Steve Cochran


Actor
Steve Cochran

About

Also Known As
Robert Alexander Cochran
Birth Place
Eureka, California, USA
Born
June 25, 1917
Died
June 16, 1965
Cause of Death
Lung Infection

Biography

Rugged, masculine lead with slicked-back jet-black hair, usually cast as cads or insentitive lovers, who hit his peak in the 1950s. Discovered by Mae West, with whom he appeared on stage in the Broadway revival of "Diamond Lil" (1948) and "Catherine the Great" (the latter winning him a Warner Bros. contract), Cochran was forceful as a gangster in Raoul Walsh's "White Heat" (1949), he sta...

Family & Companions

Florence Lockwood
Wife
Artist.
Fay McKenzie
Wife
Actor. Divorced in 1951.
Jonna Jensen
Wife
Married in 1961 when she was 19.

Biography

Rugged, masculine lead with slicked-back jet-black hair, usually cast as cads or insentitive lovers, who hit his peak in the 1950s. Discovered by Mae West, with whom he appeared on stage in the Broadway revival of "Diamond Lil" (1948) and "Catherine the Great" (the latter winning him a Warner Bros. contract), Cochran was forceful as a gangster in Raoul Walsh's "White Heat" (1949), he starred as a wanderer in Michelangelo Antonioni's sullen "Il Grido" (1957), and directed, produced and wrote a feature, "Tell Me in the Sunlight" (released 1967), before his premature death aboard his yacht in 1965.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Tell Me in the Sunlight (1967)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Tell Me in the Sunlight (1967)
Dave
Mozambique (1966)
Brad Webster
Of Love and Desire (1963)
Steve Corey
Il grido (1962)
Aldo
The Deadly Companions (1961)
Billy
I, Mobster (1959)
Joe Sante
The Beat Generation (1959)
Dave Cullorah
The Big Operator (1959)
Bill Gibson
Quantrill's Raiders (1958)
Wes [Cap. Alan Wescott, also known as Michael Davis]
Circus of Love (1958)
Slander (1957)
H. R. Manley
The Weapon (1957)
Mark Andrews
Come Next Spring (1956)
Matt Ballot
Private Hell 36 (1954)
Calhoun Bruner
Carnival Story (1954)
Joe Mallon
She's Back on Broadway (1953)
Rick Sommers
Back to God's Country (1953)
Paul Blake
The Desert Song (1953)
Capt. Claud Fontaine
Shark River (1953)
Dan Webley
Operation Secret (1952)
Marcel Brevoort
The Lion and the Horse (1952)
Ben Kirby
Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison (1951)
Chuck Daniels
The Tanks Are Coming (1951)
Francis Aloysius "Sully" Sullivan
Raton Pass (1951)
Cy Van Cleave
Tomorrow Is Another Day (1951)
Bill Clark, also known as Mike Lewis
Jim Thorpe--All-American (1951)
Peter Allendine
Storm Warning (1951)
Hank Rice
Highway 301 (1950)
George Legenza
Dallas (1950)
Bryant Marlow
The Damned Don't Cry (1950)
Nick Prenta
White Heat (1949)
Big Editor Somers
A Song Is Born (1948)
Tony Crow
Copacabana (1947)
Steve Hunt
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
Cliff
The Chase (1946)
Eddie Roman
The Kid from Brooklyn (1946)
Speed McFarlane
Wonder Man (1945)
Ten Grand Jackson
The Gay Senorita (1945)
Tomas Obrion, also known as Tim O'Brien
Boston Blackie's Rendezvous (1945)
Jimmy Casey
Boston Blackie Booked on Suspicion (1945)
Jack Higgins

Producer (Feature Film)

Come Next Spring (1956)
Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Tell Me in the Sunlight (1967)
Composer

Life Events

1944

Broadway debut

1945

Screen acting debut in "Wonder Man"

1949

Under contract to Warner Bros.

1953

Founded Robert Alexander Productions

1965

Directorial and producing debut, "Tell Me in the Sunlight" (also photographed and starred; released posthumously in 1967)

Photo Collections

The Deadly Companions - Movie Poster
The Deadly Companions - Movie Poster

Videos

Movie Clip

Tomorrow Is Another Day (1947) - You're Not Through Paying Steve Cochran is inmate Bill, getting his going-away talk from the prison warden Harry Antrim, having evidently spent most of his life incarcerated, not clear what the guy waiting outside (John Kellogg) is up to, opening Tomorrow Is Another Day, 1951, also starring Ruth Roman.
Tomorrow Is Another Day (1947) - You Can't Dance Bill (Steve Cochran), convicted of murder as a pre-teen, just-paroled and having left his hometown due to bad press, now in New York, not familiar with taxi-dancing etiquette, meets Nikki (Lynne Millan) then the more cordial Cay (Ruth Roman), in Tomorrow Is Another Day, 1951.
Tomorrow Is Another Day (1947) - Team Up Or Split Up On the run but not quite committed to each other, after the death of her cop boyfriend, whom she’s allowed to believe he shot, newly-paroled Bill (Steve Cochran) and taxi-dancer Cay (Ruth Roman) have checked into an out-of-the-way motel, in Tomorrow Is Another Day, 1951.
White Heat (1949) - Red Hot Buzz Saw The first "domestic" scene, featuring Cody (James Cagney) and Ed (Steve Cochran) and introducing Ma (Margaret Wycherly) and Verna (Virginia Mayo) and foreshadowing troubles, in Raoul Walsh's White Heat, 1949.
White Heat (1949) - Changing Engineers Cody (James Cagney) and the gang (Mickey Knox, Ford Rainey et al) in the car, Big Ed (Steve Cochran) on the train, in the neatly shot "tunnel job" sequence opening Raoul Walsh's White Heat, 1949.
Jim Thorpe -- All-American (1951) - Fulfilling That Promise Charles Bickford as coach "Pop" Warner continues narration from a testimonial dinner flashback, first appearance of Burt Lancaster as the grown-up title character, meeting his predecessor as B-M-O-C (Steve Cochran), in Jim Thorpe -- All-American, 1951.
Jim Thorpe -- All-American - Quit Complaining Coach "Pop" Warner (Charles Bickford) continuing his narration, about the time his restless track star Burt Lancaster (title character) hustled his way into the football squad, charming Margaret (Phyllis Thaxter) supporting, in Jim Thorpe -- All-American, 1951.
Deadly Companions, The (1961) - Hatin' And Wantin' Revenge Complex tension as Billy and Turk (Steve Cochran, Chill Wills) follow maybe-partner "Yellow Leg," (Brian Keith) who's trying to make amends with Kit (Maureen O'Hara), escorting her to a desert town to bury her son, whom he accidentally killed in a gunfight, in Sam Peckinpah's The Deadly Companions, 1961.
Deadly Companions, The (1961) - That's What I Call Pretty In his first feature, presaging things to come, director Sam Peckinpah stages a church service in a saloon, new-in-town "Yellow-Leg" (Brian Keith) and Billy (Steve Cochran) await their third (Chill Wills) as Maureen O'Hara is introduced, mocked by others in Strother Martin's congregation, early in The Deadly Companions, 1961.
Beat Generation, The (1959) - Bass Fiddle Without Strings No one using the word rape, though it was all-but shown on screen, investigating cop Culloran (Steve Cochran) revealing an ugly cynicism, Jackie Coogan (a.k.a. "Uncle Fester") his partner, Margaret Hayes the victim, in The Beat Generation, 1959.
Storm Warning (1951) - They Blame The Klan Still on the night of the Klan killing of a nosey reporter, small town prosecutor Rainey (Ronald Reagan) visits local big shots at the bowling alley, Barr (Hugh Sanders) suspected, Faulkner (Raymond Greenleaf) thinking P-R, in Storm Warning, 1951.
Storm Warning (1951) - They Were Wearing Hoods Little sister Lucy (Doris Day) is off camera getting new hubby Hank (Steve Cochran) ready to meet her visiting sister Marsha (Ginger Rogers), who's just witnessed a Klan murder on her first night in their deep-South town, in Stuart Heisler's Storm Warning, 1951.

Trailer

Companions

Florence Lockwood
Wife
Artist.
Fay McKenzie
Wife
Actor. Divorced in 1951.
Jonna Jensen
Wife
Married in 1961 when she was 19.

Bibliography