Brandon De Wilde

Highest Rated: 97% Shane (1953)
Lowest Rated: 40% In Harm's Way (1965)
Birthday: Apr 9, 1942
Birthplace: Not Available
Although Brandon DeWilde's mother was an actress and his father a stage manager, the boy didn't express any interest in performing himself until show business was virtually thrust upon him. In 1950, a friend of DeWilde's father, a Broadway casting director, mentioned that he was looking for a sensitive youngster to play a key juvenile role in the upcoming production A Member of the Wedding. DeWilde senior volunteered Brandon; despite a shaky opening night, the 7-year-old boy stayed with the show for well over a year, winning the coveted Donaldson Award for his performance--the first child actor to do so. Brandon was brought to Hollywood in 1952 for the film version of Wedding. One year later, he was Oscar-nominated for his unforgettable performance as a hero-worshipping frontier boy in George Stevens' Shane. In 1954, he was starred in the brief TV sitcom Jamie, holding his own opposite veteran scene-stealer Ernest Truex. DeWilde made a successful transition to teenaged roles as the unwed father in 1959's Blue Denim. He went on to play the younger brother of Warren Beatty in All Fall Down (1961) and the nephew of Paul Newman in Hud (1963)--in both instances displaying his now-familiar character traits of idolatry and disillusionment. While in Denver to appear in a 1972 stage production of Butterflies are Free, 30-year-old Brandon DeWilde was killed in an auto accident.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Breathing Fire Director 1991
No Score Yet George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey Actor 1984
No Score Yet Deserter Ferguson 1971
40% In Harm's Way Jere 1965
No Score Yet Those Calloways Bucky Calloway 1965
85% Hud Lon Bannon 1963
No Score Yet All Fall Down Clinton Willart 1962
No Score Yet Blue Denim Arthur Bartley 1959
No Score Yet The Missouri Traveler Brian Turner 1958
No Score Yet Night Passage Joey Adams 1957
No Score Yet Goodbye, My Lady Skeeter 1956
97% Shane Joey 1953
91% The Member of the Wedding John Henry 1952


No Score Yet Ironside
  • 1971
No Score Yet Night Gallery
  • 1971