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->''"...is so cool that every time someone mentions his name a man gets cured of impotence."''
-->-- '''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic''' on Bruce Campbell

First of all, it's Bruce ''freaking'' Campbell ([[MemeticMutation not a]] [[UsefulNotes/HugoAward Hugo]]).

Shooting to popculture infamy with his role as the [[ChainsawGood chainsaw-handed]], [[ThisIsMyBoomstick shotgun-wielding]] Ash Williams in the Sam Raimi-directed ''Franchise/EvilDead'' film series, '''Bruce Lorne Campbell''' (born June 22, 1958) is one of the most sought-after B-movie/character actors in Hollywood. His roles tend to aim towards the [[CrazyAwesome comedically awesome badass]], and his very manly [[LanternJawOfJustice chin]] only makes him more famous.

Campbell's other roles were often found in television work, where he held the lead role in the steampunk-inspired action-comedies ''Series/TheAdventuresOfBriscoCountyJr'' and ''Series/JackOfAllTrades'', and a many-times recurring role as Autolycus, the King of Thieves in Raimi's ''[[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess Xena: Warrior Princess]]'' and ''[[Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys Hercules]]'' television series. In fact, his most high-profile work usually comes from bit parts in Raimi's various productions, but even outside of that ProductionPosse he is almost constantly involved with one project or another. One exception was his long-running role in ''Series/BurnNotice'' as an over-the-hill (but still wily) [[UsefulNotes/NavySeals Navy SEAL]] named Sam Axe.

He is Franchise/SpiderMan's most powerful, implacable foe. His cameos in Creator/SamRaimi's [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy film trilogy]] are considered some of the funniest [[OneSceneWonder moments]] of those films: the wrestling ring announcer (and bestower of Spidey's official name) in the first film, the obnoxious usher who stops Peter from attending Mary Jane's play in the second (thereby making him the first character to defeat Spider-Man), and as the French maitre d' who helps Peter propose in the third. Campbell also does voice work for that franchise, providing the voice of the Narrator in all three ''Spider-Man'' video games; his role in those games appears to be only partly scripted, as Campbell shows his trademark dry delivery and a distinct flair for ad-libbed and off-the-cuff humor. Regardless of the franchise's 2012 reboot, Campbell's voice returns in the ''VideoGame/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' licensed game, this time as a full-fledged villain.

His autobiography, ''If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor'', was published in 2002 and despite the name, it is actually a memoir that mostly deals with his early life, the ''Evil Dead'' series, and his observations about the unrecognized rank-and-file people who make Hollywood work. Part two of his autobiography, ''Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B-Movie Actor,'' was published in 2017 and details his personal life post 2002, and his work on ''Burn Notice,'' ''Bubba Ho-Tep,'' ''My Name is Bruce,'' and other projects, including the first season of ''Ash vs Evil Dead.'' Another book, ''Make Love!: The Bruce Campbell Way'' is currently in hardcover and paperback.
!!Works Include:

[[folder: Advertising ]]

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Af1OxkFOK18 The advertisement he did for Old Spice.]]


[[folder: Film - Animation ]]

* Rod "Torque" Redline in ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}''.
* The mayor in ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs''
* Fugax in ''WesternAnimation/TheAntBully''.


[[folder: Film - Live-Action ]]

* ''Film/BubbaHoTep''
* Short appearance in ''Film/{{Congo}}''.
* One of the many disguises of ''Film/{{Darkman}}''.
* He dubbed the voice for the characters Raimi and Comdr. Carpenter in ''Film/TheDeadNextDoor''.
* ''Film/EscapeFromLA'', as the Surgeon General of Beverly Hills.
* The ''Franchise/EvilDead'' series.
* Smitty in ''Film/TheHudsuckerProxy'' (a joint effort by Creator/SamRaimi and Creator/TheCoenBrothers).
* Short appearance as a cop in ''Film/{{Intruder}}''.
* Mechanic Hank Cooper in the 1997 remake of ''Film/TheLoveBug''.
* ''Film/ManWithTheScreamingBrain'', which he co-wrote, directed, and starred in
* Jack Forrest in ''Film/ManiacCop'' and ''Film/ManiacCop2''.
* He co-starred in the 1992 film ''Mindwarp'', produced by ''Fangoria'' magazine.
* ''Film/{{Moontrap}}''
* ''Film/MyNameIsBruce'', AsHimself. [[AdamWesting Sort of]].
* Coach Boomer in ''Film/SkyHigh2005''
* Virgil in the 1997 movie of ''Series/McHalesNavy''.
* A cameo appearance in all three of Raimi's ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'' films, and sometime LemonyNarrator in the accompanying video games.
* ''Tornado!'', as Jake Thorne.
* ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'' as a guard of the Emerald City.
* A short cameo in ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn2TexasBloodMoney'' as a character killed by bats in a movie within the movie.
* ''Film/{{Timequest}}''


[[folder: Live-Action Television ]]

* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfBriscoCountyJr''
* ''Series/BurnNotice'', where it is worth noting his character's name is Sam Axe, and often goes by the cover identity of [[MemeticBadass Chuck Finley]].
** [[AwesomeMcCoolName Sam Axe]]? [[MemeticMutation Sounds like a trick]].
** ''Film/BurnNoticeTheFallOfSamAxe''- A prequel movie about his character
* ''Series/{{Ellen}}'' as Ed Billik
* ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'': "Justice" (two-part episode) as Jake Rodzinsky
* ''Series/LoisAndClark'' - three episodes as Bill Church Jr.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': "[[Recap/TheXFilesS06E07TermsOfEndearment Terms of Endearment]]" as Wayne Weinsider
* ''Series/JackOfAllTrades''
* The recurring role of Autolycus in ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' and ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''.
* SantaClaus in ''Series/TheLibrarians2014''
* ''Series/{{Timecop}}'', episode "The Future, Jack, the Future"
* ''Series/{{Fargo}}'', as Ronald Reagan
* ''Series/AshVsEvilDead''


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* Wrote the foreword for the ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'' Player's Guide.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Reprised his role of Ash in a trio of licensed ''Franchise/EvilDead'' games: ''VideoGame/EvilDeadHailToTheKing'', ''VideoGame/EvilDeadAFistfulOfBoomstick'' (which came complete with a [[TauntButton controller button]] dedicated to spouting one liners) and ''VideoGame/EvilDeadRegeneration'', which featured a [[SnarkyNonHumanSidekick loud-mouthed, undead sidekick]] played by [[ProductionPosse Ted Raimi]].
* ''VideoGame/Pitfall3DBeyondTheJungle'', as Harry Pitfall jr.
* Voices the PlayerCharacter Jake Logan in ''VideoGame/TachyonTheFringe''; listening to him calling you a little bitch when you cheat is one of the funniest parts of the game.
* Also voiced the PlayerCharacter Jake Burton in ''VideoGame/BrokenHelix''.
* Voiced the LemonyNarrator who gives tutorials in the ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' games based on the Creator/SamRaimi movies, as well as the Xtreme Reporter in the game adaptation of ''VideoGame/TheAmazingSpiderMan''.


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* The theoretical casting of ''Legostar Galactica'' begins with him as Captain Bob Smith.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* A parody of himself in the form of Magnanimus in ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR''
--> '''Coop''': He's just a big head... with tiny arms!
* Voiced VillainOfTheWeek [[JerkJock Himcules]] in ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot''.
* Uncle Phil in ''WesternAnimation/TheReplacements''
* Chicken Bittle in ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce''


[[folder: References in other works ]]

* {{Nerdcore}}'s ode to horror movies (done by MC Lars, YT Cracker, Schaffer the Dark Lord, and Zealous1) is entitled "Do The Bruce Campbell".
* {{Psychostick}} wrote a musical love letter to the man, referencing his Evil Dead and other works, simply titled "Bruce Campbell".

!!Tropes associated with Bruce Campbell:
* BadassPreacher: Bruce is an ordained minister, and has performed marriages. [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies ZOMBIE MARRIAGES!!!]]
* ChainsawGood: The TropeCodifier.
* TheCharmer: One of his most notable traits, not only is most of the characters he plays {{Loveable Rogue}}s, but he himself is quite charming and friendly.
* DeadpanSnarker: Especially noticeable on [[http://www.twitter.com/groovybruce his Twitter]].
* EruditeStoner / StonersAreFunny: Bruce is a strong advocate for the legalization of marijauna and has had a medical marijuana card in his residence of Portland, Oregon since 2005. He's also a very smart guy and obviously quite funny.
* LanternJawOfJustice: To the point his autobiography is called ''If Chins Could Kill''.
* LargeHam: A staple of his roles.
* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: In contrast to iconic JerkWithAHeartOfGold and brash IdiotHero Ash Williams, Bruce is a consummate NiceGuy with zero ego and absolutely adores his fans.
* OneOfUs: Campbell enjoys RolePlayingGames after being introduced to them with ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'', and even collaborated in a ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' crossover trilogy with the game.
* ThePornomancer: Many of his roles have him as quite the ladies' man even as [[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave an older man]], capable of getting a woman to drop her panties and sleep with him with a wink and some smooth talk. Even when he isn't he tends to find himself around the female form quite often.
-->'''WebVideo/TheRageaholic''': (on his appearance in ''Film/EscapeFromLA'') Let's see: working opposite of Creator/KurtRussell in a Creator/JohnCarpenter film, being paid millions to savage [[MsFanservice Valeria Golino's]] cans in her prime? I don't know womb-rending liquid macheesmo is coursing through your veins, Mr. Campbell, but bottle that shit and sell it!
* ProductionPosse: Aside from his work with Creator/SamRaimi, who co-founded the production company Creator/RenaissancePictures with him and Robert Tapert, he's also worked often with the Creator/CoenBrothers.
* RomanceOnTheSet: Of a different variety with his second wife: He was an actor, She was the costume designer.
* ThisIsMyBoomstick: TropeNamer
''... Groovy.''