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Neville Brand ACTOR


Neville Brand was born on August 13, 1920 and raised in Illinois. Following high school, in 1939, he joined the Illinois National Guard and then went on to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II for nine months. He was sent home early due to an almost fatal bullet wound. In 1946, he participated in a U.S. Army Signal Corps film and enjoyed working on it so much that he later moved to Greenwich Village to enroll at the American Theatre Wing and work off Broadway. He also used the G.I. Bill to attend the Geller Drama School in Los Angeles.

While in Los Angeles, he got two extra parts in “Port of New York” (1949) and “My Foolish Heart” (1949) before appearing in the television show “The Bigelow Theatre” in 1950. His first credited film part came soon after, in “D.O.A.” (1950) starring Edmond O'Brien and Pamela Britton, as a psychotic henchman named Chester. This role set the precedent for his role in many films, as he usually portrayed the villain. However, his rough features and gruff voice lent well to these types of roles, so it is not surprising that these characters were given to him. The actor took the part of an antagonistic and untrusting prisoner of war in the Oscar winning “Stalag 17” (1953) starring William Holden and Peter Graves. Brand additionally played the lead of convict envoy James V. Dunn in “Riot in Cell Block 11” (1954). The actor again played his typecast role in “Love Me Tender” (1956), as he killed the character played by Elvis Presley in this film which also starred Richard Egan, Debra Paget, James Drury and William Campbell. Brand also portrayed gangster Al Capone three different times, in the biographical drama “The George Raft Story” (1961), the made for TV movie titled “The Scarface Mob” (1959), and the television series “The Untouchables” (1959) for two episodes.

However, Brand could also play roles that deviated from his regular 'bad guy' persona. He played the lead in the romantic drama “Return From the Sea” (1954) and the sympathetic guard in “Birdman of Alcatraz” (1962) starring Burt Lancaster. In fact, one of his most loved and memorable roles is that of the kind hearted, vociferous, ditzy but efficient Texas Ranger Reese Bennett in “Three Guns For Texas” (1968), which is composed of several episodes of Brand’s show, “Loredo” (1965-67), edited and put together in a feature, and “Backtrack!” (1969).
Throughout his career, Brand performed in variety of films. His involvements add up to him being involved in a whole sixty motion pictures, not limited to “Gun Brothers” (1956), “Cahill, U.S. Marshal” (1973) starring John Wayne, “Angel’s Brigade” (1979), and “The Ninth Configuration” (1980). The actor’s last contribution to movies was his part in the horror/sci-fi “Evils of the Night” (1986). During his participation in acting, he also appeared in over seventy five different television shows and movies.
All through his thirty six year acting career span, Brand was only nominated for one award: the BAFTA award for best foreign actor in “Riot in a Cell Block” (1954) in 1955. Unfortunately, he never actually won any awards, but is remembered as a great actor with a wide range of emotional capabilities. He was also a real life hero, for he served his country during the war. On top of this, he was a man with an insatiable thirst for knowledge, as he had one of the most extensive libraries of books in Hollywood at his time. All live must end, though, and on April 16, 1992, at age seventy one, Brand’s emphysema got the best of him.


1985        Evils of the Night

1982        Harper Valley

1980        Without Warning

1980        Fantasy Island 

1980        The Ninth Configuration

1980        The Return

1979        The Seekers

1979        Angels' Brigade

1979        Quincy, M.E. 

1979        Five Days from Home

1978        Man from Atlantis 

1978        Hi-Riders

1977        Captains Courageous

1977        The Mouse and His Child

1977        Baretta

1977        Eaten Alive

1977        Fire!

1976        Captains and the Kings

1976        The Quest

1976        Swiss Family Robinson

1975        Psychic Killer

1975        Mobile One 

1975        Kojak

1975        Barbary Coast

1975        Police Woman

1975        Police Story 

1975        Death Stalk

1974        Killdozer

1973        The Deadly Trackers

1973        Scalawag 

1973        The Magician

1973        Cahill, U.S. Marshal

1973        This Is a Hijack

1973        The Mad Bomber

1972        McCloud

1972        No Place to Run

1972        Two for the Money

1972        Marcus Welby, M.D. 

1972        Adventures of Nick Carter

1972        Longstreet

1971        The Smith Family

1971        Marriage: Year One

1971        The Chicago Teddy Bears

1971        Lock, Stock and Barrel

1971        Hitched

1970        Tora! Tora! Tora!

1969        The Desperados

1968        Three Guns for Texas

1968        Tarzan 

1967        Daniel Boone

1965        Laredo

1965        The Virginian

1965        That Darn Cat!

1965        Gunsmoke

1964        Combat!

1964        Twilight Zone

1964        Suspense

1964        Wagon Train

1964        Destry 

1964        Arrest and Trial

1963        Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre

1963        The Lieutenant 

1963        Ben Casey

1962        The DuPont Show of the Week 

1962        Hero's Island

1962        Birdman of Alcatraz

1962        Naked City

1962        The Joey Bishop Show

1962        Death Valley Days 

1962        Cain's Hundred

1961        The George Raft Story

1961        Straightaway

1961        The Last Sunset

1960        Rawhide

1960        Bonanza

1960        The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

1960        Alcatraz Express

1959        The Untouchables

1959        Tightrope 

1959        The DuPont Show of the Month

1959        Five Gates to Hell

1959        Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse

1959        Zane Grey Theater

1958        Pursuit

1958        The Texan

1958        Badman's Country

1958        Kraft Theatre

1958        All the King's Men

1958        Cry Terror!

1958        Target   

1957        Playhouse 90

1957        The Tin Star

1957        The Lonely Man

1957        The Way to the Gold

1956        Climax!

1956        Love Me Tender

1956        Gun Brothers

1956        Chevron Hall of Stars

1956        The Three Outlaws

1956        Mohawk

1956        Raw Edge

1956        Fury at Gunsight Pass

1955        Jane Wyman Presents the Fireside Theatre

1955        Studio One in Hollywood

1955        Screen Directors Playhouse 

1955        Bobby Ware Is Missing

1955        The Return of Jack Slade

1955        The Prodigal

1955        Stage 7 

1955        Appointment with Adventure 

1954        The United States Steel Hour

1954        Schlitz Playhouse

1954        Return from the Sea

1954        The Lone Gun

1954        Prince Valiant

1954        Riot in Cell Block 11

1953        G.E. True Theater

1953        Man Crazy

1953        Gun Fury

1953        The Man from the Alamo

1953        The Charge at Feather River

1953        Stalag 17

1952        The Turning Point

1952        Kansas City Confidential

1951        Flame of Araby

1951        Red Mountain

1951        The Mob

1951        Only the Valiant

1950        Halls of Montezuma

1950        Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

1950        Where the Sidewalk Ends 

1950        D.O.A.

1950        The Bigelow Theatre 

1949        My Foolish Heart 

1949        Port of New York 

Matinee Classics - Cahill, United States Marshal starring John Wayne and George Kennedy
Matinee Classics - Birdman of Alcatraz starring Burt Lancaster, Karl Malden, Thelma Ritter, Telly Savalas, Neville Brand, Edmond O'Brien and Whit Bissell
Matinee Classics - That Darn Cat! starring Hayley Mills, Dean Jones, Dorothy Provine, Roddy McDowall, Neville Brand, Elsa Lanchester, William Demarest, Frank Gorshin, Richard Eastham, Grayson Hall, Tom Lowell, Richard Deacon, Iris Adrian, Liam Sullivan and Don Dorrell
Matinee Classics - That Darn Cat! starring Hayley Mills, Dean Jones, Dorothy Provine, Roddy McDowall, Neville Brand, Elsa Lanchester, William Demarest, Frank Gorshin, Richard Eastham, Grayson Hall, Tom Lowell, Richard Deacon, Iris Adrian, Liam Sullivan and Don Dorrell
Matinee Classics - The George Raft Story starring Ray Danton, Jayne Mansfield, Julie London, Barrie Chase, Frank Gorshin, Barbara Nichols, Brad Dexter, Margo Moore, Neville Brand, Herschel Bernardi, Joe De Santis and Jack Albertson
Matinee Classics - Mohawk starring Scott Brady, Rita Gam, Neville Brand, Lori Nelson, Allison Hayes, John Hoyt, Rhys Williams, Vera VAgue, Mae Clarke, Tommy Cook and Ted de Corsia
Matinee Classics - Neville Brand
Matinee Classics - Only the Valiant starring Gregory Peck, Barbara Payton, Ward Bond, Gig Young, Steve Brodie, Lon Chaney Jr. and Neville Brand
Matinee Classics - Scalawag starring Kirk Douglas, Mark Lester, Neville Brand, George Eastman, Don Stroud, Lesley-Anne Down, Danny DeVito, Phil Brown, Mel Blanc, Davor Antolic, Stole Arandjelovic, Fabijan Sovagovic and Shaft Douglas
Matinee Classics - Stalag 17 starring William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss, Harvey Lembeck, Peter Graves, Sig Ruman, Neville Brand, Richard Erdman, Michael Moore, Peter Baldwin, Robinson Stone, Robert Shawley, William Pierson, Gil Stratton, Jay Lawrence, Erwin Kalser and Paul Salata

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