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Also Known As: Barry Mitchell, Boris Milanovich Died: December 11, 2002
Born: April 9, 1917 Cause of Death: pneumonia complications
Birth Place: Goldfield, Nevada, USA Profession: actor, producer, amateur boxer, meatpacker, newspaper vendor (at age seven), shoeshine boy

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A burly, handsome supporting player and occasional lead, Brad Dexter was often cast as villainous or menacing types in a variety of films starting with 1950's "The Asphalt Jungle". Of Serbian heritage, he was born Boris Milanovich in Nevada. Raised in poverty, Dexter began working as early as age seven in order to help support his parents. After stints as a shoeshine boy, meatpacker and amateur boxer, he studied acting at the famed Pasadena Playhouse. While serving in the military during WWII, he was cast in Moss Hart's stage show "Winged Victory", appearing under the stage name Barry Mitchell. Following other stage and radio roles, director John Huston spotted the hulking performer and cast him in "The Asphalt Jungle", for which he was newly christened Brad Dexter.

A burly, handsome supporting player and occasional lead, Brad Dexter was often cast as villainous or menacing types in a variety of films starting with 1950's "The Asphalt Jungle". Of Serbian heritage, he was born Boris Milanovich in Nevada. Raised in poverty, Dexter began working as early as age seven in order to help support his parents. After stints as a shoeshine boy, meatpacker and amateur boxer, he studied acting at the famed Pasadena Playhouse. While serving in the military during WWII, he was cast in Moss Hart's stage show "Winged Victory", appearing under the stage name Barry Mitchell. Following other stage and radio roles, director John Huston spotted the hulking performer and cast him in "The Asphalt Jungle", for which he was newly christened Brad Dexter.

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 Valentine (1979) Cosmo
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 Winter Kills (1979) 1st Captain Heller
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 House Calls (1978) Quinn
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 Law and Order (1976) Patrolman Tierney
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 Vigilante Force (1976) Mayor
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 Shampoo (1975) Senator East
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 Jory (1972) Jack
10.
 Blindfold (1966) Harrigan
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Raised in poverty in Nevada; began working at age seven to help support family
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Was an amateur boxer
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Served in the US Air Corps during WWII
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Stage acting debut (as Barry Mitchell) in "Winged Victory"
1950:
Feature film debut, "The Asphalt Jungle", directed by John Huston; first credit as Brad Dexter
1955:
Co-starred with Robert Ryan and Robert Stack in "House of Bamboo"
1958:
Supported Burt Lancaster and Clark Gable in "Run Silent, Run Deep"
1960:
Portrayed Yul Brynner's pal in "The Magnificent Seven"
1961:
Cast as gangster Bugsy Siegel in "The George Raft Story"
1964:
Saved Frank Sinatra from drowning in Hawaii during the filming of "None But the Brave"
1965:
Co-starred with Sinatra in "None But the Brave" and "Von Ryan's Express"
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Hired to work at Frank Sinatra's production company Artanis
1967:
Produced "The Naked Runner", starring Sinatra
1970:
Served as producer of "The Lawyer"
1972:
Returned to film acting in "Jory"
1975:
Appeared as a senator in "Shampoo"
1976:
TV-movie debut "Law and Order" (NBC)
1977:
Cast as Alvin Karples in "The Secret Files of J Edgar Hoover"
1978:
Acted in "House Calls"
1979:
Appeared in "Winter Kills"; last film for more than 10 years
1980:
Produced the TV-movie "Skag", starring Karl Malden
1990:
Last film (to date) "Secret Ingredient"
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Education

Pasadena Playhouse: Pasadena , California -

Notes

Some sources list Mr. Dexter's birthdate as May 13.

Not to be confused with the Canadian hockey player of the same name.

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wife:
Peggy Lee. Singer, songwriter, actor.

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