Bruce Paul Abbott (born July 28, 1954) is an American film, stage, and television actor. Originally beginning his career in theater, Abbott later gained notoriety for his role as Dr. Dan Cain in the cult sci-fi horror films Re-Animator (1985) and Bride of Re-Animator (1990).
He has also had roles in the horror films Bad Dreams (1988) and The Prophecy II (1996), as well as the sci-fi film Out of Time. From 1992 to 1993, he portrayed Judge Nicholas Marshall on the television series Dark Justice.
Abbott was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, where he graduated from David Douglas High School in 1972. His career began as a dancer and actor in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon, where he spent three seasons from 1975 to 1978, appearing in productions of A Winter’s Tale, All’s Well That Ends Well, Henry VI Part 2, The Tempest, and The Tragedy of King Richard III.
He attended Portland State University, and later the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California.
In 1980, Abbott relocated from Portland to Hollywood (“in the middle of the actors’ strike, and I didn’t know anyone,” he recalled). Shortly afterwards, he was cast as the villain in the movie Tag: The Assassination Game. He met his future (first) wife Linda Hamilton on the set. In 1985, he starred as Dr. Dan Cain in Stuart Gordon’s sci-fi horror film Re-Animator (1985), a role he reprised in the sequel Bride of Re-Animator (1990). He later starred in Summer Heat (1987), a period drama, with Lori Singer and Kathy Bates. He also starred in the horror film Bad Dreams (1988) directed by Andrew Fleming, and the comedy Casual Sex? (1989). Abbott had a lead role in the futuristic television film Out of Time (1988), with Bill Maher.
In 1991, he appeared as Harry Pierpont in the television film Dillinger, with Sherilyn Fenn and Patricia Arquette. From 1992 to 1993, he appeared in a recurring role as Judge Nicholas Marshall in the series Dark Justice.
Throughout his career, Abbott has been a guest star on many TV series Murder, She Wrote, Family Law, Diagnosis: Murder, and more. He had a recurring role in the short-lived series The Net, based on the film of the same title starring Sandra Bullock. He appeared in the horror sequel The Prophecy II (1996), with Christopher Walken and Brittany Murphy.
Abbott is semi-retired from acting. He is an architect and artist and works in the custom-design industry. He has designed more than 20 homes.
Abbott married Linda Hamilton in 1982; the union produced one child, Dalton Bruce (born October 4, 1989) (who can be seen in Terminator 2: Judgment Day as Infant John Connor). He and Linda divorced around 1989. That same year, on the set of the television film Trapped, Abbott met actress Kathleen Quinlan. They married April 12, 1994 and have one son, Tyler Quinlan (born October 17, 1990).
|1982||Tag: The Assassination Game||Loren Gersh|
|1984||Why Me?||Markus||Television film|
|1984||The Last Starfighter||Rylan Sargent|
|1985||Command 5||Deke Williams||Television film|
|1987||Summer Heat||Jack Ruffin|
|1988||Baja Oklahoma||Dove Christian|
|1988||Bad Dreams||Dr. Alex Karmen|
|1988||Out of Time||Channing Taylor||Television film|
|1989||Trapped||John Doe||Television film|
|1989||Bride of Re-Animator||Dr. Dan Cain|
|1990||Johnny Ryan||Tom Kelly||Television film|
|1995||The Demolitionist||Professor Jack Crowley|
|1995||Black Scorpion||Michael Russo|
|1997||Melanie Darrow||Alex Kramer||Television film|
|1998||The Prophecy II||Thomas Daggett|
|2007||Humble Pie||Captain Atticus|
|2009||Adult Film: A Hollywood Tale||President Brad|
|2010||Eagles in the Chicken Coop||President Brad|
|2021||Psycho Re-Animated||Milton Arbogast/Dan Cain||short|
|1982||The Blue and the Gray||Jake Hale Jr.||Miniseries|
|1985||MacGyver||Major Nikolai Kossov||1 episode|
|1988–1990||Beauty and the Beast||Devin Wells||2 episodes|
|1990||Father Dowling Mysteries||Nick Moran||1 episode|
|1991–95||Murder, She Wrote||Various||3 episodes|
|1992–93||Dark Justice||Judge Nicholas Marshall||44 episodes|
|1994||Diagnosis Murder||Paul Madison||1 episode|
|1998||The Net||Walter Cizelski||4 episodes|
|2000–02||Family Law||Colin Andrews||4 episodes|
|2002||UC: Undercover||Edward Curtis||1 episode|