Bruce Campbell is an American actor, producer and voice artist. Best known for his role of Ash Williams in the Evil Dead franchise, Campbell has lent his voice for animated movies like Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and Spider-Man: The Movie to name a few. This is his complete biography, workout and diet routine as well as statistics.
Bruce Campbell Statistics
|Full Name: Bruce Lorne Campbell|
|81 kg (178.5 lbs)||6’-0.5” (184.2 cm)||64 years|
|Date of Birth||Birthplace||Nationality|
|June 22, 1958||Royal Oak, Michigan, USA||American|
Bruce Campbell Biography
Bruce Lorne Campbell was born on June 22, 195 in Royal Oak, Michigan. His father, Charles Newton Campbell was a college professor and advertising executive. He also worked as an actor in the local theatre scene. Bruce’s mother Joanne Louise was a homemaker and he has two siblings, elder brothers, named Don and Michael (Half brother). The family has English and Scottish ancestry.
Campbell attended the Wylie E. Groves High School and later studied at the Western Michigan University. While studying at the Wylie E. Groves High School, he met future filmmaker Sam Raimi and the two became friends for life and later collaborated for some of the most significant projects in their career.
Campbell’s acting and filmmaking journey started when he was just a teenager. While in school, he made Super 8 movies with friends and acted in them. Super 8 is a motion picture format that was released by Kodak Eastman in 1965 as an improvement over the regular home movie format. As mentioned before filmmaker Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell had become good friends during school days and collaborated for multiple projects. The duo teamed up professionally for the first time in 1978 and made the 30-minute Super 8 version of the first Evil Dead movie, Within The Woods. The movie was made to attract investors to put their money on the horror movie franchise.
The Evil Dead Franchise
Campbell played the lead character of Ash Williams in the first Evil Dead movie released in 1981. Apart from acting, Bruce was involved in behind-the-camera work as well and he was credited as co-executive president. He went on to reprise the role in two sequels – Evil Dead 2 (1987) and Army of Darkness (1992). The franchise gained a lot of popularity and Bruce Campbell played a part in the crossover adaptations as well.
Campbell’s character Ash Williams featured in Marvel Zombie comics. He was drawn up in a total of five comic books in the Marvel Zombies vs Army of Darkness series. Ash Williams fought alongside Marvel superheroes to fend off people and superheroes that turned into Zombies. The comic adaptation enabled Campbell to reach an even larger audience.
While his career was progressing at a steady pace, Bruce Campbell continued his association with Sam Raimi outside of the Evil Dead franchise as well. He appeared in Raimi’s Spider-Man series, Darkman, The Quick and the Dead as well as Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness movies in cameo roles.
Bruce Campbell has been a part of multiple mainstream movies in supporting roles. Some of the most notable works include Hudsucker Proxy, Congo, Escape from LA, Majestic and the 2005 Disney movie Sky High. He has lent his voice for many successful animated movies as well as video games. The American actor was the voice of a lead character in the 2009 movie Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and lent voice to a supporting character in Pixar’s Cars 2.
Bruce Campbell loves doing quirky roles and has also directed the movie My Name is Bruce, which spoofed his own movie career. He produced the 2013 remake of Evil Dead along with Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert. Campbell also worked on the 2023 version of Evil Dead as an executive producer.
Bruce Campbell’s television career is almost as long as his film career. He grabbed attention while playing the character of a lawyer turned bounty hunter in the science fiction comedy western The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. Campbell has also been a part of notable television series like Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess. He also directed a number of episodes in Xena and Hercules.
More recently, Bruce Campbell reprised the role of Ash Williams in Ash vs Evil Dead, a TV adaptation of the Evil Dead franchise. He played the role for one season as the subsequent seasons were cancelled in spite of being signed. Making foray into non-fiction TV programs, the Evil Dead actor worked as a host and executive producer for the 2019 reboot of Ripley’s Believe it or not!
Starting with his autobiography – If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor – Bruce Campbell started his writing career. The book followed Campbell’s career trajectory over the years as an actor that mostly worked in low-budget movies and television series. It was a New York Times bestseller. His second book, Make Love! The Bruce Campbell Way touched upon a similar topic. Bruce was the central character in the book and the story followed his journey (in a comical way) as an actor that was struggling to find his footing in the mainstream cinema. He has also written columns for magazines and comic book series issues.
Bruce Campbell Workout Routine
Bruce Campbell has never put undue pressure on his body to look a certain way for any of his roles. Instead, he has made sure to look like an average guy so that more and more people watching him on screen can relate to the character better. While playing the role of Ash Williams in Evil Dead, Bruce had to fight off the evil. However, he did not look like a typical Hollywood hunk of the eighties that used his immense natural strength and action packed methods to do it. Instead, Ash Williams used his instincts, smart decision making and composure which is the only way for a common man to solve a problem. This made him more and more relatable. However, it does not mean that Bruce Campbell is not careful about his fitness and health.
Living in the Oregon state, Bruce Campbell explores the beautiful state through various outdoor activities that also serve as exercise and training. At this stage of his life, Bruce does not train overly heavy but he dedicates two to three days per week for weight training to tone his muscles. He is a big believer in the importance of stretching and dynamic warm-up exercises for maintaining joint health. He loves the benefits of stretching for smooth functioning of joints and muscles for outdoor activities like hiking and running.
Typical Training Week
Monday – Outdoor Hikes
The state of Oregon is blessed with incredible natural beauty. Bruce Campbell lives in this state with his wife. He starts his week with approximately an hour-long hike on Mondays. Hiking is one of the most effective ways to maintain heart health and also for building lower body strength. It is an endurance activity that stimulates the cardiovascular system. Additionally, exploring the outdoors through hiking can really have a tremendous impact on one’s mental health as well. As you get older, heart health, cardiovascular health and muscle strength need more and more attention. Campbell’s preference to hiking could have its roots in this idea.
Tuesday – Light Weights and Strength Training
Wait training is an essential aspect of fitness routine as it has a number of benefits to offer. The most important benefit of weight training is functional strength for performing daily activities like moving around, lifting, pushing, pulling or carrying objects. Additionally, it also offers benefits like maintaining muscle mass, burning fat etc. Bruce Campbell dedicates his Tuesdays for light weight training. He typically starts the training session with 20 minutes on a rowing machine. The training session typically includes compound movements like squats, lunges and pull-ups to name a few.
Typically, the workout includes:
- 20 minutes on the Rowing machine
- Squats (3 sets of 10 reps)
- Lunges (3 sets of 12 reps)
- Step-ups (3 sets of 10 reps)
- Pull-ups (3 sets of 8 reps)
- Rows (3 sets of 10 reps)
- Overhead Press (3 sets of 10 reps)
Wednesday – Rest
No matter how hard you work in the gym, you cannot make progress in the fitness journey if the body does not get sufficient rest to recover from the wear and tear of training. For the older populace, rest is essential to allow the tissue to repair itself. Bruce Campbell does not train on Wednesdays and spends time with his wife instead.
Thursday – Long Run
Long distance running has a plethora of benefits that range from building muscle endurance, building healthy joints, strengthening the cardiovascular system to relieving stress and uplifting mood and mental state. Running in the beautiful neighborhoods of Oregon helps Bruce Campbell gain positive energy and clear the head. After the long run, Campbell spends a few minutes training on the foam roller and also does light yoga activities.
Friday – Rest
Bruce Campbell gives his body rest on Fridays after the long run on the previous day. Although he rests on this day, the body is at work to repair the damage.
Saturday – Outdoor Hike
Bruce Campbell is back in the embrace of nature on Saturdays for a hike. Typically, he hikes 3 to 5 kms on Saturday for two hours.
Sunday – Strength Training
The second strength training session follows the Saturday hike as Bruce Campbell heads to the gym on Sunday. After warming up on a stationary bike for a few minutes, the Evil Dead actor performs compound movements like deadlifts, squats, dips and shoulder presses to name a few. Typically, the workout includes:
- 20 minutes on the stationary bike
- Squats (3 sets of 10 reps)
- Deadlifts (3 sets of 12 reps)
- Upright Rows (3 sets of 10 reps)
- Glute Bridge (3 sets of 8 reps)
- Dips (3 sets of 10 reps)
- Shoulder Press (3 sets of 10 reps)
- Crunches (3 sets of 12 reps)
Bruce Campbell Diet
Bruce Campbell follows a simple diet and does not stick to any extreme dietary practices. He changed his diet quite a lot to prepare for his role in a spy movie Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe. To play Ash Williams in Evil Dead, Bruce Campbell cut down meat quite a lot and relied more on eating healthy fats, vegetables and whole grains. He stays away from junk food and has given up foods like bagels and cream cheese to reduce the caloric intake.
To meet the daily nutritional requirements, Bruce Campbell might be taking supplements like creatine, protein and vitamin supplements.
Typically, Bruce Campbell’s full day of eating looks like this:
- 4 Egg Whites, 1 Whole Egg
- Bell Pepper, Mushrooms, Onion
- Half an Avocado
- Grilled Chicken Bowl
- Brown Rice
- Fresh Vegetables
- Salmon or Chicken
- Corn on the Cob
- Fresh Vegetables Salad
Bruce Campbell got married to Christin Deveau in 1983. The couple has two children. However, they divorced in 1989. While filming for MIndwarp, Campbell met costume designer Ida Gearon and the couple got into a relationship. They got married in 1992 and now live in Jacksonville, Oregon.
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