When asked by his nursery school teacher what he wanted to be when he grew up, Bruce Luchsinger confidently replied “An Alligator”. When the teacher informed him that he would have to choose something else, he told her “The Tin Man.” When the principal of the Country Day School voiced his concern to Bruce’s mother regarding her son’s overactive imagination, his mother replied, “So what? He’s in nursery school, for god’s sake.”

Minutes later, Bruce and his Gumby and Pokey rubber toys were on the move – enrolling at cross-town rival Sherman Oaks Presbyterian. In this new world of finger puppets, shiny tricycles, and a sand box that was the envy of the entire West Valley, Bruce thrived. Soon, he was engaged to the prettiest girl in school. Weeks after that, his four-year-old fiancée informed him that the engagement was off and that she would, instead, be marrying Davey Jones of The Monkees. Crushed by this callous betrayal, Bruce would not get engaged again for 31 years.

When a doctor’s X-ray predicted that he would grow to be 6’9”, Bruce set his sights on becoming a professional basketball player. Certainly possible. His father was 6’7” and had played college ball for UCLA. But alas, his mother was only 5’3”. Bruce’s climb up the evolutionary ladder halted abruptly at 6’1” – as did his hoop dreams.

In the fall of 1981, Bruce enrolled at Tufts University as a pre-med major and promptly received a C-minus on his first Biology exam. Convinced by a precocious fellow freshman that his med school hopes were now zilch unless he aced the MCAT (What the F*** was an MCAT?), Bruce changed his major to economics and remained locked on the investment banking path for three years. After a few choice panic attacks, Bruce finally admitted to the world – and himself – that his true passion involved words – not numbers or formulas.

To date, Bruce has written eight screenplays – three of which have been optioned. He was an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Nicholl Fellowship Quarterfinalist for The Dogcatcher – which he has since turned into a novella – and a Nicholl Fellowship Semifinalist for Intelligent Life. His screenplay Open Mind was a Screencraft Sci-Fi Competition Semifinalist.

For seventeen years, Bruce parked cars at 5 Star hotels in both Beverly Hills and Bel Air, and subsequently wrote the novel Cars and Stars: Diary of a Beverly Hills Parking Valet.

Bruce lives in Los Angeles with his wife Robyn – and still hasn’t completely given up on the whole Alligator thing.

 

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