Bruce Campbell is an American actor, writer, comedian, producer, and director, widely known for his role as Ash Williams in the horror franchise The Evil Dead. Since the late 1970s, he has also appeared in several other films and on television.
Campbell’s directing expertise became a reality, starting with films such as Fanalysis (2002), Community Speaks (2004), Man with the Screaming Brain (2005), My Name Is Bruce (2007), and several others.
In 2016, Bruce Campbell won two awards for best television actor, including the Fangoria Chainsaw Award and the Saturn Awards. He continues to work on films and has his autobiography entitled If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B-movie actor.
Bruce Campbell Biography
Bruce Lorne Campbell was born on June 22, 1958, in Royal Oak, Michigan, the son of parents Joanne Louise (mother) and Charles Newton Campbell (father), an amateur actor and traveling poster inspector. He is of Scottish descent and the youngest of two siblings; he has an older brother named Don and an older half-brother named Michael Rendine.
He is a graduate of Wylie E. Groves High School, where he was interested in acting. Campbell graduated from Western Michigan University and retained his passion for the world of entertainment.
Bruce Campbell’s career in the film industry dates back to 1976 when he began acting at a young age. At that time he was making short films with friends, but his friendship with Sam Raimi during their time in high school marked the beginning of his journey to a successful career in the entertainment industry.
His collaboration with Raimi led to the creation of a half-hour Super 8 version of the first Evil Dead film, Within the Woods. The duo got back together after several years working on The Evil Dead, in which Campbell starred and was also the co-executive producer. It wasn’t until four years after the horror film was first released that it became the number one and most-watched film in the UK.
The film was also distributed in the United States, resulting in two sequels: Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness. Campbell’s character as Ash Williams was also featured in the Marvel Zombie comics and in all the series of Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness.
Apart from the series The Evil Dead, Campbell has appeared in many of Raimi’s films, including the SpiderMan movie series; Darkman; Bubba Ho-Tep, in which he played the role of Elvis Presley; Maniac Cop and Maniac Cop 2.
Campbell parodied his career in the self-dramatization My Name is Bruce while continuing to star in other mainstream films such as The Hudsucker Proxy (1994); Escape from L.A. (1995); Timequest (2000); The Majestic (2001), Congo (1995); Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)…etc.
In television series, the experienced actor starred in Jack of All Trades (2000), The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr, Ellen (1996-1997), Xena: Warrior Princess (1997-1999), Beggars and Choosers (2001). Campbell is also responsible for directing a series of episodes of Hercules and Xena and the finale of the Hercules series.
Bruce Campbell has a rerun of his role as Ashley “Ash” Williams in Ash vs. Evil Dead, the series that launched his acting career. The film has been aired on Starz since October 31, 2015, followed by a renewal through the cable channel for the second and third seasons.
He has lent his voice as Ash in several video games based on the horror series, including Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick, Evil Dead: Hail to the King, and Evil Dead: Regeneration. Others include The Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man: The Movie, Spider-Man 2&3, and Pitfall 3D: Beyond the Jungle.
In addition to his Hollywood career, Bruce Campbell is an ordained minister and has hosted weddings for couples.
Campbell’s career over the last decades has not only brought him fame and the love of millions of fans but has also made him super-rich. His net worth is estimated at $10 million. Certainly, his net worth will continue to grow as he embarks on more works.
The actor is married to Ida Gearon, a costume designer, whom he met on a film set called Mindwarp. The couple has been together since 1991 and lives in Jacksonville, Oregon. Campbell and his first wife Christine Deveau had two children, Rebecca and Andy before they separated after six years of marriage (1983-1989).
Other Interesting Facts
1. He stands at a height of 6 feet 1 inch and weighs about 80 kg
2. Bruce is nicknamed The Chin B-Movie Bruce.
3. To further his career, Campbell moved to Los Angeles and quickly gained a foothold in film productions and leading roles in genre films.
4. In 2014, he began directing the Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival, which initially ran for five days (August 21-25, 2014), followed by the second (August 20-23, 2015) and third (August 2016).
5. From 1976 to 2018, he worked in more than a hundred films as the main character, supporting actor, or behind the camera.
6. During one of his interviews with the Evil Dead actor whose character retired as “Ash Williams” in 2018, he revealed that he smoked marijuana for the first time during the original Evil Dead period, and probably for the last time.