Celebrity Birthday of the Day – June 22


I’m filling in for the mike for today’s celebrity birthday because the subject is a personal hero of mine. Bruce Campbell is the king of all b-movies. Starting his career with the cult hits Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2, Campbell went on to play roles in many Sam Raimi and Coen Bros. movies, including their underrated collaboration The Hudsucker Proxy. He also rounded off the Evil Dead trilogy with the brilliantly campy Army of Darkness, but besides his chainsaw-sporting turn as Ash, I think my favourite film role of his has to be as Elvis in Bubba Ho-Tep. In addition to movies, Campbell has also had a terrific career in television, with roles on such shows as Xena: Warrior Princess, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr., and Jack of All Trades. His most recent endeavour is the television series Burn Notice, which I hear is loads of fun. Oh, and he’s also made a few awesome childrens’ movies, such as Sky High and Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs. And let us not forget the movie where he played himself as a layabout drunk: My Name Is Bruce. As if all of that wasn’t enough, Campbell has written two books to date, and they’re both hilarious: his autobiography If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor and the fictional Make Love The Bruce Campbell Way. Hail to the king, baby.

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