Campbell is best known as a cult film actor, with arguably his most memorable role being Ash Williams in the Evil Dead series of films. He has starred in many low-budget cult films such as Crimewave, Maniac Cop, Bubba Ho-Tep, and Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat. He later did a spoof of his B-movie career in My Name Is Bruce, which he starred in and directed. He has also made voice appearances in some animated films, such as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Cars 2.
In television, Campbell is known for his lead role in Jack of all Trades, his portrayal of Autolycus (the King of Thieves) in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess, and notably for his role as Sam Axe on the USA Network series Burn Notice.
Bruce Campbell was born on 22 June 1958 in Royal Oak, Michigan to Joanne Louise (née Pickens) and Charles Newton Campbell, an amateur actor and traveling billboard inspector. He has an older brother, Don, and an older half-brother, Michael Rendine.
Campbell began acting as a teenager and soon began making short Super 8 movies with friends. After meeting Sam Raimi in Wylie E. Groves High School, the two became very good friends and started making movies together. Campbell would go on to attend Western Michigan University while he continued to work on his acting career. Campbell and Raimi made a 30-minute Super 8 version of the first Evil Dead film, titled Within the Woods, which was used to attract investors.
Campbell's first wife was Cristine Deveau, whom he married in 1983. They had two children, Rebecca and Andy, before their divorce in 1989. Campbell currently lives in Jacksonville, Oregon, with costume designer Ida Gearon, his second wife, whom he met on the set of the movie Mindwarp. Campbell has two more children with Gearon.
Campbell is an ordained minister and has married couples.