Dern, Bruce

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Dern, Bruce Gender: M
Bruce MacLeish Dern
born on 4 June 1936 at 03:11 (= 03:11 AM )
Place Chicago, Illinois, 41n51, 87w39
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Wilsons
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 13°33' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 03°53 Asc.s_taucol.18.gif 22°28'

Bruce Dern
photo: BrokenSphere, license gfdl


American actor working in films since 1960, often playing the roles of unstable, psychotic or fanatic characters.

His grandfather was the former governor of Utah and FDR's Secretary of War. His father, John Dern, was the law partner of Adlai Stevenson. Dern's mother, Jean was the granddaughter of the Carson, Pirie, Scott department store's co-founder. Born into a distinguished family in Winnetka, Illinois, Dern resented the time his parents abandoned him to his governess' care. He felt an empty childhood as his parents traveled and when at home, they drank heavily. He went to private schools and ended up a track star at New Trier High School in Chicago. He went to the University of Pennsylvania and majored in journalism. He tried out for the 1956 Olympic track team but failed to qualify. He became disillusioned with his major so he dropped out of college to take up an acting career. Inspired by the image of Marlon Brando and James Dean, Dern hoped to make an impression in New York. He married Marie Pierce and moved to New York City to study at the Actor's Studio. Dern's family strongly disapproved of his career and almost disowned the young actor. In 1959, Dern was in the play, "Sweet Bird of Youth" on Broadway and he made his film debut in "Wild River" in 1960.

From 1960, Dern continued to earn roles in film and television usually playing a misfit character. To this day, it is hard for John Wayne fans to forgive Dern's character for killing their hero in the film, "The Cowboys," 1972. He played in "The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant," 1967, "Black Sunday" 1977 and "Coming Home" 1980 in which his performance earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

After the failure of his first marriage, Dern met actress Diane Ladd in an off- Broadway production of "Orpheus Descending." The two married June 1960 and a daughter was born in November. Dern moved his family to Los Angeles and than tragedy occurred. While Bruce and Diane were out of the house, their 18-month old daughter, left in the care of a teenage maid, drowned in the swimming pool. It took the Dern's many years to come to terms with the accidental death of their daughter. In February 1967 their second daughter, Laura, was born. They decided to separate two months after she was born. The divorce was final in 1968 and Dern married ex-model, aspiring actress and widow, Andrea Beckett, whom he had met when he was teaching acting class in 1969. In 1990, they are still happily married. Laura grew closer to her father when she was a teenager and when she decided to pursue her acting career, Dern became a close confidante. He is an extremely proud father of his daughter's acting ability and talents and gradually reconciled with Diane through their mutual parenting cares.

Dern has been a runner since the age of 27 when he started keeping a log of his running activities. He has chalked up more than 250 career marathons. He runs seven miles a day, come rain or shine. His wife teases him about his compulsive personality. A financial wizard, he prefers to calculate his own financial papers. He continues to live in Malibu even though his home was destroyed by the Malibu floods in 1983.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • friend relationship with Ladd, David (born 5 February 1947)
  • parent->child relationship with Dern, Laura (born 10 February 1967)
  • spouse relationship with Ladd, Diane (born 29 November 1935)


  • Work : New Career 1959 (Stage debut)
  • Work : New Career 1960 (Film debut)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 29 November 1960 (Daughter Diane Elizabeth born)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 10 February 1967 at 07:48 AM in Santa Monica (Daughter Laura born)
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  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1969 (From Diane)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1969 (Second marriage Andrea Beckett)
  • Work : Gain social status 1980 (Nomination for Best Supporting Actor Oscar)

Source Notes

B.C. in hand from the Wilsons (legal use of CST for the registry is assumed)


  • Traits : Body : Size (Height of 6' 2")
  • Family : Childhood : Advantaged (Distinguished family)
  • Family : Childhood : Family distant (Parents didn't participate in upbringing)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (Second marriage since 1969)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Diane Ladd)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two daughters)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids - Noted (Laura Dern)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids -Traumatic event (First daughter injured and died at 18 months)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Property damage (Floods)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Film)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage (Off-Broadway)
  • Vocation : Sports : Track and Field (Secondary, runs seven miles a day)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Oscar nominations)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Occult/ Misc. Collection