- Father was Adlai Stevenson's law partner.
- Studied with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio in New York City, and made his film debut in Elia Kazan's Wild River (1960).
- Among his many unsavory character roles, known as the guy "who killed John Wayne" in The Cowboys (1972), which brought him death threats from some of the Duke's fans.
- Is an avid long-distance runner since childhood who has, by his own estimate, logged more than 100,000 miles.
- Took on the supporting role of Jane Fonda's marine captain husband suffering from post traumatic stress disorder in Coming Home (1978) after Jon Voight switched from that part into the lead, playing the paraplegic.
- In 2007, wrote about his life and career in Things I've Said, But Probably Shouldn't Have: An Unrepentant Memoir.
- 1983, Berlin Film Festival — Silver Bear for Best Actor: Winner
- 2014, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical: Nominee
- 1979, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- 1975, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- 2013, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
- 1981, Genie Awards — Best Performance by a Foreign Actor: Nominee
- 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
- 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 2013, Cannes Film Festival — Best Actor: Winner
- 1983, Genie Awards — Best Performance by a Foreign Actor: Nominee
- 2014, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Nominee
- 1978, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- 2013, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Leading Actor: Nominee
- George Dern — Grandfather
- Jean Dern — Mother
- Diane Ladd — Ex-wife
- Adlai Stevenson III — Godparent
- John Dern — Father
- Archibald MacLeish — Uncle
- Diane Elizabeth Dern — Daughter
- Andrea Beckett — Wife
- Laura Dern — Daughter
- Attended University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Season 12, Episode 3
- Birth Name: Bruce MacLeish Dern
- Birth Place: Winnetka, IL
- Birthday: June 4, 1936, Gemini
- Profession: Actor
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