EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: BRUCE BOXLEITNER ON “CEDAR COVE”
By Abbie Bernstein
Bruce Boxleitner is an actor with followers from many different sources. Western lovers know him as Luke Macahan from the two HOW THE WEST WAS WON miniseries in 1977 through 1979. Romantic/spy comedy aficionados still revere him for his four seasons as “Scarecrow” Lee Stetson opposite Kate Jackson’s Amanda King on THE SCARECROW AND MRS. KING. Science-fiction fans have a wealth of reasons to love Boxleitner – he was the title character (plus Alan Bradley) in 1982’s feature film TRON and its 2010 sequel TRON: UPRISING, as well as various animated TV and videogame iterations and an announced big-screen third movie, and he was Captain-then-President John Sheridan on J. Michael Straczynski’s series BABYLON 5.
Now the Illinois native is appealing to yet another group of constituents: readers of Debbie Macomber CEDAR COVE book series. CEDAR COVE, about the inhabitants of a friendly small coastal town, has been successfully adapted for television by the Hallmark Channel. CEDAR COVE is now in its second season on Saturday nights. Boxleitner plays Bob Beldon, a recovering alcoholic who, with his wife Peggy, played by Barbara Niven, is the new owner and operator of the town’s B&B.