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Brian Donlevy

Highest Rated:   100% Canyon Passage (1946)
Lowest Rated:   44% The Errand Boy (1961)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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
44% The Errand Boy
  • Tom 'T.P.' Paramutual
1961
No Score Yet Never So Few
  • Gen. Sloane
1960
No Score Yet Cowboy
  • Doc Bender, Trailhand
1958
75% Quatermass 2
  • Prof. Bernard Quatermass
1957
No Score Yet A Cry in the Night
  • Capt. Ed Bates
1956
92% 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
No Score Yet 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
86% 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 Two Years Before the Mast
  • Richard Henry Dana
1946
83% An American Romance
  • Steve Dangos
1944
88% The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
  • Governor McGinty
1944
83% Hangmen Also Die
  • Dr. Franticek Svoboda / Karel Vanek
1943
86% The Glass Key
  • Paul Madvig
1942
83% 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
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
100% 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 This Is My Affair
  • Batiste Duryea
1937
67% 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
100% Barbary Coast
  • Knuckles
1935

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