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Bruce Dern is an American actor, often playing supporting villainous characters of unstable nature. Moreover, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Coming Home (1978). And the Academy Award for Best Actor for Nebraska (since 2013). His other major film appearances include The Cowboys (1972), Posse (1975). Likewise, Family Plot (since 1976), Black Sunday (1977), Tattoo (1981), Monster (2003), The Hateful Eight (2015), and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019).
Dern was born in Chicago, the son of Jean (née MacLeish; 1908–1972) and John Dern (1903–1958), a utility chief and attorney. He grew up in Kenilworth, Illinois. His paternal grandfather, George, was a Utah governor and Secretary of War (he was serving in the latter position during the time of Bruce’s birth). Dern’s maternal grandfather was a chairman of the Carson, Pirie and Scott stores, which were established by his own father, Scottish-born businessman Andrew MacLeish. Dern’s maternal granduncle was poet Archibald MacLeish.
Dern starred on stage in the Philadelphia premiere of Waiting for Godot before heading to Hollywood. He appeared in an uncredited role in 1960 in Wild River as Jack Roper, who is so upset with his friend for hitting a woman that he punches himself. He played the sailor in a few flashbacks with Marnie’s mother in Alfred Hitchcock’s Marnie. Dern played a murderous rustler in Clint Eastwood’s Hang ‘Em High and a gunfighter in the western spoof Support Your Local Sheriff!. He played cattle thief Asa Watts, who murders John Wayne’s character in The Cowboys (1972). Wayne warned Dern, “America will hate you for this.” Dern replied, “Yeah, but they’ll love me in Berkeley.” Having played a series of villains, that same year he played against type as a sensitive ecologist in the science-fiction film Silent Running.
Dern tied a knot to Marie Dawn Pierce from 1957 to 1959. He then married Diane Ladd in 1960. Their first daughter, Diane Elizabeth Dern (born November 29, 1960), died at eighteen months from head injuries after falling into a swimming pool on May 18, 1962. The couple’s second daughter, Laura (born February 10, 1967), is also an actress. After his divorce from Ladd in 1969, Dern married Andrea Beckett. Dern, Ladd, and their daughter Laura received adjoining stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 1, 2010.
- Full Name: Bruce MacLeish Dern
- Date of Birth: June 4, 1936
- Age: 83 years
- Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, United States
- Height: 1.83 m
- TV shows: Big Love, Stoney Burke, Space, Roses Are for the Rich, Die wilden Engel
- Spouse: Andrea Beckett (m 1969), Diane Ladd (m since 1960–1969), Marie Dean (m. 1957–1959)
- Education: New Trier High School
- Alma mater: University of Pennsylvania
- Occupation: Actor
- Years active: since 1960–present
- Children: 2, including Laura Dern
- Net Worth: $20 Million
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