Bradford Dillman

Bradford Dillman

Highest Rated: 100% Compulsion (1959)

Lowest Rated: 0% Revenge (1971)

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

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 18% 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 18% Treasure of the Amazon Clark (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hot Pursuit Victor Modrian (Character) - 1984
56% 54% Sudden Impact Capt. Briggs (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet King's Crossing Paul Hollister (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Legend of Walks Far Woman Singer (Character) - 1981
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 50% Running Scared Arthur Jaeger (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet One Away Ruben Bass (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 40% Love and Bullets Brickman (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jennifer: A Woman's Story Donald Prince (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Before and After Jack Matthews (Character) - 1979
69% 42% Piranha Paul Grogan (Character) - 1978
10% 19% The Swarm Major Baker (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 33% 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
No Score Yet No Score Yet Street Killing Howard Bronstein (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Newspaper Game Unknown (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Widow Bradford Dillman (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kingston: The Power Play Unknown (Character) - 1976
68% 59% The Enforcer Capt. McKay (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Please Call It Murder Lt. Danny Ianello (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Next Voice You See Stan Kay (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Adventures of the Queen Martin Reed (Character) - 1975
33% 25% Bug James Parmiter (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 No Score Yet Death in Deep Water Gary Stevens (Character) - 1975
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 30% Chosen Survivors Peter Macomber (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 35% 99 and 44/100 Percent Dead Big Eddie (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% 75% The Iceman Cometh Willie Oban (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Delphi Bureau Randy Jamison (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Eyes of Charles Sand Jeffrey Winslow (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 13% Moon of the Wolf Andrew Rodanthe (Character) - 1972
0% 12% Revenge Frank Klaner (Character) - 1971
77% 53% Escape From the Planet of the Apes Dr. Lewis Dixon (Character) - 1971
67% 40% The Mephisto Waltz Bill Delancey (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Five Desperate Women Jim Meeker (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Resurrection of Zachary Wheeler Sen. Clayton Zachary Wheeler (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 56% Brother John Lloyd Thomas (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Longstreet Duke Paige (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? Capt. Myerson (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Water Gold Lyle Fawcett (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fear No Evil Paul Varney (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 59% The Bridge at Remagen Major Barnes (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mastermind Jabez Link (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 No Score Yet Sanctuary Gowan Stevens (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Circle of Deception Capt. Paul Raine (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Francis of Assisi Francis Bernardone of Assisi (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 60% Crack in the Mirror Larnier/Claude (Character) - 1960
100% 86% Compulsion Arthur A. Straus (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Certain Smile Bertrand Griot (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 80% In Love and War Alan Newcombe (Character) - 1958

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1993-1995 1990-1991 1987 1985
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 58% Incredible Hulk Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1978 1973-1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thriller Unknown (Character) 1975-1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet 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) 1975 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet McCloud Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet 83% 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 Unknown (Guest Star) 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 No Score Yet 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) 1966 1964
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

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