Brian Donlevy
Actor
Brian Donlevy
Waldo Brian Donlevy, later known as Brian Donlevy was an American-born actor of Irish descent, noted for playing dangerous tough guys from the 1930s to the 1960s. He usually appeared in supporting roles. Among his best-known films are Beau Geste (1939) and The Great McGinty (1940). For his role as Sergeant Markoff in Beau Geste he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
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Unlikely leading man Charles Laughton; TCM's Summer Under The Stars icon Aug. 7 - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
Also starring Walter Brennan, Brian Donlevy and Marilyn Maxwell, Stand by for Action involves Harvard-educated Lieutenant Gregg Masterman (Taylor) and his superior officer Rear Admiral Stephen 'Old Ironpants' Thomas (Laughton), who are cruising through
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Marcos históricos do western: 1939-1949 - Tribuna do Norte - Natal
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Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, Nancy Kelly, Randolph Scott, Henry Hull, Brian Donlevy, John Carradine, Jane Darwell. 1939 - AO RUFAR DOS TAMBORES (Brums Along the Mohawk). Direção: John Ford. Produtor: Raymond Griffith. Roteiro: Lamar Trotti e Sonya Levien
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Con Il Grinta in Dvd e Blu-ray arriva la Western Collection - Best Movie
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La vendetta dei Dalton (1940) di George Marshall con Randolph Scott, Kay Francis, Dorothy Granger, Brian Donlevy e George Bancroft. • I cacciatori dell'oro (1942) di Ray Enright con John Wayne, Randolph Scott, Marlene Dietrich, Margaret Lindsay e Harry
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Ray Milland on TCM: KITTY, REAP THE WILD WIND, BEAU GESTE, THE UNINVITED - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
Brian Donlevy deservedly received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his sadistic Foreign Legion sergeant. Some would derisively call Beau Geste politically incorrect; it's not. Much like Gunga Din, The Four Feathers, and The Charge of the
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VISUALS; Signs and Portents
NYTimes - almost 8 years
I own a fairly large vintage sign that sits imposingly on my living room floor. It once hung outside a place called Velulich's Bakery, somewhere in New Jersey, and is typical of the painted metal displays of the 1930s, with Art Deco contours and neon illumination. It's as beautiful as the hand-painted shoe-repair sign I keep in my bedroom. Both are
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WHAT'S ON TONIGHT
NYTimes - over 9 years
6 A.M. (TCM) COMMAND DECISION -- (1948) Turner Classic Movies salutes the armed forces with a Memorial Day marathon starring some A-list heroes, beginning with Clark Gable in this colorized World War II drama about a general who must battle his own government to send his planes deeper into Germany. The tribute continues with Humphrey Bogart in
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Critic's Choice: New DVD's
NYTimes - almost 10 years
Classic Western Round-Up: Volume 1 There is one excellent reason to pick up Universal's ''Classic Western Round-Up: Volume 1,'' and that is Jacques Tourneur's 1946 ''Canyon Passage,'' a western that resembles no other and remains one of the great unsung achievements of American filmmaking. There are two more good reasons to pick up the set: King
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Yvonne De Carlo Dies at 84; Played Lily on 'Munsters'
NYTimes - about 10 years
Yvonne De Carlo, a dark-haired Hollywood beauty who advanced from the chorus line to play Moses' wife in a movie epic but who achieved her greatest popularity as Lily in the CBS television sitcom ''The Munsters,'' died on Monday in Los Angeles. She was 84. The cause was heart failure, said Kevin Burns, a friend and television producer. She had been
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The Listings; HOLIDAY WITH PRESTON STURGES
NYTimes - about 12 years
Preston Sturges's most creative period lasted a mere eight years -- from his 1940 directorial debut, ''The Great McGinty,'' to ''Unfaithfully Yours'' in 1948 -- but that short time was enough to yield perhaps the most profound comic vision of American life ever recorded on celluloid. During the next three weekends the American Museum of the Moving
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MOVIES THIS WEEK
NYTimes - over 17 years
JOHN FARROW'S nimble direction brings WAKE ISLAND (1942) to a superb conclusion, as two doomed Marine officers (Albert Dekker and Brian Donlevy) almost impersonally swap alma maters while Japanese troops swarm over their Pacific island foxhole. The picture's granite realism is pervasive as American troops become aware of the final assault by the
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MOVIES THIS WEEK
NYTimes - almost 18 years
JOHN FARROW'S WAKE ISLAND (1942) is a superbly realistic depiction of Marine pluck and heroism on a Pacific island where a contingent of American troops is enveloped by the Japanese enemy. A fine cast is headed by Robert Preston, Brian Donlevy, Macdonald Carey and Albert Dekker. Typical of the unsentimental portrayal is the fadeout, a casual,
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LONG ISLAND GUIDE
NYTimes - over 19 years
FREE CHOICES TODAY For the opening of its exhibition, ''Contemporary Asian Artists in America,'' the Smithtown Township Arts Council presents Dance Beijing in a performance of Chinese classical and folk dance and traditional music during the artists' reception from 1 to 3 P.M. at Mills Pond House off Route 25A in St James. The show runs through
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Treetops: An Aura of Glamour, a Trail of Tragedies
NYTimes - almost 20 years
IN florid prose, newspaper advertisements sing the praises of a neo-Georgian 30-room-plus mansion set on 110 acres lying in both Stamford and Greenwich. The property is replete with an art studio, four greenhouses, a two-story caretaker's cottage and hiking trails. A large-scale renovation in the 80's resulted in the elimination of a tennis court
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MOVIES THIS WEEK
NYTimes - about 20 years
A tingling British mystery, an intense war drama, a gripping monster spectacle and an effective page-to-screen translation of a best seller top the week's list. Reporting a missing brother at the outset, Ida Lupino lends charm and substance to THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (1939), the second in the popular Basil Rathbone-Nigel Bruce series.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Brian Donlevy
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1972
    Age 71
    Donlevy died from throat cancer on April 6, 1972 at the Motion Picture Country Hospital in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California.
    More Details Hide Details He was survived by his wife and a daughter, Judy Donlevy, by his second wife. His ashes were scattered over Santa Monica Bay.
  • 1969
    Age 68
    His last film role was in Pit Stop, released in 1969.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1960
    Age 59
    In 1960, he appeared as John Ridges in the episode "Escape" of The DuPont Show with June Allyson.
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  • 1957
    Age 56
    In 1957, he appeared in a CBS production of A. J. Cronin's Beyond This Place.
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    Nonetheless, the film version was a success and Donlevy returned for the sequel, Quatermass 2 (Enemy From Space in the US), in 1957, also based on a BBC television serial.
    More Details Hide Details This made Donlevy the only man ever to play the famous scientist on screen twice, although Scottish actor Andrew Keir would later play him both on film and on radio. Throughout his film career, Donlevy also did several radio shows, including a reprise of The Great McGinty. He played the lead character in Dangerous Assignment between 1949 and 1954, taking the series to TV in 1952. He featured in a number of films over the following years until his death. He also appeared in a variety of television series from the late 1940s until the mid-1960s. In 1966 in one of the final episodes of Perry Mason, "The Case of the Positive Negative," Donlevy played defendant General Roger Brandon. He also guest-starred on such popular programs as Crossroads, Wagon Train and Rawhide,.
  • 1955
    Age 54
    In 1955, he played the lead in the British science-fiction horror film The Quatermass Xperiment (called The Creeping Unknown in the US) for the Hammer Films company, playing the lead role of Professor Bernard Quatermass.
    More Details Hide Details The film was based on a 1953 BBC Television serial of the same name. The character had been British, but Hammer cast Donlevy in an attempt to help sell the film to North American audiences. Quatermass creator Nigel Kneale disliked Donlevy's portrayal, referring to Donlevy as "a former Hollywood heavy gone to seed".
  • FORTIES
  • 1942
    Age 41
    In 1942, Donlevy starred in Wake Island with William Bendix and Robert Preston and played street-tough borough politician Paul Madvig in Dashiell Hammet's classic The Glass Key.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1939
    Age 38
    In 1939, he played the lead villain in Destry Rides Again and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his memorable role as the ruthless Sergeant Markoff in Beau Geste, although the Oscar went to Thomas Mitchell for Stagecoach.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, he played the role for which he is perhaps best remembered, that of McGinty in The Great McGinty, a role he reprised four years later in The Miracle of Morgan's Creek.
  • 1935
    Age 34
    Donlevy's break came in 1935, when he was cast in the Edward G. Robinson film Barbary Coast.
    More Details Hide Details A large amount of film work followed, with several important parts.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1928
    Age 27
    Donlevy was married three times: first to Yvonne Grey from 1928–36, then to actress Marjorie Lane from 1936–1947, and finally to Lillian Arch Lugosi (the former wife of Bela Lugosi) from 1966 until his death in 1972.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1916
    Age 15
    When the local Army National Guard company was called into service for the Pancho Villa Expedition in 1916, Donlevy lied about his age (he was actually 14) so he could join the mobilization.
    More Details Hide Details Donlevy served during the expedition as a bugler. When the United States entered World War I, Donlevy went to France with Company C, 127th Infantry Regiment, a part of the 32nd Infantry Division. Donlevy began his career in New York City in the early 1920s, appearing in many theater productions and also winning an increasing number of silent film parts. Previously, he had modeled for the illustrator J. C. Leyendecker, who produced illustrations for the famous Arrow Collar advertisements. His Broadway credits included Hit the Deck and Life Begins at 8:40.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1910
    Age 9
    Sometime between 1910 and 1912 the family moved to Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, where Donlevy's father worked as a supervisor at the Brickner Woolen Mills.
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  • 1901
    Age 0
    Donlevy was born in 1901 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Rebecca (née Parks) and Thomas Donlevy.
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