Brian Donlevy (1901–1972)

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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 had raided Columbus, NM, ... See full bio »

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Known For

Beau Geste Sergeant Markoff
Impact Walter Williams
The Glass Key Paul Madvig


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 1969 Pit Stop
Grant Willard
 1968 Rogue's Gallery
Detective Lee
 1968 Arizona Bushwhackers
Mayor Joe Smith
 1967 Hostile Guns
Marshal Willett
 1967 Five Golden Dragons
Dragon #3
 1967 Family Affair (TV Series)
Owen Pennington
- Hard Hat Jody (1967) ... Owen Pennington
 1966 Gammera the Invincible
Gen. Terry Arnold
 1966 Waco
Ace Ross
 1966 The Fat Spy
George Wellington
 1966 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Major General Roger Brandon
- The Case of the Positive Negative (1966) ... Major General Roger Brandon
 1965 How to Stuff a Wild Bikini
B.D. 'Big Deal' MacPherson
 1965 Curse of the Fly
Henri Delambre
 1964 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series)
Cheese Karapolis
- Jeremy Rabbitt - The Secret Avenger (1964) ... Cheese Karapolis
 1962 Saints and Sinners (TV Series)
 1962 The Pigeon That Took Rome
Col. Sherman Harrington
 1962 Target: The Corruptors! (TV Series)
 1961 The Errand Boy
Tom 'T.P.' Paramutual
 1960 Girl in Room 13
Steve Marshall
 1960 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Big Dan
- Deadeye the Blacksmith (1960) ... Big Dan
 1960 Zane Grey Theatre (TV Series)
Fred Childress
- The Sunday Man (1960) ... Fred Childress
 1960 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)
John Ridges
- Escape (1960) ... John Ridges
 1959 Never So Few
Gen. Sloan
 1959 The Texan (TV Series)
Sam Gallup / Sheriff Bob Gleason
- Traildust (1959) ... Sam Gallup
- The Man Behind the Star (1959) ... Sheriff Bob Gleason
 1959 Hotel de Paree (TV Series)
Capt. Sean McElroy
- Juggernaut (1959) ... Capt. Sean McElroy
 1959 Juke Box Rhythm
George Manton
 1959 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Jasper Cato
- The Jasper Cato Story (1959) ... Jasper Cato
 1959 Rawhide (TV Series)
Jed Reston
- Incident of the Power and the Plow (1959) ... Jed Reston
 1958 Cowboy
Doc Bender - Trail Hand
 1957 Escape from Red Rock
Bronc Grierson
 1957 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Constable Dale
- Beyond This Place (1957) ... Constable Dale
 1957 Quatermass 2
 1955-1957 Crossroads (TV Series)
Reverend Jacob Chamberlain / Rev. Robert McClure / Dr. Roy Bell
- God of Kandikur (1957) ... Reverend Jacob Chamberlain
- The Judge (1956) ... Rev. Robert McClure
- Mr. Liberty Bell (1955) ... Dr. Roy Bell
 1956 A Cry in the Night
Capt. Ed Bates
 1953-1956 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Walter Williams / Daniel J. McGinty / Dan Carmody
- Impact (1956) ... Walter Williams
- The Great McGinty (1955) ... Daniel J. McGinty
- Tunnel Job (1953) ... Dan Carmody
 1955-1956 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Charlie Brock / Joe Aladdin
- Double Trouble (1956) ... Charlie Brock
- The Policy of Joe Aladdin (1955) ... Joe Aladdin
 1956 Studio One (TV Series)
- The Laughter of Giants (1956) ... Jim
 1956 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- Home Is the Hero (1956) ... Paddo
 1955 Damon Runyon Theater (TV Series)
- Barbeque (1955)
 1955 Climax! (TV Series)
Sam Marvin / Lieutenant Commander Knowles
- Pink Cloud (1955) ... Sam Marvin
- The Valiant Men (1955) ... Lieutenant Commander Knowles
 1955 Star Stage (TV Series)
Honest John Gaminski
- Honest John and the 13 Uncle Sams (1955) ... Honest John Gaminski
 1955 The Quatermass Xperiment
Prof. Bernard Quatermass
 1955 The Big Combo
Joe McClure
 1954 Medallion Theatre (TV Series)
- Safari (1954)
 1953 The Motorola Television Hour (TV Series)
- At Ease (1953)
 1953 Woman They Almost Lynched
Charles Quantrill
 1950-1952 Dangerous Assignment (TV Series)
Steve Mitchell
- The Havana Microfilm Story (1952) ... Steve Mitchell
- The Submarine Story (1952) ... Steve Mitchell
- Displaced Persons Story (1952) ... Steve Mitchell
- The Mine Story (1952) ... Steve Mitchell
- The Venetian Story (1952) ... Steve Mitchell
 1952 Ride the Man Down
Bide Marriner
 1952 Hoodlum Empire
Senator Bill Stephens
 1951 Slaughter Trail
Capt. Dempster
 1951 Fighting Coast Guard
Cmdr. Ian McFarland
 1950 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series)
Lt. Comdr. Miller
- The Pharmacist's Mate (1950) ... Lt. Comdr. Miller
 1950 Kansas Raiders
Col. William Clarke Quantrill
 1950 Shakedown
Nick Palmer
 1949 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (TV Series)
- Weather Ahead (1949)
 1949 Impact
Walter Williams
 1949 The Lucky Stiff
John J. Malone
 1948 Command Decision
Brig. Gen. Clifton I. Garnet
 1948 A Southern Yankee
Kurt Devlynn
 1947 Killer McCoy
Jim Caighn
 1947 Heaven Only Knows
Adam 'Duke' Byron
 1947 Kiss of Death
Assistant D.A. Louis D'Angelo
 1947 The Trouble with Women
Joe McBride
 1947 Song of Scheherazade
Capt. Vladimir Gregorovitch
 1947 The Beginning or the End
Maj. Gen. Leslie R. Groves
 1946 Canyon Passage
George Camrose
 1946 Our Hearts Were Growing Up
Tony Minnetti
 1946 The Virginian
 1946 Two Years Before the Mast
Richard Henry Dana
 1945 Duffy's Tavern
Brian Donlevy
 1944 An American Romance
Stefan Dubechek aka Steve Dangos
 1944 The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
Governor McGinty (as McGinty)
 1943 Hangmen Also Die!
Dr. Franticek Svoboda / Karel Vanek
 1942 Stand by for Action
Lieut. Comdr. Martin J. Roberts
 1942 Nightmare
Daniel Shane
 1942 The Glass Key
Paul Madvig
 1942 Wake Island
Maj. Geoffrey Caton
 1942 A Gentleman After Dark
Harry 'Heliotrope Harry' Melton
 1942 Two Yanks in Trinidad
Vince Barrows
 1942 The Remarkable Andrew
General Andrew Jackson
 1941 Birth of the Blues
 1941 The Great Man's Lady
Steely Edwards
 1941 South of Tahiti
 1941 Hold Back the Dawn
Movie Actor (uncredited)
 1941 Billy the Kid
Jim Sherwood
 1941 I Wanted Wings
Capt. Mercer
 1940 Brigham Young
Angus Duncan
 1940 When the Daltons Rode
Grat Dalton
 1940 The Great McGinty
Dan McGinty
 1939 Destry Rides Again
 1939 Allegheny Uprising
 1939 Behind Prison Gates
Agent Norman Craig / Red Murray
 1939 Beau Geste
Sergeant Markoff
 1939 Union Pacific
Sid Campeau
 1939 Jesse James
 1938 Sharpshooters
Steve Mitchell
 1938 We're Going to Be Rich
Yankee Gordon
 1938 Battle of Broadway
Chesty Webb
 1938 In Old Chicago
Gil Warren
 1937 Born Reckless
Bob 'Hurry' Kane
 1937 This Is My Affair
Batiste Duryea
 1937 Midnight Taxi
Charles 'Chick' Gardner
 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
 1935 Barbary Coast
Knuckles Jacoby
 1932 A Modern Cinderella (Short)
Charlie - the Chauffeur
 1932 Ireno (Short)
The Drunk (uncredited)
 1929 Mother's Boy
Harry O'Day
 1929 Gentlemen of the Press
Kelly - Newspaper Reporter (uncredited)
 1926 A Man of Quality
Richard Courtney
 1925 School for Wives
 1924 The Eve of the Revolution (Short)
Paul Revere
 1924 Monsieur Beaucaire
Ball Guest at Bath (uncredited)
 1924 Damaged Hearts
Jim Porter
 1923 Jamestown (Short)
Minor Role (uncredited)
Show Show Producer (1 credit)
Show Show Soundtrack (2 credits)
Show Show Self (9 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (14 credits)

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(9/14/43) Radio: Appeared in an episode of "The Burns & Allen Show". See more »

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When he was working on I Wanted Wings (1941) with Ray Milland they filmed on an actual military base and he played Capt. Mercer. He got so uncomfortable with soldiers thinking he was a real captain and saluting him that he wore a sign around his neck that said, "Actor". See more »


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