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|Birthname||Bruce William Boxleitner|
|Date of birth||May 12, 1950|
|Place of birth||Elgin, Illinois, USA|
|Awards||1996 Universe Reader's Choice Award for Best Actor in a TV Series - Babylon 5|
|Character(s)||Tron, Alan Bradley|
Bruce Boxleitner (born May 12, 1950, in Elgin, Illinois) is the American actor who portrayed the lead characters Tron and Alan Bradley in the movies TRON and TRON: Legacy, and TRON Legacy's Flynn Lives marketing campaign.
Boxleitner was born to parents Diane and Cliff Boxleitner on May 12, 1950 in Elgin, Illinois. He has three siblings, Terri, Sandi and Nancy.
He attended Prospect High School in Mount Prospect, Illinois, and the Goodman Theater School of Drama of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois.
A native mid-westerner, Boxleitner received his formal training on stage. Bruce relocated to Los Angeles in 1972 and quickly landed a guest spot on an episode of the Mary Tyler Moore Show. This earned him his Screen Actors Guild card and he promptly embarked on a series of screen tests and auditions. Boxleitner got his big break as Luke Macahan, James Arness' nephew in the TV movie "The Macahan's" which evolved into the ambitious series of 24 two-hour films under the title, "How the West was Won" TV movies between 1976 and 1980. He later appeared in two more TV movies: Red River and Gunsmoke: One Man's Justice. In 1980 he co-starred with Sam Elliott in Wild Times and the first Kenny Rogers "The Gambler" TV movie. Three Gambler sequels followed.
In 1983, he was cast as Wyatt Earp in the TV movie "I Married Wyatt Earp". He also appeared in the 1994 movie Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone. He also starred in Scarecrow and Mrs King with Kate Jackson and Belinda.
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. 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.