• Bruce McGill is an American actor known for his versatility and deep passion for acting.
• He attended the University of Texas and majored in Drama.
• He is best known for his role as Daniel Simpson ‘D’ Day in 1978’s “National Lampoon’s Animal House”.
• He is a major supporter of the Republic Party and narrated commercials for Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.
• His net worth is estimated at $2 million.

Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$2 million
Date Of BirthJuly 11, 1950
SpouseGloria Lee
MarkFrequently cast in 'Michael Mann' films.
FactEnjoys sailing.

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.

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.

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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.

TV Series

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.”

Bruce Mcgill

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.

Physical features

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.

Net Worth

His net worth as of early 2020 is around $2 million.

Interesting Facts

  • 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.

General Info

Full NameBruce McGill
Net Worth$2 million
Date Of BirthJuly 11, 1950
Height1.76 m
ProfessionVoice Actor
EducationUniversity of Texas at Austin, Douglas MacArthur High School


SpouseGloria Lee
ParentsAdriel Rose Jacobs, Woodrow Wilson McGill
SiblingsPamela McGill, David McGill


MoviesRide Along, Ride Along 2, Law Abiding Citizen, Animal House, Run All Night, Collateral, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Matchstick Men, Cinderella Man, My Cousin Vinny, Timecop, The Last Boy Scout, The Insider, Runaway Jury, Shallow Hal, Vantage Point, The Sum of A...
TV ShowsRizzoli & Isles, Wolf Lake, Live Shot, MacGyver, Delta House, Semi-Tough

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#Marks / Signs
1Often plays real life figures such as politicians and other figures of authority.
2Frequently cast in 'Michael Mann' films.


1(2012, on The Hand and working with Oliver Stone) I was looking for any A-features, and Michael Caine really made it an A-feature. So I thought, "Well, sure, that'd be great!" And it was a great experience. I really loved working with Michael Caine. He's a really skilled and experienced actor. I learn something from everybody, but when you work with somebody like that, you actually learn things you can put in your toolbox, things about craft. Not necessarily life lessons, but actual things he knows that you can pick up. To watch Oliver (Stone) direct his first film-I wouldn't change anything. I was really glad to be there, and then I was glad to see him again when we did W. He's a really smart guy, he's a really good writer, and...He has a certain kind of personality. But I really enjoy him. He's not everybody's cup of tea, but I like him a lot.
2(2012, on handling rejection) One of the defense mechanisms I have for the difficulties in the business, one of which is rejection, is that if I do the work, I go in, and I'm prepared and I audition and they don't hire me, I'm always just amazed, thinking, "Wow! For that money, they could've had Bruce McGill, and they didn't take me? I just think that's amazing. Well, too bad for them." Rather than go, "Oh, what did I do wrong?" I just don't do that. I don't go down that road. So it's a built-in defense mechanism, but also, I feel that way. I feel like with what I know and what I can deliver, if I look enough like the guy they want to even have me in, and they don't use me, then that's their shortcoming. It's a reflection on their inability to see what's right in front of them rather than my inability to get the role.
3(2012, on Matchstick Men) I think it's one of a handful of the best movies I've done. I think it's one of Nic Cage's top performances. Sam Rockwell and myself and Nic just loved that movie. It's a really good grown-up comedy. I just think the world of that. And to play the two realities at all times was very liberating.


1Played U.S. President Calvin Coolidge in For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada (2012). He has also played members of three Presidential Cabinets: Edwin Stanton in Lincoln (2012), George Tenet in W. (2008), and George Ball in 'Path to War (2002)(TV)'.
2He was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame on March 11, 2010 at their 10th anniversary awards ceremony.
3Remains in close contact with his MacGyver (1985) co-star Richard Dean Anderson.
4Accomplished pianist.
5Was mistakenly cast for the Babylon 5 installment, Severed Dreams. The executive producer had actually wanted Everett McGill. Bruce McGill performed well, however, and the show remains a fan favorite.
6Served as the honorary grand marshal in San Antonio on April 25, 2009.
7Was in the first episode (as Weird Ernie) and last episode (as Al the Bartender) of the series "Quantum Leap". They were the only two episodes he guested on.
8Has appeared in three different productions in which he played the supervisor (of one kind or another) of a time travel project: Quantum Leap (1989), Timecop (1994) and Star Trek: Voyager (1995).
9His love of acting began on stage at Wilshire Elementary School in San Antonio, Texas.
10His favorite roles to date have been Animal House (1978) and The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000).
11Enjoys sailing.
12Earned a B.F.A. in acting from The University of Texas at Austin, and later made his professional debut as a member of Rhode Island's Trinity Square Repertory Company, appearing in numerous theatrical productions.
13Among his many theatrical affiliations are the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and National Shakespeare Company in Washington, D.C.
14Related to former Texas senator A. R. Babe Schwartz.




Blue Bloods2016TV SeriesBig Rick Wolf
Rizzoli & Isles2010-2016TV SeriesVince Korsak
Ride Along 22016Lt. Brooks
Run All Night2015Pat Mullen
American Dad!2011-2014TV SeriesJudge
Ride Along2014Lt. Brooks
Mr. Sophistication2013Jerry Paar
Ben and Kate2013TV SeriesRandy Fox
The Cleveland Show2009-2013TV SeriesLloyd Waterman / Mr. Waterman
Me Again2012Big Earl
The Good Wife2012TV SeriesJeremy Breslow
Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse2012Video GameAdditional Voices (voice)
Lincoln2012Edwin Stanton
Unconditional2012/IVDetective Miller
For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada2012President Calvin Coolidge
FDR: American Badass!2012Louis
Apart2011/IDr. Thomas Abner
No Ordinary Family2010TV SeriesAllan Crane
Fair Game2010/IJim Pavitt
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2009TV SeriesGordon Garrison
Medium2009TV SeriesJerry Carlisle
Law Abiding Citizen2009Jonas Cantrell
Columbia Ave.2009ShortSam The Lawyer
Held Hostage2009TV MovieBen Summers
Obsessed2009Joe Gage
The Perfect Game2009Mr. Tanner
From Mexico with Love2009Billy
Psych2009TV SeriesFire Chief Dan Trombly
W.2008/IGeorge Tenet
Recount2008TV MovieMac Stipanovich
A Line in the Sand2008Matty Kopac
Vantage Point2008Phil McCullough
Kings of the Evening2008Wilfred Cheedle
Area 572007TV MovieGen. Keller
The Lookout2007Robert Pratt
Numb3rs2007TV SeriesAustin
The Good Life2007Frank Jones
Humble Pie2007Mr. Grigoratus
Outlaw Trail: The Treasure of Butch Cassidy2006Garrison
Valley of the Heart's Delight2006Horace Walsh
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2006TV SeriesCongressman Peter Bellingham
Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil2006VideoGen. Norman T. Vance
Enemies2006TV Series
Laws of Chance2006TV Series
Slow Burn2005Godfrey
Elizabethtown2005Bill Banyon
Cinderella Man2005Jimmy Johnston
Why Don't You Dance?2005Short
Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction2005Video GameAgent Mitchell Buford (voice)
Justice League2003TV SeriesGeneral McCormick
Runaway Jury2003Judge Harkin
Matchstick Men2003Chuck Frechette
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde2003Stanford Marks
Where Are They Now?: A Delta Alumni Update2003Video shortDaniel Simpson 'D-Day' Day
Live from Baghdad2002TV MoviePeter Arnett
The Sum of All Fears2002National Security Advisor Revell
Path to War2002TV MovieGeorge Ball, Undersecretary of State
Wolf Lake2001-2002TV SeriesWillard Cates / Dr. Sokolov
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2002TV SeriesJimmy Tadero
The Practice2002TV SeriesJudge Charles Fleming
Shallow Hal2001Reverend Larson
61*2001TV MovieRalph Houk
Exit Wounds2001Frank Daniels
The Ballad of Lucy Whipple2001TV MovieJonas Scatter
Inside the Osmonds2001TV MovieGeorge Osmond
The Legend of Bagger Vance2000Walter Hagen
Running Mates2000TV MovieSen. Mitchell Morris
Deep Core2000Sam Dalton
Gideon's Crossing2000TV SeriesKirk Bales
Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine1999Video GameAgent Simon Turner, CIA (voice)
The Insider1999Ron Motley
A Dog of Flanders1999William
Star Trek: Voyager1999TV SeriesCaptain Braxton
The Magnificent Seven1999TV SeriesDicky O'Shea
Murder She Purred: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery1998TV MovieSheriff Rick
Ground Control1998T.C. Bryant
Letters from a Killer1998Brinker
Everything That Rises1998TV MovieAlan Jamison
Lawn Dogs1997Nash
I Am Weasel1997TV SeriesBaboon's Dad / Santa
Spy Game1997TV SeriesAndrei Dupchek
Rosewood1997Duke Purdy
Dave's World1997TV SeriesMr. Holroyd
Mocking the Cosmos1996ShortGorgan / Gordan
Courage Under Fire1996McQuillan
Babylon 51996TV SeriesMajor Ed Ryan
Tracey Takes On...1996TV SeriesMr. Devine
Black Sheep1996Neuschwander
Shadow of a Doubt1995TV MovieDr. Fred Williams
Live Shot1995TV SeriesJoe Vitale
Perfect Alibi1995Det. Spivak
Sweet Justice1995TV SeriesDakin Saunders / Saunders
The Good Old Boys1995TV MovieCity Marshall
Mr. Payback: An Interactive Movie1995Video GameJames Konklin
Home Improvement1995TV SeriesDoug O'Brien
The Commish1994TV SeriesBob Ruffington
Bakersfield P.D.1994TV SeriesCaptain Stocker
A Perfect World1993Paul Saunders
Shameful Secrets1993TV MovieJudge Ian Greenstein
Walker, Texas Ranger1993TV SeriesBoone Waxwell
Family Dog1993TV SeriesMartin Mahoney
Black Tie Affair1993TV SeriesHal Kempner
Cliffhanger1993Treasury Agent
Quantum Leap1989-1993TV SeriesAl the Bartender Weird Ernie
Black Widow Murders: The Blanche Taylor Moore Story1993TV MovieMorgan
Play Nice1992Captain Foxx
Desperate Choices: To Save My Child1992TV MovieDan Ryan
MacGyver1986-1992TV SeriesJack Dalton / 'The Great Sheldrake'
My Cousin Vinny1992Sheriff Farley
Crash Landing: The Rescue of Flight 2321992TV MovieFlight Engineer Dudley Dvorak
The Last Boy Scout1991Mike Matthews
Tales from the Crypt1991TV SeriesLuigi "Lou" Paloma
The Perfect Tribute1991TV MovieLamon
Shoot First: A Cop's Vengeance1991TV MovieShifton
Davis Rules1991TV SeriesMike
Little Vegas1990Harvey
Goodnight Sweet Wife: A Murder in Boston1990TV MovieO'Meara
The Easter Story1990Video short voice
The Flockens1990TV MoviePhilip Flocken
Let's Get Mom1989TV MovieBruce
Hardball1989TV SeriesDutch
Out Cold1989Ernie
Three Fugitives1989Charlie
Crime Story1987TV SeriesNathan Hill
End of the Line1987Billy Haney
The Man Who Fell to Earth1987TV MovieVernon Gage
The Last Innocent Man1987TV MovieBurt Matson
The Secret of My Succe$s1987W. Shaw (uncredited)
American Playhouse1982-1987TV SeriesErnest Hemingway / Edward Philbrick / Reporter Blakely
No Mercy1986Lieutenant Hall
Club Paradise1986Dave the Fireman
As Summers Die1986TV MovieV.D. Skinner
Wildcats1986Dan Darwell
Miami Vice1985TV SeriesHank Weldon
Into the Night1985Charlie
Silkwood1983Mace Hurley
Tough Enough1983Tony Fallon
The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez1982Reporter Blakely
The Hand1981Brian Ferguson
A Whale for the Killing1981TV MovieGlenn
Semi-Tough1980TV SeriesBilly Clyde Pucket
Delta House1979TV SeriesDaniel Simpson Day (D-Day)
Animal House1978Daniel Simpson Day
F.I.S.T.1978Hitman (uncredited)
Handle with Care1977Blood


Family Guy2010TV Series performer - 1 episode
Miami Vice1985TV Series performer - 1 episode


Tricks of the Trade: Making 'Matchstick Men'2004Video documentary special thanks


The 1st Annual Carney Awards2015Himself
Run All Night: Shoot All Night2015Video documentary shortHimself
The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents2013TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Narrator
W.: No Stranger to Controversy - Oliver Stone's George W. Bush2009Video shortHimself - George Tenet
Animal House: The Inside Story2008TV MovieHimself
Big Break All-Star Challenge2006TV Special
17th Annual American Century Championship2006TV Mini-SeriesHimself
16th Annual American Century Championship2005TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Tricks of the Trade: Making 'Matchstick Men'2004Video documentaryHimself - 'Chuck Frechette' (Audition Tape)
The Yearbook: An 'Animal House' Reunion1998Video documentaryHimself
Baby M1988TV MovieHarold Cassidy

Archive Footage

Welcome to the Basement2015TV SeriesDaniel Simpson Day / Edwin Stanton
Edición Especial Coleccionista2011TV SeriesDaniel Simpson Day
What If...?2009TV SeriesVoice Talent
Dangerous Dynasty: The Bush Legacy2009Video documentary shortHimself - George Tenet (uncredited)
MacGyver1991TV SeriesJack Dalton


Nominated Awards

2013Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastLincoln (2012)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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