Bruce McGill is a famous American actor. He has been a part of the actor circle for over 40 years now, and is noted for his versatility. Each one of his works reflects his deep passion for acting. So, without further ado, let’s discuss in detail who exactly McGill is.
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Early Life and Education
Bruce McGill was born on 11 July 1950, in San Antonio, Texas, USA to Adriel Rose and Woodrow Wilson McGill. His mother was an artist, whereas his father worked as a real estate/insurance agent; he has two siblings named Pamela and David.
Bruce got his early education from Wilshire Elementary School, and matriculated from Douglas MacArthur High School, after which he attended the University of Texas and majored in Drama. McGill has American nationality.
At a very young age, Bruce had developed an interest in the acting world, thus after graduating from the university, he decided to pursue acting as a career. However, his journey was not easy, and he had to struggle a lot. It wasn’t until McGill moved to Los Angeles that he got a break.
Initially Bruce worked as a stage actor – in 1973 he joined the National Shakespeare Company located in Washington, DC. In the same year, McGill also joined the Trinity Square Repertory Company of Providence, Rhode Island, and worked with them ‘til 1975, participating in “Sherlock Holmes (1973)”, “Peer Gynt (1974)” and “Tom Jones (1974)”, and in 1975 Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” at the Vivian Beaumont Theater; he played the role of Osric and was also an understudy for Laertes. In 1977 McGill along with David Clennon participated in “The Cherry Orchard”, and later stage appearances were in the “My One and Only (1983)” musical, and in 2008 he participated in Pasadena production’s “Orson’s Shadow”.
In 1977 Bruce made his movie debut in a minor role in “Handle with Care”, then a year later he appeared in “National Lampoon’s Animal House” as Daniel Simpson ‘D’ Day. At that time, McGill was effectively unemployed and desperately needed work, however, this role ended up becoming his most well-recognized work. In “Animal House” he performed the William Tell Overture for which Bruce made use of his fingers and a windpipe. In 1983 he appeared in the Oscar-winning film “Silkwood” in the role of Mace Hurley.
In 1986 McGill acted as Dan Durley in the comedy film “Wildcats”., and subsequent appearances included in the movies “The Last Boy Scout (1991)”, “My Cousin Vinny (1992)”, “Cliffhanger (1993)”, “Timecop (1994)”, “Black Sheep (1996)”, and Rosewood (1997)”. Renowned director Michael Mann even stated that McGills was his favorite actor. They worked together on three films, ie “The Insider (1999)”, “Ali (2001)” and “Collateral (2004)”. All of them were major hits and increased Bruce’s popularity and Mann’s reputation.
In 2008 he appeared in “The Recount” in the role of Mac Stipanovich. His most recent films are “Waiting Game”, “The Best of Enemies” and “Pom”, all released in 2019.
In 1979 McGill again took up the role of Daniel Simpson ‘D’ Day in the TV series “Delta House”, a spinoff from “Animal House”, which was the start of his television career. In 1981 he played the role of Glenn in “A Whale for the Killing” TV series. However, his best-known role is Jack Dalton from “MacGyver”, in which Bruce was a recurring character, lasting from 1985 ‘til ‘92.
He also briefly appeared in the award-winning series “Quantum Leap (1989-1993).”
In 1995 McGill was in “Home Improvement” as Doug O’Brien, and more recently his greater contributions were in 22 episodes of “The Cleveland Show” (2009-2013), and he also participated in “Rizzoli & Isles as Det. Vince Korsak from 2010 ‘til 2016. Other appearances were in “No Ordinary Family (2010)”, “The Good Wife (2012)”,” Blue Bloods (2016)”, “NCIS (2017)” and “Scandalous (2018)”, etc. His most recent work was in the mini-series “The I-Land.”
Donald Trump Campaign
Bruce McGill is a major supporter of the Republic Party. During the 2016 US elections, he narrated various commercials for Donald Trump’s campaign.
Celebrities Bruce McGill worked with
McGill has worked in the acting industry for almost 40 years, during which he’s interacted with well-known stars such as John Belushi, Michael Caine, Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, Meg Ryan, Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx.
In 2013 he was nominated for a Golden Derby Award, and in 2019 Bruce won the Pasadena International Film Festival award as Best Actor for “Waiting Game”.
Marriage and Children
Bruce married Gloria Lee in 1994 and they’ve been together since then; McGill has no children.
Bruce is 69 years old; his height is 5ft 9 ins (1.75 m), and he weighs around 172lbs (78kg). His hair color is Salt and Pepper, whereas his eyes are blue. McGill has a large build, however, his exact body statistics are unavailable.
His net worth as of early 2020 is around $2 million.
- Bruce enjoys sailing in his free time.
- He is a good piano player.
- While working on the MacGyver McGill and Richard Dean Anderson became good friends. Even today, they still keep in contact with each other.
- Initially, Everette McGill was supposed to be cast in Babylon 5 but, the director mixed up the names and Bruce was hired. McGill gave such an outstanding performance that the audience were speechless, and they continued the project with him.
- His father has a mixed ethnic background, ie Irish, French and English, whereas his mother belonged to Jewish Ashkenazi lineage.
- In 2009 he performed the duties of Honorary Grand Marshal.
- Bruce’s favorite role is Walter Hagen from “The Legend of Bagger Vance,” because it was a challenging movie.
- His birth sign is Cancer.