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Bruce McGill

Since driving his motorcycle up the Delta House stairs as Daniel D-Day Simpson in National Lampoon's Animal House, Bruce McGill has been a constant and memorable screen presence. Throughout his career he consistently receives rave reviews for his stand-out performances, showing no sign of slowing down. Most recently, McGill appeared in Michael Mann's Collateral, alongside Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx and Mark Ruffalo, and will next be seen opposite Orlando Bloom in Cameron Crowe's Elizabethtown.

McGill has appeared in more than 60 motion pictures, including Runaway Jury, Matchstick Men and Legally Blonde 2. His appearance as southern attorney Ron Motley in Michael Mann's The Insider garnered high praise from critics and audiences alike. Other film work includes The Sum of All Fears, Shallow Hal, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Courage Under Fire, My Cousin Vinny, The Last Boy Scout and Silkwood.

McGill's list of television credits is equally impressive. He has starred in some of HBO's most critically acclaimed productions: portraying controversial journalist Peter Arnet in Live From Baghdad; painting a chilling portrait of Johnson-era cabinet member George Ball in Path to War; and playing legendary Yankees manager Ralph Houk in 61*. He has made memorable guest appearances on CSI, The Practice, Gideon's Crossing, Home Improvement, Star Trek: Voyager, The Commish, Quantum Leap, MacGyver and Miami Vice, among others. McGill also starred with Glenn Close in The Ballad of Lucy Whipple on CBS and as family patriarch George Osmond in ABC's Inside the Osmonds.

Originally from San Antonio, Texas, McGill began his acting career on stage in elementary school. After earning his BFA in acting from the University of Texas at Austin, he made his professional debut as a member of Rhode Island's Trinity Square Repertory Company, acting in productions of Tom Jones, Peer Gynt, Sherlock Holmes and The Tooth of Crime. After relocating to New York City, he began a long association with the New York Shakespeare Festival, appearing in Hamlet (produced by the legendary Joseph Papp), Henry V and Othello, playing Iago to Raul Julia's Othello for the NYSF's Shakespeare in the Park series. Other theatrical affiliations include the Ensemble Studio Theater in New York, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and National Shakespeare Company in Washington D.C.

McGill currently lives with his wife in Ojai, California, where he indulges in his passion for golfing, sailing and music whenever possible.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.
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Bruce McGill Facts

Birth NameBruce Travis McGill
BirthdayJuly 11, 1950 (72)
BirthplaceSan Antonio, Texas, USA
Height5' 9½" (1m77)  How tall is Bruce McGill compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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