Award-winning actor Bruce Davison was born on June 28, 1946 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a student at the Pennsylvania State University, majoring in art, but found himself drawn into acting after accompanying a friend to an audition. He made his acting debut in 1968, when he joined the cast of the Broadway production of Tiger at the Gates. The following year, he made his film debut, appearing in the Oscar-nominated drama Last Summer.
He got his first title role in 1971, when he was cast in the horror flick Willard. Other film roles continued, including Mame, Mother, Jugs & Speed, Short Eyes and Six Degrees of Separation, as well as in stage plays such as King Richard III, Love Letters and How I Learned to Drive. His breakthrough role, however, came in 1990, when he joined the film Longtime Companion. Davison played David, a gay man whose lover is diagnosed with, and dying of, AIDS. He was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1991, and won a Golden Globe Award with the same honors that year.
Davison’s acting credits in the 1990s include Short Cuts, The Skateboard Kid II, The Cure, The Baby-Sitters Club, The Crucible, Lovelife, Apt Pupil and At First Sight. During that decade, he also had guest roles in different television programs: Tales from the Crypt, Cybill, Star Trek: Voyager, Seinfeld, Touched by an Angel and Chicago Hope. In 2000, Davison played the role of Senator Robert Kelly in the film adaptation to X-Men, a role that he would somewhat reprise—as a mutant who disguises as Kelly, who was killed off already—in the second film, X2: X-Men United. His next major television role was as the arrogant surgeon Dr. Stegman in the miniseries Kingdom Hospital, and a recurring role in the crime series Close to Home.