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|Also Known As:||Andre Brandon De Wilde,Brandon De Wilde||Died:||July 6, 1972|
|Born:||April 9, 1942||Cause of Death:||car accident|
|Birth Place:||Brooklyn, New York, USA||Profession:||Cast ... actor|
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Brandon De Wilde (April 9, 1942 – July 6, 1972) was an Academy Award-nominated American actor born into a theatrical family in Brooklyn. Brandon De Wilde made his Broadway debut at the age of 7 in The Member of the Wedding, and was the first child actor to win the Donaldson Award. As the tow-headed Joey who worshipped the mysterious gunman in Shane, he stole the movie and was nominated for an Oscar. He shared the screen with James Stewart and Audie Murphy in the 1957 western Night Passage. De Wilde made his mark onscreen as an adolescent in the 1959 drama Blue Denim. He also appeared in Martin Ritt's Hud (1963) with Paul Newman and Patricia Neal, and in All Fall Down (1962) opposite Warren Beatty and Eva Marie Saint. De Wilde delivered another acclaimed performance at the age of 22 as Jere Torry, the screen son of John Wayne in In Harm's Way (1965). Brandon De Wilde was critically injured in a traffic accident in the Denver suburb of Lakewood on the evening of July 6, 1972, while en route to perform in the play, Butterflies Are Free. Swerving to avoid another vehicle, he struck a construction trailer parked on the side of the road, and was pinned under the wreckage of his motorcycle for some time before being taken to Denver General Hospital. He died four hours later. He was 30 years old. De Wilde was married to his second wife when he died. He left a small son, Jesse.
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