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Bruce Campbell

In 1979 with his Detroit friends, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, Campbell raised $350,000 for a low budget film, "Evil Dead," in which he starred and co-executive produced. Completed piecemeal over four years, the film first gained notoriety in England where it became the best-selling video of 1983, beating out "The Shining." After its appearance at Cannes, where Stephen King dubbed it “the most
ferociously original horror film of the year,” New Line Cinema stepped forward to release "Evil Dead" in the U.S. After co-producing "Crimewave," a cross-genre comedy written by Sam Raimi, Ethan and Joel Coen, Campbell moved to Los Angeles and quickly gained a foothold producing or starring in genre films such as the "Maniac Cop" series, "Lunatics: A Love Story," "Moontrap" and "Mindwarp," a post-apocalyptic Jeremiah Johnson, during which he met his wife-to-be, filmmaker, Ida Gearon. Campbell then rejoined his Detroit colleagues to star and co-produce the second and third films in the "Evil Dead" trilogy, completing 12 years of work on the cult favorite.

This rough-and-tumble background was a plus as Campbell made his foray into television, first starring in the highly touted Fox series "The Adventures Of Brisco County Jr.," then as a recurring guest-star on the hit show "Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman." With these under his belt, Campbell easily made the transition to director, helming numerous episodes and recurring as the "King of Thieves" in the #1syndicated "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys," and its follow-up phenomenon, "Xena: Warrior Princess." Bruce has since expanded his range on television, appearing in anything from Disney's update of "The Love Bug," to decidedly dramatic turns on the acclaimed
series "Homicide: Life on the Street" and "The X-Files." At the invitation of ABC, Campbell ventured into the world of sitcoms with a recurring role on ABC's Emmy-nominated "Ellen," participating in one of the three touted “out” episodes. But Campbell didn't abandon his film roots. During that time, he had featured roles in the blockbuster "Congo," "John Carpenter's Escape From LA," and the
award-winning independent crime drama, "Running Time." He followed these up with roles in Paramount's romantic comedy, "Serving Sara," Jim Carrey's "The Majestic," and all three of Sam Raimi's blockbuster "Spider-Man" movies. After a return to episodic television in the swashbuckling series, "Jack of All Trades," Campbell took the title role in MGM's cult sleeper "Bubba Ho-tep." His
directorial debut, "Man with the Screaming Brain" premiered on the Sci Fi Channel, and Dark Horse Comics published the comic adaptation. Campbell then directed and starred as himself in "My Name is Bruce," a spoof of his B-movie career, then re-teamed with Disney for their fun-filled hit, "Sky High."

Campbell has since made the leap into other forms of entertainment, and is enjoying his role as an author with back-to-back New York Times bestsellers: a memoir entitled "If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor," and his first novel, "Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way." In the multi-media industry, Bruce has enjoyed voicing characters for Disney’s animated TV series "Tarzan" and the Warner Brothers feature "The Ant Bully." He also portrayed the character of Mayor Shelbourne in the animated hit film "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs." Recently, Campbell voiced the role of Rod Torque Redline in "Cars 2," the sequel to the smash Disney animated feature and for the immensely popular game, "Call of Duty." In 2013, Bruce Co-Produced the hit remake of "Evil Dead," joined his filmmaking pal Sam Raimi on "Oz, The Great and Powerful" and completed an impressive seven-year run on spy show "Burn Notice," USA’s #1 show on cable. In 2015, more than two decades after the release of "Army of Darkness," Bruce returned to his most iconic role for "Ash vs. Evil Dead," a critically acclaimed series on the Starz network - now in its third season.

Campbell continues to share his acting and filmmaking experiences by lecturing at universities, including Northwestern, Carnegie Mellon and Stanford. He currently resides with his wife, Ida Gearon, in Oregon.