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Also Known As: Bruce William Boxleitner Died:
Born: May 12, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Elgin, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, producer

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Tall, pleasant-looking and affable romantic leading man of TV-movies ("The Last Convertible" 1979, "Passion Flower" 1986), miniseries ("John Steinbeck's 'East of Eden'" 1981) and westerns ("Wild Times" 1980, "I Married Wyatt Earp" 1983). Boxleitner is best known as the star of the TV series "How the West Was Won" (ABC, 1978-79) in which he played James Arness's nephew, a fugitive from the law in the Old West. He went on to headline the short-lived period action show "Bring 'Em Back Alive" (CBS, 1982-83), and was a secret agent opposite Kate Jackson in the tongue-in-cheek espionage series "Scarecrow and Mrs. King" (CBS, 1983-87). In 1994, he joined the syndicated series "Babylon 5" as the space station commander. Since his feature debut in the mid-70s, Boxleitner has specialized in playing likable good guys and adventure heroes; he portrayed Jumpin' Joe Dugan, teammate and best friend to the legendary ballplayer in "The Babe" (1992).

Tall, pleasant-looking and affable romantic leading man of TV-movies ("The Last Convertible" 1979, "Passion Flower" 1986), miniseries ("John Steinbeck's 'East of Eden'" 1981) and westerns ("Wild Times" 1980, "I Married Wyatt Earp" 1983). Boxleitner is best known as the star of the TV series "How the West Was Won" (ABC, 1978-79) in which he played James Arness's nephew, a fugitive from the law in the Old West. He went on to headline the short-lived period action show "Bring 'Em Back Alive" (CBS, 1982-83), and was a secret agent opposite Kate Jackson in the tongue-in-cheek espionage series "Scarecrow and Mrs. King" (CBS, 1983-87). In 1994, he joined the syndicated series "Babylon 5" as the space station commander. Since his feature debut in the mid-70s, Boxleitner has specialized in playing likable good guys and adventure heroes; he portrayed Jumpin' Joe Dugan, teammate and best friend to the legendary ballplayer in "The Babe" (1992).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Silver Bells (2013)
2.
 51 (2011)
3.
 Tron: Legacy (2010)
5.
6.
 Aces 'N' Eights (2008)
7.
 Bone Eater (2008)
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10.
 Double Cross (2006)
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1971:
Made his professional acting debut in a Chicago production of "Status Quo Vadis"
1971:
Reprised role for one performance of "Status Quo Vadis" on Broadway
1973:
Made early TV appearance on the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" (CBS)
1974:
First of several appearances on "Hawaii Five-O" (CBS)
1975:
Made his film debut in "Six Pack Annie"
1976:
First major role in a TV-movie, playing James Arness's nephew in "The Macahans" (ABC)
1979:
Debuted as a series regular in "How the West Was Won" (ABC)
1979:
Co-starred in the NBC miniseries, "The Last Convertible"
1980:
First appearance as Billy Montana in "The Gambler" (CBS); reprised role in three of the four sequels
1981:
Played Charles Trask in the ABC miniseries, "John Steinbeck's East of Eden"
1982:
Co-starred with Jeff Bridges in the Disney film, "Tron"
1982:
Played Frank Buck in the CBS series, "Bring 'Em Back Alive"
1983:
Co-starred with Kate Jackson in the CBS series, "Scarecrow and Mrs. King"
1988:
Starred with James Arness in the CBS movie, "Red River"
1989:
Hosted the Disney Channel series, "Backstage at the Zoo"
1992:
Played Christian Slater's older brother in the comedy, "Kuffs"
1992:
Executive produced and starred in the Showtime movie, "Double Jeopardy"
1993:
First starred opposite Melissa Gilbert in NBC's "House of Secrets"
1994:
Cast as John Sheridan in the second season of "Babylon 5" (PTEN, 1994-97; TNT, 1997-98)
1995:
Co-starred with Melissa Gilbert in "Danielle Steele's Zoya" (NBC)
1998:
Reprised role for the TV movies, "Babylon 5: In the Beginning" and "Babylon 5: Thirdspace"
1999:
Wrote debut science fiction novel, <i>Frontier Earth</i>
1999:
Again reprised role for "Babylon 5: A Call to Arms"
2001:
Wrote second novel, <i>Searcher</i>
2003:
Starred as Confederate General James Longstreet in "Gods and Generals"
2007:
Once again reprised role for the direct-to-DVD "Babylon 5: The Lost Tales"
2008:
Had a recurring role as New York Governor Robert Malden in NBC's "Heroes"
2010:
Reprised role for the "Tron" sequel, "Tron Legacy"
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Education

Prospect High School: Mt. Prospect , Illinois - 1968
The Goodman School of Drama: Chicago , Illinois - 1968 - 1971

Notes

Boxleitner has appeared as a spokesmodel for Lauder For Men and has served as national celebrity chair for the American Humane Association.

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wife:
Kathryn Holcomb. Actor. Married in May 1977; divorced in 1989; met when they co-starred in TV movie, "The Macahans" (1976); retired from acting after birth of first son in 1980; later married actor Ian Ogilvy.
wife:
Melissa Gilbert. Actor. Married on January 1, 1995.

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son:
Sam Boxleitner. Born in 1980; mother, Kathryn Holcomb.
son:
Lee Davis Boxleitner. Born on November 16, 1985 in Los Angeles; mother, Kathryn Holcomb.
son:
Michael Garrett Boxleitner. Born 2 1/2 months prematurely on October 6, 1995; mother, Melissa Gilbert; named in honor of actor Michael Landon.

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