David Brian Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in Sherman Oaks, California, USA  (cancer and heart failure)
Birth NameBrian James Davis
Height 6' 4" (1.93 m)

Mini Bio (1)

David Brian was born Brian James David on August 5, 1914 in New York City. After graduating from City College, he found work as a doorman before entering show business with a song-and-dance routine in vaudeville and in nightclubs. He did a wartime stint with the United States Coast Guard and returned to acting on the New York stage after World War II. Persuaded by Joan Crawford to try his hand at film acting, he joined her in Hollywood and, in 1949, signed a contract with Warner Brothers. In his feature debut, Flamingo Road (1949), he played a political boss infatuated with Crawford's carnival girl. Brian's most critically acclaimed performance was as the fair-minded, resourceful Southern lawyer defending condemned but innocent Juano Hernandez from a vicious, bigoted lynch mob in Intruder in the Dust (1949). For this role, he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award as Best Supporting Actor.

Brian portrayed a powerful gang leader in The Damned Don't Cry (1950), again opposite Crawford. In spite of his commanding presence in the film, his performance was somewhat compromised by a cliche-laden screenplay. In This Woman Is Dangerous (1952), it was Crawford who played the criminal and Brian the role of her insanely jealous paramour. For the remainder of the decade and into the 1960s, Brian played an assortment of western heavies on the big screen--notably raider leader Austin McCool in Springfield Rifle (1952) and saloon owner Dick Braden in Dawn at Socorro (1954)--and did the same with equal verve on television, in Gunsmoke (1955). An incisive actor with sardonic looks and a hard edge to his voice, Brian was more often than not typecast as ruthless or manipulating types. Somewhat against character, he essayed a weakling in the ground-breaking airborne drama The High and the Mighty (1954).

On the right side of the law, he starred as crusading District Attorney Paul Garrett in his own courtroom drama series, Mr. District Attorney (1954), reprising his earlier role on radio. In 1968, he also made a contribution to Star Trek (1966) as John Gill, a Federation cultural observer on the planet Ekos whose experiment in creating a government based on National Socialist principles goes disastrously wrong. In private life, Brian was a celebrated fundraiser for the Volunteers of America, a well-known non-profit charitable organization. On July 15, 1993, David Bryan died at age 78 of cancer and heart disease in Sherman Oaks, California.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: I.S.Mowis

Spouse (3)

Lorna Gray (1 August 1950 - 15 July 1993) ( his death)
Bonita Feidler (1945 - 25 July 1950) ( divorced)
Winsome Courtney Copp (20 June 1937 - 1945) ( divorced)

Trivia (8)

David Brian began his career as a dancer before moving to Hollywood.
His poetry is on exhibit in the library at Kent State and Boston University.
Attended and graduated from City College of New York.
Served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II.
Had appeared with Joan Crawford in three films: Flamingo Road (1949), The Damned Don't Cry (1950) and This Woman Is Dangerous (1952).
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
David Brian passed away on July 15, 1993, only three weeks away from what would have been his 79th birthday on August 5.
In private life, he was a celebrated fundraiser for the Volunteers of America, a well-known non-profit charitable organization.

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