Bruce Campbell, “Ash,” Joins the Wizard World Comic Con Tour!
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|“Uncle Sam’s favorite son” as the lyrics to the theme of “Jack of All Trades” (2000) go, was born June 22, 1958 (the youngest of 3 brothers) in Royal Oak, Michigan. As a child, Bruce watched “Lost in Space” (1965) on TV, and ran around dressed as Zorro. He got the acting bug at age 8; his dad was performing in local community theater. At 14, Bruce got to play the young prince in “The King and I” and even got to sing. He went on to appear in several community theater productions, including “South Pacific”. However, he was also interested in directing, and shot super-8 flicks with a neighborhood pal. Perhaps through fate, he met future director Sam Raimi in a high school drama class in 1975. Soon, along with Sam, and now a bunch of other high school pals, Bruce filmed about 50 super-8 movies. During the summer of 1976, he was an apprentice in northern Michigan at Traverse City’s Cherry County Playhouse, a summer-stock company. Bruce worked 18-hour days putting up sets, being assistant stage manager, doing errands, etc. No money, but it was a learning experience (it was show biz). He attended Western Michigan University and took theater courses. Bruce became a production assistant for a company that made commercials in Detroit. In the early part of 1979, with buddy Sam Raimi, he decided to become a pro filmmaker. Armed with a super-8 horror film Within the Woods (1978) which they showed potential investors, they raised $350,000 to make The Evil Dead (1981) which Bruce co-produced and starred in as “Ash”. Four years later, the completed film became the best-selling video of 1983 in England, and New Line Cinema got it a US release. Around this time, he married his first wife, and they had 2 kids. They raised 10 times as much cash for the sequel Evil Dead II (1987) again co-produced by Bruce and starring him as “Ash”. He moved to L.A. In 1990, while filming Mindwarp (1992), he met his future second wife (costume designer Ida Gearon) on the set. In 1992, he rejoined Sam, and Bruce co-produced and starred as “Ash” in the 3rd of the Evil Dead trilogy, Army of Darkness (1992) for Universal Studios. On TV, Bruce directed many episodes of “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” (1995). Bruce also acted as the recurring character “Autolycus”, the King of Thieves; he portrayed this villain with zest in both “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” (1995) and “Xena: Warrior Princess” (1995). Bruce’s latest television venture was starring as the title rogue of “Jack of All Trades” (2000). Everybody loves Jack. And everybody’s heard of him - “There ain’t a French or pirate rogue who don’t know Jack!”|