Bruce McGill Biography:
People often consider the life of an actor to be a dream life. Such was not the case with Bruce Travis McGill who had to work very hard in the film industry for the fame and reputation that he has today. He was born on the 11th of July in 1950 in San Antonio Texas as the son of Adriel Rose and Woodrow Wilson McGill. His father was a real estate and insurance agent and was a relative of former senator A.R.S Schwarts. McGill graduated from Douglas MacArthur High School where he had shown a positive interest in acting. He actively participated in the school drama club and went on to study in the University of Texas.
Bruce McGill Career:
Unfortunately, a degree in drama is not enough to start a career in acting. McGill had moved to the Big Apple in hopes of finding a job but ended up lining up at casting offices. However, this experience caused him to give a truly commendable performance in the 1978 comedy classic National Lampoon’s Animal House in 1978 where he played the role of D-Day. McGill had appeared in numerous television and movie productions having played many small roles and making many guest appearances.
Bruce McGill’s Movies and TV Appearances:
His first movie appearance was in the 1981 psychological horror The Hand. He also accepted a minor role in the critically acclaimed sport drama Wild Cats. The same year he appeared in the comedy Club Paradise. He had started the following decade with a bang by appearing alongside action star Bruce Willis in the movie The Last Boy Scout in 1991. Two years later, he made his next noticeable appearance in A Perfect World. This 1993 drama was directed by none other than the legendary Clive Eastwood. Bruce McGill also took a part in Courage under Fire with Denzel Washington in 1996 which was a movie based on the Gulf war. The actor’s fondness for drama had not worn off in his later years; a fact that he managed to display in the 1998 drama Letters of a Killer. In 2000 he gave his second most memorable performance in The Legend of Bagger Vance. His political ancestry may have aided him in laying the role of national Security Advisor Gene Revell in the 2002 political thriller The Sum of all Fears. Bruce McGill appeared alongside Nicholas Cage in the 2003 con-drama Matchstick Men where he played the role of Chick Ferchette. In 2005, he appeared as James Johnston in the drama Cinderella Man. In recent years, he worked with Jamie Foxx and Gerald Butler in the thriller Law Abiding Citizens and also in the comedy Imagine That with Eddie Murphy.
His long list of credentials in television is something to be reckoned with as well as he has the experience of having played a lot of different characters. He has appeared in crime thrillers such as CSI, Miami Vise and has also appeared in Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. His role in Law and Order was that of Gordon Garrison, a mentally unbalanced character and Bruce McGill managed to deliver sufficient depth to this character. In 1994, Bruce McGill acted alongside the host of Saturday Night Live, Jay Leno in the Emmy nominated series Home Improvement. BruceMcGill’s fans would also remember his appearances in the popular 1990s thriller MacGyver.
Bruce McGill’s Other Achievements and Personal Life:
Bruce McGill also prides himself on being an accomplished pianist and on being an Honorary Grand Marshall for San Antonio in April 2009. He was inaugurated into the Texas Hall of Fame on March 10th 2010 because of his accomplishments as an actor. Bruce McGill married Gloria Lee in 1994 and lives with her in San Antonio.
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