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