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Brian Donlevy

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Also Known As: Died: April 5, 1972
Born: February 9, 1901 Cause of Death: throat cancer
Birth Place: Armagh, , IE Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

Pit Stop (1969) as Grant Willard
Grant Willard (Brian Donlevy) sponsors drivers in a "new" form of race car driving called The Figure Eight. The rise and fall of one such driver is the whole story behind PIT STOP.
Arizona Bushwhackers (1968) as Mayor Joe Smith
Howard Keel, Yvonne De Carlo, John Ireland, Marilyn Maxwell, Scott Brady, Brian Donlevy, Barton MacLane, James Craig, & Roy Rogers, Jr. as Roy. A Confederate prisoner of war takes advantage of an opportunity to enlist in the Union army and patrol the Western territories. Narrated by James Cagney.
Hostile Guns (1967) as Marshal Willett
George Montgomery, Yvonne De Carlo, Tab Hunter, Brian Donlevy, John Russell, James Craig, Richard Arlen, & Fuzzy Knight as Buck. Tension mounts as a U.S. marshall and his hot-headed deputy escort a prison wagon with four deadly criminals across the Texas Badlands
Waco (1966) as Ace Ross
Gammera the Invincible (1966) as Gen. Terry Arnold
A giant, fire-spitting turtle-like monster arises out of the Japan Sea after an atomic blast and goes on to destroy major Japanese cities until an international consortium of militaries is able to blast it out of earth in a rocket. Japanese cities
The Fat Spy (1966) as Wellington
Off the coast of Florida, a nearly-deserted island is rumored to have the fountain of youth. A boatload of teenage kids are headed there for a scavenger hunt. Wellington, the island's wealthy owner, is none too happy about that, so he dispatches his daughter, Junior, to get rid of them. She's happy to go because her sweetie, Irving, is the island's only resident. Junior sends Irving to spy on the kids to find out what they know. Irving's twin brother, Herman, and Herman's high-school sweetheart, Camille Salamander, are also headed for the island with their own nefarious plans. Is the fountain of youth real, and if so, who will get to it first?
Curse of the Fly (1965) as Henri Delambre
Remember that scientist that was trying to perfect a matter transportation machine but got fused with a fly when one of the little critters got into the transporter with him? Well, this story is about three of his descendents (a son, Henri Delambre, played by Brian Donlevy and two grandsons). Seems the son wants to continue and perfect the machine while his two sons want to get out of the scientist business and live "normal" lives. The oldest son, Martin, decides to take a wife (who just happens to have escaped from a mental hospital after her parents died). Martin's father is not happy with this intrusion but finally gives in because he understands him son's needs. They all try to be a happy family until humans used in botched experiments are discovered by the new bride and the police nearly discover the lab while looking for Martin's wife. Everyone tries to get out of there via the transporter but things just don't go according to plan ...
How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965) as B. D.
When he''''s stationed in Tahiti, a sailor hires a witch doctor to keep an eye on his girlfriend.
The Pigeon That Took Rome (1962) as Col. Sherman Harrington
American undercover agents in Rome during World War II try to thwart the Axis.
The Errand Boy (1961) as Mr. T. P.
Paramutual Pictures wants to know where all the money is going so they hire Morty to be their spy. Morty works for Mr. Sneak and gets a job in the mail room so that he can have access to the lot. But all that Morty ever finds is that he can cause havoc no matter what he does.
Girl in Room 13 (1961) as Steve Marshall
Never So Few (1959) as Gen. Sloan
A U.S. military troop takes command of a band of Burmese guerillas during World War II.
Juke Box Rhythm (1959) as George Manton
A princess visiting New York gets mixed up with rock musicians.
Cowboy (1958) as Doc Bender
Real-life writer Frank Harris signs on as a ranch hand and learns the ropes from an experienced cowboy.
Escape from Red Rock (1958) as Bronc Grierson
Enemy from Space (1957) as [Prof. Bernard] Quatermass
Professor Quatermass, still shook up from London's refusal to proceed with his project to colonize the Moon, is intrigued by the mysterious traces that have been showing up on his radar - meteorites crashing down?. Following them to the place where they should be landing he finds a destroyed village, a mysterious factory too close to his designs for the Moon colony for comfort, and some strange, aerodynamic objects containing a mysterious, ammonia-based gas that infects one of his assistants. Officially, the factory is producing synthetic food; but despite the veil of secrecy surrounding it Quatermass succeeds in finding out it harbours aliens with deadly designs on the Earth... Second in Hammer Films' trio of screen versions for Nigel Kneale's classic 1950s BBC serials, with the same director and star as 1955's "The Quatermass Experiment".
The Creeping Unknown (1956) as Prof. Bernard Quatermass
A space fungus transforms an astronaut into a deadly monster.
A Cry in the Night (1956) as Capt. Ed Bates
A police captain's emotions get in the way when his daughter is kidnapped.
The Big Combo (1955) as Joe McClure
A police detective tries to convict a mob boss by going to the man's girlfriend.
Ride the Man Down (1953) as Bide Marriner
Woman They Almost Lynched (1953) as William Clarke Quantrill
Hoodlum Empire (1952) as Senator Bill Stephens
Fighting Coast Guard (1951) as Comm. Ian McFarland
Slaughter Trail (1951) as Capt. Dempster
An Indian hating bandit''''s reign of terror could lead to a range war.
Shakedown (1950) as Nick Palmer
Kansas Raiders (1950) as [William Clark] Quantrill
Audie Murphy plays a young Jesse James falling under the Svengali-like spell of the outlaw William Quantrill, played by Brian Donlevy. Jesse and his youthful gang join the rebels to avenge the death of his parents only to become disillusioned with the senseless violence and looting of innocent civilians. Goaded by Quantrill's girl to leave, Jesse vacillates until the Yankess close in. Quantrill forces Jesse to leave and faces the Yankess gunfire alone. Jesse rides off with his gang and the rest is history.
Command Decision (1949) as Brigadier General Clifton I. Garnet
A senior officer faces the horror of sending his men on suicide missions over Germany during the last days of World War II.
Impact (1949) as Walter Williams [also known as Bill Walker]
After surviving a murder attempt, an auto magnate goes into hiding so his wife can pay for the crime.
The Lucky Stiff (1949) as John J. Malone
Semi-successful lawyer John Malone is intrigued by local night club singer Anna Marie St. Clair. After meeting her at the club, he is present when her boss (and more?) is killed, and she is arrested for the crime. Sentenced to death, Malone and his faithful secretary set out to find the real murderer, who is probably also responsible for a protection racket Malone is investigating.
A Southern Yankee (1948) as Kurt Devlynn
A bellboy masquerades as a spy and lands behind enemy lines during the Civil War.
Killer McCoy (1947) as Jim Caighn [assumed name of Jim Carrson]
A lightweight boxer gets mixed up in murder.
Heaven Only Knows (1947) as Adam "Duke" Byron
An angel lands in the wild West to save a gambler''''s soul.
Song of Scheherazade (1947) as Captain Vladimir Gregovich
In 1865, the cadets of a Russian Naval Academy ship have shore leave in Morocco; among them is (fictionalized) future composer 'Nicky' Rimsky-Korsakov. In search of a piano, Nicky and singing ship's doctor Klin meet a family of once-wealthy Spanish colonists...and their daughter Cara who secretly dances in a cabaret. Romantic complications ensue, but Nicky seems less interested in Cara's favors than in inspirations for his future masterpieces.
Kiss of Death (1947) as Louis D'Angelo
An ex-con trying to go straight must face a crazed criminal out for revenge.
The Beginning or the End (1947) as Major General Leslie R. Groves
True story of the Manhattan Project and the race to build the atomic bomb.
The Trouble with Women (1947) as Joe McBride
The Virginian (1946) as Trampas
Best friends become enemies when one signs on with a rustler.
Two Years Before the Mast (1946) as Richard Henry Dana
Charles Stewart, the "Pilgrim" owner's playboy son, finds himself shanghaied on his father's ship commanded by cruel Captain Thompson. When scurvy breaks out he leads a mutiny and is slapped in irons. Floggings and torture abound.
Our Hearts Were Growing Up (1946) as Tony Minnetti, also known as Uncle Eddie
Cornelia and Emily, at college in the early 1920s, have triangle trouble with their beaus. Their affairs become entangled with those of a chance-met, kindly bootlegger. Much of the humor derives from pre-Roaring Twenties naivity.
Canyon Passage (1946) as George Camrose
A respected businessman and his gambler best friend fall for the same woman in 1850s Oregon.
Duffy's Tavern (1945) as
When Archie, the proprietor of the neighborhood bar discovers that one of his regulars, Michael O'Malley, owner of a record company is going broke, he realizes that many of his regulars will soon be unemployed and therefore, unable to pay their tab at the tavern. Archie immediately begins recruiting
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944) as "McGinty"
During World War II, a 4F tries to help the woman he loves cover up a surprise pregnancy.
An American Romance (1944) as Steve Dangos [previously known as Stefan Dangosbiblichek]
A European immigrant becomes a master of industry but almost loses his family.
Hangmen Also Die! (1943) as Dr. Franticek Svoboda
When a Nazi officer is assassinated, Czech patriots band together to protect his killer.
Stand by for Action (1943) as Lieut. Comdr. Martin J. Roberts
A Harvard graduate serving on a battleship is faced with the realities of war.
The Glass Key (1942) as Paul Madvig
A hired gun and his gangster boss fall out over a woman.
The Remarkable Andrew (1942) as General Andrew Jackson
When Andrew Long, hyper-efficient small town accountant, finds a $1240 discrepancy in the city budget, his superiors try to explain it away. When he insists on pursuing the matter, he's in danger of being blamed himself. In his trouble, the spirit of Andrew Jackson, whom he idolizes, visits him, and in turn, summons much high-powered talent from American history...which only Andrew can see. Can he get out of trouble before too many people think he's crazy?
A Gentleman After Dark (1942) as ["Heliotrope"] Harry Melton
Nightmare (1942) as Dan Shane
Two Yanks in Trinidad (1942) as Vince Barrows
The Great Man's Lady (1942) as Steely Edwards
A pioneer couple struggle to build a city in the wild West.
Wake Island (1942) as Major Geoffrey Caton
Marines stationed in the Pacific fight off the Japanese during World War II.
Birth of the Blues (1941) as Memphis
Jeff grows up near Basin Street in New Orleans, playing his clarinet with the dock workers. He puts together a band, the Basin Street Hot-Shots, which includes a cornet player, Memphis. They struggle to get their jazz music accepted by the cafe society of the city. Betty Lou joins their band as a singer and gets Louie to show her how to do scat singing. Memphis and Jeff both fall in love with Betty Lou.
Hold Back the Dawn (1941) as Actor
A gigolo flees Nazi occupation and sets his sights on a shy schoolteacher who happens to be a US citizen.
I Wanted Wings (1941) as Capt. Mercer
Story follows the training and personal lives of three recruits in the Army Air Corps --- a wealthy playboy, a college jock and an auto mechanic. Love interest is supplied by a female photographer and a sultry blonde.
Billy the Kid (1941) as Jim Sherwood
A misunderstood youngster turns into one of the West''''s most notorious outlaws.
South of Tahiti (1941) as Bob
While not Maria Montez's first film with credit billing, this is the one that Universal used to launch her sex-sand-sarong (the sandals came later) career---"Maria Montez-The Screen's New Blaze of Excitement"--- that lasted over four years until she was usurped by Yvonne DeCarlo. The taglines here were just a warn-up for what was to come---"Daring Days! Exotic Nights! in a forbidden Pagan Paradise" and one even foreshadowed the title of one of her future films; "WHITE SAVAGE! Daughter of Eve...with a Soul of Satan! Lashing men and beasts to hate...and a forbidden Pagan Paradise!" The plotline says four men, Brian Donlevy, Brod Crawford, Andy Devine and Henry Wilcoxin, drift ashore to an exotic island where they meet a beautiful native girl. All become more than a little smitten with Melahi (Maria Montez), with the exception of Andy Devine who is only concerned about not becoming a meal for her pet leopard. They don't make 'em like this anymore.
Brigham Young--Frontiersman (1940) as Angus Duncan
Two young Mormons struggle to survive their people''''s journey to a new home in the West.
When the Daltons Rode (1940) as Grat Dalton
Young lawyer Tod Jackson arrives in pioneer Kansas to visit his prosperous rancher friends the Daltons, just as the latter are in danger of losing their land to a crooked development company. When Tod tries to help them, a faked murder charge turns the Daltons into outlaws, but more victims than villains in this fictionalized version. Will Tod stay loyal to his friends despite falling in love with Bob Dalton's former fiancée Julie?
The Great McGinty (1940) as Dan McGinty
A hobo rises to town mayor when he hooks up with a crooked political boss.
Behind Prison Gates (1939) as Red Murray [also known as Norman Craig]
Beau Geste (1939) as Sergeant Markoff
Three brothers in the French foreign legion fight off murderous Arabs and a sadistic sergeant.
Destry Rides Again (1939) as Kent
A deputy who''''s sworn not to shoot again takes on a corrupt town boss and a sultry saloon singer.
Union Pacific (1939) as Sid Campeau
A crooked politician tries to stop construction of the first intercontinental railroad.
Jesse James (1939) as Barshee
When a railroad agent kills their mother, Frank and Jesse James take up robbing banks and trains.
Allegheny Uprising (1939) as Callendar
Colonial settlers fight the corrupt British in the days before the American Revolution.
Sharpshooters (1938) as Steve Mitchell
Battle of Broadway (1938) as Chesty Webb
We're Going to Be Rich (1938) as Yankee Gordon
A band of settlers on the Oregon Trail is attacked by outlaws, who steal their horses. The horses are returned and the outlaws chased off by three cowboys who just happen to pass by. Years later, the three cowboys again save the settlers when they are threatened by some rebellious farmworkers.
In Old Chicago (1938) as Gil Warren
Two Irish brothers become political and romantic rivals.
Crack-Up (1937) as Ace Martin
Midnight Taxi (1937) as Chick Gardner
G-Man Chick Gardner (Brian Donlevy), posing as a taxi driver, convinces the members of a counterfeiting gang that he is on their side and is taken into the organization by Philip Strickland (Alan Dinehart), the boss, over the objections of gang lieutenant Flash Dillon (Gilbert Roland.) Gardner meets Gilda Lee (Frances Drake), a member of the gang, and learns of the planned smuggling of a load of counterfeit money at a remote wharf. He arranges with the Federal officers to foil the landing but their presence is detected and the gang escapes, with Gardner being wounded in the melee by his own men. Dillon discovers Gardner's true identity and tells Gilda to take him for a ride. Instead, she helps Gardner kill Dillon, in return for which he promises her immunity. She goes with Strickland to the yacht of John Rudd (Sig Rumann), who is the secret leader of the counterfeiters. Gardner and the federal agents follow her.
Born Reckless (1937) as Bob "Hurry" Kane
This Is My Affair (1937) as Batiste Duryea
A saloon singer tries to reform a gangster, not knowing he's really an undercover detective.
High Tension (1936) as Steve Reardon
36 Hours to Kill (1936) as Frank Evers
Human Cargo (1936) as [Patrick] Packy Campbell
Half Angel (1936) as Duffy Giles
Allison Long is acquitted on charges of poisoning her father but then her benefactor is poisoned. Reporter Duffy Giles has faith in her innocence.
13 Hours by Air (1936) as Dr. [James] Evarts
Strike Me Pink (1936) as Vance
An assertiveness course gets a shy guy mixed up with racketeers at an amusement park.
Another Face (1935) as "Broken Nose" Dawson, also known as Spencer Dutro III
Plastic surgery turns a gangster into a movie star.
Mary Burns, Fugitive (1935) as "Spike"
Barbary Coast (1935) as Knuckles Jacoby
A vice king's girlfriend falls for a young miner.
Mother's Boy (1929) as Harry O'Day
A Man of Quality (1926) as Richard Courtney
School for Wives (1925) as Ralph
Damaged Hearts (1924) as Jim Porter, Mrs. Langham's brother

Cast (special)

Hard Case (1960) as Fred Childress (Guest)
The story focuses on the relationship between two brothers who also happen to be law enforcers: Walt Devlin, a sheriff who believes that the end does not justify the means; and Bill, who uses unorthodox methods to maintain the peace. In the pilot episode, Bill faces the wrath of a notorious outlaw

Cast (short)

A Modern Cinderella (1932)
In this comedic short, a poor shop girl delivers a lavish dress to a snobbish party girl and is mistaken for a rich socialite. Vitaphone Release 1460-1461.

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