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Bruce Davison is an American actor and voice actor who is credited with voicing Zuko and a guard across six episodes of The Legend of Korra.

The Legend of Korra credits

Zuko

Character information: Zuko

Guard

Selected other credits

Television work

Filmography

Other credits

Biographical information

Personal life

Davison was born the son of Marian E. (née Holmes), a secretary, and Clair W. Davison, a musician, architect, and draftsman for the Army Engineers. His parents divorced when he was three years old, and he was raised mainly by his mother but also spent weekends with his father. He graduated in 1964 from Marple Newtown Senior High School and entered Penn State as an art major but stumbled into acting when he accompanied a friend to an audition. He attended NYU's Graduate Acting Program, graduating in 1969.

Davison married Michele Correy on April 30, 2006, and they have a daughter, Sophia Lucinda Davison, who was born May 29, 2006. They reside in Los Angeles, California. Davison also has a son, Ethan, born April 5, 1996, from a previous marriage to fellow actor Lisa Pelikan.

Career

Davison made his Broadway debut in Tiger at the Gates in 1968. He also appeared as John Merrick in The Elephant Man and in The Glass Menagerie opposite Jessica Tandy. Davison was one of a quartet of newcomers including Barbara Hershey, Richard Thomas, and Catherine Burns when he made his film debut in Last Summer. He performed opposite Kim Darby in a film about peaceful student protest and its violent outcome, The Strawberry Statement. Two years later, he played the title role in Willard. He appeared as Dean Torrence opposite Richard Hatch in the made-for-TV biopic Deadman's Curve, the story of 1960s pop duo Jan & Dean.

In 1990, he portrayed a gay man whose lover is dying of AIDS in Longtime Companion. Davison went on to appear in other movies addressing AIDS, including The Cure and It's My Party. Davison's website states he is a spokesperson for many AIDS-related groups and is a board member of the industry AIDS organization Hollywood Supports.

He is familiar to movie audiences for Runaway Jury, Apt Pupil, and his role as Senator Robert Kelly in the X-Men movie franchise.

Awards

  • 2012: Won a Satellite Award (Outstanding Service in the Entertainment Industry)
  • 1994: Won a Golden Globe Award for Short Cuts (Best Ensemble Cast)
  • 1993: Won a Venice Film Festival Special Volpi Cup for Short Cuts
  • 1991: Won a Golden Globe Award for Longtime Companion (Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture)
  • 1991: Won an Independent Spirit Award for Longtime Companion (Best Supporting Male)
  • 1991: Won an NSDC Award for Longtime Companion (Best Supporting Actor)
  • 1991: Won an NYFCC Award for Longtime Companion (Best Supporting Actor)
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