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Brian Donlevy (1901–1972)

It seems that Brian Donlevy started out life as colorfully as any character he ever played on the stage or screen. He lied about his age (he was actually 14) in 1916 so he could join the army. When Gen. John J. Pershing sent American troops to invade Mexico in pursuit of Pancho Villa--Mexican rebels under Villa's command raided Columbus, NM, and ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Dangerous Assignment
Dangerous Assignment Steve Mitchell
Hangmen Also Die!
Hangmen Also Die! Dr. Franticek Svoboda / Karel Vanek
Kiss of Death
Kiss of Death Assistant D.A. Louis D'Angelo
Wake Island
Wake Island Maj. Geoffrey Caton


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 1969 Pit Stop
Grant Willard
 1968 Rogue's Gallery
Detective Lee
 1968 Arizona Bushwhackers
Mayor Joe Smith
 1967 Five Golden Dragons
Dragon #3
 1967 Hostile Guns
Marshal Willett
 1966 Gammera the Invincible
Gen. Terry Arnold
 1966 Waco
Ace Ross
 1966 The Fat Spy
George Wellington
 1965 Curse of the Fly
Henri Delambre
 1962 The Pigeon That Took Rome
Col. Sherman Harrington
 1961 The Errand Boy
Tom 'T.P.' Paramutual
 1960 Girl in Room 13
Steve Marshall
 1959 Never So Few
Gen. Sloan
 1959 Juke Box Rhythm
George Manton
 1958 Cowboy
Doc Bender, Trailhand
 1957 Escape from Red Rock
Bronc Grierson
 1955 The Big Combo
Joe McClure
 1953 Woman They Almost Lynched
Charles Quantrill
 1952 Ride the Man Down
Bide Marriner
 1952 Hoodlum Empire
Sen. Bill Stephens
 1951 Slaughter Trail
Capt. Dempster
 1951 Fighting Coast Guard
Commander Ian McFarland
 1950 Shakedown
Nick Palmer
 1948 Command Decision
Brigadier General Clifton I. Garnet
 1947 Killer McCoy
Jim Caighn
 1947 Heaven Only Knows
Adam 'Duke' Byron
 1947 The Trouble with Women
Joe McBride
 1946 Our Hearts Were Growing Up
Tony Minnetti
 1945 Duffy's Tavern
Brian Donlevy
 1942 Stand by for Action
Lt. Cmdr. Martin J. Roberts
 1942 Nightmare
Daniel Shane
 1942 Wake Island
Maj. Geoffrey Caton
 1942 Two Yanks in Trinidad
Vince Barrows
 1942 The Great Man's Lady
Steely Edwards
 1941 Hold Back the Dawn
Movie Actor (uncredited)
 1941 I Wanted Wings
Capt. Mercer
 1940 Brigham Young
Angus Duncan
 1939 Allegheny Uprising
 1939 Jesse James
 1938 We're Going to Be Rich
Yankee Gordon
 1938 Battle of Broadway
Chesty Webb
 1937 In Old Chicago
Gil Warren
 1937 Born Reckless
Bob 'Hurry' Kane
 1937 This Is My Affair
Batiste Duryea
 1936 Crack-Up
Ace Martin
 1936 36 Hours to Kill
Frank Evers
 1936 High Tension
Steve Reardon
 1936 Half Angel
Duffy Giles
 1936 Human Cargo
Packy Campbell
 1936 13 Hours by Air
Dr. James L. Evarts
 1936 Strike Me Pink
 1935 Another Face
Broken Nose Dawson / Spencer Dutro III
 1935 Mary Burns, Fugitive
 1929 Mother's Boy
Harry O'Day
 1929 Gentlemen of the Press
Kelly - Reporter (uncredited)
 1926 A Man of Quality
Richard Courtney
 1925 School for Wives
 1924 Monsieur Beaucaire
Ball Guest at Bath (uncredited)
 1924 Damaged Hearts
Jim Porter
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Stage: Appeared (as "Bill Curdy") in "Peter Flies High". Comedy. Written by Myron C. Fagan. Gaiety Theatre: 9 Nov 1931-Nov 1931 (closing date unknown/8 performances). Cast: Ida Backus (as "Mrs. O'Brien"), Burke Clarke (as "George Brooks"), Dulcie Cooper (as "Irma Brooks"), Henry Crosby (as "Judge Michael O'Brien"), Charles Gabest (as ... See more »

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5' 8" (1.73 m)

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It's widely believed that Ray Milland accidentally cut Donlevy's shoulder during the filming of Beau Geste (1939) when he missed Donlevy's protective padding with his bayonet. This legend was recently repeated on American Movie Classics (AMC) during an airing of the film. In actuality, Ray stabbed him in the lower left ribcage. The wound was deep enough to not only make him bleed but resulted in ... See more »

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