Bruce MacLeish Dern (born June 4, 1936) is an American actor. He is the father of actress Laura Dern and was formerly married to actress Diane Ladd.
He is generally regarded as a talented actor who has suffered from typecasting due to having had a series of roles as "psycho" characters early in his film career. Nevertheless, in his 60s, he continues to be a sought after performer.
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