Bruce McGill Wiki Bio

Bruce Travis McGill was born in San Antonio, Texas USA, on 11 July 1950 – his zodiac sign is Cancer, and he holds American nationality. He’s an actor, who has appeared in close to 200 movies and TV series, while he’s perhaps still known best for his portrayal of Jonas Cantreli, in the critically acclaimed 2009 action crime movie “Law Abiding Citizen”. It was directed by F. Gary Gray, starred Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx and Leslie Bibb, and follows a man who has taken justice into his own hands now that his family’s killer has been set free; the movie won three of the eight awards for which it was nominated.

There have been rumors circulating the internet claiming that Bruce has retired from acting, however, he’s still quite active in the film industry.

Early life and education

Bruce was raised in San Antonio alongside his brother David and sister Pamela, by their father Woodrow Wilson McGill who was a real estate agent, and their mother Adriel Rose (nee Jacobs) who was an artist.

He became interested in acting while studying at Douglas MacArthur High School, and started practicing at a local theatre; Bruce could’ve been seen appearing in various school plays, as well as those performed in theatres around Texas. Upon matriculating in 1968, he enrolled at the University of Texas, Austin, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drama in 1972.

He worked a couple of jobs in the following five years, prior to launching his acting career.

Roles in movies

Bruce made his debut film appearance in the 1977 comedy drama “Citizens Band”, and gained recognition in the following year with his portrayal of Daniel Simpson Day, in the hit comedy “National Lampoon’s Animal House”. It was directed by John Landis, starred John Belushi, Karen Allen and Tom Hulce, and follows the dean Vernor Wormer who is planning to expel all members of the fraternity Delta Tau Chi, but the boys have their own plans for the dean; the movie won two of the three awards for which it was nominated.

Bruce appeared in more than 10 movies in the ’80s, with some of the most popular amongst these having been the 1981 horror thriller drama “The Hand”, the 1983 biographical historical drama “Silkwood”, and the 1986 romantic crime drama “No Mercy”. In 1989, he portrayed Charlie in the action comedy “Three Fugitives”, written and directed by Francis Veber, and which starred Nick Nolte, Martin Short and Sarah Rowland Doroff.

It follows a former bank robber who has now been taken hostage by another bank robber; and the movie was nominated for a single award.

What marked the ‘90s for Bruce was perhaps his portrayal of Paul Saunders in the 1993 crime thriller drama “A Perfect World”, directed by Clint Eastwood, who also starred in it alongside Kevin Costner and Laura Dern. It follows a kidnapped boy who has befriended his kidnapper, and the movie won one of the two awards for which it was nominated. Bruce also played supporting characters in the 1994 action crime science fiction “Timecop”, the 1996 comedy “Black Sheep”, and the 1997 historical action drama “Rosewood”.

Some of Bruce’s most notable performances in the 2000s were in the 2001 action crime thriller “Exit Wounds”, the 2003 crime thriller drama “Runaway Jury”, and the 2009 family comedy “The Perfect Game”.

The year 2014 saw him play Lieutenant Brooks in the critically acclaimed action crime comedy “Ride Along”, directed by Tim Story, and which starred Ice Cube, Kevin Hart and Tika Sumpter. It follows the security guard Ben who has gone on a 24-hour patrol with the police officer James, his soon-to-be father-in-law; the film won one of the eight awards for which it was nominated.

Three of Bruce’s most recent movie roles have been in the 2020 comedy “High & Tight”, and in 2021 the  biographical adventure drama “Blue Miracle”, and the  biographical sports drama “American Underdog”.

Roles in TV series

Bruce made his debut TV series appearance when he was cast to play Daniel Simpson Day in the 1979 comedy “Delta House”, and a couple of his following roles were in the 1980 comedy “Semi-Tough”, the 1985 episode “Out Where the Buses Don’t Run” of the action crime drama “Miami Vice”, and the 1987 episode “Waiting for the Moon” of the romantic comedy drama “American Playhouse”.

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Between 1986 and 1992, Bruce played Jack Dalton, the main character in the popular action crime adventure “MacGyver”, created by Lee David Zlotoff, and which also starred Richard Dean Anderson and Dana Elcar. It follows the life of a secret agent, and the series won seven of the 19 awards for which it was nominated, including four Primetime Emmy nominations. Bruce appeared in an episode or two of various series in the ‘90s, including the action adventure drama “Quantum Leap”, the comedy “Black Tie Affair”, and the action crime adventure “Walker, Texas Ranger”.

In 2001 and 2002, he played both Willard Cates and Dr. Sokolov in the horror “Wolf Lake”, created by John Leekley, and which also starred Lou Diamond Phillips, Tim Matheson and Paul Wesley. It follows the lives of werewolves who have taken over a Seattle suburb, and the series was nominated for five awards, including two Primetime Emmys.

In 2003, he voiced General McCormick in the animated action adventure “Suicide Squad”, and the following years saw him make a guest appearance in various series, such as the mystery crime drama “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, the drama “Laws of Change”, and another drama “Enemies”.

Bruce is also wel remembered for his portrayal of Vince Korsak in 105 episodes of the mystery crime drama “Rizzoli & Isles”, between 2010 and 2016. It was created by Janet Tamaro, starred Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander and Jordan Bridges, and follows Dr. Maura Isles and Detective Jane Rizzoli who are solving crimes in Boston, Massachusetts; the series won four of the 11 awards for which it was nominated.

Bruce’s most recent TV series role has been his portrayal of Bobby Spencer, in four episodes of the 2021 comedy “The Crew”.

Other credits

Bruce received special thanks for the 1998 documentary video “The Yearbook: An ‘Animal House’ Reunion”, and the 2004 documentary movie “Tricks of the Trade: Making ‘Matchstick Men’”.

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He has also been featured himself in a couple of documentaries, such as the 2008 movie “Animal House: The Inside Story”, the 2015 short video “Run All Night: Shoot All Night”, and the 2018 series “Scandalous” (narrator).

Awards and nominations

Bruce has won four of the six awards for which he’s been nominated.

He won three awards in 2019: a Jefferson State Flixx Fest Jury Prize for Best Actor, a Northeast Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Short Film, and a Pasadena International Film Festival Award for Best Actor, all for his performance in the short movie “Waiting Game”. Bruce also won a 2020 SENE Film, Music and Art Festival Jury Award for Best Ensemble Acting – Drama Short, for his and his colleagues’ performance in “Waiting Game”.

Love life and wife

Bruce is highly secretive when it comes to his love life, but it’s still widely known that he’s been married for close to three decades now.

He exchanged vows with the non-celebrity American Gloria Lee McGill back in 1994, in a private ceremony attended by only the closest of their friends and family members; it’s believed that the two had met at a party a couple of years earlier, but this remains unconfirmed.

Bruce and Gloria have no children together, and while some believe this to be because they both wanted to focus on their careers when they married, others claim that perhaps one of them is infertile; this also remains unconfirmed.

Bruce hasn’t spoken of any other women whom he has perhaps been with, and as of January 2022, he’s married to Gloria Lee McGill, and they don’t have children together.

Hobbies and interesting facts

Bruce was physically highly active in his 20s, 30s and 40s, as it was important for his acting career to stay in shape, however, now over 70, he no longer works out.

He’s passionate about sailing, and has owned numerous sailboats since his 30s.

On 25 August 2009, Bruce served as honorary grand marshal in San Antonio.

On 11 March 2010, he was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame.

Bruce is interested in music, and is an avid guitarist and pianist.

He’s into travelling, and his acting career has taken him all around the US, while he has been to every continent at least once, with the exception of the Antarctic; Bruce’s dream travel destination is Saint Petersburg in Russia.

He has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Russell Crowe, Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, while a couple of Bruce’s favorite movies include “Gladiator”, “A Beautiful Mind”, and “The Bridges of Madison County”.

Age, height and net worth

Bruce’s age is 71. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, his height is 5ft 9ins (1.75m) and he weighs around 175lbs (80kgs).

As of January 2022, his net worth has been estimated at over $4 million.

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