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BRUCE DERN (Hal) is known for his critically acclaimed and award-winning performances throughout four decades. Among his recent appearances are "Monster,” with Charlize Theron, "Masked and Anonymous”; "Madison”; "Milwaukee, Minnesota”; and the Hallmark Channel telefilm "Hard Ground,” opposite Burt Reynolds.

After studying at Lee Strasberg's Actors Studio in New York, Dern began winning roles on Broadway. In 1960, he was cast in Elia Kazan's "Wild River.” Relocating to Hollywood, he went on to create more than a hundred television and movie character portraits, receiving his first Best Supporting Actor award from the National Film Critics Association for his role in Jack Nicholson's "Drive, He Said.” His numerous honors since then include Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for "Coming Home,” Genie Award nominations for his work in "Middle Age Crazy” and "Harry Tracy, Desperado,” and the Best Actor Award at the Berlin Film Festival for "That Championship Season.”

ern's credits also include leading roles in "The Great Gatsby,” "Family Plot,” "Black Sunday,” "Smile,” "The Driver,” "The King of Marvin Gardens,” "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?” "Tattoo,” "Space,” "Toughlove,” "Down Periscope,” "Mulholland Falls,” "Last Man Standing,” "The Haunting,” "All the Pretty Horses” and "The Glass House.”

He received rave reviews for his performances in Showtime's "Mrs. Munck” with Diane Ladd, and TNT's "Amelia Earhart: The Final Flight.” 

Dern will next be seen starring in the drama "The Cake Eaters,” directed by Mary Stuart Masterson and scheduled for a 2007 release.

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