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Brian in The High and the Mighty
August 5, 1914|
New York City, New York, USA
|Died||July 15, 1993
Sherman Oaks, California, USA
|Occupation||Film and television actor|
|Years active||1935–1974 <–> 1983–1984|
|Spouse(s)||Bonita Fiedler (?–1948) (divorced)
Lorna Gray (m. 1949–93) (his death)
David Brian (August 5, 1914 – July 15, 1993) was an American actor and dancer.
The New York City native was signed by Warner Bros. in 1949 and appeared in such films as The Damned Don't Cry! and Flamingo Road with Joan Crawford, and Beyond the Forest with Bette Davis. He also had a roles in the film Springfield Rifle, which starred Gary Cooper and in the John Wayne movie The High and the Mighty (1954) as Ken Childs.
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 the mid-1950s, he portrayed the lead character on the crime drama TV show, Mr. District Attorney.
On January 15, 1963, Brian guest starred in the episode "Protective Custody" of NBC's Laramie western series as Walt Douglas, an official of the stage line, who arrives in Laramie seeking his estranged daughter, Alicia, portrayed by Anne Helm. Series character Jess Harper (Robert Fuller) knows Alicia as a saloon hostess using the name Lenora. Alicia is involved with two outlaws, Cass and Willard, played by Ron Hayes and Gregory Walcott, respectively, who aim to steal a mining payroll. Series character Slim Sherman (John Smith) tries to bring about reconciliation between Walt and Alicia, but Alicia shoots her father. Slim keeps the wounded Walt and Alicia at his relay station pending a hearing while Cass and Willard plan to seize the payroll when it is dropped off at the relay station.
In 1968, he portrayed the character of "John Gill", Kirk's professor from Starfleet Academy and figurehead "Führer" on the Naziesque planet of Ekos, in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Patterns of Force".
- Flamingo Road (1949)
- Beyond the Forest (1949)
- Intruder in the Dust (1949)
- The Damned Don't Cry (1950)
- Breakthrough (1950)
- Inside Straight (1951)
- Fort Worth (1951)
- Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison (1951)
- This Woman is Dangerous (1952)
- Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)
- Ambush at Tomahawk Gap (1953)
- The High and the Mighty (1954)
- Timberjack (1955)
- The First Travelling Saleslady (1956)
- No Place to Hide (1956)
- The Rabbit Trap (1959)
- A Pocketful of Miracles (1961)
- How the West was Won (1962)
- The Rare Breed (1968)
- The Destructors (1969)
- The Seven Minutes (1971)
- Mr. District Attorney (1954–1955)
- The Immortal (1970)
- Star Trek: The Original Series (episode: "Patterns of Force") (1968)
- "Laramie: "Protective Custody", January 15, 1963". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved September 23, 2012.
- David Brian at the Internet Movie Database
- David Brian at AllRovi
- David Brian at Memory Alpha (a Star Trek wiki)