As one of Hollywood’s leading men, Bruce Boxleitner has starred in a major motion picture franchise ("Tron"), numerous feature films, several popular TV series, produced a major network film and TV series, performed on Broadway and authored two science fiction novels.
Boxleitner has co-stared in two recent holiday TV movies: "The Thanksgiving House" on Hallmark Channel and "Silver Bells" on UP TV.
Boxleitner is a longtime favorite with sci-fi and western fans worldwide. He starred with Jeff Bridges in "Tron-Legacy," the popular motion picture sequel to Disney’s cult film "Tron." The cast also included Garret Hedlund and Olivia Wilde.
In addition, the multi-talented actor reprised his role in "Tron-Uprising" on Disney’s XD TV Network, his first animated TV series. The cast included Elijah Wood, Mandy Moore, Lane Henriksen and Paul Reubens. The original "Tron" recently celebrated its 30th anniversary.
Boxleitner’s film credits include "Gods and Generals" with Robert Duvall, Jeff Daniels, Stephen Lang and Mira Sorvino, "The Babe" with John Goodman and Kelly McGillis, "Kuffs" with Christian Slater and "The Baltimore Bullet" with James Coburn.
Numerous TV credits include "The Secret with Kirk Douglas, "Perfect Family" with Jennifer O’Neal and Joanna Cassidy, "Double Jeopardy" with Rachel Ward, Sally Kirkland and Sela Ward, "Passion Flower" with Barbara Hershey and Nicol Williamson and Hallmark Channel Original Movies "Love’s Resounding Courage" and "Falling In Love with the Girl Next Door."
The veteran actor has appeared in numerous recurring roles on TV series including "GCB," "Heroes," "NCIS" and guest-starred on "Chuck."
Boxleitner received his formal acting training on stage. A native mid-westerner, he is an alumnus of Chicago’s prestigious Goodman Theatre. In 1972, he starred in the Broadway production of Status Quo Vadis with Ted Danson. He then re-located to Los Angeles and quickly landed a guest spot on the legendary TV series "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" as well as numerous guest roles on series including "Hawaii 5-0," "Beretta," "Police Woman" and "Gunsmoke."
His big break occurred when he was cast opposite James Arness in the pilot for the epic TV series "How The West Was Won." He went on to star in the CBS series "Bring ‘em Back Alive," mini-series "East of Eden" and TV movie "The Last Convertible."
In 1982 Boxleitner was cast in the title role in Disney’s cult film "Tron" which garnered him sci-fi fans nationally and internationally. However, it was his four-year run on CBS-TV’s popular series "Scarecrow and Mrs. King," so-starring Kate Jackson, which endeared him to fans of all ages and made him a household name.
In 1994, Boxleitner joined the cast of the "hit" TV series "Babylon 5" as John Sheridan, President of the Interstellar Alliance, a war hero-turned diplomat at the helm of Earth Alliance Space Station in the year 2259. The show aired for five seasons.
Boxleitner is also known as an actor and skilled horseman and costarred in numerous western TV series and films. He and Kenny Rogers filmed several "The Gambler" TV movies that aired on CBS and NBC. Other projects included "Gunsmoke V: One Man’s Justice" with James Arness (Arness’ final film); CBS’ remake of "Red River" with Gregory Harrison, James Arness and Laura Johnson, "Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone" with Hugh O’Brian and "Down the Long Hills" based on legendary western author Louis L’Amour’s novel of the same name.
Boxleitner was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City in April 2012. He was honored for his illustrious career in western films. He is also a two-time recipient of the "Wrangler Award."
In 1999, Boxleitner authored Frontier Earth and in 2001, its sequel Frontier Earth: Searcher
published by The Berkley Publishing Group.
Boxleitner currently resides in Los Angeles and has three sons: Sam, Lee and Michael.