American writer and director who specialized in comedy films from the late silent era and early sound era of cinema. He worked with the likes of W.C. Fields, The Three Stooges, Laurel and Hardy, Harold Lloyd, and Abbott and Costello, but was best known for his work with Buster Keaton.
He co-wrote "Our Hospitality," "Sherlock Jr.," "The Navigator," "Seven Chances," "The Cameraman," and "The General," all iconic Keaton vehicles. He also directed W.C. Fields' satire of Yukon melodramas, "The Fatal Glass of Beer," from 1933.
His later work was with Columbia Pictures' short-subject department, where he churned out scripts for such popular acts as The Three Stooges. He was starved for new ideas, however, and eventually resorted to stealing jokes from Lloyd and Keaton silent shorts. He was eventually sued by Lloyd after several lifts were discovered in scripts for Universal Pictures, leading to the end of his feature-film career.
He was married to Gladys Bruckman. He killed himself with a pistol belonging to Buster Keaton. He borrowed the .45-caliber weapon on the grounds that he was going on a hunting trip.
He was played by Peter Boyle in a Season 3 episode of "The X-Files" called "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose," in which his character is able to see the future and predict how people will die.