[[caption-width-right:335:The cover of Dern's 2007 autobiography]]
->''"There's no time in life to do all the roles I'd like to play."''

Bruce [=MacLeish=] Dern (born June 4, 1936) is an American actor who is probably best known for playing characters who are psychopaths or SchmuckBait. His daughter is the famous actress Creator/LauraDern.
* Made his film debut in ''Film/HushHushSweetCharlotte'', in which he is [[AxCrazy chopped up with an axe]].
* He's probably most famous for his role in the adaptation of ''Literature/BlackSunday'', playing Michael Lander, the Vietnam Vet who becomes a terrorist and plans to blow up the SuperBowl.
* He also kills people to keep his space ship from being taken from forestry service in the movie ''Film/SilentRunning''.
* He's Creator/TomHanks' paranoid ex-military neighbor in ''Film/TheBurbs''.
* If you watched ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'' in high school, there's a good chance it was the [[Film/TheGreatGatsby1974 1974 version]] with Dern as Tom Buchanan.
* He also plays a cuckolded husband to Creator/JaneFonda who has an affair with a crippled veteran in the movie ''Film/ComingHome''.
** And a decade earlier he and Fonda appeared together as '30s dance-marathon contestants in ''Film/TheyShootHorsesDontThey''.
* In 1972's ''Film/TheCowboys'', he's one of the few people to [[spoiler:kill a Creator/JohnWayne character]].
* In the movie ''MiddleAgeCrazy'' he plays a taco stand construction company owner who has fantasies of breaking out of his hum-drum life - including having sex with a wife who yells 'Bingo!' [[CallingYourOrgasms every time she climaxes]] - until he does, leasing an expensive sportscar and engaging in various flings.
* In Creator/AlfredHitchcock's final film, ''Film/FamilyPlot'', he's legman to a PhonyPsychic as they tangle with a kidnapper.
* He's the voice of Tokumaru in the English dub of ''Anime/FromUpOnPoppyHill''.
* He featured in all five series of ''Series/BigLove'' as Bill Henrickson's abusive father, Frank.
* In 2013, at the age of 77, he starred in the Creator/AlexanderPayne film ''Film/{{Nebraska}}''. His performance was highly praised and earned him an Oscar nomination, as well as the Best Actor award at Cannes.
* At the age of 79, he played Stanford Smithers in Creator/QuentinTarantino's ''Film/TheHatefulEight''.