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Bruce Lorne Campbell (born June 22, 1958) is an American actor, producer, writer and director. He is best known for his starring role as Ashley J. Williams in the Evil Dead trilogy of horror/slapstick movies, and has since become a B-movie icon.

His acting style is an "over-the-top" machismo that lends itself well to roles such as that of Ash Williams, whom Campbell himself has dubbed "an idiot and a jerk like the rest of us". This style is parodied in the film The Majestic in which Campbell appears as Roland the Intrepid Explorer in the B movie Sand Pirates of the Sahara, written by Jim Carrey's screenwriter character.

In 2007, Campbell's fame and notoriety caught up with him. A young teenager from the mining town of Gold Lick named Jeff approached him, believing Campbell to be every bit the monster-fighter that his character Ash Williams appeared to be on film. He told Campbell of how he accidentally released a Chinese guardian demon named Guan-Di and desperately needed his help to send him back to Hell. Campbell mistakenly believed that the boy's inane story was actually a prank staged by his agent Mills Toddner, and as such, agreed to help Jeff in his plight. He came to Gold Lick with a shotgun in his hand and openly boasted about he was going to defeat Guan-Li. Campbell's attitude changed however when he discovered that Jeff was actually telling the truth. Guan-Di wanted revenge against all those who desecrated the cemetery near the old mine shafts. Though horrified by the visage before him, Campbell never lost his courage and valiantly kept Guan-Di at bay while Jeff and his mother devised a means of defeating him. Jeff's mother discovered that Guan-Di's secondary role was that of "Defender of Bean Curd". Collecting several cans of the stuff, she gave it to Campbell who used it to ward Guan-Di off, not unlike a vampire hunter using a crucifix to ward off attacking vampires. Bruce lured Guan-Di back to his original resting place and sealed him inside the mineshaft by replacing a protective pendant seal that Jeff had previously removed. Jeff and his mother were very thankful, but Bruce asked them to call on Buffy Summers the next time they decide to awaken an ancient demon. [1]

Powers and AbilitiesEdit


  • Acting: Campbell excels at an acting style called "reverse acting", a frequent filming technique of director Sam Raimi's where action sequences are filmed in reverse of how they will appear in the film.

Strength level

Bruce Campbell possesses the strength level of a man his age, size and weight who engages in moderate regular exercise.


None. Bruce Campbell triumphs over all.





  • The comic character of Bruce Campbell is based upon an actual person.



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