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Name  David Brian

Role  Actor
David Brian

Born  August 5, 1914 (1914-08-05) New York City, New York, USA
Occupation  Film and television actor
Years active  1935–1974 <–> 1983–1984
Died  July 15, 1993, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, United States
Spouse  Lorna Gray (m. 1949–1993), Bonita Fiedler (m. ?–1948)
TV shows  Mr. District Attorney, The Immortal
Nominations  Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Movies  The Damned Don't Cry!, Springfield Rifle, Intruder in the Dust, Flamingo Road, Ambush at Tomahawk Gap
Similar People  Vincent Sherman, Lorna Gray, Joseph Kane, Clarence Brown, Andre de Toth

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David Brian (August 5, 1910 – July 15, 1993) was an American actor and dancer.


Early years

Brian was born Brian Davis in New York City. After schooling at City College, he found work as a doorman, before entering show business with a song-and-dance routine in vaudeville and in night clubs. He did a wartime stint with the United States Coast Guard during World War II and returned to acting on the New York stage after the war.


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Persuaded by Joan Crawford to try his hand at film acting, Brian joined her in Hollywood and, in 1949, signed a contract with Warner Bros. The New York City native appeared in such films as Flamingo Road (1949) and The Damned Don't Cry! (1950) with Joan Crawford, and Beyond the Forest (1949) with Bette Davis. He also had a role in the film Springfield Rifle (1952), which starred Gary Cooper and in the John Wayne movie The High and the Mighty (1954) as Ken Childs.

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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.`


In the 1950s and 1960s, Brian was active in television with guest roles in dozens of shows ranging from dramatic to comedic, from CBS's Rawhide to NBC's I Dream of Jeannie. In 1954 and 1955, he portrayed the lead character on the crime drama TV show, Mr. District Attorney.

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Brian guest starred in an episode of NBC's western series Laramie ("Protective Custody", 1963) as Walt Douglas, an official of the stage line, who arrives seeking his estranged daughter, Alicia, portrayed by Anne Helm. In the Star Trek episode "Patterns of Force" (1968) he portrays John Gill, a figurehead "Führer".

Brian has a star in the Television section of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was dedicated February 8, 1960.`

Personal life

Brian was married to Bonita Fiedler; they divorced in 1948. In 1950, she filed a paternity suit against him, seeking his support for a son born to her. The suit claimed that Brian had admitted to being the baby's father. Brian's attorney, on the other hand, said that Brian did not think he was the child's father. At the time of the suit, Brian was married to Adrian Booth, an actress who was also known as Lorna Gray. On August 11, 1951, a jury found in Brian's favor after another man testified to having been intimate with the mother "several times during the year before the child was born".

Brian's marriage to Booth also had legal problems. In 1949, columnist Jimmie Fidler reported that Booth's "recent marriage to actor David Brian has been set aside by an L.A. judge because of illegalities in his divorce from a former mate".


Brian died July 15, 1993, of heart disease and cancer in Sherman Oaks, California. He was survived by his wife, Adrian Booth.


In 1963, Brian played the Mormon pioneer Jacob Hamblin in the episode "The Peacemaker" of the syndicated western television series Death Valley Days. In the story line, Hamblin works feverishly to hold the peace treaty with the Navajo after a white man kills some Indians who come onto his property. Bing Russell, Michael Pate, and Richard Webb also appear in this episode. At the end of the broadcast one of Hamblin's grandsons appeared with host Stanley Andrews, who noted an historical marker which honors Hamblin's work on behalf of peace on the frontier.

  • Mr. District Attorney (1954–1955)
  • Star Trek: The Original Series (episode: "Patterns of Force") as John Gill (1968)
  • The Immortal (1970)
  • Mission Impossible (episode "Movie" S07E07) as Benjamin Dane (1972)
  • I Dream of Jeannie (episode "The Yacht Murder Case) (1965)
  • The Untouchables "Testimony Of Evil" (1960)
  • The Dakotas "Fargo" (1963)
  • References

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