Bruce Boxleitner

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Bruce Boxleitner
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Bruce Boxleitner, May 2011
BornBruce William Boxleitner
(1950-05-12) May 12, 1950 (age 64)
Elgin, Illinois, United States
Years active1973–present
Known forLuke Macahan
Alan Bradley/Tron
Lee Stetson a.k.a. Scarecrow
Captain John Sheridan
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Bruce Boxleitner
Bruce Boxleitner by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Bruce Boxleitner, May 2011
BornBruce William Boxleitner
(1950-05-12) May 12, 1950 (age 64)
Elgin, Illinois, United States
Years active1973–present
Known forLuke Macahan
Alan Bradley/Tron
Lee Stetson a.k.a. Scarecrow
Captain John Sheridan

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 Beverly Garland), and Babylon 5 (as John Sheridan in seasons 2–5, 1994–1998). 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 2010 sequel, Tron: Legacy[1] and the animated series Tron: Uprising.

Early life[edit]

Boxleitner was born in Elgin, Illinois, the son of a certified public accountant.[2] 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 Babylon 5 (as John Sheridan in seasons 2–5, 1994–1998). He also starred in The Gambler TV film series (as Billy Montana, alongside Kenny Rogers: 1980, 1983 and 1987). 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) and on CHAOS (Glory Days episode).

He has made appearances in many other TV shows, such as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Gunsmoke, Judith Krantz's Till We Meet Again, 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 also 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 has also been in the made-for-television films The Secret, Hope Ranch, Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door, Pandemic, The Bone Eater, Sharpshooter and Aces 'n Eights and "Bare Essence"(TV mini-series 1982) .

Boxleitner was a guest-star on NCIS in the fall of 2010. He played Vice Admiral C. Clifford Chase, a high-ranking Navy official.[3] 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. In 2012 he had a recurring role on the ABC series GCB as Burl Lourd, Gigi's, Annie Potts, love interest.


Bruce Boxleitner at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con in July 2010.

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.


From 1986–1989, Boxleitner appeared in advertisements for Estee Lauder's "Lauder For Men".


Boxleitner has written two science fiction novels with a Western setting: Frontier Earth (1999)[4] and Searcher (2001).[5]

Audio books[edit]

Boxleitner played a major role in the audio dramatization of The Great Secret, part of the Golden Age of Fiction series by L. Ron Hubbard. He also played Captain Gavin Blaire in the unabridged version of World War Z.

Personal life[edit]

Boxleitner in 2008

Boxleitner's first marriage (1977–1987) was to American actress Kathryn Holcomb, who had previously co-starred with him on How The West Was Won. They had two sons together: Sam (born 1980) and Lee (born 1985). Holcomb went on to marry English actor Ian Ogilvy. Ogilvy also guest-starred on Boxleitner's series Babylon 5.

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.

In 2003, Boxleitner was appointed to the Board of Governors of the National Space Society, a nonprofit, educational space advocacy organization founded by Dr. Wernher von Braun.

On March 1, 2011, Melissa Gilbert announced that she and Bruce had separated after 16 years of marriage.[6] On August 25 of the same year the Associated Press reported that, based on court records, Gilbert had filed for divorce.[7]


1974The Chadwick FamilyDannyTV movie
1975A Cry for HelpRichie DankoTV movie
1975Sixpack AnnieBobby Joe
1976The MacahansLuke MacahanTV movie
1976Kiss Me, Kill MeDouglas LaneTV movie
1977Murder at the World SeriesCiscoTV movie
1978Happily Ever AfterJackTV movie
1979The Last ConvertibleGeorge VirdonTV movie
1980The Baltimore BulletBillie Joe Robbins
1980Kenny Rogers as the GamblerBilly MontanaTV movie
1981Fly Away HomeUncredited
1982TronTron/Alan Bradley
1983I Married Wyatt EarpWyatt Earp
1983Kenny Rogers as the Gambler: The Adventure ContinuesBilly MontanaTV movie
1987Kenny Rogers as the Gambler, Part III: The Legend ContinuesBilly MontanaTV movie
1987Passion FlowerLarry Janson
1987Angel in GreenCaptain William Wicker
1988Red RiverMatthew Garth
1991Murderous VisionDetective Kyle Robeshaw
1991Diplomatic ImmunityCole Hickel
1992KuffsBrad Kuffs
1992The BabeJumpin' Joe Dugan
1992The SecretPatrick Dunmore
1992Perfect FamilyAllan Bodine
1994The Maharaja's DaughterPatrick O'RileyTV movie
1994Gambler V: Playing for KeepsBilly MontanaTV movie
1998Babylon 5: In the BeginningCapt. John J. Sheridan
1998Babylon 5: ThirdspaceCapt. John J. Sheridan
1999Babylon 5: A Call to ArmsPresident John J. Sheridan
1999Free FallMark Ettinger
2002ContagionPresident Howard
2002Hope RanchJ.T. HopeTV movie
2002PerilousJuddTV movie
2003Gods and GeneralsJames Longstreet
2004BrilliantDr. Dietrich
2004Snakehead TerrorSheriff Patrick James
2006Mystery Woman: Wild West MysteryClint LawsonTV Movie
2007Babylon 5: The Lost TalesPresident John J. Sheridan
2007Bone EaterSheriff Steve EvansTV movie
2008Transmorphers: Fall of ManHadley Ryan
2010Tron: LegacyTron/Rinzler/Alan Bradley
2011Love's Everlasting CourageLloyd DavisTV movie
201151Col. Martin
2011Tron: The Next DayAlan BradleyShort film
2013Silver BellsBruce DaltonTV Movie
1973Mary Tyler Moore ShowRickEpisode: "I Gave At the Office"
1974Hawaii Five-OCam FarradayEpisode: "We Hang Our Own"
1975GunsmokeToby HogueEpisode: "The Sharecroppers"
1975Hawaii Five-OKevin CaulderEpisode: "And the Horse Jumped Over the Moon"
1975Police WomanEd KrohlEpisode: "Paradise Mall"
1976BarettaTomEpisode: "The Left Hand of the Devil"
1976Hawaii Five-OPaul ColburnEpisode: "The Capsule Kidnapping"
1977-1979How the West Was WonLuke Macahan15 episodes
1980Wild TimesVern Tyree2 episodes
1981East of EdenCharles Trask3 episodes
1982–1983Bring 'Em Back AliveFrank Buck17 episodes
1983–1987Scarecrow and Mrs. KingLee Stetson89 episodes
1989Judith Krantz's Till We Meet AgainJock Hampton2 episodes
1991Tales from the CryptWinton RobbinsEpisode: "Top Billing"
1994–1998Babylon 5Captain John J. Sheridan88 episodes
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television
1998Touched by an AngelScott TannerEpisode: "The Peacemaker"
2003She SpiesThe Chairman4 episodes
2005Commander in ChiefTucker BayesEpisode: "First Choice"
2005Young BladesCaptain Martin Duvall13 episodes
2006American Dad!HimselfEpisode: "Tears of a Clooney"
2008–2009ChuckDr. Woody Woodcomb2 episodes
2008–2009HeroesRobert Malden3 episodes
2010NCISVice Admiral C. Clifford ChaseEpisode: "Broken Arrow"
2011CHAOSRay BishopEpisode: "Glory Days"
2012GCBBurl Lourd4 episodes
2012-2013Tron: UprisingTron17 episodes
2013Cedar CoveBobrecurring
Video Games
2005Kingdom Hearts IITron
2012Spec Ops: The LineColonel John Konrad


  1. ^ "Tron Legacy Star Bruce Boxleitner on the Rivalry Between Star Trek and Babylon 5". Retrieved June 5, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Bruce Boxleitner Biography". Retrieved June 5, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Exclusive: NCIS Enlists Scarecrow and Mrs. King's Bruce Boxleitner". Retrieved October 13, 2010. 
  4. ^ Boxleitner, Bruce (1999). Frontier earth hc. Ace Hardcover. ISBN 978-0-441-00589-5. 
  5. ^ Boxleitner, Bruce (2001). Frontier Earth: searcher. New York: Ace Books. ISBN 978-0-441-00799-8. 
  6. ^ Eng, Joyce. "Melissa Gilbert and Bruce Boxleitner Split". TVGuide. 
  7. ^ "Actress Melissa Gilbert Files for Divorce in LA". New York Times. August 25, 2011. 

Bruce also appeared on stage in a play in Chicago in the 1970s called "Status Quo Vadis" in theater in the round.

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