Bruce Dern Celebrity Watchlist

Fast Facts

  • 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.

Awards

  • 1975, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1978, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1983, Genie Awards — Best Performance by a Foreign Actor: Nominee
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2013, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2013, Cannes Film Festival — Best Actor: Winner
  • 2014, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Nominee
  • 1981, Genie Awards — Best Performance by a Foreign Actor: Nominee
  • 2013, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Leading Actor: Nominee
  • 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

Relationships

  • Andrea Beckett — Wife
  • Laura Dern — Daughter
  • Diane Ladd — Ex-wife
  • Adlai Stevenson III — Godparent
  • John Dern — Father
  • Archibald MacLeish — Uncle
  • Diane Elizabeth Dern — Daughter
  • George Dern — Grandfather
  • Jean Dern — Mother

College

  • Attended University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA