Two-time Oscar nominee BRUCE DERN's tremendous career is made up of playing both
modern day heroes and legendary villains. Through decades of lauded
performances, Dern has acquired the reputation of being one of the most talented
and prolific actors of his generation.
Dern has several high profile independent film projects completed, including the
highly anticipated "Chappaquiddick," where he portrays Joe Kennedy, "The Peanut
Butter Falcon" and "White Boy Rick" opposite Matthew McConaughey (January 26,
Sony Pictures). He also stars with Jane Fonda and Robert Redford in the upcoming
Netflix film "Our Souls at Night" (Fall 2017). Other upcoming titles include
"Class Rank," "Warning Shot," "Abilene," "The Lears," "American Dresser" and
In 2015, Dern reteamed with his "Django Unchained" director Quentin Tarantino in
the ambitious & critically-acclaimed "The Hateful Eight." In 2013, Dern earned
his second Academy Award nomination for his heralded role in Alexander Payne's
"Nebraska." That role also garnered him a Best Actor Award from the Cannes Film
Festival and the National Board of Review. He was also nominated for a BAFTA,
Golden Globe, Independent Spirit Award, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award
and Screen Actors Guild Award.
Dern was also nominated for an Emmy in 2011 for his portrayal of polygamist
patriarch Frank Harlow in HBO's hit drama "Big Love."
A celebrated stage actor, Dern was trained by famed director Elia Kazan at the
legendary The Actor's Studio and made his film debut in Kazan's "Wild River" in
1960. In the 60's, Dern also found success as a distinguished television actor.
regularly in contemporary Western TV series, as well as on "Alfred Hitchcock
Presents." Mr. Hitchcock was such a fan of Dern's that he cast him in "Marnie"
and "Family Plot" (Hitchcock's final film).
Also during the 60's, Dern went on to work with director Roger Corman and
appeared in several of his classic and decade defining films including "Wild
Angels." He also received critical success during that time for films such as
"They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" and "Drive, He Said." Dern goes down in history
for his role as Long Hair in "The Cowboys," in which he became the only man ever
to kill John Wayne on screen.
Dern went on to star in such classic films like "The King of Marvin Gardens"
with Jack Nicholson and Ellen Burstyn as well as playing Tom Buchanan in "The
Great Gatsby" (for which he received a Golden Globe nomination). It was his
brilliant and powerful performance in Hal Ashby's "Coming Home" that earned him
both an Academy Award and Golden Globe nomination.
Dern has starred in over 100 films in his career, including: "Monster,"
"Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte," "Silent Running," "Smile," "Middle Age Crazy,"
"That Championship Season," "Tattoo," "The â€˜Burbs," "The Haunting," "All the
Pretty Horses," "Masked and Anonymous," "Down in the Valley," "Astronaut
Farmer," "The Cake Eaters," "Black Sunday," "Madison," "Diggstown," "Twixt" and
"Last Man Standing."
Dern has received several Lifetime Achievement Awards from various film
festivals. In 2010, Dern received the prestigious Hollywood Walk of Fame star
along with his ex-wife Diane Ladd & daughter Laura Dern, the only family in
history to receive their Stars in one ceremony.
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