (ABC, 1985-1992) during the series mid-1980s run. To say that McGill could play just about any role did not overstate things, as the chameleon-like character actor had proven repeatedly throughout the decades that he was so much more than the man who famously wreaked havoc alongside fellow Delta House hellraiser, John "Bluto Blutarsky" Belushi.

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 Ride Along (2014)
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 Lincoln (2012)
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 Unconditional (2012)
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 Apart (2011)
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 Fair Game (2010)
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 Obsessed (2009)
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1973:
Began acting on the stage with the National Shakespeare Company in Washington, DC
1973:
Spent two seasons with Trinity Square Repertory Company in Providence, RI
1975:
Made NYC stage debut playing two roles in "Hamlet"
1977:
Feature acting debut, "Citizen's Band/Handle With Care"
1978:
Appeared as Daniel Simpson 'D-Day' Day in "National Lampoon's Animal House"
1979:
Reprised his role as Daniel 'D-Day' Simpson Day for the TV spinoff "Delta House" (ABC)
1980:
Co-starred as Billy Clyde Puckett (the role created by Burt Reynolds) in the short-lived ABC sitcom "Semi-Tough"
1983:
Appeared in the Broadway musical "My One and Only" co-starring Tommy Tune and Twiggy
1983:
Cast in a supporting role in the Mike Nichols directed "Silkwood"
1986:
Played the recurring role of Jack Dalton on the popular ABC series "MacGyver"
1986:
Co-starred in the comedy "Wildcats" with Goldie Hawn
1987:
Had rare lead as Ernest Hemingway in "Waiting For the Moon"
1989:
Acted in the pallid remake "Three Fugitives"
1991:
Appeared in "The Last Boy Scout"
1992:
Portrayed the sheriff in "My Cousin Vinny"
1993:
Played recurring role on "Black Tie Affair" (NBC)
1994:
Featured in the Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle "Timecop"
1995:
Returned to series TV as a veteran news producer on short-lived UPN series "Live Shot"
1996:
Appeared in "Courage Under Fire"
1997:
Cast as a racist in John Singleton's unjustly overlooked "Rosewood"
1999:
Had brief but memorable role as a district attorney in "The Insider"
2000:
Co-starred with Tom Selleck in the TNT original "Running Mates"
2000:
Portrayed golf legend Walter Hagen in "The Legend of Bagger Vance"
2001:
Cast in the role of the family patriarch in the ABC biopic "The Osmonds"
2001:
Essayed the role of New York Yankees manager Ralph Houk in the HBO original "61*"
2001:
Had regular role on the CBS mystery series "Wolf Lake"
2001:
Featured in the Michael Mann-directed biopic "Ali"
2002:
Portrayed Peter Arnett in the HBO movie "Live From Baghdad"
2003:
Cast opposite Reese Witherspoon in the comedy "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde"
2003:
Played a judge in the John Grisham adaptation "Runaway Jury"
2004:
Reunited with director Michael Mann to star in "Collateral"
2005:
Cast opposite Russell Crowe in the Depression era drama "Cinderella Man," directed by Ron Howard
2007:
Cast in the crime thriller "The Lookout"
2008:
Played Mac Stipanovich in the HBO TV film "Recount"
2008:
Portrayed the Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet in Oliver Stone's controversial film "W."
2009:
Appeared opposite Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler in "Law Abiding Citizen"
2010:
Appeared on TNT series "Rizzoli & Isles"
2012:
Cast in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," starring Daniel Day-Lewis
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Education

MacArthur High School: San Antonio , Texas -
University of Texas at Austin: Austin , Texas - 1973

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wife:
Gloria McGill. Assistant director.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Woodrow Wilson McGill. Insurance salesman.
mother:
Adriel Rose McGill. Artist.
half-sister:
Pamela Lynn McGill. Born in April 1947.

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