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David Brian ACTOR

David Brian was born August 5, 1914 in New York City. He entered show business with a music routine in vaudeville, taking a break to join the Coast Guard during the war. After, he turned to acting on the New York stage. In 1949 he was persuaded by Joan Crawford to try film acting, and consequently moved to Hollywood to do so. In the same year, he was given a contract with Warner Brothers. His feature debut was in "Flamingo Road" (1949), in which he played a politician obsessed with Crawford's carnival girl character. In the same year, he also married actress Lorna Gray, his second wife.
Next he starred in the twice Golden Globe nominated "Intruder in the Dust" (1949) - with one of the nominations belonging to him for Best Supporting Actor. It was followed by a lead in the Oscar nominated Bette Davis feature "Beyond the Forest" (1949). Brian performed opposite Crawford in his next, "The Damned Don't Cry" (1950), about a New York socialite who climbs the ladder of success man by man until she finds herself in a very compromising situation with some rich gangsters, the head honcho being Brian. Yet again he appeared alongside the actress for "This Woman is Dangerous" (1952), although this time she played the gangster.
For the remaining duration of the decade, the actor portrayed an assortment of cowboys in various big-screen westerners. The most notable include his characters Austin McCool in Gary Cooper's "Springfield Rifle" (1952), Ken Childs in John Wayne's "The High and Mighty" (1954), and Dick Braden in Rory Calhoun's "Dawn at Socorro" (1954).

Throughout the 1950's and 1960's Brian was also active in television. He made appearances in shows ranging from comedic to dramatic - about forty different series in all. In 1954 he starred as District Attorney Paul Garrett in his courtroom drama "Mr. District Attorney", reprising a role he had formerly held on radio. Other shows include the drama "Rawhide" (1959-61), comedy "I Dream of Jeannie" (1965-70), sci-fi "Star Trek" (1966-69), and western "Gunsmoke" (1955-75).

David Brian passed away at the age of seventy on July 5, 1993 in Sherman Oaks, California, due to cancer and heart failure. He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his achievements in the category of television and motion pictures.


1983 Father's Day 
1975 Archer 
1973 Police Story 
1973 Hec Ramsey  

1972 Search 

1972 Mission: Impossible 
1972 The Manhunter 

1971 O'Hara, U.S. Treasury 
1971 The Seven Minutes 
1970 The Immortal 
1969 The Girl Who Knew Too Much
1969 The Name of the Game
1969 Childish Things
1968 Mannix 
1968 Cimarron Strip 
1968 Star Trek 
1968 The Destructors
1967 Hondo 
1967 The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. 
1966 Castle of Evil
1966 Iron Horse 
1966 Please Don't Eat the Daisies 
1966 Branded 
1966 Honey West 
1965 I Dream of Jeannie 
1965 Laredo 
1965 Profiles in Courage 
1964 Daniel Boone 
1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre  

1963 Death Valley Days
1963 The Dakotas 
1963 Laramie  

1962 How the West Was Won
1962 Target: The Corruptors 
1961 Pocketful of Miracles  

1961 Cain's Hundred 
1960 The Untouchables  

1960 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse 
1959 Rawhide 
1959 Alcoa Theatre 
1959 The Rabbit Trap
1958 Ghost of the China Sea
1958 Target 
1956 Crossroads 
1956 Accused of Murder
1956 The White Squaw 

1956 The First Traveling Saleslady
1956 No Place to Hide
1956 Fury at Gunsight Pass  

1956 Celebrity Playhouse 
1955 Timberjack

1954 Dawn at Socorro
1954 The High and the Mighty
1954 The Ford Television Theatre  

1954 Mr. District Attorney          
1954 G.E. True Theater 
1953 Schlitz Playhouse 
1953 The Revlon Mirror Theater 
1953 Ambush at Tomahawk Gap
1953 A Perilous Journey
1952 Million Dollar Mermaid
1952 Springfield Rifle
1952 This Woman Is Dangerous

1951 Fort Worth
1951 Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison
1951 Inside Straight
1950 Breakthrough  

1950 The Great Jewel Robber
1950 The Damned Don't Cry
1949 Beyond the Forest

1949 Intruder in the Dust

1949 Flamingo Road 

1935 'G' Men  

Matinee Classics - No Place To Hide starring David Brian, Marsha Hunt, Hugh Corcoran, Ike Jariega Jr., Celia Flor, Eddie Infante, Manuel Silos, Lou Salvador, Pianing Vidal, Alfonso Carvajal, Vincenta Advincula and Pompom
Matinee Classics - Springfield Rifle starring Gary Cooper, Phyllis Thaxter, David Brian, Paul Kelly, Lon Chaney Jr., James Millican, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Alan Hale Jr., Martin Milner, Wilton Graff and Jerry O'Sullivan
Matinee Classics - The First Traveling Saleslady starring Ginger Rogers, Barry Nelson, Carol Channing, David Brian, James Arness, Clint Eastwood, Robert F. Simon, Frank Wilcox, Dan White and Harry Cheshire

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