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Bruce Vilanch Biography

  • Profession: Actor, Screenwriter
  • Born: Jan 1, 0001
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001

With his unmistakable presence -- characterized by an obese figure, oversized red glasses, a shaggy blonde mane, and a scruffy, unkempt beard -- Bruce Vilanch checked in as one of Hollywood's most colorful characters for decades. His effeminate presence and apparel (both of which played up Vilanch's open homosexuality) only heightened this. Though known to many as an onscreen character player and comedian, Vilanch scored his most resounding successes as a gag writer for stand-up comics such as [[Performer~P102748~Bette Midler~bettemidler]], [[Performer~P86318~Billy Crystal~billycrystal]], [[Performer~P114336~Lily Tomlin~lilytomlin]], and [[Performer~P2378~Roseanne~roseanne]]; in fact, a point arrived where many considered him the go-to comic for stand-up sets and a first-choice writer for events such as the perennial Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, and Tony telecasts. A native of Paterson, NJ, Vilanch attended Ohio State University as a theater and journalism major. After graduation, Vilanch moved into show business professionally, with comic roles in features such as the 1975 [[Feature~V30877~Mahogany~mahogany]] (as a fashion designer), the 1984 [[Feature~V24247~Ice Pirates~theicepirates]], the 1986 thriller [[Feature~V33356~The Morning After~themorningafter]], and the 2008 [[Performer~P62990~Adam Sandler~adamsandler]] comedy [[Feature~V413903~You Don't Mess with the Zohan~youdontmesswiththezohan]]. On the side, Vilanch did frequent uncredited rewrites of Hollywood features and enjoyed a lengthy and productive tenure as a writer of features for the Chicago Tribune newspaper. Vilanch's professional mainstay, however, remained comedy writing. He was the subject of the all-star 1999 documentary [[Feature~V177559~Get Bruce!~getbruce]] and played Edna Turnblad during an extensive run of the Broadway musical Hairspray. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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