Bruce CampbellAmerican Actor and Former Jack of All Trades By Eric Schneider
The erstwhile Ash is a perennial fan favorite.
A B-movie actor of the highest order, the roguishly charming Bruce Campbell is adored by a legion of devoted fans, particularly for his signature role as the reluctantly heroic Ash in the Evil Dead horror trilogy. Campbell began starring in Super 8 movies as a teen with an enterprising young director named Sam Raimi behind the camera. This partnership led to the low-budget cult classic The Evil Dead, and, even more importantly, its sequel, Evil Dead II, which added an inspired dose of humor to the original's creatively gory proceedings. By the mid-1980s, Campbell was a working actor, albeit one who was frequently in over-the-top genre fare, but his career picked up in the '90s, as he reunited with Raimi for his third outing as Ash in the fantasy-oriented Army of Darkness. Following a fun, scenery-chewing supporting turn for his old friends Joel and Ethan Coen in The Hudsucker Proxy, Campbell started a long run of TV roles, most notably as the dashing lead on The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., a quirky and short-lived adventure series. Subsequently appearing in dozens of films and television shows, Campbell finally found his most high-profile gig as the laid-back ex-military operative Sam Axe on the spy series Burn Notice, a role perfectly suited to his amiable Everyman personality.