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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 20 June 1933Santa Ana, California, USA
Birth NameCharles Oliver Hand
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Brett Halsey, of the handsome beefcake variety, came to Hollywood during the James Dean era of delinquents on motorcycles. After a series of bit roles, he more or less came into his own in such forgettable cheapjack productions as Hot Rod Rumble (1957), High School Hellcats (1958), Roger Corman's The Cry Baby Killer (1958) and Speed Crazy (1959). More quality roles came his way with Return of the Fly (1959) opposite Vincent Price and Return to Peyton Place (1961). By the early 60s, however, he could see the writing on the wall as his career was going nowhere. He moved to Europe and settled in comfortably with scores of dubbed spectacles and adventures, then spaghetti westerns a la Clint Eastwood. Managing for well over a decade in this manner, he eventually returned to the U.S. and eeked out a living on 70s and 80s daytime soaps and in scattered filming, often as a high-ranking official. Halsey married and divorced three actresses, including Luciana Paluzzi, a former Bond girl.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Brett began his professional film acting career at Universal Studios as the teenage son of "Ma and Pa Kettle".

He spent two years in the Universal Studios New Talent Program, where in addition to a regular study program, he played supporting roles in thirteen films, including To Hell and Back (1955) with Audie Murphy, All I Desire (1953) and Revenge of the Creature (1955).

Later, he graduated into becoming one of Hollywood's handsome "Teenage Rebels", starring in films like, High School Hellcats (1958), Hot Rod Rumble (1957), The Cry Baby Killer (1958), Speed Crazy (1959), etc.

At about this time, he began some serious acting in "live" television, appearing on Playhouse 90, Studio One, Westinghouse Theatre and Matinee Theatre. He also began working in TV shows like: The Life of Riley (1949), Sea Hunt (1958), Highway Patrol (1955), Gunsmoke (1955), along with continuing roles in Mackenzie's Raiders (1958) and Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers (1956).

As his film career progressed, his roles widened to include westerns like Four Fast Guns (1960) - war films like Submarine Seahawk (1958) - adventure like Smoke Jumpers (1958)

  • science fiction films like

The Atomic Submarine (1959)
  • and dramas such as the classic

I Want to Live! (1958) with Susan Hayward.

At 20th Century Fox, Brett had a major career break-through with the title role in Return of the Fly (1959). Continuing at Fox, he starred in Blood and Steel (1959), Desire in the Dust (1960), The Best of Everything (1959), Return to Peyton Place (1961) and in the ABC-TV/20th Century Fox series, Follow the Sun (1961).

When the series ended, Brett went to Italy to star in The Seventh Sword (1962) (aka "Seven Swords for the King"). He continued in swashbuckling films like Il magnifico avventuriero (1963) (aka "The Magnificent Adventurer"), The Avenger of Venice (1964) (aka "The Avenger of Venice") and The Bridge of Sighs (1960). He also did his share of "Spaghetti Westerns" like: Today We Kill, Tomorrow We Die! (1968) (aka "Today We Kill"), Tomorrow We Diet! (1951), Uccidete Johnny Ringo (1966) (aka "Kill Johnny Ringo", Roy Colt and Winchester Jack (1970), Kidnapping (1973), etc.

The success of "James Bond" films in the 60s inspired a series of films in Europe that he starred in like Spy in Your Eye (1965) (aka "Spy in Your Eye", Espionage in Lisbon (1965) (aka "Intrigue in Lisbon", Web of Violence (1966) (aka "Web of Violence", Murder by Music (1969) (aka "Trumpets of the Apocalypse") and Bang Bang (1967). Brett received a Best Actor nomination in France for L'heure de la vérité (1965) (aka "The Hour of Truth"). In Spain, he appeared in Un día después de agosto (1968) (aka "A Day After August"). In Italy, he appeared in Anyone Can Play (1968) (aka "Ladies, Ladies") and The Magnificent Cuckold (1964) (aka "The Magnificent Cuckold") and, in Germany, Congress of Love (1966) (aka "Lovers and Kings") and Jack und Jenny (1963).

After 10 years abroad, Brett accepted a role in the soap opera, Love Is a Many Splendored Thing (1967). He later guest-starred in episodes of Columbo (1971), Charlie's Angels (1976), Alias Smith and Jones (1971), The Bionic Woman (1976), Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979), The Love Boat (1977), Fantasy Island (1977), The Fall Guy (1981), Matt Houston (1982), The Dukes of Hazzard (1979), The New Mike Hammer (1984) and others. He returned to daytime TV and spent a year in the soap Search for Tomorrow (1951).

About this time, he appeared in the feature film Where Does It Hurt? (1972) with Peter Sellers. Not long after, he appeared in the soap opera General Hospital (1963) and later in The Young and the Restless (1973).

He returned to Europe and appeared in films like Der Commander (1988), Cop Game (1988), Bet the Red (1980), Esmeralda Bay (1989), etc. Some of his romantic films include Three Versions of Love (1990), The Woman Who Loved Too Much (1990) and Il miele del diavolo (1986) (aka "The Devil's Honey"). And the Italian TV films include Rose (1986) and Mystery (1990).

In Italy, Brett starred in a series of "Spaghetti Horror Films" like When Alice Broke the Looking Glass (1988), Demonia (1990), The Black Cat (1990), Levana (1990) and Message from Death (1990).

He played Diane Keaton's husband in The Godfather: Part III (1990). After "Godfather", he went to Morocco to costar with Rutger Hauer, Omar Sharif, Elliott Gould and Carol Alt in the major Italo/American, three-part mini-series, The Prince and the Desert (1990).

In Canada, he starred in Search for Diana (1992), and played in the TV films, Back Stab (1990), To Catch a Killer (1992), Gregory K (1993), Goldengirl (1979) and Kissinger and Nixon (1995). He has appeared in the TV productions: E.N.G. (1989), Top Cops (1990), Street Legal (1987), Sweating Bullets (1991), Counterstrike (1990), Dog House (1990), Forever Knight (1992), Secret Service (1992), Matrix (1993), Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (1993), The Associates (2001). Besides his acting work, Brett spent two years at Warner Bros. Television, writing and developing future projects - and working in association with the production staff of The Dukes of Hazzard (2005). During this time, he also began teaching at Warner Bros. and at his own actor's workshop at the Chamber Theater in Studio City, California.

He spent another year at Paramount Pictures as Vice President of Development, for the Jay Bernstein Company. (Jay Bernstein was the personal manager for Suzanne Somers and Farrah Fawcett, early in their careers).

Brett worked in London for the Sun Entertainment Group, writing and preparing the motion picture, Silverworld (1990).

He wrote and directed the documentary TV series, A Country on the March (2000), filmed in Costa Rica for Classic Films Int.

His best-selling novel, "The Magnificent Stranters", received the West Coast Review of Books, 1979 Silver Medal Award for "Best Contemporary Novel of the Year". His subsequent novel, "Yesterday's Children", was published in 1990. Brett wrote a motion picture screenplay, Safari (1991), for P.I.T. and R.A.I./Italia. It was directed by Roger Vadim and released in Europe in the Summer of 1990. From 1996 until 2004, Brett was working as a professor of Film Studies at the University of Costa Rica's School of Dramatic Arts. While in Costa Rica, he appeared in various TV series and feature films. In 2002, he taught at the International School of Film & Television, in Cuba. Brett is working on a new historical romantic novel. He continues to teach and work as an actor.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: CS

Spouse (4)

Heidi Brühl (28 December 1964 - 1976) (divorced) (2 children)
Luciana Paluzzi (24 January 1960 - 19 March 1962) (divorced) (1 child)
Renate Hoy (13 January 1954 - 23 January 1959) (divorced) (2 children)
Victoria Korda (? - present)

Trivia (6)

Nephew of Adm. William F. Halsey, aka "Bull" Halsey, commander of the Pacific Allied naval forces during WWII.
In July 2007, he was a guest at the Western Film Fair in Charlotte, North Carolina along with Betty Lynn, Jacqueline Scott, Lynn Borden, Lana Wood, Joyce Meadows, Rick Lenz and Robert Dix.
Served in the US Navy and was a disc jockey prior to pursuing an acting career.
Interviewed in Tom Weaver's book, "Eye on Science Fiction" (McFarland & Co., 2003).
Has son Christian Halsey Solomon (b. 1961, producer) with actress Luciana Paluzzi.

Has son Clayton Halsey (b. 1967, editor and actor) and daughter Nicole Brühl (b. 1970) with actress Heidi Brühl.
"Rock" Halsey, son of Brett Halsey with Renate Hoy, was murdered while serving time in the U.S. Penitentiary (Terre Haute, IN). Halsey had served about half his 24-year sentence out of California on convictions related to methamphetamine trafficking and weapons.

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