Vilanch with Kermit backstage of Hollywood Squares.

Bruce Vilanch (b. 1948) is a writer and actor, best known for his stint as a regular on the revival of Hollywood Squares. It was on the show where Bruce worked with the Muppets during their many visits, including Kermit the Frog. He also provided "special material" for Stars and Street Forever.

As a writer Vilanch contributed to the Star Wars Holiday Special, concert tours for Bette Midler and Diana Ross and many of the Academy Award ceremonies.

As an actor, Vilanch has made guest appearances on Law & Order and Bosom Buddies (with Tom Hanks). On Broadway he took over the role of Edna Turnblad in Hairspray (a role originated by Harvey Fierstein), and has also scripted several concert specials for the Great White Way.

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