Most of the time, they’re not headlining movies nor TV shows.  They’re not regulars on TMZ, Entertainment Tonight
nor other Hollywood hype machines.  And they’re not reality
show attention whores who are famous for simply being famous…or trying
to be famous.  What they are is all too frequently the
unheralded; the people whose solidly consistent work affects and often
delights us.  They’re the ones who don’t always get the credit
when the credit is due.  We aim to change that.

Name: Bruce Travis McGill

Vital Stats:
– 60 years old
– 5′ 9 1/4″ tall
– From San Antonio, Texas


Notable Roles: Daniel Simpson Day, Jack Dalton, Al The Bartender, Commander Eugene Matuzak, George Tenet.

Career Hiccup(s): Guest role on Walker, Texas Ranger

Notable Quotes:
– “Ramming speed!”
– Goddammit Ricky, if I catch you fucking this machine again, I’ll break your neck!”
– “There were blanks in that gun!”
– “If she farts she’ll get ahead of the pod.”
– “God bless, Sam.”
– “Search his jock!”
– UPDATE: “Wipe that smirk off your face!”

Why We’re Saluting: A congenial everyman who’s equally adept at being a goofball and a scalawag, Bruce McGill has been sidekick, boss, bit player, comic relief and every type of supporting player Hollywood has to offer.  There are catch phrases for a type of actor such as McGill: utility
player, character actor, supporting player, below-the-line.  If you
seek to label McGill, one of those would probably be apt.  But few
actors bring the skill, likability and distinction that McGill does to
that arena of acting.  He’s made a notable career of it.  Should one
ever need a blowhard, a manic caricature, a rascal, a wingman, a buddy,
or a sage in their production, it’s a good chance Bruce McGill is on a
short list for it.  And judging by his resume, he’s gotten more than his share of those roles.

His career spans nearly 35 years and began when he played one of the more notable miscreants of Delta House, Daniel Simpson Day aka D-Day in Animal House.  He followed that

role with appearances in Silkwood, Wildcats, The Last Boy Scout, My Cousin Vinny, A Perfect World, Courage Under Fire, The Insider, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Ali, Collateral, and W.  Frequently, his roles are minor.  However, no matter the size of the part, when you’ve seen McGill in a portrayal, you instantly recognize him. 

Along with D-Day, McGill’s more noteworthy roles include MacGyver’s best friend and most frequent source of annoyance, Jack Dalton.  McGill was Angus’ amigo for for 19 episodes over the seven-year span of the show. He got Mac in one hair-brained adventure after another, from rescuing a mutual friend in South America, to working a road gang in a search for a legendary convict’s missing money, to panning for gold.  And when he wasn’t the source of the adventure, he was Mac’s loyal tag-along. 

He also bookended the series run of Quantum Leap with a guest role in the pilot and the pivotal role of Al, the easygoing yet cryptic bartender in the finale.  He was Van Damme’s boss in Timecop and his only ally.  If it weren’t for Matuzak, Walker would have been an omelette.  And he’s also portrayed former CIA Director, George Tenet, in Oliver Stone’s W.  Bruce McGill does comedy, he does genre, he does it all.  And he has.

Bruce McGill Factoids: He’s related to former Texas senator A. R. Babe Schwartz.  He’s a University of Texas-Austin alum, is an accomplished piano player, and his favorite roles are D-Day and Walter Hagen in The Legend of Bagger Vance.  He was also once mistakenly cast in place of Everett McGill for Babylon 5.  He’s a favorite of director of Michael Mann, having appeared in three of his films.

Bruce McGill Homework (Click the images to get ’em via CHUD):

Mr. McGill, we salute you.