Haliday in Devil Doll, 1964.
7 April 1928|
Albany, New York, USA
|Died||28 July 1996
|Known for||Janus Films|
Bryant Haliday (7 April 1928 – 28 July 1996) was an American actor, as well as producer, of film and stage, who was instrumental in providing a showcase for international film titles in the United States by co-founding Janus Films with his partner Cyrus Harvey, Jr.
Early Life and Stage Career
He entered Harvard to study law. Haliday was an actor and founding member of the Brattle Theatre Company (BTC) based at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts, . The BTC was an American version of England's Old Vic. Haliday produced and acted in many of the productions there. In 1948, he purchased the theater. The BTC dissolved in 1952, and the theater became a movie house. In 1966, Haliday sold the theater to Bramont Trust. Cyrus Harvey, Jr. continued to manage it into the 1970s.
Janus Films was founded in 1956 by Haliday and Harvey. Haliday ran the 55th Street Playhouse in New York and used it as a primary location for exhibiting Janus-distributed films, which included the films of Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, Akira Kurosawa and Michelangelo Antonioni.
By the 1960s, Halliday was wealthy enough to look on acting as a hobby, and was able to satisfy his interest in horror films by traveling to England to appear in Lindsay Shonteff's Devil Doll (1964) and Curse of Simba (1964). He would later return to England to appear in The Projected Man (1966), and Tower of Evil (1971). All were produced by his friend and fellow New Yorker Richard Gordon.
Later Life and Death