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Bruce Dern in Marnie

Bruce Dern (1936 - )

Film DeathsEdit

  • Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (Cross of Iron; What Ever Happened to Cousin Charlotte?) (1964) [John Mayhew]: Decapitated with a meat-cleaver (off-camera) by the younger version of Mary Astor, after first having his hand chopped off. (Note: Mary only appears in the 1960s sequences; the younger version of her character is never seen on-camera during the 1920s prologue.)
  • The Wild Angels (1966) [Loser]: Shot in the back by a police officer during a chase; he dies of his injuries after his fellow gang members "rescue" him from the hospital.
  • The Trip (1967) [John]: Although he survives the movie in reality, at one point he appears as a corpse in Peter Fonda's hallucination.
  • Bloody Mama (1970) [Kevin Dirkman]: Machine-gunned across the back by Shelley Winters when he tries to surrender to the police. (his character was (loosely) based on real-life gang member Alvin Karpis, who was still alive at the time of the film's release).
  • The Cowboys (1972) [Asa 'Long Hair' Watts]: Dragged to his death after his leg gets tangled in his horse's reins, and A Martinez fires a shot to send the horse running.
  • The King of Marvin Gardens (1972) [Jason Staebler]: Shot to death by Ellen Burstyn.
  • Silent Running (1972) [Freeman Lowell]: Commits suicide by blowing up the ship, after sending the final forest module out into space.
  • Black Sunday (1977) [Captain Michael J. Lander]: Machine-gunned by Robert Shaw when Robert's helicopter pulls alongside the hijacked Goodyear Blimp (after Robert first shoots Marthe Keller) he dies of his wounds shortly after igniting the fuse to blow up the blimp.
  • Coming Home (1978) [Captain Bob Hyde]: Commits suicide by drowning himself in the ocean; we only see him walking into the sea at the end of the movie. (It could be interpreted that he's simply leaving his old life behind him, but the implication of suicide is very strong.)
  • Tattoo (1981) [Karl Kinsky]: Stabbed in the back with his own tattoo needle by Maud Adams while having sex with her. (Nudity alert: Rear)
  • The Astronaut Farmer (2006) [Hal]: Dies (off-screen) of old age/natural causes; his body is shown afterwards when his grandchildren (Jasper Polish and Logan Polish) come into the bedroom and discover him.
  • The Hole (2009) [Creepy Carl]: Killed (off-screen) by the nightmare entity from the hole; we only hear him screaming as the room grows dark.
  • Twixt (2011) [Sheriff Bobby LaGrange]: Hanged (off-screen) in the police station; his body is shown afterwards when Val Kilmer discovers him. (Due to the dreamlike nature of the story, it's ambiguous whether Bruce was killed by Alden Ehrenreich or whether he committed suicide.)
  • White Boy Rick (2018) [Roman "Ray" Wershe]: In the ending narration (provided by the real Richard Wershe Jr.), Richard mentions visiting his grandparents' graves, implying that both Bruce and Piper Laurie died sometime after the events of the film.
  • Freaks (2018) [Grandpa]: Shot in the chest by Grace Park when he stands in front of a bullet intended for his granddaughter (Lexy Kolker); he dies after speaking to Lexy.
  • Badland (2019) [Reginald Cooke]: Shot by James Russo; he slowly dies while his daughter (Mira Sorvino) cries by his side followed by his funeral.

TV DeathsEdit

  • Wagon Train: Those Who Stay Behind (1964) [Jud Fisher]: Shot to death by Robert Fuller as Bruce was trying to kill Peter Brown.
  • Gunsmoke: Ten Little Indians (1965) [Doyle Phleger]: Stabbed in the back when Nehemiah Persoff throws a knife at him while making love with a prostitute.
  • Gunsmoke: The Jailer (1966) [Lou Stone]: Shot down by James Arness from behind the well as Bruce runs at him shooting wildly.
  • The Big Valley: Four Days to Furnace Hill (1967) [Gabe Skeels]: Shot in the back by Lee Majors during a shoot-out.
  • Gunsmoke: The Long Night (1969) [Guerin]: Shot to death, along with Russell Johnson, by James Arness after Bruce and Russell attempt to hold everyone in the saloon as hostages.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin (1987 TV) [Augustine St. Claire]: Stabbed to death in a botched robbery after he leaves the tavern.
  • Into the Badlands (1991 TV) [TL Barston/Man in Black]: Killed in a shootout with Michael Metzger. However, in the closing "chapter" of the movie, we see Bruce stand up and climb back onto his wagon, implying that he's actually a ghost or some other supernatural entity in human form.

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