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Brian Donlevy

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“I think I stink [at acting]. I like to play parts, yes. But, a good actor can do anything that’s thrown at him.”

 

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Waldo Brian Donlevy (February 9, 1901 – April 5, 1972), later known as Brian Donlevy was an American-born actor of Irish descent, noted for playing tough guys from the 1930s to the 1960s. He usually appeared in supporting roles. Among his best-known films are Beau Geste (1939) and The Great McGinty (1940). For his role as Sergeant Markoff in Beau Geste he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Donlevy starred as US special agent, Steve Mitchell, in 40 episodes of the 1952 TV series “Dangerous Assignment”. Mitchell received assignments to exotic locales involving international intrigue from ‘The Commissioner’ played by Hubert Butterfield.

His obituary in The Times newspaper in the United Kingdom stated that “any consideration of the American ‘film noir’ of the 1940s would be incomplete without him”.

Donlevy was born Waldo Brian Donlevy in Cleveland, Ohio in 1901. Sometime between 1910 and 1912 the family moved to Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin… read more

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