Suzanne Somers couldn’t have more love for her large, blended family – especially her son, Bruce Somers. Jr.
The Three’s Company the actress died on October 15, 2023 with her son by her side. According to a statement from Suzanne’s longtime publicist R. Couri Hay, the actress died “peacefully at home” and was “surrounded by her loving husband Alan, son Bruce and her immediate family.”
Suzanne’s death occurred just one day before her 77th birthday on October 16. She previously told PEOPLE that she plans to celebrate the occasion with her “nearest and dearest,” which includes her son Bruce, his wife and children.
The actress welcomed Bruce in 1965 with her then-husband Bruce Somers Sr. Suzanne was 19 at the time. She and the elder Bruce split just a few years later, and the actress married husband Alan Hamel in 1977. (She also became stepmother to Hamel’s children, Leslie and Stephen, from a previous relationship.)
Over the years, Bruce has never been shy about praising his mother on Instagram, whether it’s a touching birthday tribute or a sentimental Mother’s Day post. The CEO often referred to Suzanne as a “warrior” for enduring obstacles in her life, including her cancer diagnosis in 2000, and praised her for her unconditional love.
“Thank you mom for always making me feel loved and safe even when the world around you doesn’t. I’m one of the lucky ones who is so loved,” he wrote in May 2021.
Here’s everything you need to know about Suzanne Somers’ son Bruce and their undeniable mother-son bond.
He was born in 1965
Bruce was born on November 8, 1965, when Suzanne was 19 years old.
Suzanne often celebrated her son’s birthday with heartwarming Instagram posts every year. In 2019, she called Bruce “the greatest person on the planet” and said it was a “joy” to be his mother.
Recently, in 2022, she shared a photo of the mother-son duo and wrote: “You are a living light and I am so proud to be your mother. Enjoy this day and look forward to many, many more birthdays.”
He studied film at UCLA
Suzanne Somers and Bruce Somers Jr. in 2003
After attending The Thatcher School in California, he stayed close to home for college and studied at the University of California, Berkley. After graduating from the university with a BA in dramatic arts in 1988, he earned an MFA in film from UCLA in 1991, according to his LinkedIn profile.
He is the founder and director
Suzanne Somers and Bruce Somers Jr. in 2005
Although Bruce did not follow in his mother’s footsteps in front of the camera, he has enjoyed a long career in the media since his college days. After working as an executive producer at Lost Kitty Productions in the early ’90s, he went on to own multiple companies, including Somers & Somers Productions and Quigley-Simpson, a direct response media company, according to his LinkedIn.
He is also the owner and master storyteller of Sincbox Media since 1999, where he has worked with clients such as Proctor & Gamble, Visa and Microsoft.
He has two half-brothers and sisters
Suzanne Somers and Alan Hamel with their children.
When Suzanne married Hamel in 1977, Bruce had two siblings: Leslie and Stephen from Hamel’s previous relationship.
He is a husband and a father
Suzanne Somers with her family.
Bruce has been married to his wife, chef and cookbook author Caroline Somers, since 1991. Together they have two daughters, Camelia and Violet.
From Violet’s graduation in 2021 to Camelia’s 28th birthday in 2023, the CEO occasionally shares a slice of his family’s life on social media.
For his 29th wedding anniversary with Caroline on September 7, 2020, Bruce shared a photo of the couple from their wedding day with the heartfelt caption: “As a 25-year-old naïve idealist, I made one ideal choice and that was marrying Caroline. 29 later, it’s still the best decision I’ve ever made and I feel lucky every day that she chose me.”
Suzanne also spoke fondly of her role as a grandmother, once joking to PEOPLE in 2017, “You’re a parent without any parental responsibilities.” The Step by step star, who has six grandchildren in total, added: “You have to fall in love all over again.”
Suzanne once called him her “Gadget Guy”
In a 2012 episode of Suzanne’s talk show. Suzanne Showshe revealed that her son was her tech support person and even nicknamed him “The Gadget Guy”.
After introducing Bruce to the audience as a guest, she said her son had always been “handy” about the subject, adding: “I remember when you were a kid you used to figure out the bus route. You just have a brain that’s how it works.”
Bruce told his mother, “I’m always looking for new ways to do things to save time.”
During the segment, Bruce taught his mother how to share an Instagram post — and also snuck in a few compliments, calling Suzanne “the most popular grandma.”