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Also Known As: Bruce Lorne Campbell Died:
Born: June 22, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Royal Oak, Michigan, USA Profession: producer, actor, director, screenwriter, production assistant

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Actor-writer-producer Bruce Campbell not only received his start in B-movies, but embraced and exploited his niche in the medium to become one of the more beloved figures in genre films and television. Campbell first garnered attention as the sole surviving character in Sam Raimi's blood-soaked debut feature, "The Evil Dead" (1981). His and Raimi's love of slapstick comedy was put to good use with the follow-ups "Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn" (1987) and "Army of Darkness" (1993), while the short-lived series "The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr." (Fox, 1993-94) attempted to capitalize on his growing cult following. Campbell picked up some of his best notices as an aging Elvis in Don Coscarelli's bizarre comedy-horror feature "Bubba Ho-Tep" (2001) and became a best-selling author with his memoir If Chins Could Kill - Confessions of a B-Movie Actor in 2002. Other notable work included a cameo in Raimi's big-budget adaptation of "Spider-Man" (2002) and its two sequels, as well as the scene-stealing role of ex-spy Sam Axe on the popular spy series "Burn Notice" (USA Network, 2007- ). The multi-faceted talent also lent his voice to such hit films as "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" (2009) and continued...

Actor-writer-producer Bruce Campbell not only received his start in B-movies, but embraced and exploited his niche in the medium to become one of the more beloved figures in genre films and television. Campbell first garnered attention as the sole surviving character in Sam Raimi's blood-soaked debut feature, "The Evil Dead" (1981). His and Raimi's love of slapstick comedy was put to good use with the follow-ups "Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn" (1987) and "Army of Darkness" (1993), while the short-lived series "The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr." (Fox, 1993-94) attempted to capitalize on his growing cult following. Campbell picked up some of his best notices as an aging Elvis in Don Coscarelli's bizarre comedy-horror feature "Bubba Ho-Tep" (2001) and became a best-selling author with his memoir If Chins Could Kill - Confessions of a B-Movie Actor in 2002. Other notable work included a cameo in Raimi's big-budget adaptation of "Spider-Man" (2002) and its two sequels, as well as the scene-stealing role of ex-spy Sam Axe on the popular spy series "Burn Notice" (USA Network, 2007- ). The multi-faceted talent also lent his voice to such hit films as "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" (2009) and continued his involvement with the franchise that started it all as a producer on the "Evil Dead" (2013) remake. Hard-working and gregarious, Campbell created enough goodwill to make him a fan-favorite among pop-culture connoisseurs, as well as a welcome face with mainstream audiences.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Kingdom Come (2012)
3.
 Cars 2 (2011)
6.
 Spider-Man 3 (2007)
8.
 My Name is Bruce (2007)
9.
 Woods, The (2006)
10.
 Sky High (2005) Coach Boomer
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Milestones close milestones

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Began acting in community theater as a teenager in Michigan
1976:
Performed at the Cherry County Playhouse in Traverse City, MI
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Starred in dozens of Super 8 films made by future business partners Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert
1979:
Collaborated with Raimi on 30-minute short "Within the Woods," later used as basis for "The Evil Dead"
1979:
Made feature acting debut as Ash in Sam Raimi's directorial debut "The Evil Dead"; received co-executive producer credit
1982:
Played recurring character on locally produced TV soap "Generations"
1985:
Acted in Sam Raimi's "Crimewave"; also co-produced and served as second unit director
1987:
First story credit, "Thou Shalt Not Kill...Except"; also served as assistant sound editor
1987:
Co-produced and starred in "Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn"
1989:
Co-starred in independent zombie film "The Dead Next Door," produced by Raimi
1990:
First major studio film with Raimi, "Darkman"
1991:
First credit as a producer, "Lunatics: A Love Story"
1993:
Made debut as a leading man in "Army of Darkness," third film in "Evil Dead" trilogy; also co-produced
1993:
First TV series starring role, "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr." (Fox)
1994:
Appeared in the Coen brothers' "The Hudsucker Proxy"
1995:
Cast in recurring role as Autolycus on syndicated series "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys," produced by Raimi
1995:
Made TV directorial debut with an episode of "Hercules: The Legendary Adventures"; went on to direct six additional episodes
1996:
Played recurring role of a bookstore manager on ABC sitcom "Ellen"
1996:
Briefly appeared in the Coen brother's "Fargo"
1997:
Began making recurring appearances as Autolycus on syndicated spin-off series "Xena: Warrior Princess," also produced by Raimi
2000:
Played lead role on syndicated series "Jack of All Trades"
2001:
Played small role in Frank Darabont's "The Majestic"
2002:
Made cameo as a Ring Announcer in Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man"
2004:
Briefly appeared in the Coen brother's "The Ladykillers"
2004:
Appeared as a snooty usher in Raimi's "Spider-Man 2"
2005:
Played Coach Boomer in Disney teen comedy "Sky High"
2005:
Produced, wrote, directed, and starred in "Man with the Screaming Brain" for Sci Fi Channel
2006:
Voiced garrulous Scout Ant Fugax in animated film "The Ant Bully"
2007:
Played a MaƮtre d' in Raimi's "Spider-Man 3"
2007:
Cast as former Navy SEAL Sam Axe on USA Network series "Burn Notice"
2008:
Directed, produced, and starred in comedy film "My Name Is Bruce"
2009:
Voiced Mayor Shelbourne in animated feature "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs"
2011:
Voiced character of Rod 'Torque' Redline in animated sequel "Cars 2"
2013:
Cast as Winkie Gate Keeper in Sam Raimi directed fantasy adventure "Oz the Great and Powerful," starring James Franco in title role
2013:
Produced "Evil Dead" remake directed by Fede Alvarez
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Education

Wylie E. Groves High School: Beverly Hills , Michigan -
Western Michigan University: Kalamazoo , Michigan -

Notes

His official Web site is at www.bruce-campbell.com.

"Bruce IS Ash," says producer Bob Tapert. "He's really a comic genius in his own way. Besides a unique acting style, he has incredible body language. Because of his terrific physical condition and coordination, he can handle virtually any type of action. Doing most of his own stunts, he makes sequences work that would be too much for most other actors." --(From "Army of Darkness" Production Notes)

See also Sam Raimi's biography for additional information on their collaborations.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Cris Campbell. Met when both were involved with the Detroit-produced soap opera "Generations" in the early 1980s; divorced; has two children with Campbell.
wife:
Ida Gearon. Costume designer. Met on the set of the sci-fi film "Mindwarp"; married in 1991.

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father:
Charlie Campbell. Billboard inspector for Chevrolet.
mother:
Joanne Campbell.
half-brother:
Michael Campbell. Older.
brother:
Don Campbell. Older.
daughter:
Rebecca Campbell. Born c. 1984; from Campbell's first marriage.
son:
Andy Campbell. Born c. 1987; from Campbell's first marriage.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor" <i>L.A. Weekly</i> Books

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