Bruce MacLeish Dern is an American actor, often playing supporting villainous characters of unstable nature. He is the recipient of several accolades, including the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor and the Silver Bear for Best Actor. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Coming Home (1978) and the Academy Award for Best Actor for Nebraska (2013). He is also a BAFTA Award, two-time Genie Award, and three-time Golden Globe Award nominee. A member of The Actors Studio, he rose to prominence during the New Hollywood era, through roles in films like They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969), The Cowboys, Silent Running, and The King of Marvin Gardens (all 1972). Other notable films include The Great Gatsby (1974), Posse (1975), Family Plot (1976), Black Sunday (1977), The Driver (1978), Tattoo (1981), That Championship Season (1982), The Hateful Eight (2015), Monster (2003), The Artist's Wife (2019) and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019). He also played Frank Harlow on the HBO drama series Big Love (2006–2011). With actress Diane Ladd, Dern is the father of actress Laura Dern.