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Bradford Dillman

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Bradford Dillman
Bradford Dillman 1966.JPG
Dillman as a guest star in The F.B.I. in 1966.
Born(1930-04-14)April 14, 1930
DiedJanuary 16, 2018(2018-01-16) (aged 87)
OccupationActor, author
Years active1953–1995
Frieda Harding McIntosh
(m. 1956; div. 1962)

Suzy Parker
(m. 1963; her death 2003)
Bradford Dillman (signature).png

Bradford Dillman (April 14, 1930 – January 16, 2018) was an American actor and author.

Early life

Bradford Dillman was born on April 14, 1930 in San Francisco, California, the son of Dean Dillman, a stockbroker, and Josephine (née Moore).[1] Bradford's paternal grandparents were Charles Francis Dillman and Stella Borland Dean. He studied at Town School for Boys and St. Ignatius High School. He later attended the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, where he became involved with school theatre productions. While at Yale University, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1948. While a student, he was a member of the Yale Dramatic Association, Fence Club, Torch Honor Society, The Society of Orpheus and Bacchus, WYBC and Berzelius.[2] He graduated from Yale in 1951 with a BA in English Literature.[3][2]

After graduation, he entered the United States Marine Corps as an officer candidate, training at Parris Island. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps in September 1951. As he was preparing to deploy to the war in Korea, his orders were changed, and he spent the rest of his time in the Marine Corps, from 1951 to 1953, teaching communication in the Instructors' Orientation Course. He was discharged in 1953 with the rank of first lieutenant.[3]


Studying with the Actors Studio,[4] Dillman spent several seasons apprenticing with the Sharon, Connecticut Playhouse before making his professional acting debut in The Scarecrow in 1953.[5]


Dillman first played in a Broadway play as part of the cast of the Eugene O'Neill play Long Day's Journey into Night in 1956, playing the author's alter-ego character Edmund Tyrone and winning a Theatre World Award in the process. The production also featured Fredric March, Florence Eldridge and Jason Robards Jr., and played for 390 performances until 1958.[6]

During 1955 he appeared in an episode of the television series The Big Picture as an MP patrolling the city of Augusta, Georgia. In 1957, Katharine Cornell cast him in a Hallmark Hall of Fame television production of Robert E. Sherwood's Pulitzer Prize winning 1940 play, There Shall Be No Night.[7]

20th Century Fox

Dillman was cast in the movie melodrama A Certain Smile (1958), for which he earned a Golden Globe award. He followed this with In Love and War (1958), a war movie featuring many of 20th Century Fox's young contract players.[8] It was a financial success. So too was Compulsion (1959), featuring Dillman, Dean Stockwell and Orson Welles for producer Richard Zanuck and director Richard Fleischer.[9]

Dillman shared an award for Best Actor with Stockwell and Welles at the Cannes Film Festival.[10] After making the movie A Circle of Deception (1960) in London, Dillman was reunited with Welles, Fleischer and Zanuck for Crack in the Mirror (1960), filmed in Paris.[11] It was unsuccessful. Back in Hollywood, Fox cast Dillman in support of Yves Montand and Lee Remick in Sanctuary (1961). They also had him in the title role in Francis of Assisi (1961).[12]


When he quit Fox, Dillman mostly concentrated on television. He guest-starred in a 1963 episode of The Virginian, titled: Echo of Another Day. He co-featured with Barbara Barrie in The Alfred Hitchcock Hour in the episode Isabel (1964). He appeared in 7 episodes of Dr. Kildare (1964-66) and 26 of Court Martial (1965-66).[13][14] He guest-featured in television series such as The F.B.I. (6 episodes), Ironside (2 episodes), Shane, The Name of the Game, Columbo, Wild Wild West, The Eleventh Hour, Wagon Train, The Greatest Show on Earth, Breaking Point, Mission Impossible (2 episodes), The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Barnaby Jones (6 episodes) and Three for the Road, and a two-part episode of The Man From U.N.C.L.E., which was made into the feature movie The Helicopter Spies (1968).[15][16]

Dillman appeared twice in the Western television series The Big Valley (1965–69), once in Season 2, Episode 15, titled Day of the Comet, broadcast December 26, 1966; and the second time in Season 3, Episode 9, titled A Noose is Waiting, which was broadcast November 13, 1967.[17] He appeared in occasional movies during this period, including A Rage to Live (1965), Sergeant Ryker (1968), and The Bridge at Remagen (1969).[18]

Dillman played painter Richard Pickman in the television adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's 1926 story, Pickman's Model, presented as the opening act of a December 1971 Night Gallery episode.[19]

Later career and author

Dillman appeared in made-for-television movies such as Fear No Evil (1969), Moon of the Wolf (1972), and Deliver Us from Evil (1973).[18] His film work included Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971), The Way We Were (1973), Gold (1974), Bug (1975), The Enforcer (1976), The Swarm (1978), Piranha (1978), Sudden Impact (1983), and Lords of the Deep (1989).[20] He appeared in 10 episodes of Falcon Crest (1982-83), and 2 of Dynasty (1984). His last known acting appearance was an episode of Murder, She Wrote in 1995, his eighth guest appearance on the series.[18]

Dillman's football fan book, Inside The New York Giants, was published in 1995.[21] An autobiography, Are You Anybody?: An Actor's Life, was published in 1997.[22]

Personal life

From 1956 to 1962, Dillman was married to Frieda Harding, and had two children (Jeffrey and Pamela) with her. He met actress and model Suzy Parker during the production of A Circle of Deception (1960). The couple married on April 20, 1963, and had three children, Dinah, Charles, and Christopher. The marriage lasted until Parker died on May 3, 2003. Dillman is a cousin of the famed mystic, author, and heiress Aimee Crocker.

Dillman lived for many years in Montecito, California, and helped raise money for medical research.[23] He died in Santa Barbara, California on January 16, 2018, aged 87,[24] from complications of pneumonia.

Bradford Dillman was the actor's real name. He said "Bradford Dillman sounded like a distinguished, phony, theatrical name -- so I kept it."[25]

Selected filmography


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  3. ^ a b Wise, James E.; Anne Collier Rehill (1999). "Bradford Dillman". Stars in the Corps: Movie actors in the United States Marines (2nd ed.). Naval Institute Press. pp. 91–98. ISBN 978-1-55750-949-9. Retrieved 21 March 2009.
  4. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 278. ISBN 0-02-542650-8.
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  6. ^ League, The Broadway. "Long Day's Journey Into Night – Broadway Play – Original - IBDB".
  7. ^ "Hallmark Hall of Fame: There Shall Be No Night (1957) - George Schaefer - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". AllMovie.
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  9. ^ "Compulsion (1959) - Richard Fleischer - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". AllMovie.
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  11. ^ "AFI-Catalog".
  12. ^ "Francis of Assisi (1961)".
  13. ^ "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Isabel (1964) - Alf Kjellin - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  14. ^ "Court-Martial".
  15. ^ "Bradford Dillman".
  16. ^ Newman, Kim. "The Helicopter Spies". Empire.
  17. ^ "The Big Valley (a Titles & Air Dates Guide)".
  18. ^ a b c "Bradford Dillman - Movies and Filmography - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  19. ^ "Honored Horror: 'Night Gallery: Pickman's Model'", Los Angeles Times Award Tracker blog
  20. ^ "AFI-Catalog".
  21. ^ Dillman, Bradford; Giddings, Mike (22 June 1994). Inside the New York Giants. Third Story Books; Distributed to the trade by Andrews and McMeel. OCLC 31366240.
  22. ^ Dillman, Bradford (22 June 1997). Are you anybody?: an actor's life. Fithian Press. OCLC 35029765.
  23. ^ "American Legends Interviews...Bradford Dillman: Orson Welles: The View from Mount Olympus". Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  24. ^ "Bradford Dillman, Actor in 'Compulsion' and 'The Way We Were,' Dies at 87".
  25. ^ Bernstein, Adam (19 January 2018). "Bradford Dillman, multifaceted and prolific actor of stage and screen, dies at 87". The Washington Post. Retrieved 23 January 2018.

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