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SpouseVivian Davis, Cecilia Hart
FactTrained at both Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater and Louisville's Actor's Theater after earning graduate and undergraduate degrees from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh (MFA, 1966),


Who is actor Bruce Weitz, and is he dead?

Bruce Peter Weitz was born in Norwalk, Connecticut USA on 27 May 1943 – his zodiac sign is Gemini and he holds American nationality. He is a former actor, who is probably still best known for his portrayal of one of the lead characters Sergeant Michael ‘Mick’ Belker in the crime drama mystery series “Hill Street Blues” which aired from 1981 to 1987, created by Steven Bochco and Michael Kozoll, and also starred Daniel J. Travanti and Michael Warren. It follows the work and private lives of the people working for a police unit, and was a huge hit, winning 59 awards including three Golden Globes, while it was nominated for 109 other awards.

For his performance, Bruce was rewarded an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Bruce retired from acting in 2013, and there are rumors circulating the internet about how he might have since died, however, these have been proven false – he is alive and well, and living with his family in Los Angeles, California.

Early life and education

Bruce was raised in Norwalk an only child, by his father Joseph Weitz who was the owner of a liquor store, and his mother Sybil Rubel who was a housewife.

Bruce grew up concentrating on his education, and was one of the best students at his high school; he was also very sporting as he played both tennis and basketball.

He was a member of the school’s drama club too, and appeared in many plays performed there, but wasn’t at that point interested in pursuing a career as an actor. Upon matriculation in 1961, he enrolled at Carnegie-Mellon University, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1964, then in 1966 obtained his Master of Fine Arts degree.

He went on to train as an actor at Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theatre, as well as at the Actor’s Theatre in Louisville, but it wasn’t until 1976 that he appeared in his first Broadway play – “Death of a Salesman”.

Roles in TV series

Bruce has been credited with appearing in over 100 movies and TV series and we are about to mention some of his most notable performances in this article.

He made his debut TV series appearance in 1978, when cast to portray Robert Clark in the sitcom “Happy Days”, which starred Ron Howard and Henry Winkler, and was a hit in the USA as it won 16 awards including three Golden Globes, while it was nominated for 19 other awards. In 1987, he was invited to play the lead character Jake McCaskey in the comedy series “Mama’s Boy”. which aired until 6 August 1988, and then in 1989, Bruce guested in the episode “Mercy Me” of the drama “Midnight Caller”. He went on to play the supporting character Mike Urbanek in the comedy “Anything But Love”, while the year 1994 saw him appear in the episode “The Fighter” of the fantasy series “Highlander: The Series”.

In the following years Bruce appeared in single episodes of many series, such as the drama “The Byrds of Paradise” in 1994, the superhero series “The Batman: The Animated Series” in which he voiced Lock-up, and the science fiction drama “The X-Files” as Moe Bocks in the episode “Irresistible”.

Bruce voiced both Luxor and Porg in the animated series “Aaahh!!! Real Monsters”, and from 1996 to 1998 voiced Bruno Mannheim in the superhero series “Superman: The Animated Series”. A few of his following notable performances were in the detective crime drama “NYPD Blue”, the animated mini-series “The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: The Legend of Grimace Island” in which he voiced Blather in 1999, and the crime drama “Third Watch” in which he played Uncle Mike in 2002.

Bruce Weitz

He was then invited to appear in five episodes of the critically acclaimed legal drama “Judging Amy” and the following years saw him appear in the episode “If Tomorrow Never Comes” of the medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy”, and the episode “Lost Boys” of the supernatural series “Ghost Whisperer” in 2005.

Three of his final roles in TV series before retiring from acting were in the episode “The Happy Place” of the procedural forensics crime drama “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” in 2008, a single episode of the medical drama “General Hospital” in 2012, and three episodes of the soap opera “The Young and the Restless” in April 2013.

Roles in movies

Bruce made his debut film appearance in 1981, when he played Paul Snider in the biographical movie “Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story”, and in 1990 he was Dan Crawford in the thriller “Rainbow Drive”.

1995 saw him play Hal MacGregor in the monster comedy film “Prehysteria!”, and in the same year, Bruce portrayed Lieutenant Ricky Levine in the thriller drama “Her Hidden Truth”, which starred Kellie Martin and Antonio Sabato Jr. and is about a young girl Billie Calhoun who is sent to a juvenile detention center after being accused of killing her family by setting the house on fire. In 1997, he appeared in the drama “Velocity Trap” while the following year saw him play a supporting role in the science fiction disaster movie “Deep Impact”, which starred Elijah Wood, Morgan Freeman and Robert Duvall. A few of his following roles in movies were in the drama “Focus” and the action disaster thriller “Mach 2” both in 2001, and the action movie “Half Past Dead” in 2002.

Three of Bruce’s final roles in movies before retiring from acting were in the horror “Triloquist” in which he voiced Dummy in 2008, the independent movie “My Apocalypse” in which he starred as Jack Savage in 2008 as well and the comedy “Imps*” in 2009.

Wife Vivian Davis

Bruce met the late American actress Cecilia Hartin the late ‘60s ,and they married in a private ceremony in 1975, then divorced on 12 February 1982 (some sources claim that the two married in 1971 and divorced in 1980). Cecilia is still remembered for her roles in the TV series “Law & Order” and the drama series “The Runaways”. She died from ovarian cancer at her home in Westport, Connecticut on 16 October 2016.

On 2 December 1986, Bruce married non-celebrity woman Vivian Davis, and they have been together to this day – not long after the wedding, Vivian gave birth to their son who has stayed away from media attention.

Bruce hasn’t talked about any other women he might have been with, and as of September 2020, he is married to his second wife, and has one son.

Hobbies and other interests

Bruce liked his acting career partly because it made it possible for him to travel all around the US to shoot for his movies and TV series, and he was able to stay at some of the most expensive hotels! He has also been to many European countries for both work and pleasure, vacationing in cities such as Athens in Greece and Dubrovnik in Croatia.

He is a lover of animals with dogs being his favorites, and he has had three pet dogs since the launch of his acting career.

Bruce is a fan of jazz and blues music, and his two favorite performers are Nancy Sinatra and Aretha Franklin.

He has his own favorite actor and actress, who are Robert De Niro and Julia Roberts, while a few of his favorite movies are the trilogy “The Godfather”, “Taxi Driver” and “The Sleepers”.

Religion

There have been many rumors circulating the internet regarding which religion Bruce belongs to, but it’s widely known that he is Jewish.

Net worth

Bruce’s age is 77. He has short gray hair and brown eyes, his height is 5ft 8ins (1.73m) and he weighs around 150lbs (68kgs).

As of September 2020, his net worth has been estimated at over $18 million.

General Info

Full NameBruce Weitz
ProfessionActor
EducationCarnegie Mellon University
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpouseVivian Davis, Cecilia Hart
ParentsAlvin Weitz, Sybil Weitz Rubel

Accomplishments

AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, TV Land Favorite "Casual Friday" Cop ...
MoviesHalf Past Dead, Deep Impact, Dinocroc, Though None Go with Me, Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story, Mach 2, Joe and Max, The Dukes, Coyote Summer, Prehysteria!, Her Hidden Truth, Triloquist, No Place to Hide, Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story, El Cortez, Leona Helmsley: The...
TV ShowsThe Byrds of Paradise, Anything but Love, Hill Street Blues, Mama's Boy

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Facts

#Fact
1He made guest appearances on both Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993) and Superman (1996).
2Made his Broadway debut understudying the roles of sons Happy and Biff in the George C. Scott production of "Death of a Salesman" (1976).
3Father's name was Alvin and mother Sybil Weitz.
4Trained at both Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater and Louisville's Actor's Theater after earning graduate and undergraduate degrees from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh (MFA, 1966),
5Best known for his scruffy, quirky-acting role as undercover cop Sgt. Michael "Mick" Belker in the 1980s TV series Hill Street Blues (1981) who tended to call all criminals "hairball," and whose canine instincts had him habitually growling, biting offenders and barking at other dogs.
6Attended Carnegie-Mellon University
7Honorary mayor of Reseda, California, USA. [2001]

Pictures

Movies

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
ER2003TV SeriesAlderman John Bright
Doc2003TV SeriesGunny
No Place Like Home2002Dalrymple
Half Past Dead2002Lester McKenna
Third Watch2002TV SeriesUncle Mike
Joe and Max2002TV MovieMike Jacobs
Facing the Enemy2001Lt. Carl Runyon
Shot2001/IIEarl
The Weber Show2001TV SeriesArt Blankey
Once and Again2001TV SeriesCaptain Patterson
Bull2000-2001TV SeriesEdward Rufo
Mach 22001Phil Jefferson
Walker, Texas Ranger2000TV SeriesCaptain Ryder
The West Wing2000TV SeriesSenate Majority Leader
Chicken Soup for the Soul2000TV SeriesMr. Fineman
Gut Feeling1999
Rocket Power1999TV SeriesLongboarder
Velocity Trap1999Capt. 'Turd' Fenner, FED 397 aka Atlantic
The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: The Legend of Grimace Island1999Video shortBlather (voice)
Fool's Gold1998Sheriff Matson
Memorial Day1998Jules / #1
The Landlady1998Pepper McAllen
Due South1998TV SeriesHuck Bogart
Deep Impact1998Stuart Caley
Profiler1998TV SeriesBill Porter
Superman1996-1998TV SeriesBruno 'Ugly' Mannheim
Shattered Illusions1998Henry
One Hell of a Guy1998Eddie
Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story1997TV MovieRon O'Brien
Coyote Summer1996Snapper
NYPD Blue1996TV SeriesLawrence Curry
Sudden Terror: The Hijacking of School Bus #171996TV MovieLt. Dominick Caroselli
Sisters1996TV SeriesPug Finnegan
Cybill1996TV SeriesOfficer Bart Coleman
Justice for Annie: A Moment of Truth Movie1996TV MovieDetective McAdams
The Legend of the Ruby Silver1996TV MovieBill McLean
Cops n Roberts1995
Mixed Blessings1995TV MovieDoctor
Her Hidden Truth1995TV MovieLt. Ricky Levine
Prehysteria! 31995VideoHal MacGregor
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters1995TV SeriesLuxor / Porg
Murder, She Wrote1995TV SeriesDr. Max Franklin
The O.J. Simpson Story1995TV MovieRobert Shapiro
Sweet Justice1995TV SeriesHargrove
The X-Files1995TV SeriesAgent Bocks
Batman: The Animated Series1994TV SeriesLock-Up Lyle Bolton
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman1994TV SeriesMartin Snell
Dream On1994TV SeriesPoliceman
The Byrds of Paradise1994TV SeriesDr. Murray Rubinstein
Windrunner1994Coach Woodhouse
Molly & Gina1994Paymer
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man1994TV SeriesMad Bomber
Highlander1994TV SeriesTommy Sullivan
The Liars' Club1993Jack
Nick's Game1993TV MovieAlex
Civil Wars1993TV SeriesBernard Ryman
No Place to Hide1992Captain Nelson Silva
Anything But Love1991-1992TV SeriesMike Urbanek
Babe Ruth1991TV MovieMiller Huggins
Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean1990TV MovieJoseph Lubin
Rainbow Drive1990TV MovieDan Crawford
The Ray Bradbury Theater1990TV SeriesAlbert Brock
Fair Game1989TV MovieJoe Maples
The Hitchhiker1989TV SeriesRay
Midnight Caller1989TV SeriesEd Adderly
A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story1989TV MovieBurton Weinstein
A Deadly Silence1989TV MovieDet. McCready
The Twilight Zone1989TV SeriesSimon Foster
Mama's Boy1987-1988TV SeriesJake McCaskey
Matlock1987TV SeriesLt. Jim Manning
If It's Tuesday, It Still Must Be Belgium1987TV MovieMartini
Hill Street Blues1981-1987TV SeriesSgt. Mick Belker
A Reason to Live1985TV MovieBob Cousins
Saturday Night Live1982TV SeriesSgt. Mick Belker
Catalina C-Lab1982TV MovieDr. Matt Jennings
Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story1981TV MoviePaul Snider
Every Stray Dog and Kid1981TV Movie
Paris1979TV SeriesHaggart
The White Shadow1979TV SeriesJoe Kelly
Happy Days1978TV SeriesRobert
The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover1977Voice on Tape
Quincy M.E.1977TV SeriesBoyd
The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People1977TV Series
Ryan's Hope1976TV SeriesADA Benjamin Levine
Columbo1975TV SeriesCook
The Young and the Restless2013TV SeriesBarry
General Hospital2007-2012TV SeriesAnthony Zacchara Johnny Zacchara
Lie to Me2010TV SeriesLeo O'Sullivan
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2008TV SeriesLeon Slocomb
My Apocalypse2008/IJack Savage
Triloquist2008Dummy (voice)
Dexter2007TV SeriesLenny Asher
The Metrosexual2007Lou Bremer
The Dukes2007Toulio
El Cortez2006Popcorn
Though None Go with Me2006TV MovieWill Bishop
Ghost Whisperer2005TV SeriesTobias Northrop
Grey's Anatomy2005TV SeriesEdward Levangie
JAG1997-2004TV SeriesHank Olin / Chief Petty Officer Paul Bauwer
Dinocroc2004Dr. Campbell
Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye2004TV SeriesWes Kenner
The $cheme2003Xavier Felix
The Practice2003TV SeriesD.A. Robert Webb
Judging Amy2002-2003TV SeriesMartin

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
El Cortez2006associate producer

Sound Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mr. North1988ultra stereo consultant

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Triloquist2008performer: "Get Along Little Dummies"

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The History of Hill Street2011Video documentaryHimself
The 50 Greatest Television Dramas2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Inside TV Land: Cops on Camera2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Entertainment Tonight Presents: Hill Street Blues - Behind the Badge2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1998TV SpecialHimself
The Earth Day Special1990TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
The 40th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1988TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
Baby M1988TV MovieRick Whitehead
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1987TV MovieHimself
The 13th Annual People's Choice Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favourite Television Drama Program
The 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1986TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporitng Actor in Drama Series
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1985TV SeriesHimself
Night of 100 Stars II1985TV MovieHimself
Star Search1984TV SeriesHimself - Introducer
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1984TV SpecialHimself
The 36th Primetime Emmy Awards1984TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
The 10th Annual People's Choice Awards1984TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favourite TV Dramatic Program
The 35th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Battle of the Network Stars XIV1983TV SpecialHimself - NBC Team Captain
The 34th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1982TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Battle of the Network Stars XII1982TV SpecialHimself - NBC Team
The 8th Annual People's Choice Awards1982TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favourite Overall New TV Program
The Regis Philbin Show1981TV SeriesHimself
The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1981TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Imps*2009Larry (segment "Worst Fears")
Half Past Dead 22007VideoLester McKenna

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
1985Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama SeriesHill Street Blues (1981)
1984Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesHill Street Blues (1981)

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2005TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsFavorite "Casual Friday" CopHill Street Blues (1981)
1990Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesMidnight Caller (1988)
1988Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a SpecialBaby M (1988)
1986Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TVHill Street Blues (1981)
1986Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesHill Street Blues (1981)
1985Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TVHill Street Blues (1981)
1985Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesHill Street Blues (1981)
1983Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesHill Street Blues (1981)
1982Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesHill Street Blues (1981)
1981Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesHill Street Blues (1981)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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