2015 SVFF Coffee Talks Guests
Bruce Dern’s tremendous career is made up of playing both modern day heroes and legendary villains. Through decades of critically acclaimed performances, Bruce has acquired the reputation of being one of the most talented and prolific actors of his generation.
A celebrated stage actor, Bruce was trained by famed director Elia Kazan at The Actor’s Studio and made his film debut in Kazan’s “Wild River” (1960). In the 1960’s, Bruce also found success as a distinguished television actor. He appeared regularly in contemporary Western TV-series as well as Alfred Hitchcock’s television series. Hitchcock was such a fan of Bruce, he cast him in both “Marnie” and, “Family Plot” (Hitchcock’s final film). During the 1960’s, Bruce went on to work with director Roger Corman and appeared in several of his classic and decade defining films including “Wild Angels.” He received critical success for films such as “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” and “Drive, He Said” and went down in history for his role as Long Hair in “The Cowboys” in which he became the first man ever to kill John Wayne.
Bruce went on to star in such classic films like “The King of Marvin Gardens” with Jack Nicholson and Ellen Burstyn as well as playing Tom Buchanan in “The Great Gatsby” (for which he received a Golden Globe nomination). It was his brilliant and powerful performance in Hal Ashby’s “Coming Home” that earned him both an Academy Award and Golden Globe nomination.
Most recently Bruce has worked with iconic directors Francis Ford Coppola in “Twixt”, Quentin Tarantino in “Django Unchained” and Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” where he won the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013 and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in 2014. He is once again partnered with Quentin Taranatino in “The H8tful Eight” currently filming in Telluride, Colorado.