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      Bradford Dillman

      Bradford Dillman

      Highest Rated: 100% Compulsion (1959)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Apr 14, 1930

      Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA

      A contemplative lead and supporting player, Bradford Dillman made his name on Broadway in the mid-1950s originating the role of Edmund Tyrone, the authorial stand-in, in Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night." He then gained international attention with "Compulsion" (1959), inspired by the true-life Leopold and Loeb case, sharing Best Actor honors at Cannes with co-stars Dean Stockwell and Orson Welles. With his Yale degree and upper crust aura (complete with his patrician name, which was real), Dillman began on the New York stage after completing a tour with the US Marines in Korea. He made his professional acting debut in 1953 in "The Scarecrow" and spent several seasons with the Sharon (CT) Playhouse before his Broadway debut in the O'Neill play in 1956. Within two years, the handsome dark-haired actor had been signed to a contract by 20th Century Fox. Dillman made his film debut in the soap opera "A Certain Smile" (1958), earning a Golden Globe Award as Most Promising Newcomer as a Parisian student who loses his girl to Rossano Brazzi. With "Compulsion," he seemed poised for a star career but somehow the right roles never seemed to materialize. He was well-cast as the title saint in Michael Curtiz's religious epic "Francis of Assisi" and as an espionage agent who breaks under torture (opposite future wife Suzy Parker) in "Circle of Deception" (both 1961). Subsequently, Dillman drifted into leads into lesser films and second leads in A-list productions, such as his roles as Robert Redford's college buddy and later Hollywood producer in "The Way We Were" (1973), John Wilkes Booth in "The Lincoln Conspiracy" (1977) and a reluctant hero in "Piranha" (1978). By the end of the 80s, he had all but abandoned features. On the small screen, Dillman began acting in such anthology series as "Kraft Television Theatre." He garnered an Emmy nomination as the titular soldier in "The Voice of Charlie Pont" (1962) alongside Robert Redford. Four years later, he starred as a officer-lawyer in his first series, "Court-Martial" (ABC). In "King's Crossing" (ABC, 1982), Dillman was an alcoholic father and teacher trying to put his life straight and then spent a season (1982-83) on the CBS primetime soap "Falcon Crest." Over the years, the actor has made innumerable episodic guest appearances on show ranging from Westerns to medical dramas, generally playing either ne'er-do-wells or heroic figures. He also made annual appearances (as different characters) on "Murder, She Wrote" (CBS 1984-1996) and accrued over two dozen TV-movie credits, in thrillers like "Five Desperate Women" (ABC, 1971) and drama such as "Heart of Justice" (TNT, 1993). He received a Daytime Emmy for his appearance in the "ABC Afternoon Playbreak" production of "The Last Bride of Salem" (1975). In 1995, the same year that he made his final screen appearance on his eighth episode of "Murder She Wrote," Dillman launched a secondary career as an author. A long-time football fanatic and San Francisco 49ers fan, he wrote Inside the New York Giants, a book which rated each player drafted by the team since 1967, with the Giants chosen as the prototype because of their commercial appeal. Two years later, he published his memoirs, Are You Anybody?: An Actor's Life. Bradford Dillman died from complications of pneumonia on January 16, 2018 at the age of 87.

      Highest rated movies

      Compulsion
      The Iceman Cometh
      Escape From the Planet of the Apes
      Piranha
      The Enforcer
      The Way We Were
      The Mephisto Waltz
      Sudden Impact

      Photos

      A CIRCLE OF DECEPTION, Bradford Dillman, 1960, (c) 20th Century Fox, TM & Copyright COMPULSION, Dean Stockwell, Bradford Dillman, 1959. TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.. THE MEPHISTO WALTZ, Jacqueline Bisset, Bradford Dillman, 1971, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved A RAGE TO LIVE, Bradford Dillman, Suzanne Pleshette, 1965 CRACK IN THE MIRROR, Bradford Dillman, 1960, (c) 20th Century Fox, TM & Copyright SERGEANT RYKER, Vera Miles, Bradford Dillman, 1968 SERGEANT RYKER, Bradford Dillman, 1968 SANCTUARY, Bradford Dillman, 1961. ©20th Century-Fox Film Corporation, TM & Copyright / COMPULSION, Dean Stockwell, Bradford Dillman, 1959, TM and Copyright ©20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved IN LOVE AND WAR, Robert Wagner, Sheree North, Mort Sahl, Dana Wynter, Hope Lange, Jeffrey Hunter, France Nuyen, Bradford Dillman, 1958. TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. COMPULSION, Bradford Dillman, Dean Stockwell, on-set, 1959, TM and Copyright ©20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved A CERTAIN SMILE, Christine Carere, Bradford Dillman, 1958, (c) 20th Century Fox, TM & Copyright SERGEANT RYKER, Bradford Dillman, Peter Graves, 1968 FRANCIS OF ASSISI, from left: Dolores Hart, Bradford Dillman as St. Francis, 1961, TM & Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp JIGSAW, Pat Hingle, Bradford Dillman, Hope Lange, 1968 IN LOVE AND WAR, Bradford Dillman, 1958 TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.. FRANCIS OF ASSISI, Bradford Dillman, 1961, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved FRANCIS OF ASSISI, Finlay Currie, Bradford Dillman, Cecil Kellaway, 1961, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved THE LINCOLN CONSPIRACY, John Anderson, Bradford Dillman, 1977 A CIRCLE OF DECEPTION, Bradford Dillman, Suzy Parker, 1960

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 15% Lords of the Deep Dobler (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Heroes Stand Alone Walt Simmons (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Christine Cromwell: Easy Come, Easy Go Peter Murkin (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Man Outside Frank Simmons (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet 23% Treasure of the Amazon Clark (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hot Pursuit Victor Modrian (Character) - 1984
      51% 54% Sudden Impact Capt. Briggs (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet King's Crossing Paul Hollister (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet 20% The Legend of Walks Far Woman Singer (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet 50% Running Scared Arthur Jaeger (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tourist Harry Flemington (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Memory of Eva Ryker Jason Eddington (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One Away Ruben Bass (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jennifer: A Woman's Story Donald Prince (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet 39% Love and Bullets Brickman (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Before and After Jack Matthews (Character) - 1979
      72% 51% Piranha Paul Grogan (Character) - 1978
      9% 19% The Swarm Major Baker (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet 25% The Amsterdam Kill Odums (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lincoln Conspiracy John Wilkes Booth (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hostage Heart Dr. Eric Lake (Character) - 1977
      69% 59% The Enforcer Capt. McKay (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Street Killing Howard Bronstein (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Widow Bradford Dillman (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Newspaper Game Unknown (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kingston: The Power Play Unknown (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Death in Deep Water Gary Stevens (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Next Voice You See Stan Kay (Character) - 1975
      38% 25% Bug James Parmiter (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Please Call It Murder Lt. Danny Ianello (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet 33% Adventures of the Queen Martin Reed (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Force Five Michael Dominick (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Look Back in Darkness Stan Kay (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Demon, Demon Unknown (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet 35% 99 and 44/100 Percent Dead Big Eddie (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet 29% Chosen Survivors Peter Macomber (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet 25% Gold Manfred Steyner (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet 12% The Disappearance of Flight 412 Major Mike Dunning (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Bride of Salem Matt Clifton (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Deborah Michel Lagrange (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder or Mercy Sam Champion (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Deliver Us From Evil Steven Dennis (Character) - 1973
      64% 81% The Way We Were J.J. (Character) - 1973
      91% 73% The Iceman Cometh Willie Oban (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet 15% Moon of the Wolf Andrew Rodanthe (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Eyes of Charles Sand Jeffrey Winslow (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Delphi Bureau Randy Jamison (Character) - 1972
      63% 43% The Mephisto Waltz Bill Delancey (Character) - 1971
      76% 53% Escape From the Planet of the Apes Dr. Lewis Dixon (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet 54% Brother John Lloyd Thomas (Character) - 1971
      0% 12% Revenge Frank Klaner (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Resurrection of Zachary Wheeler Sen. Clayton Zachary Wheeler (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Five Desperate Women Jim Meeker (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Water Gold Lyle Fawcett (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Longstreet Duke Paige (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet 27% Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? Capt. Myerson (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mastermind Jabez Link (Character) - 1969
      20% 58% The Bridge at Remagen Major Barnes (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fear No Evil Paul Varney (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jigsaw Jonathan Fields (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sergeant Ryker Capt. David Young (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Plainsman Lt. Stiles (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet 50% A Rage to Live Sidney Tate (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Crazier Than Cotton Matt (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet 57% Francis of Assisi Francis Bernardone of Assisi (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sanctuary Gowan Stevens (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet 57% Circle of Deception Capt. Paul Raine (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet 60% Crack in the Mirror Larnier/Claude (Character) - 1960
      100% 85% Compulsion Arthur A. Straus (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet 75% In Love and War Alan Newcombe (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Certain Smile Bertrand Griot (Character) - 1958

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 89% Murder, She Wrote Det. Lt. Simeon Kershaw (Guest Star) 1985 1987 1990-1991 1993-1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Falcon Crest Darryl Clayton (Character) 1981-1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Unknown (Guest Star) 1984-1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet King's Crossing Paul Hollister (Character) 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie's Angels Unknown (Guest Star) 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1980
      No Score Yet 76% Incredible Hulk Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1973-1976 1978
      100% 79% Wonder Woman Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bronk Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Tom Fitz (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Richard Alexander (Guest Star) 1972 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet McCloud Michael Dominick (Guest Star) 1973
      No Score Yet 79% Columbo Tony Goodland (Guest Star) 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad Charlie Drango (Guest Star) 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sixth Sense Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show Matt Bryan (Guest Star) 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alias Smith and Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
      No Score Yet 100% Night Gallery Unknown (Character) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Virginian Deke Slaughter/Sheriff O'Dell (Guest Star) 1963 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dan August Matthew Costa (Guest Star) 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Name of the Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
      No Score Yet 100% The Wild, Wild West Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Valley Unknown (Guest Star) 1966-1967
      100% No Score Yet The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Felony Squad Chris Merritt (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shane Major Hackett (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 12 O'Clock High Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1964 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1963-1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ben Casey Link Hansen (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1957