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Born: April 14, 1930 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Francisco, California, USA Profession: actor, author, hotel desk clerk

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A contemplative lead and supporting player, Bradford Dillman made his name on Broadway in the mid-1950s originating the role of Edmund Tyrone, the authorial stand-in, in Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night". He then gained international attention with "Compulsion" (1959), inspired by the true-life Leopold and Loeb case, sharing Best Actor honors at Cannes with co-stars Dean Stockwell and Orson Welles. With his Yale degree and uppercrust aura, Dillman began on the New York stage after completing a tour with the US Marines in Korea. He made his professional acting debut in 1953 in "The Scarecrow" and spent several seasons with the Sharon (CT) Playhouse before his Broadway debut in the O'Neill play in 1956. Within two years, the handsome dark-haired actor had been signed to a contract by 20th Century Fox. Dillman made his film debut in the soap opera "A Certain Smile" (1958), earning a Golden Globe Award as Most Promising Newcomer as a Parisian student who loses his girl to Rossano Brazzi. With "Compulsion", he seemed poised for a star career but somehow the right roles never seemed to materialize. He was well-cast as the title saint in Michael Curtiz's religious epic "Francis of Assisi" and...

A contemplative lead and supporting player, Bradford Dillman made his name on Broadway in the mid-1950s originating the role of Edmund Tyrone, the authorial stand-in, in Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night". He then gained international attention with "Compulsion" (1959), inspired by the true-life Leopold and Loeb case, sharing Best Actor honors at Cannes with co-stars Dean Stockwell and Orson Welles.

With his Yale degree and uppercrust aura, Dillman began on the New York stage after completing a tour with the US Marines in Korea. He made his professional acting debut in 1953 in "The Scarecrow" and spent several seasons with the Sharon (CT) Playhouse before his Broadway debut in the O'Neill play in 1956.

Within two years, the handsome dark-haired actor had been signed to a contract by 20th Century Fox. Dillman made his film debut in the soap opera "A Certain Smile" (1958), earning a Golden Globe Award as Most Promising Newcomer as a Parisian student who loses his girl to Rossano Brazzi. With "Compulsion", he seemed poised for a star career but somehow the right roles never seemed to materialize. He was well-cast as the title saint in Michael Curtiz's religious epic "Francis of Assisi" and as an espionage agent who breaks under torture (opposite future wife Suzy Parker) in "Circle of Deception" (both 1961). Subsequently, Dillman drifted into leads into lesser films and second leads in A-list productions, such as his roles as Robert Redford's college buddy and later Hollywood producer in "The Way We Were" (1973), John Wilkes Booth in "The Lincoln Conspiracy" (1977) and a reluctant hero in "Piranha" (1978). By the end of the 80s, he had all but abandoned features.

On the small screen, Dillman began acting in such anthology series as "Kraft Television Theatre". He garnered an Emmy nomination as the titular soldier in "The Voice of Charlie Pont" (1962) alongside Robert Redford. Four years later, he starred as a officer-lawyer in his first series, "Court-Martial" (ABC). In "King's Crossing" (ABC, 1982), Dillman was an alcoholic father and teacher trying to put his life straight and then spent a season (1982-83) on the CBS primetime soap "Falcon Crest". Over the years, the actor has made innumerable episodic guest appearances on show ranging from Westerns to medical dramas, generally playing either ne'er-do-wells or heroic figures. More recently, he made annual appearances (as different characters) on CBS' "Murder, She Wrote". He has also accrued over two dozen TV-movie credits, in thrillers like "Five Desperate Women" (ABC, 1971) and drama such as "Heart of Justice" (TNT, 1993). He received a Daytime Emmy for his appearance in the "ABC Afternoon Playbreak" production of "The Last Bride of Salem" (1975).

In 1995, Dillman launched a secondary career as an author. A long-time football fanatic and San Francisco 49ers fan, he wrote "Inside the New York Giants", a book which rated each player drafted by the team since 1967, with the Giants chosen as the prototype because of their commercial appeal. (Dillman has expressed his desire to update the book on a yearly basis.) Two years later, he published his memoirs, "Are You Anybody?: An Actor's Life".

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Heart Of Justice (1993) Mr Burgess
2.
 Lords of the Deep (1989) Dobler
3.
 Heroes Stand Alone (1989) Walt Simmons
4.
 Easy Come, Easy Go (1989) Peter Merkin
5.
 Hot Pursuit (1987)
6.
 Man Outside (1987) Frank Simmons
7.
 Tesoro del Amazones, El (1985) Clark
8.
 Covenant (1985) Eric Noble
9.
 Sudden Impact (1983) Captain Briggs
10.
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Milestones close milestones

1951:
Served in the US Marines during the Korean War
:
After military service, moved to NYC; roomed with novelist and former Yale classmate John Knowles (author of "A Separate Peace")
1953:
Professional stage debut, "The Scarecrow"
1953:
TV acting debut on an episode of "Kraft Television Theatre" (NBC)
:
Performed in numerous plays with Sharon (CT) Playhouse
:
Originated role of Edmund Tyrone in Broadway production of "Long Day's Journey Into Night"; Broadway debut
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Signed to a contract by 20th Century Fox
1958:
Screen acting debut, "A Certain Smile"
1959:
Starred as Artie Straus in "Compulsion"
1961:
Appeared opposite future wife Suzy Parker in "Circle of Deception"
1966:
Debut as TV series regular, "Court-Martial" (ABC); series was filmed in England
1969:
Made TV-movie debut, "Fear No Evil"
1973:
Co-starred in "The Way We Were"
1982:
Was regular on the short-lived ABC drama "King's Crossing"
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Appeared for one season on the CBS primetime soap "Falcon's Crest"
1995:
Authored "Inside the New York Giants"
1997:
Published memoirs, "Are You Anybody?"
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Education

Actors Studio: New York , New York -
Yale College, Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1951

Notes

Dillman met his second wife, model-actress Suzy Parker, when they were filming "Circle of Deception" in 1961. They married in 1963.

In a January 1995 Variety interview, Dillman unaplogetically referred to himself as "a Safeway actor ... I had ... kids and had to put food on the table."

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wife:
Frieda Harding. Married on June 15, 1956; divorced on April 4, 1962.
wife:
Suzy Parker. Model, actor. Married on April 20, 1963; previously married with one daughter.

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father:
Dean Dillman. Stockbroker.
mother:
Josephine Dillman.
son:
Jeffrey Dillman. Investment counselor. Born in March 1958; mother, Frieda Harding.
daughter:
Pamela Dillman. Actor. Born in August 1959; mother, Frieda Harding.
step-daughter:
Georgia Belle LaSalle. Mother Suzy Parker; father, Pierre LaSalle.
daughter:
Dinah L Dillman. Teacher. Born in November 1965; mother, Suzy Parker.
son:
Charles D Dillman. Real estate appraiser. Born in July 1967; mother, Suzy Parker; married to actress Brooke Dillman.
son:
Christopher P Dillman. Graphic arts designer. Born in January 1969; mother, Suzy Parker.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Inside the New York Giants" Third Story Press
"Are You Anybody?: An Actor's Life" Fithian

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