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I thought Bruce Dern was dead!

  1. Nov 11, 2007 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    until Tsu saw that he was in a recently made movie! :bugeye: At first I assumed that he didn't have any lines and that this might explain it...

    Really though this is just too weird. Did he get cancer, or have an accident, and almost die? I could swear that I heard Laura Dern talking about this a few years ago, and I was certain that she said that he had died. Having been a Bruce Dern fan since Silent Running, I was sad to hear about this, so it's hard to understand how I got this wrong - it was not something that I would only catch in part with limited interest.
     
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  3. Nov 11, 2007 #2

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    :uhh: I've never heard of him before, so can't be of much help (don't worry, I don't keep track of actors in general, so unless they're hitting headlines pretty frequently, I don't know most of their names, so that doesn't mean much in general), but are you sure this is the same person you thought was dead, or could it be a son (i.e., Jr) or someone else using the same stage name hoping to draw on someone else's prior fame?
     
  4. Nov 11, 2007 #3

    Ivan Seeking

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    My first thought was that it was one of the children in the movie - perhaps a son of Laura Dern, who is Bruce Dern's daughter and also an actress - but nope, it's him.

    I was so sure that when Tsu was reading from his Bio, which gave no date of death, I still refused to believe it. This is very unusual. It is one thing for me to get some detail wrong, but I was so sure about this that I can hardly imagine what it was that I heard. Still, it's good to see that Bruce is still alive and kicking!

    I see that Laura Dern had a sibling who died as a child, but Laura never knew her, so... dunno.
     
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  5. Nov 11, 2007 #4

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    Bruce is not dead and neither is is daughter Laura.
     
  6. Nov 11, 2007 #5

    Ivan Seeking

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    I've had a crush on Laura since I was a kid [well, young adult]. :biggrin: No, she was the one telling the story that I thought involved Bruce.
     
  7. Nov 11, 2007 #6

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    What's next? Elvis is not dead either?

    :)

    Zz.
     
  8. Nov 11, 2007 #7

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    I will always remember Bruce Dern for the movie "Silent Running". Movie theme sung by Joan Baez.

    Huey, Dewie and Louie. :cry:
     
  9. Nov 11, 2007 #8

    Ivan Seeking

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    Cool! You can watch Silent Running piecewise on YouTube.
     
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  10. Nov 11, 2007 #9

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    Oh, this is why I've never heard of him or this movie...I was all of a year old (if that) when that movie came out. :tongue: :rofl:
     
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  11. Nov 11, 2007 #10
    Bruce Dern is a cast member in HBO's 'Big Love'.
     
  12. Nov 11, 2007 #11

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    Moonie, you're a baby!!!
     
  13. Nov 11, 2007 #12

    Ivan Seeking

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    You would know Laura Dern as the scientist [female lead] in Jurassic Park.

    I thought she was very good in the movie "Fat Man and Little Boy", which you may have seen.
     
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  14. Nov 11, 2007 #13

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    Okay, now we're firmly into my generation here. I never knew her name before (told you I don't pay any attention to those things).
     
  15. Nov 12, 2007 #14
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    Bruce Dern is a character actor who specializes in playing strange, high strung characters. Sometimes he's the villain, sometimes the victim, sometimes the protagonist.

    His daughter, Laura most often plays well adjusted, straight forward, normal, characters, but she also played a wicked wild chick extremely well.

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  16. Nov 12, 2007 #15

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    I was thinking the same thing.

    Dern played bad guys in Westerns like Hang 'Em High back in the 60's.

    He's still around. He did an interview a few months ago on the regional NPR station. He has an interesting background. The following war brought up during the interview.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Dern
     
  17. Nov 12, 2007 #16

    Chi Meson

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    I've often wondered, did that movie feature Hollywood's first silent space explosion?
     
  18. Nov 12, 2007 #17

    Ivan Seeking

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    Well, there was the scene in "2001" when Bowman re-enters the ship after HAL locked him out. IIRC, he blew the explosive bolts on the hatch of the space pod.
     
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  19. Nov 12, 2007 #18

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    Trivia: First robot?
     
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