Bruce William Boxleitner (born May 12, 1950, in Elgin, Illinois) is an American actor.
He is best known for his leading roles in the television series How the West Was Won
, Bring 'Em Back Alive
, Scarecrow and Mrs. King
(with Kate Jackson
), and Babylon 5
. He also starred in The Gambler
trilogy (as Billy Montana
, alongside Kenny Rogers
: 1980, 1983 and 1987). In 2005 he co-starred as Captain Martin Duvall in Young Blades
and in 2007, he returned to the Babylon 5
universe and filmed Babylon 5: The Lost Tales
, a direct-to-DVD release.
He has made appearances in many other TV shows, such as Judith Krantz's Till We Meet Again and She Spies, and in 1982 he played Chase Marshall in the TV movie, "Bare Essence", with Genie Francis.
He has also recently joined the cast of Heroes for season three. He is slated to play New York Governor Robert Malden in the new Season.
He has also appeared in several films, e. g. Tron
(in which he played the title role). He reprised his Tron
roles in the video game sequel Tron 2.0
and the Disney
crossover video game Kingdom Hearts II
Boxleitner has also written two science fiction
novels with a Western
setting: Frontier Earth
(1999) and Searcher
Boxleitner played a major role in the audio dramatization of The Great Secret
, part of the Golden Age of Fiction series by L Ron Hubbard
Attended Prospect High School in Mount Prospect, Illinois. On January 1 1995
Boxleitner married actress Melissa Gilbert
with whom he has a son, Michael Boxleitner
, and a stepson, Dakota Brinkman
(Gilbert's son with actor Bo Brinkman
). Boxleitner has two older sons, Sam and Lee, from his previous marriage to former actress Kathryn Holcomb
(who is now married to English actor Ian Ogilvy
). Melissa Gilbert also played his on-screen wife Anna Sheridan
in the 1990s television show Babylon 5
In 2003, Boxleitner was appointed to the Board of Governors of the National Space Society, a nonprofit, educational space advocacy organization founded by Dr. Wernher von Braun.