Bruce Campbell

Actor-writer-producer Bruce Campbell not only received his start in B-movies, but embraced and exploited his niche in the medium to become one of the more beloved figures in genre films and television. Campbell first garnered attention as the sole surviving character in Sam Raimi's blood-soaked debut feature, "The Evil Dead" (1981). His and Raimi's love of slapstick comedy was put to good use with the follow-ups "Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn" (1987) and "Army of Darkness" (1993), while the short-lived series "The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr." (Fox, 1993-94) attempted to capitalize on his growing cult following. Campbell picked up some of his best notices as an aging Elvis in Don Coscarelli's bizarre comedy-horror feature "Bubba Ho-Tep" (2001) and became a best-selling author with his memoir If Chins Could Kill - Confessions of a B-Movie Actor in 2002. Other notable work included a cameo in Raimi's big-budget adaptation of "Spider-Man" (2002) and its two sequels, as well as the scene-stealing role of ex-spy Sam Axe on the popular spy series "Burn Notice" (USA Network, 2007-13). The multi-faceted talent also lent his voice to such hit films as "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" (2009) and continued his involvement with the franchise that started it all as a producer on the "Evil Dead" (2013) remake. Hard-working and gregarious, Campbell created enough goodwill to make him a fan-favorite among pop-culture connoisseurs, as well as a welcome face with mainstream audiences.