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      Philip Bruns

      Philip Bruns

      Highest Rated: 91% The Stunt Man (1980)

      Lowest Rated: 5% Return of the Living Dead Part II (1988)

      Birthday: May 2, 1931

      Birthplace: Pipestone, Minnesota, USA

      TV producer Norman Lear had a lot of smash hits during his career, but "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" was not one of them. The short-lived 1976-1977 soap opera parody did, however, afford actor Philip Bruns the role of father George Shumway for 18 episodes. To more contemporary audiences, Bruns is noted for having been the original Morty Seinfeld on "Seinfeld." As legend has it, he was replaced by Barney Martin because show co-creator Larry David was unhappy with the way the actor was essaying the part of Jerry's father. Bruns is now one of the great "Seinfeld" trivia question answers, having played Morty in just a single episode, entitled "The Stake Out." Early in his career, Bruns was also a very busy TV actor. In the mid to late 70s, he appeared on four episodes of cops comedy classic "Barney Miller," as Elvin Swift. His participation in the 1982 Peter O'Toole comedy "My Favorite Year" led later to an unusual fringe benefit: the preface to Bruns's advice book was written by the British actor.

      Highest rated movies

      The Stunt Man
      Harry and Tonto
      The Great Waldo Pepper
      The Out-of-Towners
      Corvette Summer
      Flashdance
      The Opposite Sex... and How to Live With Them
      Return of the Living Dead Part II

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      OUT-OF-TOWNERS, Jack Lemmon, Philip Bruns, Sandy Dennis, 1970 MY FAVORITE YEAR, John Welsh, Peter O'Toole, Joseph Bologna, Philip Bruns, 1982, (c) MGM RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, PART II, Dana Ashbrook, James Karen, Marsha Dietlein, Phillip Bruns, 1988

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      7% 29% The Opposite Sex... and How to Live With Them Irv Crown (Character) $525.0K 1993
      No Score Yet 74% Love Bites Vinnie Helsting (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet 33% Dead Men Don't Die Nolan (Character) - 1990
      5% 43% Return of the Living Dead Part II Doc Mandel (Character) $8.6M 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Betrayed by Innocence Judge Mendola (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet 56% The Christmas Star Lucky (Character) - 1986
      37% 61% Flashdance Frank Szabo (Character) - 1983
      91% 73% The Stunt Man Ace (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Aunt Mary Det. LaMonica (Character) - 1979
      56% 43% Corvette Summer Gil (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kansas City Massacre Capt. Jackson (Character) - 1975
      67% 57% The Great Waldo Pepper Dillhoefer (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Hours Before Morning Max (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Target Risk Marty (Character) - 1975
      88% 81% Harry and Tonto Burt Coombes (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Family Kovack Jo-Jo Linsen (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Inside/Mr. Outside Brack (Character) - 1973
      63% 70% The Out-of-Towners Officer Meyers (Character) - 1970

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Just Shoot Me Professor Gladstone (Guest Star) 1999
      17% No Score Yet Baywatch Nights Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      89% 92% Seinfeld Dad (Guest Star) 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 1980 1986
      No Score Yet 82% Amazing Stories Unknown (Character) 1985
      97% No Score Yet Hill Street Blues Judge (Guest Star) 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Barney Miller Harry Cranston (Guest Star) 1976 1979 1981-1982
      66% No Score Yet Archie Bunker's Place Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
      No Score Yet 87% M*A*S*H Col. Burton D. Hedley (Guest Star) 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Barbary Coast Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Mr. Seymour (Guest Star) 1974-1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rookies Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Pete (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Six Million Dollar Man Dr. Randolph (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sanford and Son Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet 79% Columbo Gene Stafford (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Maude Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Here's Lucy Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Here Come the Brides Lorenzo Mack (Guest Star) 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 12 O'Clock High Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet East Side/West Side Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Carl (Guest Star) 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Car 54, Where Are You? Unknown (Guest Star) 1962