Bruce Boxleitner

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Birth Name: Bruce William Boxleitner

Place of Birth: Elgin, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 12, 1950

*37.5% German
*25% Irish
*25% English, Scottish
*12.5% Welsh

Bruce Boxleitner is an American actor and science fiction and suspense writer. He has starred on the series How the West Was Won, Bring ‘Em Back Alive, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, and Babylon 5, as well as in the film Tron, and the Gambler television films.

Bruce is the son of Diane and Cliff Boxleitner. His father was of three quarters German and one quarter Welsh descent. His mother had one half Irish, as well as English and Scottish, ancestry. He was raised partly around Mount Prospect, Illinois.

Bruce is married to Verena King. He has two children with his former wife, actress Kathryn Holcomb; and a son with his former wife, actress, director, and producer Melissa Gilbert.

Bruce’s paternal grandfather was Frank Boxleitner (the son of Joseph/Josef Boxleitner and Anna Maria Ambros/Ambrose). Frank was born in Illinois, to German parents, from Landkreis Freyung-Grafenau, Bavaria. Anna was the daughter of Anna M.

Bruce’s paternal grandmother was Margaret Mathilda “Mike” Davis (the daughter of Thomas W. Davis and Emma Kahle). Margaret was born in Illinois. Thomas was the son of David L. Davis and Elizabeth Williams, who were from Wales. Emma was the daughter of William Kahle and Louise, who were from Germany.

Bruce’s maternal grandfather was William Leo McMahan (the son of Owen Thomas McMahan and Catherine Finnigan). William was born in Wisconsin. Owen was from County Longford, Ireland. Catherine was born in Illinois, to Irish parents, James Michael Finnegan and Elizabeth McGuire.

Bruce’s maternal grandmother was Vivian Harriet Harvey (the daughter of William Fenton Harvey and Jennie L. Shearer). Vivian was born in Illinois. William was the son of John H. Harvey and Harriet Fenton. Jennie was the daughter of Charles C. Shearer and Harriet/Hatta Scott.

Sources: Genealogy of Bruce Boxleitner –

Genealogies and obituaries of Bruce’s paternal grandparents, Frank Boxleitner and Margaret Mathilda “Mike” (Davis) Boxleitner –

Bruce’s paternal great-grandmother, Emma Kahle, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

1 Response

  1. alexgxo says:

    In some photos, he kind of resembles Bill Clinton. They’re both around the same age and I think the same height as well.

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