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Posted 2001-11-05 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Bruce Campbell is North America's most infamous cult movie star. His square-jawed filmography spans two decades, launching with the shlock-horror classic Evil Dead and including such big budget films such as Congo and Escape From L.A. He is also well known for his television roles, most notably the part of Brisco County Junior and Autolycus, King of Thieves from the Hercules and Xena series.

Bruce recently documented his life and times in his autobiography entitled If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor. But don't get the wrong impression -- just because Bruce has a book out, this champion of the Average Joe is still one of us. "In the same breath," said Bruce at a Toronto book signing, "I went from the set of Spider-Man, which is a hundred twenty million dollars, to Bubba Hotep, which was five hundred thousand dollars. So I'm still slumming it, don't you worry. I did a part on Weird Science, the TV show, because I needed a new water heater. I'm not kidding."

Campbell's voice-over wisecracks have been featured in a bevy of video games, including Hail to the King, based on the Evil Dead trilogy. Scads of fans have erected Web sites in tribute to their hero, but it is Campbell's own site that takes the cake. Bruce's site is crammed full of stats, details and anecdotes. Campbell is known as one of Hollywood's most accessible actors and maintains a close relationship with his fans.

"As the information age blossomed, my fan mail morphed into email. I have found this a much more manageable forum in which to communicate with fans." If Chins Could Kill is peppered with unedited fan email -- "little palette cleansers," as Bruce puts it. He estimates that 50% of his fans send him upbeat emails, while 1.7% write flamebait, letters he says he shouldn't even have opened. At the Toronto signing for Chins, Bruce prepared the right snotty attitude to read an example of vitriolic fan mail to his audience: "I was pretty amazed to hear you're working on writing a book," Campbell read with a smirk. "I wasn't sure that you were literate... I knew you could push the button when you wanted another banana, but real words? This isn't like doing Xena, you know."


Bruce Campbell's Website Six Pack:

Ask Jeeves
"What can I say? I'm an idiot and I need simple searches, with basic results."

Excite
"That's if I want to find anything more 'interesting.'"

Mapquest
"That's been a life-saver as far as printing out maps in strange cities and routing me (with an 85% accuracy) from A to B. Graphically, it's a little hard to read, but I'm glad it's there."

Amazon
"I've ordered gobs of books from them and the service has always been right on the money. The fact that they have my book listed doesn't hurt either..."

CDNow
"Same as above. It's so great to combat a life on the road with conveniences offered on sites like this. Pick a CD - order it - bang - it's at your house when you get back."

Internet Movie Database
"I know that they get ragged on for accuracy and thoroughness (and I sometimes agree), but they have a pretty extensive listing of information. It's a great place to go to refresh my mind about some actor I'm about to work with."



Originally appeared on Shift.com, Mark Moyes, editor.
 
     
 
   
 
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Comment posted by Pashakitty
March 27, 2007 @ 3:32 pm
     
 
So, what is Bruce's email address? I have been trying to find it online for quite a while and would really appreciate getting a strait answer for once without having to pay 39.99 a month to some celebrity search engine. I just don't have that kind of money, (yes, I'm poor).
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
March 27, 2007 @ 5:39 pm
     
 
I don't have it anymore, sorry Pashakitty :(
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by Pashakitty
March 28, 2007 @ 2:37 pm
     
 
Bummer, any chance you might know how I can go about finding it? If not thanks anyway.
 
     
 
     
   
 
 
     
 
     
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