One of Hollywood's prolific and versatile character actors, BRUCE McGILL
(Frechette) is well-known for such motion picture roles as the motorcyclist
fratboy D-Day in John Landis' milestone comedy "National Lampoon's
Animal House"; anti-tobacco district attorney Ronald Motley in Michael
Mann's Oscar-nominated "The Insider"; and golf legend Walter Hagen
in Robert Redford's "The Legend of Bagger Vance", among others.
McGill's acting career began on stage at Wilshire Elementary School in San
Antonio, Texas. After earning a B.F.A. in acting from the University of Austin,
Texas, he made his professional debut as a member of Rhode Island's Trinity
Square Repertory Company, appearing in such productions as "Tom
Jones", "Peer Gynt", "Lady Audley's Secret",
"Sherlock Holmes" and "The Tooth of Crime". Relocating to
New York, he appeared in the NY Shakespeare Festival's presentation of
"Hamlet", produced by legendary impresario Joseph Papp. This began a
long association with Papp and the NYSF, which included such classics as Henry V
and Othello. He co-starred with Twiggy and Tommy Tune in the long-running (22
months) Broadway musical "My One and Only", and played Iago to Raul
Julia's "Othello" for the NYSF's "Shakespeare in the
Park" series. Among his other theatrical affiliations are the Ensemble
Studio Theatre in New York and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and
National Shakespeare Company in Washington, D.C.
In 1976, McGill landed his first film role in Jonathan Demme's "Handle
With Care", and has gone on to log roles in more than 60 motion pictures,
including Mike Nichols' Oscar-nominated "Silkwood", Oliver Stone's
directorial debut, "The Hand", Robert M. Young's "The Ballad of
Gregorio Cortez", John Singleton's "Rosewood", John Duigan's
"Lawn Dogs", Edward Zwick's "Courage Under Fire", Clint
Eastwood's A" Perfect World", Jonathan Lynne's "My Cousin
Vinny", Tony Scott's "The Last Boy Scout" and John Landis'
"Into the Night". Among his additional big-screen credits are
"Waiting for the Moon", "Out Cold", "End of the
Line", "No Mercy", "Wildcats", "Club
Paradise", "Three Fugitives", "Cliffhanger", "Timecop"
and, more recently, "Exit Wounds", "Shallow Hal" and
"The Sum of All Fears".
McGill can currently be seen on screen with Reese Witherspoon and Sally Field in
the comedy sequel "Legally Blonde 2: Red White and Blonde". He will
next star in the pivotal role of the judge, opposite Gene Hackman, Dustin
Hoffman and John Cusack, in the film adaptation of John Grisham's best-seller,
"The Runaway Jury", set for an October release.
McGill has appeared in numerous network and cable series, from "Home
Improvement" to "C.S.I.", "The Practice" and
"Tales From The Crypt", as well as a number of HBO telefilms,
including "Running Mates" and Tommy Lee Jones' directorial debut,
"The Good Ol' Boys".
His most recent small-screen ventures have been portraying a trio of real-life
characters for HBO: the legendary Yankee manager Ralph Houk, in Billy
Crystal's award-winning movie "61*"; the chilling LBJ cabinet member
George Ball in John Frankenheimer's final film, "Path to War"; and
most recently, as outspoken and rebellious New Zealander and CNN newscaster
Peter Arnett in "Live From Baghdad".
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