THE ANT BULLY
BRUCE CAMPBELL (Fugax) raised $350,000 in 1979 with his Detroit friends, Sam
Raimi and Rob Tapert, to make the low-budget Evil Dead, which he starred in and co-executive
produced. Completed piecemeal over four years, the film first gained notoriety in England,
where it became the best-selling video of 1983, beating out The Shining. Following its
appearance at Cannes, where it earned praise from Stephen King, it was released in the U.S.
After co-Producing Crimewave, a cross-genre comedy written by Sam Raimi, Ethan and
Joel Coen, Campbell produced or starred in numerous genre films, including The Maniac Cop
series, Lunatics: A Love Story, Moontrap, and Mindwarp—a post-apocalyptic Jeremiah Johnson.
He rejoined his Detroit colleagues to star in and co-produce the second and third films in
the cult favorite Evil Dead trilogy. Moving into television, he starred in the highly regarded
series The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. and was a recurring guest star on the hit Lois and
Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Campbell also made the transition to directing,
helming numerous episodes of the popular series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and its
follow-up phenomenon Xena: Warrior Princess, while also starring in the recurring role of
Autolycos, the King of Thieves.
Campbell has since expanded his range on television, with appearances in the TV movie
Gold Rush; the update of The Love Bug; the hit TV film Tornado!; a starring role on NBC's
In the Line of Duty: Blaze of Glory; a recurring role on ABC's Emmy-nominated Ellen;
Homicide; The X-Files; and Showtime's edgy comedy Beggars and Choosers.
During that time, he also had featured roles in the film Congo, John Carpenter's Escape
from LA, and the award-winning independent crime drama Running Time, followed by roles in
the romantic comedy Serving Sara, Jim Carrey's The Majestic, and Sam Raimi's blockbuster
After a return to episodic television in the swashbuckling series Jack of All Trades,
Campbell took the title role in the cult sleeper Bubba Ho-Tep. His directorial debut, Man with
the Screaming Brain, recently premiered on the Sci Fi Channel, and Dark Horse Comics
published the comic adaptation. His most recent slate of films include the fun-filled family
adventure Sky High, the mystery-thriller The Woods; and Touch the Top of the World, an
inspiring true story about the first blind person to climb Mt. Everest.
Additionally, Campbell is enjoying his new role as an author with back-to-back New
York Times bestsellers: a memoir entitled If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor;
and his first novel, Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way. In the multi-media industry, Campbell
has provided voices on cutting-edge video games for Activision, THQ and Nova Logic, and also
enjoyed voicing characters for the animated TV series Tarzan. He shares his filmmaking
experience by lecturing at universities including Northwestern, Carnegie Mellon and Stanford.
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