Bruce William Boxleitner (born May 12, 1950) is an American actor, and science fiction and suspense writer. He is known for his leading roles in the television series How the West Was Won, Bring 'Em Back Alive, Scarecrow and Mrs. King (with Kate Jackson), and Babylon 5 (as John Sheridan in seasons 2–5, 1994–98).
Bruce Boxleitner in May 2008
Bruce William Boxleitner
May 12, 1950
Elgin, Illinois, U.S.
|Known for||Luke Macahan|
Lee Stetson a.k.a. Scarecrow
Captain John Sheridan
(m. 1977; div. 1987)
(m. 1995; div. 2011)
Verena King-Boxleitner (m. 2016)
He is also known for his dual role as the characters Alan Bradley and Tron in the 1982 Walt Disney Pictures film Tron, a role which he reprised in the 2003 video game Tron 2.0, the 2006 Square-Enix/Disney crossover game Kingdom Hearts II, the 2010 film sequel, Tron: Legacy and the animated series Tron: Uprising. He co-starred in most of the Gambler films with Kenny Rogers, where his character provides comic relief.
Boxleitner was born in Elgin, Illinois, the son of a certified public accountant. He attended Prospect High School in Mount Prospect, Illinois, and the Goodman Theater School of Drama of the Art Institute of Chicago (later renamed The Theatre School at DePaul University).
Boxleitner is best known for his leading roles in the television series How the West Was Won, Bring 'Em Back Alive, Scarecrow and Mrs. King (with Kate Jackson and Beverly Garland), and Babylon 5 (as John Sheridan in seasons 2–5, 1994–98).
He also starred in The Gambler (as Billy Montana, alongside Kenny Rogers: 1980, 1983 and 1987) and in such TV movies as Judith Krantz's Till We Meet Again and Danielle Steel's Zoya. In 2005, he co-starred as Captain Martin Duvall in Young Blades. He has also starred in several films within the Babylon 5 universe, including Babylon 5: In the Beginning (TV, 1998), Babylon 5: Thirdspace (TV, 1998), Babylon 5: A Call to Arms (TV, 1999), and the direct-to-DVD Babylon 5: The Lost Tales (2007).
He has appeared in many other TV shows, including an appearance in 1973 as Rick Welsh, a University of Minnesota Track Star, in the season four episode, "I Gave at the Office" in The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Other appearances include Gunsmoke, Tales from the Crypt, Touched by an Angel, The Outer Limits and She Spies, and in 1982, he played Chase Marshall in the TV film Bare Essence, with Genie Francis. He was a member of the cast of Heroes for seasons three and four, playing New York Governor Robert Malden in three episodes. He also appears on the television series Chuck as the father of Devon Woodcomb. He was in such made-for-television films as The Secret, Hope Ranch, Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door, Pandemic, Sharpshooter and Aces 'n Eights.
Boxleitner was a guest-star on NCIS in the fall of 2010. He played Vice Admiral C. Clifford Chase, a high-ranking Navy official. Boxleitner also lends his voice to the animated version of his iconic character Tron in the animated series Tron: Uprising. The series premiered on Disney XD on June 7, 2012. He also reprises the character Alan Bradley/Tron from the films Tron and Tron: Legacy. From 2013-2015, he played Bob Beldon, the owner of the local bed and breakfast, in the Hallmark Channel series Cedar Cove.
Boxleitner later recurred on Supergirl portraying Baker, the Vice-President of the United States who is later sworn in as the new President after Lynda Carter's character Olivia Marsdin is outed as a Durlan by Mercy Graves and Otis Graves. He gained the role after Brent Spiner stepped down due to a scheduling conflict related to a family matter.
He has also appeared in several films, including Tron (in which he played the title role) and The Baltimore Bullet (1980) with James Coburn. He reprised his role in the Tron sequel Tron: Legacy and in the video game Tron: Evolution which was released alongside the film Tron: Legacy, as he did for sequel video game named Tron 2.0, and Disney/Square Enix crossover video game Kingdom Hearts II. Boxleitner also voice as Col. John Konrad in video game Spec Ops: The Line. He also starred as Confederate General James Longstreet in the 2003 film Gods and Generals. He provides the voice of Colin Barrow in the animated science fiction horror film Dead Space: Downfall, based on the video game Dead Space. Other films he has been in include Kuffs, The Babe, Brilliant, Snakehead Terror, Legion of the Dead, King of the Lost World, Shadows in Paradise and Transmorphers: Fall of Man.
In 2011, he officially announced that he will reprise his role as Alan Bradley/Tron in Tron 3. July 2015 Boxleitner said that he is done with the franchise, as "it's been too up and down for me. I would rather not just keep going. I don't want to repeat my career anymore."
From 1986 to 1989, Boxleitner appeared in advertisements for Estee Lauder's "Lauder For Men".
Boxleitner is credited as the author of two science fiction novels with a Western setting, Frontier Earth (1999) and Searcher (2001). - although the novels were in fact ghost-written by William H Keith Jr.
Boxleitner's first marriage (1977–1987) was to American actress Kathryn Holcomb, who co-starred with him on How The West Was Won as his on-screen sister Laura. They had two sons together: Sam (born 1980) and Lee (born 1985). Holcomb went on to marry English actor Ian Ogilvy.
Boxleitner's second marriage (1995–2011) was to American actress Melissa Gilbert. They had one son together: Michael (born 1995). Gilbert also guest-starred as Boxleitner's on-screen wife, Anna Sheridan, during Season 3 of Babylon 5. On March 1, 2011, Gilbert announced that she and Bruce had separated after 16 years of marriage. On August 25 of the same year the Associated Press reported that, based on court records, Gilbert had filed for divorce.
He was friends with actress Beverly Garland for nearly 30 years. He met her on an episode of How The West Was Won, and later co-starred alongside her on Scarecrow & Mrs. King, though he had very few scenes with her. Then, in 1986, Boxleitner presented Garland the Golden Boot Award. After the cancellation of Scarecrow, Boxleitner remained close to Garland, contacting her consistently, until her death, on December 5, 2008. He said in an interview, "I used to keep up with Beverly Garland until she passed. There was actually a hotel named after her. She was such a trip. She was a great lady."
|1975||Sixpack Annie||Bobby Joe|
|1980||The Baltimore Bullet||Billie Joe Robbins|
|1981||Fly Away Home||N/A||Uncredited|
|1982||Tron||Alan Bradley / Tron|
|1982||Bare Essence||Chase Marshall|
|1987||Angel in Green||Captain William Wicker|
|1988||Red River||Matthew Garth|
|1991||Murderous Vision||Detective Kyle Robeshaw|
|1991||Diplomatic Immunity||Cole Hickel|
|1992||The Babe||Jumpin' Joe Dugan|
|1992||The Secret||Patrick Dunmore|
|1992||Perfect Family||Allan Bodine|
|1992||Double Jeopardy||Jack Hart|
|1998||Babylon 5: In the Beginning||Capt. John J. Sheridan|
|1998||Babylon 5: Thirdspace||Capt. John J. Sheridan|
|1999||Babylon 5: A Call to Arms||President John J. Sheridan|
|1999||Free Fall||Mark Ettinger|
|2000||The Perfect Nanny||Dr. Robert Lewis|
|2003||Gods and Generals||James Longstreet|
|2004||Snakehead Terror||Sheriff Patrick James|
|2007||Babylon 5: The Lost Tales||President John J. Sheridan|
|2008||Transmorphers: Fall of Man||Hadley Ryan|
|2010||Tron: Legacy||Alan Bradley / Tron / Rinzler|
|2011||Tron: The Next Day||Alan Bradley||Short film|
|1974||The Chadwick Family||Danny|
|1975||A Cry for Help||Richie Danko|
|1976||The Macahans||Luke Macahan|
|1976||Kiss Me, Kill Me||Douglas Lane|
|1977||Murder at the World Series||Cisco|
|1978||Happily Ever After||Jack|
|1979||The Last Convertible||George Virdon|
|1980||Kenny Rogers as The Gambler||Billy Montana|
|1981||Little House on The Prairie episode ‘A Wiser Heart’||Professor Westahoff|
|1983||Kenny Rogers as the Gambler: The Adventure Continues||Billy Montana|
|1983||I Married Wyatt Earp||Wyatt Earp|
|1986||Down the Long Hills||Louis L'amour|
|1987||Kenny Rogers as the Gambler, Part III: The Legend Continues||Billy Montana|
|1987||Passion Flower||Larry Janson|
|1988||Red River||Matthew Garth|
|1988||The Town Bully||Robert Doniger|
|1989||From the Dead of Night||Peter Langford|
|1989||Road Raiders||Charlie Rhodes|
|1994||The Maharaja's Daughter||Patrick O'Riley|
|1994||Gunsmoke: One Man's Justice||Davis Healy|
|1994||Gambler V: Playing for Keeps||Billy Montana|
|2002||Hope Ranch||J.T. Hope|
|2003||Killer Flood: The Day the Dam Broke||Jordan Walker|
|2005||A Killer Upstairs||Detective Bruning|
|2006||Mystery Woman: Wild West Mystery||Clint Lawson|
|2006||Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door||Frank Lucas|
|2007||Bone Eater||Sheriff Steve Evans|
|2011||Love's Everlasting Courage||Lloyd Davis|
|2013||Silver Bells||Bruce Dalton|
|2015||So You Said Yes||Nick|
|1973||The Mary Tyler Moore Show||Rick||Episode: "I Gave At the Office"|
|1974||Hawaii Five-O||Cam Farraday||Episode: "We Hang Our Own"|
|1975||Gunsmoke||Toby Hogue||Episode: "The Sharecroppers"|
|1975||Hawaii Five-O||Kevin Caulder||Episode: "And the Horse Jumped Over the Moon"|
|1975||Police Woman||Ed Krohl||Episode: "Paradise Mall"|
|1976||Baretta||Tom||Episode: "The Left Hand of the Devil"|
|1976||Hawaii Five-O||Paul Colburn||Episode: "The Capsule Kidnapping"|
|1976–79||How the West Was Won||Luke Macahan||25 episodes|
|1980||Wild Times||Vern Tyree||2 episodes|
|1981||East of Eden||Charles Trask||Episode: "Part One"|
|1982–83||Bring 'Em Back Alive||Frank Buck||17 episodes|
|1983–87||Scarecrow and Mrs. King||Lee Stetson||89 episodes|
|1989||Judith Krantz's Till We Meet Again||Jock Hampton||2 episodes|
|1991||Tales from the Crypt||Winton Robbins||Episode: "Top Billing"|
|1994–98||Babylon 5||Captain John J. Sheridan||87 episodes|
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television
|1998||Touched by an Angel||Scott Tanner||Episode: "The Peacemaker"|
|2000||The Outer Limits||Senator Wyndom Brody||Episode: "Decompression"|
|2003||She Spies||The Chairman||3 episodes|
|2005||Commander in Chief||Tucker Bayes||Episode: "First Choice"|
|2005||Young Blades||Captain Martin Duvall||13 episodes|
|2006||American Dad!||Himself||Episode: "Tears of a Clooney"|
|2008–09||Chuck||Dr. Woody Woodcomb||2 episodes|
|2008–09||Heroes||Robert Malden||3 episodes|
|2010–17||NCIS||Vice Admiral C. Clifford Chase||2 episodes|
|2011||CHAOS||Ray Bishop||Episode: "Glory Days"|
|2012||GCB||Burl Lourd||4 episodes|
|2013–15||Cedar Cove||Bob||30 episodes|
|2018||Fly||Captain Nathaniel Price, Sr.||16 episodes|
|2019||When Calls the Heart||Gentleman Johnny||Guest Appearance|
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- "Bruce Boxleitner Biography". filmreference.com. Retrieved June 5, 2010.
- "BRUCE BOXLEITNER as Captain John Sheridan - Babylon 5 GENUINE AUTOGRAPH". amazon.co.uk. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
- "Exclusive: NCIS Enlists Scarecrow and Mrs. King's Bruce Boxleitner". TVGuide.com. Retrieved October 13, 2010. He reprised this role in the spring of 2017.
- Ernie Estrella (June 9, 2015). "9 reasons more TRON Uprising is the answer to Disney's TRON sequel problem". blastr. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
...the Grid's security program, Tron (Bruce Boxleitner) is slowly dying from a virus.
- "Bruce Boxleitner Added to Cast as Series Regular in Hallmark Channel's "Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove"". The Futon Critic. May 20, 2013.
- "Barbara Niven Added to Cast As Series Regular in Hallmark Channel's "Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove"". The Futon Critic. May 29, 2013.
- "'Supergirl's' Brent Spiner Exits as Season 4 Role Recast With Bruce Boxleitner". The Hollywood Reporter. August 21, 2018.
- Topel, Fred (July 30, 2015). "Exclusive: Bruce Boxleitner on 'Tron 3′ – "I'm Done With It. I've Moved On"". Slashfilm. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
- Boxleitner, Bruce (1999). Frontier Earth: HC. Ace Hardcover. ISBN 978-0-441-00589-5.
- Boxleitner, Bruce (2001). Frontier Earth: Searcher. New York: Ace Books. ISBN 978-0-441-00799-8.
- William H. Keith Jr. bibliography#With Babylon 5 celebrities
- "Cover Story: Our Tiny Miracle – Vol. 45 No. 8". February 26, 1996.
- "The-Complete-Babylon-5-Double-Autograph-DA1-Bruce-Boxleitner-and-Melissa-Gilbert The-Complete-Babylon-5-Double-Autograph-DA1-Bruce-Boxleitner-and-Melissa-Gilbert Have one to sell? Sell now The Complete Babylon 5 Double Autograph DA1 Bruce Boxleitner and Melissa Gilbert". ebay.com. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
- Eng, Joyce. "Melissa Gilbert and Bruce Boxleitner Split". TVGuide.
- "Actress Melissa Gilbert Files for Divorce in LA". New York Times. August 25, 2011.
- "NEWS RELEASE: ACTOR BRUCE BOXLEITNER APPOINTED TO NATIONAL SPACE SOCIETY BOARD OF GOVERNORS". nss.org. June 2, 1998. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
- "Bruce Boxleitner interview". lanterncitytv.com. Archived from the original on February 12, 2015. Retrieved February 8, 2016.
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