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Tue Aug 13, 2019, 04:36 PM

Born, on this day, August 13, in 1920: Neville Brand

He's been in so many movies.

Neville Brand



Brand in 1966

Born: Lawrence Neville Brand, August 13, 1920; Griswold, Iowa, U.S.
Died: April 16, 1992 (aged 71); Sacramento, California, U.S.

Lawrence Neville Brand (August 13, 1920 April 16, 1992) was an American actor. His most memorable film roles were in Stalag 17 (1953), Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954), and Birdman of Alcatraz (1962). Brand was also a highly decorated World War II combat soldier.

Early life

Neville Brand was born in Griswold, Iowa, one of seven children of Leo Thomas Brand (June 24, 1892 April 18, 1985) and the former Helen Louise Davis (August 4, 1900 October 23, 1991). His father had worked as an electrician and bridge-building ironworker in Detroit. Neville was raised in Kewanee, Illinois, where he attended high school. After his schooling he helped support the family, employed as a soda jerk, waiter, and shoe salesman in Kewanee.

He entered the Illinois Army National Guard on October 23, 1939, as a private in Company F, 129th Infantry Regiment. He was enlisted in the United States Army as Corporal Neville L. Brand, infantryman on March 5, 1941.

World War II

He trained at Fort Carson and served in World War II, seeing action with B company, 331st Infantry Regiment of the 83rd Infantry Division (Thunderbolt Division) in the Ardennes, Rhineland and Central European campaigns. Brand, a sergeant and platoon leader, was wounded in action along the Weser River on April 7, 1945. His upper right arm was hit by a bullet, and he nearly bled to death.

Brand was awarded the Silver Star, the third-highest decoration for valor in the U.S. military, for gallantry in combat. His other awards and decorations were the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three Battle Stars, one Overseas Service Bar, one Service Stripe and the Combat Infantryman Badge. In a 1966 interview he explained the Silver Star, stating that withering fire from German machine guns in a hunting lodge kept him and his unit pinned down. "I must have flipped my lid," he said. "I decided to go into that lodge." He was discharged from service in October 1945.

He worked on a 1946 U.S. Army Signal Corps film with Charlton Heston and next settled in Greenwich Village and enrolled at the American Theatre Wing, working off-Broadway, including Jean-Paul Sartre's The Victors. He also attended the Geller Drama School in Los Angeles on the G.I. Bill.

That voice:



Nenad Djordjevic
Published on Dec 3, 2017

Neville Brand (Reese Bennett) William Smith (Joe Riley) Peter Brown (Chad Cooper) Philip Carey (Captain Parmalee) episode 26 -- Quarter Past Eleven 1966 .

As Al Capone:



Dave Desmond
Published on Jul 24, 2012

Al Capone has a laugh in The Scarface Mob (1959)

Another:



Kenneth Salt
Published on Nov 11, 2011

Another hilarious scene from 1975s Psychic Killer.

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Tue Aug 13, 2019, 04:49 PM

1. I was a big fan

Never missed Texas Rangers when it was on, and I still enjoy the reruns.

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Tue Aug 13, 2019, 05:00 PM

2. Played Al Capone on The Untouchables. See him with George Takei in Twilight Zone episode.

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Tue Aug 13, 2019, 05:04 PM

3. Broadcast on May 1, 1964



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Tue Aug 13, 2019, 05:49 PM

4. I enjoyed watching him.

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