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Bruce McCandless II (1937–2017)

Bruce McCandless II was born on June 8, 1937 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He is known for his work on Max Q (1998), A Beautiful Sunset (2016) and Horizon (1964). He was married to Ellen Shields. He died on December 21, 2017 in California, USA. See full bio »


(age 80) in California, USA

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Max Q Miscellaneous Crew
A Beautiful Sunset Miscellaneous Crew
Horizon Himself - Astronaut
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions Himself / Himself - CAPCOM Apollo 11 / Himself - Shuttle Astronaut


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 2016 A Beautiful Sunset (Short) (technical advisor)
 1998 Max Q (TV Movie) (technical advisor)
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 2016 A Beautiful Sunset (Short)
Flight Director
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 2016 A Beautiful Sunset (Short) (very special thanks)
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 2019 Searching for Skylab (Documentary)
Himself - Skylab - 2 Backup Crew & AMRV Co-developer
 2015 Incredible Flying Jet Packs (TV Movie documentary)
Himself - Astronaut (as Capt. Bruce McCandless II USN)
 2008-2009 When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions (TV Mini-Series documentary)
Himself / Himself - Shuttle Astronaut / Himself - CAPCOM Apollo 11
- 40th Anniversary Special (2009) ... Himself
- The Shuttle (2008) ... Himself - Shuttle Astronaut
- Landing the Eagle (2008) ... Himself - CAPCOM Apollo 11
 2009 NASA: Triumph and Tragedy (TV Series documentary)
Himself - Shuttle Astronaut / Himself - Capsule Communicator Apollo 11
- One Giant Leap (2009) ... Himself - Shuttle Astronaut (as Bruce McCandless)
- One Small Step (2009) ... Himself - Capsule Communicator Apollo 11 (as Bruce McCandless)
 1990 Horizon (TV Series documentary)
Himself - Astronaut
- The Sharpest Show of the Universe (1990) ... Himself - Astronaut (as Bruce McCandless)
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 2019 Apollo 11 (Documentary)
Himself - Capsule Commuicator (CAPCOM) Green Team (as Bruce McCandless)
 1991 Memories of 1970-1991 (TV Series documentary)
- 1984 ... Himself

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Bruce McCandless | Capt. Bruce McCandless II USN

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[About making the first untethered space flight and referring to the famous line by Neil Armstrong, "That's one small step for man..."] It may have been one small step for Neil, but it's a heck of a leap for me.


McCandless was one of the 19 astronauts selected by NASA in April, 1966. He was a member of the astronaut support crew for the Apollo 14 mission and was backup pilot for the first manned Skylab mission. See more »

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