Bruce Boxleitner

Active - 1940 - 2020  |   Born - May 12, 1950 in Elgin, Illinois, United States  |   Genres - Science Fiction

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Biography by Hal Erickson

The first time that American actor Bruce Boxleitner set foot on stage, it was with a total of four hours' preparation. While in high school, Boxleitner was forced to jump into the role of My Fair Lady's Henry Higgins when the young man originally cast in the part came down with mononucleosis the day before the show. The applause that greeted Boxleitner's debut was enough to inspire him to continue studying drama at the Goodman Theatre. His first Broadway play flopped, but he managed to secure steady work in a series of villainous supporting roles in Hollywood. With the help of fabled super-agent Jay Bernstein, Boxleitner climbed to stardom, reaching a particularly lofty rung with his four season-stint (from 1983 to 1987) as government agent Lee Stetson on the TV series Scarecrow and Mrs. King. More recently, Bruce Boxleitner was seen as fictional ballplayer "Jumpin' Joe Dugan" in the 1992 Babe Ruth biopic The Babe.

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  • Starred as Horace Elgin in a 1972 production of Status Quo Vadis that ran in Chicago and D.C.; he transferred with the show to Broadway in 1973, where it only played a single performance before it closed.
  • Appeared on the final episode of Gunsmoke, which aired March 31, 1975.
  • Modeled for Estée Lauder's Lauder for Men campaign from 1986 to '89.
  • Won the 1996 Universe Reader's Choice Award for Best Actor in a TV Series for Babylon 5.
  • Author of several science fiction novels, including Frontier Earth (1999) and Searcher (2001).
  • Appointed to the Board of Governors of the National Space Society in 2003.
  • Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 2012.
  • Reprised his title role from Tron (1982) in voice-over work for the video games Tron 2.0, Tron: Evolution and Kingdom Hearts II, as well as the Disney XD television program TRON: Uprising.