Tuesday, March 13, 2012

03/13 Host: Larry Manetti, Guest: Bruce Boxleitner

One of Hollywood’s leading men, Bruce Boxleitner most recently 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.

Boxleitner is looking forward to 2012 when he stars and has a recurring role in two anticipated upcoming network TV series, including the debut of his first animated Disney TV series.

Bruce will reprise his role as TRON in TRON: UPRISING airing on Disney’s XD TV network summer 2012. The multi-talented cast includes: Elijah Wood as BECK, Mandy Moore as MARA, Nate Corddry as ZED, Lance Henriksen as TESLER, Paul Reubens as PAVEL and Emmanuelle Chriqui as PAIGE.

The Sci-Fi series highlights a young program named BECK (Wood) and his warrior mentor TRON (Boxleitner) as they start an uprising against the oppressive regime of CLU. The combination of computer generated images and two-dimensional animation is bold and dynamic. Eddie Kitsis and Adam Horowitz wrote TRON: LEGACY and produced the “hit” series LOST and the new ABC-TV series ONCE UPON A TIME.

The multi-talented actor will also appear in a recurring role, in the upcoming ABC-TV series GCB (formerly titled GOOD CHRISTIAN BELLES). The cast includes: Kristin Chenowith, Annie Potts and David James Elliott. The series debuts on Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 10pm EST/PST.

Bruce Boxleitner also starred in the Hallmark Channel movie, LOVE’S RESOUNDING COURAGE and guest-starred on CBS-TV’s popular series NCIS. NBC’s HEROES utilized Bruce as the recurring character ‘SENATOR’ ROBERT MALDEN and he guest-starred on NBC’s series CHUCK. In addition, the multi-talented actor starred in Hallmark Channel’s movie of the week, FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE GIRL NEXT DOOR. Boxleitner is known to Sci-Fi fans worldwide as the star of the popular TV series BABYLON 5. He played 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.

Bruce’s four year run starring opposite Kate Jackson in CBS-TV’s SCARECROW AND MRS. KING endeared him to fans everywhere and made him a name to remember. Bruce is also well known for his leading roles in the CBS series BRING ‘EM BACK ALIVE; mini-series EAST OF EDEN; THE LAST CONVERTIBLE; KISS ME, KILL ME; FLY AWAY; HAPPILY EVER AFTER and PASSION FLOWER.

Boxleitner loves westerns and used his extensive skills as a horse rider and roper starring as BILLY MONTANA opposite Kenny Rogers in four out of five GAMBLER TV mini-series that aired on CBS and NBC. The mini-series was based on the best-selling song performed by Kenny Rogers.

Bruce will be inducted into the “historic” Cowboy Hall of Fame in April 2012 honoring him for his illustrious career starring in westerns.

Boxleitner also starred in additional Westerns including: GUNSMOKE V:ONE MAN’S JUSTICE ( James Arness), CBS’ remake of RED RIVER ( Gregory Harrison, James Arness and Laura Johnson) and WYATT EARP:RETURN TO TOMBSTONE ( Hugh O’Brian). WYATT EARP was filmed on location in Tombstone, Arizona, site of the infamous shoot out at the O. K. Corral. The versatile actor also appeared in DOWN THE LONG HILLS, based on legendary western author Louis L’Amour’s novel of the same name.

Bruce’s plethora of TV movie credits include: THE SECRET ( Kirk Douglas and Brock Peters), PERFECT FAMILY (Jennifer O’Neal and Joanna Cassidy), DOUBLE JEOPARDY (Rachel Ward, Sally Kirkland and Sela Ward), THE MAHARAHJAH’S DAUGHTER (Hunter Tylo and Burt Young), etc.

Boxleitner has co-starred in several motion pictures including: GODS AND GENERALS (Robert Duvall, Jeff Daniels, Stephen Lang and Mira Sorvino), THE BABE ( John Goodman and Kelly McGillis), KUFFS (Christian Slater), THE BALTIMORE BULLET (James
Coburn) and the acclaimed science-fiction fantasy TRON (Jeff Bridges) and long-awaited sequel TRON: LEGACY (Jeff Bridges, Garret Hedlund, Olivia Wilde). The original TRON recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.

A native mid-westerner, Bruce Boxleitner received his formal training on stage. He is an alumnus of Chicago’s prestigious Goodman Theatre. He re-located to Los Angeles in 1972 and quickly landed a guest spot on the legendary TV series THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW. Bruce co-starred as James Arness’ nephew in his first TV movie: THE MACAHAN’S, which later became an ambitious series of 24 two-hour films under the title, HOW THE WEST WAS WON.

Bruce Boxleitner currently resides in Los Angeles and has three sons: Michael, Sam and Lee.

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