Dern Alert: 22 times Bruce Dern guest starred on classic TV shows
Wee woo wee woo! Dern Alert! Dern Alert!
According to IMDb, actor Bruce Dern has 188 film and television credits. That number is astounding, but it's inaccurate because it doesn't consider the number of times Dern reappeared on classic shows as different characters. Sometimes, he'd even show up as different characters within the same season. Before the advent of the internet, it wasn't nearly as easy to recall where you'd last seen an actor's face. Plus, with so many Westerns looking very similar, slipping a little extra Dern in without anyone noticing was easy. And let's be honest, we're not complaining.
Just how many times was Dern on TV in the '60s and '70s? This list doesn't even scratch the surface. These twenty-two appearances aren't even the tip of the ice-Dern.
Here, for your ease and enjoyment, is a nowhere-near-comprehensive list of 22 times Bruce Dern showed up in classic television series. How many of these roles do you remember?
1. The Alfred Hitchcock Hour - Season 2 Episode 15
As Roy Bullock in "Night Caller"
2. The Alfred Hitchcock Hour - Season 3 Episode 6
As Jesse in "The Lonely Place"
3. Rawhide - Season 8 Episode 4
As Ed Rankin in "Walk into Terror"
4. The Big Valley - Season 1 Episode 20
As Follett in "Under a Dark Star"
5. The Big Valley - Season 1 Episode 26
As Dixon in "By Force and Violence"
6. The Big Valley - Season 2 Episode 1
As Clovis in "The Lost Treasure"
7. The Big Valley - Season 3 Episode 12
As Gabe Skeels in "Four Days to Furnace Hill"
8. The Big Valley - Season 4 Episode 11
As John Weaver in "The Prize"
9. Gunsmoke - Season 11 Episode 4
As Doyle Phleger in this eleventh season episode
10. Gunsmoke - Season 11 Episode 11
As Judd Print in "South Wind"
11. Gunsmoke - Season 12 Episode 3
As Lou Stone in "The Jailer"
12. Gunsmoke - Season 14 Episode 21
As Guerin in "The Long Night"
13. Bonanza - Season 9 Episode 15
As Cully Maco in "The Trackers"
14. Bonanza Season 11 Episode 23
As Bayliss in "The Gold Mine"
15. Wagon Train - Season 7 Episode 9
As Seth Bancroft in "The Eli Bancroft Story"
16. Wagon Train - Season 8 Episode 8
As Jud Fisher in "Those Who Stay Behind"
17. Wagon Train - Season 8 Episode 24
As Wilkins in this eighth season episode
18. The Fugitive - Season 1 Episode 3
As Deputy Martin in "The Other Side of the Mountain"
19. The Fugitive - Season 1 Episode 17
As Charley in "Come Watch Me Die"
20. The Fugitive - Season 2 Episode 21
As Cody in "Corner of Hell"
21. The Fugitive - Season 3 Episode 13
As Hank in "The Good Guys and the Bad Guys"
22. The Fugitive - Season 4 Episode 12
As Hutch in "The Devil's Disciples"
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