"...is so cool that every time someone mentions his name a man gets cured of impotence."
First of all, it's Bruce freaking
Campbell (not a Hugo
Shooting to popculture infamy with his role as the chainsaw-handed
, shotgun-wielding Ash Williams
in the Sam Raimi-directed Evil Dead
film series, Bruce Campbell is one of the most sought-after B-movie/character actors in Hollywood. His roles tend to aim towards the comedically awesome badass
, and his very manly chin
only makes him more famous.
Bruce Campbell's other roles were often found in television work, where he held the lead role in the steampunk-inspired action-comedies The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.
, and a many-times recurring role as Autolycus, the King of Thieves in Raimi's Xena: Warrior Princess
television series. In fact, his most high-profile work usually comes from bit parts in Raimi's various productions, but even outside of that Production Posse
he is almost constantly involved with one project or another. One exception was his long-running role in Burn Notice
as an over-the-hill (but still wily) Navy SEAL
named Sam Axe.
He is Spider-Man
's most powerful, implacable foe. His cameos in Sam Raimi
's film trilogy
are considered some of the funniest 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 The Amazing Spider-Man
licensed game, this time as a full-fledged villain.
His autobiography, If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor
, was published some time ago and despite the name, it is actually a discussion of the low-key character actors that take on the less-glamorous roles. Another book, Make Love!: The Bruce Campbell Way
is currently in hardcover.
Works Include:AdvertisingFilm - AnimationFilm - Live-ActionLive-Action TelevisionVideo GamesWebcomics
Western Animation References in other works
- The theoretical casting of Legostar Galactica begins with him as Captain Bob Smith.
- Nerdcore's ode to horror movies (done by MC Lars, YT Cracker, Schaffer the Dark Lord, and Zealous1) is entitled "Do The Bruce Campbell".
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