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Henry Brandon (1912-1990)

The Deserter, June 6, 1960 Written by John Meston, Story by Marian Clark, Directed by Arthur Miller, Guest Cast: Rudy Solari, Joe Perry, Harry Bartell, Jean Inness, Henry Brandon, Charles Fredericks

Stolen Horses, April 8, 1961 Written by John Meston Story by Norman MacDonnell, Directed by Andrew McLaglen, Guest Cast: Jack Lambert, Guy Raymond, Shirley O'Hara, Henry Brandon

He could play an Indian, a Chinese, an Arab, a German or anything in between. He was born Heinrich von Kleinbach in Berlin, Germany on June 8, 1912 and his parents migrated to the U.S. when he was an infant. He began his acting career on the stage in California. He was discovered while appearing in "The Drunkard" in L.A. by producer Hal Roach who cast him in one of his best known and remembered roles as Silas Barnaby in "Babes in Toyland" (1934) with Laurel & Hardy, his film debut. His imposing features, sturdy build, piercing eyes and resonant distinct voice led to many roles as villains and bad guys in a very prolific career in movies and on TV. His other popular role was as Scar, the Indian chief, in "The Searchers" (1956) with John Wayne. His credits are most impressive and include: "Killer at Large" (1936) as Mr. Zero; "The Black Legion" with Bogart, as Joe Dombrowski; "Trail of the Lonesome Pine" (1936) as the vile Wade Falin; "Beau Geste" (1939) with Gary Cooper, as Renouf; "The Shepherd of the Hills" (1941) as Bald Knobber; "Drums of Fu Manchu" (1943) as Dr. Fu Manchu; "The Paleface" (1948) as Wapato and "Casanova's Big Night" (1954) with Bob Hope, as Captain Rugello, the latter of which includes a hilarious dueling scene between Hope & Brandon; "War of the Worlds" (1953) as a Cop; "Pony Express" (1953) as Cooper; "The Caddy" (1953) with Jerry Lewis, as Mr. Preen; "The Ten Commandments" (1956) as Commander of the Hosts; "Auntie Mame" (1958) as Beatnik Acacius Page; "The Big Fisherman" (1959) as Menicus; "Two Rode Together" (1961) as Chief Quanah Parker; "Assault on Precinct 13" (1976) as Chaney and "Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II" (1988) as Zarz, his last film. He starred in the TV movies: "Evita Peron" with Faye Dunaway and "Little House on the Prairie: Look Back to Yesterday" (1983) with Michael Landon. He also guest starred on many TV series including: "Gunsmoke"; "Wagon Train"; "The Outer Limits"; "Combat" "Mission: Impossible" and "Murder She Wrote." He was sometimes billed as Henry Kleinbach early in his career. Now for a little name dropping: I met Henry at a Laurel & Hardy convention and we dined with him and talked about his career. It was a joy to meet him and fascinating to hear about his career. He died February 15, 1990 of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California.

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