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With his blond, clean-cut, Ivy League handsomeness and ready-whipped smile reminiscent of Kennedyesque times, actor Bruce Davison fits the prototype of todays more current crop of fresh-faced, likable blonds such as Brian Kerwin and Aaron Eckhart. While it proved difficult at times for the actor to get past those perfect features and find meatier roles, his talent certainly overcame the handicap. Extremely winning and versatile, the award-worthy actor, now enjoying an over four decade career, has included everything from Shakespeare to Seinfeld. He has also served as a writer, producer and director on an infrequent basis.Born on June 28, 1946, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvanis, the son of Clair, an architect and musician, and Marian (Holman) Davison, a secretary, Bruces parents divorced when he was just three. He developed a burgeoning interest in acting while majoring in art at Penn State and after accompanying a friend to a college theater audition. Making his professional stage debut in 1966 as Jonathan in Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamas Hung You in the Closet and Im Feelin So Bad at the Pennsylvania Festival Theatre, he had made it to Broadway within just a couple of years (1968) in the role of Troilus in Tiger at the Gates at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. The year after that he was seen off-Broadway in A Home Away from Home and appeared at the Lincoln Center in the cast of King Lear.Success in the movies came immediately for the perennially youthful-looking actor after he and a trio of up-and-coming talents (Barbara Hershey [then known as Barbara Seagull], Richard Thomas and Catherine Burns) starred together in the poignant but disturbing coming-of-age film Ostatnie lato (1969). From this he was awarded a starring role opposite Kim Darby in Truskawkowe oswiadczenie (1970), an offbeat social commentary about 60s college radicalism, and in the cult horror flick Szczury (1971) in which he bonded notoriously with a herd of rats.Moving further into the 70s decade, his film load did not increase significantly as expected and the ones he did appear in were no great shakes. With the exception of his co-starring role alongside Burt Lancaster in the well-made cavalry item Ucieczka Ulzany (1972) and the powerful low-budget Short Eyes (1977) in which he played a child molester, Bruce was surprisingly ill-used or underused. Insignificant as the elder Patrick Dennis in the inferior Lucille Ball musical film version of Mame (1974), he was just as overlooked in such movies as The Jerusalem File (1972), Mamuska, Furiat i Szybkosciowiec (1976), Grand Jury (1976) and Celuj do generala (1978). Bruce wisely looked elsewhere for rewarding work and found it on the stage and on the smaller screen. Earning strong theatrical roles in The Skin of Our Teeth, The Little Foxes and A Life in the Theatre, he won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for his work in Streamers in 1977. On TV, he scored in mini-movie productions of Mourning Becomes Electra (1978), Deadmans Curve (1978) (portraying Dean Torrence of the surf-era pop duo Jan and Dean) and, most of all, Summer of My German Soldier (1978) co-starring Kristy McNichol as a German prisoner of war in the American South who falls for a lonely Jewish-American girl. In 1972 Bruce married actress Jess Walton who appeared briefly as a college student in Truskawkowe oswiadczenie (1970) and later became a daytime soap opera fixture. The marriage was quickly annulled the following year.The 1980s was also dominated by strong theater performances. Bruce took over the role of the severely deformed John Merrick as The Elephant Man on Broadway; portrayed Clarence in Richard III at the New York Shakespeare Festival; was directed by Henry Fonda in The Caine Mutiny Court Martial; played a moving Tom Wingfield opposite Jessica Tandys Amanda in The Glass Menagerie; received a second Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for his work in the AIDS play The Normal Heart; and finished off the decade gathering up fine reviews in the amusing A.R. Gurney period piece The Cocktail Hour. While hardly lacking for work on film (Letnia goraczka (1983), Zbrodnie namietnosci (1984), Szpiedzy tacy jak my (1985), and The Ladies Club (1986)), few of them made use of his talents and range. It was not until he was cast in the ground-breaking gay drama Dlugoletni przyjaciele (1989) that his film career revitalized. Giving a quiet, finely nuanced, painfully tender performance as the middle-aged lover and caretaker of a life partner ravaged by AIDS, Bruce managed to stand out amid the strong ensemble cast and earn himself an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Although he lost out to the flashier antics of Joe Pesci in the mob drama Chlopcy z ferajny (1990) that year, Bruce was not overlooked -- copping Golden Globe, Independent Spirit, New York Film Critics and National Society of Film Critics awards. Other gay-themed films also welcomed his presence, including Wyprawa po zycie (1995) and Moje przyjecie (1996). The actor eventually served as a spokesperson for a host of AIDS-related organizations, including Hollywood Supports, and, elsewhere, is active with foundations that help children who are abused.Bruce has been all over the screen since his success in Dlugoletni przyjaciele (1989). Predominantly seen as mature, morally responsible dads and politicians, his genial good looks and likability have on occasion belied a weak or corrupt heart. Bruce married actress Lisa Pelikan in 1986 (well over a decade after his first marriage ended) and they have one son, Ethan, born in 1996. The handsome couple became well known around town and worked frequently together on stage (The Downside, Love Letters, Breaking the Silence, To Kill a Mockingbird) and in TV movies (Color of Justice (1997)). Bruces more popular films these days have included Szósty stopien oddalenia (1993) starring Will Smith, the family adventure film Daleko od domu: Przygody zóltego psa (1995) and the box-office hit X-Men (2000) and its sequel in the role of Senator Kelly. More controversial art-house showcases include Dahmer (2002), as serial killer Jeffrey Dahmers father, and Hate Crime (2005), as a bigoted, murderous pastor.Bruce has attempted TV series leads in later years. With Harry i Hendersonowie (1991), he ably directed a number of the shows episodes. He has also been tapped for recurring parts on Kancelaria adwokacka (1997) and Slowo na L (2004), and is fondly remembered for his comedy episodes on Kroniki Seinfelda (1989) as an attorney who goes for Georges (Jason Alexander) throat when Georges fiancée dies inexplicably of toxic poisoning. The actor recently completed a TV series revival of Nieustraszony (2008).Divorced from Lisa Pelikan, Bruce is married these days to third wife Michele Correy and has a daughter by her, Sophia, born in 2006. They live in the Los Angeles area.. Date of Birth, 28June 1946,Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ,Height, 61(1.85m) .
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