Ash vs. Evil Dead ♦ Burn Notice ♦ The Evil Dead ♦ Army of Darkness ♦ Xena:Warrior Princess ♦ Escape from L.A.
In 1979 with his Detroit friends, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, Campbell raised $350,000 for a low-budget film, Evil Dead, in which he starred and co-executive produced. Completed piecemeal over four years, the film first gained notoriety in England where it became the best-selling video of 1983, beating out The Shining. After its appearance at Cannes, Stephen King dubbed it “the most ferociously original horror film of the year.”
Campbell quickly gained a foothold in the industry, producing or starring in diverse films like Crimewave (written by Ethan and Joel Coen), the Maniac Cop series, Lunatics: A Love Story, and Mindwarp, a post-apocalyptic Jeremiah Johnson, during which he met his wife-to-be, filmmaker Ida Gearon. Campbell rejoined his Detroit colleagues to star and co-produce the second and third films in the Evil Dead trilogy, completing 12 years of work on the cult favorite.
This rough-and-tumble background was a plus as Campbell made his foray into television, first starring in the highly touted Fox series The Adventures Of Brisco County Jr., then recurring on the hit show Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Bruce expanded his range on television with lead roles in the Disney’s TV movies Gold Rush and their update of The Love Bug. He teamed up with Fox again for the hit TV film Tornado!, and starred in NBC’s top-rated In The Line of Duty: Blaze of Glory.
At the invitation of ABC, Campbell ventured into the world of sitcoms with a recurring role on their Emmy-nominated Ellen, participating in one of the three touted “out” episodes, followed by decidedly dramatic turns on the acclaimed series Homicide and X-Files. With these under his belt, Bruce easily made the transition to director, helming numerous episodes and recurring as the “King of Thieves” in the #1 syndicated Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and its follow-up phenomenon, Xena: Warrior Princess.
But Campbell didn’t abandon his film roots. During that time, he had featured roles in Michael Creighton’s Congo, John Carpenter’s Escape From LA, and Sam Raimi’s blockbuster Spider-Man trilogy. Campbell’s recent work includes the fun-filled Disney hit, Sky High, and the title role in MGM’s cult sleeper Bubba Ho-Hep. His feature directorial debut, Man with the Screaming Brain premiered on the Sci Fi Channel, and the follow up, My Name is Bruce (a spoof of his B-movie career), is currently in release across the country.
Breaking into the multi-media industry, Campbell enjoyed provided voices on cutting edge video games for Activision, THQ and EA, as well as characters for Warner Brothers’ The Ant Bully, and Sony’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
Bruce is currently co-starring on the runaway hit Burn Notice, USA’s #1 show, and the highest rated on cable TV.
Perhaps Campbell’s most challenging role is that of author, with back-to-back New York Times bestsellers: a memoir entitled If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor, and his first novel, Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way.
Campbell continues to share his filmmaking experiences, lecturing at universities, which include Northwestern, Carnegie Mellon and Stanford.
He currently resides with his wife, Ida Gearon, in Oregon.
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If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor