Brian Donlevy

Brian Donlevy

Highest Rated: 100% Cowboy (1958)

Lowest Rated: 40% Never So Few (1960)

Birthday: Feb 9, 1901

Birthplace: Not Available

The son of an Irish whiskey distiller, Brian Donlevy was 10 months old when his family moved to Wisconsin. At 15, Donlevy ran away from home, hoping to join General Pershing's purge against Mexico's Pancho Villa. His tenure below the border was brief, and within a few months he was enrolled in military school. While training to be a pilot at the U.S. Naval Academy, Donlevy developed an interest in amateur theatricals. He spent much of the early 1920s living by his wits in New York, scouting about for acting jobs and attempting to sell his poetry and other writings. He posed for at least one Arrow Collar ad and did bit and extra work in several New York-based films, then received his first break with a good supporting role in the 1924 Broadway hit What Price Glory?. Several more Broadway plays followed, then in 1935 Donlevy decided to try his luck in Hollywood. A frustrated Donlevy was prepared to head back to Manhattan when, at the last minute, he was cast as a villain in Sam Goldwyn's Barbary Coast. In 1936 he was signed to a 20th Century-Fox contract, alternating between "B"-picture heroes and "A"-picture heavies for the next few years. The most notable of his bad-guy roles from this period was the cruel but courageous Sgt. Markoff in Beau Geste (1939); reportedly, Donlevy deliberately behaved atrociously off-camera as well as on, so that his co-workers would come to genuinely despise his character. From 1940 through 1946, Donlevy was most closely associated with Paramount Pictures, delivering first-rate performances in such films as The Great McGinty (1940), Wake Island (1942), The Glass Key (1942) and The Virginian (1946). His own favorite role was that of the good-hearted, raffish con-artist in Universal's Nightmare (1942). In 1950, Donlevy took time off from films to star and co-produce the syndicated radio (and later TV) series Dangerous Assignment. He went on to introduce the character of Dr. Quatermass in two well-received British science fiction films, The Creeping Unknown (1955) and Enemy From Space (1957). Brian Donlevy left behind an impressive enough filmic legacy to put the lie to his own assessment of his talents: "I think I stink."

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The First Rebel Callendar 2015
No Score Yet Stalingrad (The City That Stopped Hitler: Heroic Stalingrad) Actor 2013
No Score Yet Pit Stop Grant Willard 1969
No Score Yet Hostile Guns Willett 1967
No Score Yet Five Golden Dragons Dragon #3 1967
No Score Yet Arizona Bushwhackers Major Smith 1967
No Score Yet Gammera The Invincible Gen. Terry Arnold 1966
No Score Yet The Fat Spy George Wellington 1966
No Score Yet How to Stuff a Wild Bikini B.D. 'Big Deal' MacPherson 1965
No Score Yet The Curse of the Fly Henri Delambre 1965
No Score Yet The Pigeon That Took Rome Col. Sherman Harrington 1962
50% The Errand Boy Tom 'T.P.' Paramutual 1961
40% Never So Few Gen. Sloane 1960
100% Cowboy Doc Bender, Trailhand 1958
78% Quatermass 2 Prof. Bernard Quatermass 1957
No Score Yet A Cry in the Night Capt. Ed Bates 1956
93% The Quatermass Xperiment Prof. Bernard Quatermass 1955
92% The Big Combo Joe McClure 1955
No Score Yet Woman They Almost Lynched Actor 1953
No Score Yet Ride the Man Down Marriner 1952
No Score Yet Hoodlum Empire Sen. William J. 'Bill' Stephens 1952
No Score Yet Slaughter Trail Capt. Dempster 1951
No Score Yet Kansas Raiders Col. William Clarke Quantrill 1950
No Score Yet Shakedown Nick Palmer 1950
60% Impact Walter Williams 1949
No Score Yet Command Decision Brigadier Gen. Clifton I. Garnet 1948
No Score Yet A Southern Yankee Curt Devlynn 1948
No Score Yet Killer McCoy Jim Caighn 1947
88% Kiss of Death Assistant D.A. Louis D'Angelo 1947
No Score Yet Song of Scheherazade Captain 1947
100% Canyon Passage George Camrose 1946
No Score Yet The Virginian Trampas 1946
No Score Yet Our Hearts Were Growing Up Tony Minnetti 1946
No Score Yet Two Years Before the Mast Richard Henry Dana 1946
86% An American Romance Steve Dangos 1944
88% The Miracle of Morgan's Creek Governor McGinty 1944
85% Hangmen Also Die Dr. Franticek Svoboda / Karel Vanek 1943
88% The Glass Key Paul Madvig 1942
86% Wake Island Maj. Caton 1942
No Score Yet A Gentleman After Dark Harry 'Heliotrope Harry' 1942
No Score Yet The Great Man's Lady Steely Edwards 1942
No Score Yet Stand By for Action Lieut. Cmdr. Martin J. Roberts 1942
No Score Yet The Remarkable Andrew Gen. Andrew Jackson 1942
No Score Yet Birth of the Blues Memphis 1941
100% Hold Back the Dawn On-the-Set Film Actor 1941
No Score Yet Billy the Kid Jim Sherwood 1941
No Score Yet I Wanted Wings Capt. Mercer 1941
100% The Great McGinty Dan McGinty 1940
No Score Yet Brigham Young Angus Duncan 1940
No Score Yet When the Daltons Rode Grat Dalton 1940
95% Destry Rides Again Kent 1939
No Score Yet Allegheny Uprising Callendar 1939
100% Beau Geste Sgt. Markoff 1939
No Score Yet Union Pacific Sid Campeau 1939
No Score Yet Jesse James Barshee 1939
No Score Yet We're Going to Be Rich Yankee Gordon 1938
No Score Yet This Is My Affair Batiste Duryea 1937
73% In Old Chicago Gil Warren 1937
No Score Yet 13 Hours by Air (Thirteen Hours by Air) Dr. Evarts 1936
No Score Yet Strike Me Pink Vance 1936
No Score Yet High Tension Steve Reardon 1936
No Score Yet Another Face Broken Nose Dawson/Spencer Dutro III 1935
92% Barbary Coast Knuckles 1935
No Score Yet Mary Burns, Fugitive Spike 1935


No Score Yet Perry Mason
Roger Brandon 1966
No Score Yet Rawhide
Cattle Baron 1963


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