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Handsome with a good-natured grin, Sam (Bruce Campbell) is a former Navy Seal, Military Intel Operative, and all-around Cold Warrior. In his prime he was point man on an array of armed conflicts the world over. He worked with Michael many times during those heady days. When Michael reconnects with him in Miami, Sam has embraced his post-espionage days by letting loose. Once, he loved the threadbare world of secret surveillance in the communist bloc, or forward recon in the touch-and-go Middle East.
Now, he has moved on to mojitos, sugar mommas and bikini watching in the bars and on the sands of South Beach. He's reliable and consistent, in the way that you can count on a former SEAL to dig up solid intel and execute missions with stealthy aplomb. Despite his predilection for rich divorcées and cocktails, he has been an invaluable asset to Michael, even during his brief stint as an informant for the FBI. No matter what their past has been, Michael needs Sam's friendship, partnership, and expertise, now more than ever.
Bruce Campbell stars as Sam Axe in the USA Network original series BURN NOTICE.
In 1979 with his Detroit friends, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, Campbell raised $350,000 for a low-budget film, "Evil Dead," in which he starred and co-executive produced. Completed piecemeal over four years, the film first gained notoriety in England where it became the best-selling video of 1983, beating out "The Shining." After its appearance at Cannes, where Stephen King dubbed it "the most ferociously original horror film of the year," New Line Cinema stepped forward to release "Evil Dead" in the U.S.
After co-producing "Crimewave," a cross-genre comedy written by Sam Raimi, Ethan and Joel Coen, Campbell moved to Los Angeles and quickly gained a foothold producing or starring in genre films such as the "Maniac Cop" series, "Lunatics: A Love Story," "Moontrap" and "Mindwarp," a post-apocalyptic "Jeremiah Johnson," during which he met his wife-to-be, filmmaker Ida Gearon.
Campbell then rejoined his Detroit colleagues to star and co-produce the second and third films in the "Evil Dead" trilogy, completing 12 years of work on the cult favorite. This rough-and-tumble background was a plus as Campbell made his foray into television, first starring in the highly touted Fox series "The Adventures Of Brisco County Jr.," then as a recurring guest-star on the hit show "Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman." With these under his belt, Campbell easily made the transition to director, helming numerous episodes and recurring as the "King of Thieves" in the #1 syndicated "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys," and its follow-up phenomenon, "Xena: Warrior Princess."
He has since expanded his range on television, with appearances in Disney's TV movies "Gold Rush," and their update of "The Love Bug." He teamed up with Fox again for the hit TV film "Tornado!," and starred in NBC's top-rated "In The Line of Duty: Blaze of Glory." At the invitation of ABC, Campbell ventured into the world of sitcoms with a recurring role on ABC's Emmy-nominated "Ellen," participating in one of the three touted "Out" episodes. Following decidedly dramatic turns on the acclaimed series "Homicide: Life on the Street" and "The X-Files," he enjoyed a recurring role on Showtime's edgy TV industry comedy, "Beggars and Choosers."
But Campbell didn't abandon his film roots. During that time, he had featured roles in the blockbuster "Congo," John Carpenter's "Escape From LA," and the award-winning independent crime drama, "Running Time." He followed these up with roles in Paramount's romantic comedy, "Serving Sara," Jim Carrey's "The Majestic," and Sam Raimi's blockbuster "Spider-Man" series.
After a return to episodic television in the swashbuckling series, "Jack of All Trades," Campbell took the title role in MGM's cult sleeper "Bubba Ho-tep." His directorial debut, "Man with the Screaming Brain" premiered on the Sci Fi Channel, and "Dark Horse Comics" published the comic adaptation. Campbell's current films include the fun-filled Disney hit, "Sky High," MGM's thriller, "The Woods," and A&E's "Touch the Top of the World," an inspiring true story about the first blind person to climb Mt. Everest.
Campbell made the leap into other forms of entertainment, and is enjoying his role as an author with back-to-back New York Times bestsellers: a memoir entitled If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor, and his first novel, Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way. In the multi-media industry, Campbell provided voices on cutting edge video games for Activision, THQ and Nova Logic - and he also enjoyed voicing characters for Disney's animated TV series "Tarzan" and the Warner Brothers feature "The Ant Bully."
Campbell directed and starred as himself in "My Name is Bruce," a spoof of his B-movie career. He also voiced the character of Mayor Shelbourne in the animated hit film "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs." Most recently, Campbell starred in and executive produced the television movie BURN NOTICE: THE FALL OF SAM AXE, which gave fans insight on how their beloved Burn Notice character came to be.
In 2011, Campbell voiced the role of Rod "Torque" Redline in "Cars 2," the sequel to the hit Disney animated feature. He will also serve as a producer on the upcoming 2013 remake of "The Evil Dead" starring an all-new cast and will join his filmmaking pal Sam Raimi on "Oz, The Great and Powerful." Campbell continues to share his filmmaking experience, lecturing at universities, which include Northwestern, Carnegie Mellon and Stanford.
He currently resides with his wife, Ida Gearon, in Oregon.