was a fictional character
in the now-cancelled American Soap Opera
, Love of Life
. He was played by the late actor Ron Tomme
from 1959 all the way to the show's demise in 1980.
Bruce was the second husband of heroine Vanessa Dale
. He was a teacher at Winfield Academy, a private boy's school in the fictional upstate New York community of Rosehill. Bruce met Van through a mutual friend of theirs named Tom Craythorne, a New York City lawyer, who had befriended Van after she helped him foil a paternity suit that her malevolent sister, Meg
, foisted on him. They had fallen in love and gotten married.
A widower with two children, Bruce felt that Vanessa would be a needed mother figure to them. Alan, his son, took to Van almost immediately; as did Bruce's former father in-law, Henry Carlson
. But Henry's wife, Vivian
and Bruce's headstrong daughter, Barbara
, didn't like the new situation. Vivian thought it heartless that Bruce marry so soon after the death of his first wife, Gaye (Henry and Vivian's daughter). However, the war against Vanessa was mostly on the front of snobby Vivian.
Bruce had his share of trials, especially with Barbara. She and a date went joyriding and almost injured Dr. Tony Vento, a handsome doctor (who was the son of a cleaning woman, Mrs. Vento) that she wanted to marry. Barbara told Van all about it, and then Van, out of concern, told Bruce about it. Barbara was annoyed with Van and hated her steadily since. Barbara... Read More