Veteran actor Bruce Dern, 82, was out for a run on Friday afternoon and fell, breaking his hip and causing caramel squares to fly everywhere as if he was an elderly pinata. No, he was jogging and took a header and SNAP. Running at 82. That’s commendable and everything but do you really need to be exercising that hard at 82? You reached 80, you can probably cut back from “running” to “leisurely saunter through a beautiful meadow”, right?
TMZ reports that the LA Fire Dept was called to Runyon Canyon at 3:45 pm to help a collapsed Bruce. He was whisked away to the hospital to be evaluated for a broken hip. And, because it’s sort of an elderly person rite of passage, his rep later revealed that he indeed broke it but was in “good spirits” and was looking to be released from the hospital as early as last night.
Bruce’s described as an “avid runner”, hence the canyon collapse. Seriously, it’s probably why he’s lived to 82 but Runyon Canyon looks like it’s a climb and everything. You’ve earned the right to sit in your BarcaLounger and yell at Dr. Phil, Bruce. Tell him, Laura.
Bruce Dern’s one of those actors who’s been in everything and he’s still working today. He’s currently filming Quentin Tarantino’s Manson movie, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, playing George Spahn. Spahn was the mostly blind owner of the Spahn Movie Ranch, a broken down Old Western movie set that the Manson family lived on when they weren’t out creepy-crawling houses and murdering starlets. Bruces known for playing grizzled eccentrics so this role sounds like it’s definitely in his wheelhouse.
Not-so-fun-fact: Bruce Dern only joined the cast a few weeks ago, taking over the George Spahn role from Burt Reynolds who up and died on us last month. Burt hadn’t filmed any of his scenes yet, so that sad footage won’t be on the extras. Get well soon, Bruce.