Bruce Campbell

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Bruce Campbell lectures on his life as a B Movie actor.
Bruce Campbell (born June 22, 1958, Royal Oak, Michigan) is an American actor. Campbell is best known for his starring role as Ash in the Evil Dead trilogy of horror/slapstick movies.

Bruce Campbell began acting as a teenager and soon began making small Super 8 movies with friends. After meeting Sam Raimi in high school the two became good friends and started making movies together. A few years and at least fifty movies later, they got together with other family and friends and began work on The Evil Dead. Bruce was the star of the movie as well as working behind the camera, receiving a "co-executive producer" credit; Sam Raimi was the director. Four years later the movie became a cult hit in England, leading to American success and two sequels.

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Campbell during a television interview

Bruce Campbell has appeared in many of Sam Raimi's films outside of the Evil Dead series, usually in small roles. He was supposed to star in Darkman but the studio reportedly insisted on Liam Neeson. Bruce Campbell stayed on behind the scenes, credited as "additional voice recording," and appears in the film's final shot. He has also had several small parts in the movies of Joel and Ethan Coen (Joel was an editor on The Evil Dead). He is generally described as a "B-movie star," often appearing in films that go straight to video or cable TV.

Campbell is referred to in the 2002 film Dog Soldiers in which one of the characters is named after him.

Outside of film, Bruce Campbell has appeared in a number of television series. While he starred in The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. and Jack of All Trades, he is better known for his supporting role as the recurring character Autolycus on the fantasy series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess. He also directed a number of episodes of Hercules and Xena.

Campbell's autobiography, If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor (Campbell has a large chin) traces his career as an actor in low-budget movies and television. The paperback adds a chapter about the reaction of fans at book signings. Bruce has also finished a new book entitled "Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way." It is comedic novel featuring himself as the main character, struggling to make it into the world of 'A' list movies, and the ensuing chaos that results.


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