Husky American actor Bruce McGill made his film debut in Citizen's Band (1978), but it was his next film role, frat-brat "D Day" in National Lampoon's Animal House, that gained him a following. McGill repeated his D-Day characterization in the spin-off TV series Delta House (1979), then co-starred with David Hasselhoff in the 1980 weekly-TV version of the 1977 theatrical football comedy Semi-Tough. He went on to play a string of brusque authority types in films (Cliffhangers) and television (MacGiver, Live Shot). Fans of the fantasy series Quantum Leap (1989-93) may recall McGill's occasional guest shots, which ranged from mildly eccentric to truly weird. In 1987, Bruce McGill enjoyed one of his few feature-film leading roles in Waiting for the Moon. But it wasn't until the 1990s that casting directors really began to utilize McGill's unique range, and though he never won any awards, he shifted between film (A Perfect World, Timecop, The Insider) and television (Babylon 5, Star Trek: Voyager) with the skill of a seasoned pro. Any genre was fair game, and all were tackled with equal aplomb. At the dawn of the 2000s McGill seemed to shift his focus toward feature films, with roles in Ali, The Sum of All Fears, and Collateral helping to make him both a Michael Mann regular, and one of those welcomed faces that seems to turn up everywhere. Still TV just seemed to be in McGill's blood and after lending his voice to both Family Guy and The Cleveland Show he could be seen as a regular on the TNT detective series Rizzoli and Isles.
Biography by Hal Erickson
- Made his professional acting debut with the National Shakespeare Company in Washington, D.C.
- Had his big break in the role of Daniel "D-Day" Simpson Day in the 1978 comedy classic National Lampoon's Animal House.
- Became well-known for his recurring role as Jack Dalton in the television series MacGyver.
- Appeared in both the pilot and final episode of the television series Quantum Leap.
- Appeared in three films directed by Michael Mann: The Insider (1999), Ali (2001) and Collateral (2004).
- Landed a role in the TV series Babylon 5 after he was called in by mistake (casting wanted Everett McGill), but the producers were so impressed that they gave him the part.