Michael Brandon

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Not to be confused with Michael Brandon (pornographic actor).
Michael Brandon
Michael Brandon William Devane Red Alert 1977.jpg
Michael Brandon (above) in Red Alert, 1977
Born Michael Feldman
(1945-04-20) April 20, 1945 (age 69)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1969–present
Known for Narrator of Thomas & Friends
Notable work Thomas & Friends
Children Alexander Max Brandon

Michael Brandon (born Michael Feldman; April 20, 1945) is an American actor who resides in London and Los Angeles.

Life and career[edit]

Brandon was born Michael Feldman in Brooklyn, New York to Miriam (née Tumen) and Sol Feldman.[1] At age nine, he and his family (brother Elliot and sister Debra Lynne) moved to Valley Stream, New York where he attended Memorial Junior High and then Valley Stream Central High School.

Brandon starred in the TV series Dempsey and Makepeace and Dinotopia, the movies Quattro mosche di velluto grigio (1971), F.M. (1978), A Vacation In Hell (1979) and A Change of Seasons (1980), and the plays Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? and Jerry Springer - The Opera. Since moving to the UK, Brandon has worked in TV on such shows as The Bill, Trial and Retribution, and Dead Man Weds. He also played the title role in the musical Jerry Springer: The Opera for over a year in the National Theatre and after its transfer into the West End. Brandon starred in Singin' in the Rain in the summer of 2012. In 2004, he portrayed Nobel Prize winner Arno Penzias in the BBC TV movie Hawking about physicist Stephen Hawking's early career at the University of Cambridge and was the US narrator of Thomas & Friends and Abe and the Amazing Promise of Veggie Tales. In February 2008 he began his talk radio show on City Talk, a new local radio station in Liverpool.[2] In 2008 he appeared in the Series 4 finale of the BBC's Doctor Who, as General Sanchez, a UNIT officer.[3] Also in 2008 he appeared in the television series Bones, as Roger Frampton, an American millionaire.

In the early 1970s Brandon was in a relationship with the actress Kim Novak. From 1976 to 1979, Brandon was married to actress Lindsay Wagner. He is currently married to actress Glynis Barber, with whom he co-starred in Dempsey & Makepeace, and the couple remain in the United Kingdom.[1] Brandon and Barber have a son, Alexander Max Brandon, born November 1992.

In 2011, Brandon guest-starred in an episode of the BBC1 con drama Hustle as Marcus Wendell (series 7, episode 3).

As Jerry Springer in the original London Production of Jerry Springer The Opera 2003

Also in 2011 he was seen in a supporting role in the film Captain America: The First Avenger as a politician who befriends the titular character.

In September 2013 he appeared in the ITV dancing show Stepping Out with wife Glynis Barber.



Year Title Role
1969 Medical Center Guest lead
1969 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Guest lead
1971 The Impatient Heart by Alvin Sargeant Frank Pescadero
1972 Owen Marshall, Counsellor at Law Guest lead
1972 Strangers in 7A Billy (principal)
1972 Love American Style Guest lead
1973 Love Story Gary Stone (episode "Love Came Laughing")
1973 The Third Girl From the Left David (principal)
1974 Medical Center Dr. Lensko (guest role)
1974 Hitchike Keith Miles
1974 The Red Badge of Courage Jim Conklin (principal)
1975 Police Surgeon Dr. Simon Locke (guest role)
1975 Queen of the Stardust Ballroom David Asher (principal)
1975 Cage Without a Key Ben Holian
1975 Police Story Guest lead
1976 James Dean Bill Blast
1976 Scott Free Tony Scott
1977 Red Alert Carl Wyche (lead)
1978 The Comedy Company Paul Lester (principal)
1979 A Vacation in Hell Alan (lead)
1980 A Perfect Match Steve Triandos (supporting)
1982 Between Two Brothers Lead
1983 Venice Medical Pilot lead
1983 St. Elsewhere Tony Gifford (guest lead)
1983–1984 Emerald Point N.A.S. David Marquette (principal)
1984 The Seduction of Gina Keith Sindell (principal)
1985 Deadly Messages Michael Krasnick (lead)
1984–1986 Dempsey and Makepeace Lt. James Dempsey (30 episodes)
1987 Dennis Potter’s Visitors Eddie (principal)
1988 Tales of the Unexpected Stephen Baker
1988 Rock and Roll Mom Jeff Robins
1989 Divided We Stand Bryan Gibbs (Pilot Lead)
1990 The Care of Time Robert Halliday
1991 Dynasty: The Reunion Arlen Marshall (series reagular)
1992 Homefries TV-Series Ted Kramer (series lead)
1994 Shattering the Silence (Not in My Family) Ted Ricci (principal
1995 Murder She Wrote Alex Weaver (guest lead)
1996 Gone in a Night David Protess (principal)
1997 Apocalypse Watch By Robert Ludlam Ambassdor Courtland (supporting
1997 The Knock (mini-series) Principal
1998 Dark Realm Guest Lead
1998 J.A.G. D.A. Nardoni (guest lead)
1999 CI5: The New Professionals Dr. Woods (guest lead)
1998 J.A.G. Col.Hegstetter (guest lead)
1998 The Nanny Stan (guest)
1999 Jonathan Creek Capt. Frank Candy (guest lead)
1998 Ally McBeal D.A. Dawson
1999 The Practice D.A. Dawson
2001 The Division Judge Stone
2002 The Lost Battalion General Alexander (supporting)
2002 Dinotopia Frank Scott (principal)
2003 Ed Stone is Dead Dad (guest)
2003–2012 Thomas & Friends US Narrator (2003–2012) (US, voice)
Diesel, Mr. Bubbles, The Maithwaite Stationmaster and The Knapford Stationmaster (2010–2012) (US, voice)
2004 The Catherine Tate Show The Botox Skit
2004 Hawking Arno Penzias (principal)
2005 Dead Man Weds Chuck Newman
2006 Miss Marple The Sittaford Mystery Martin Zimmerman
2006 The Catherine Tate Show Season 2 The Botox Breasts
2006 Trial and Retribution XI: Closure Max Stanford/Profiler
2007 Casualty Mike Barnicott
2007 The Bill (four episodes) Louis Dreyfuss
2008 Bewitched Rex
2008 Doctor Who episode The Stolen Earth General Sanchez
2009 After You've Gone Bill Tucker
2009 Bones Roger Frampton
2009 New Tricks Colonel Norton
2010 Shades of Love Conrad
2010 Hustle Marcus Wendell
2012 American Invitation Narrator and Presenter
2012 Episodes Elliot Salad
2012 Mr. Selfridge FW Woolworth
2013 Stepping Out Self, with Glynis Barber
2013 Death in Paradise Joel Maurice
2014 Blandings Grumman


Year Title Role
1967 The Unicorn (lead)
1969 Goodbye Columbus Dartmouth
1970 Lovers and Other Strangers Mike (lead)
1970 Jennifer on My Mind Marcus Rottner (lead)
1971 Four Flies on Grey Velvet Robert Tobias
1973 Heavy Traffic Street Cat (voice over)
1978 FM Jeff Dugan
1979 Promises in the Dark Dr. Jim Sanderson
1980 Change of Seasons Pete Lachapelle
1981 Rich and Famous Max (infamous mile-high scene)
1990 Have a Nice Night Tom Lepski (lead)
1990 Want to Stay Alive? Tom Lepski (lead)
1990 Presumed Dangerous Tom Lepski (lead)
1990 Try This One for Size Tom Lepski (lead)
1997 The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson Jeff Littman (principal)
1997 Deja Vu Alex (principal)
2001 Contaminated Man (de) Wyles (principal)
2001 Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase Skeleton Gladiator (voice over)
2006 The Detonator Commander Flint
2005 Are You Ready For Love? Randy Bush (principal)
2005 Thomas and Friends: Calling All Engines! US Narrator
2009 Me and Orson Welles Les Tremayne
2009 Thomas and Friends: Hero of the Rails US Narrator
2009 Toscanini Wilfrid Pelletier
2009 The Last Days of Lehman Brothers Jamie Dimon
2010 Thomas and Friends: Misty Island Rescue US Narrator and voice of Diesel
2011 Captain America: The First Avenger Senator Brandit
2011 Thomas and Friends: Day of the Diesels US Narrator and voice of Diesel
2012 Born of War Harm Helder
2012 Thomas and Friends: Blue Mountain Mystery US Narrator and voice of Diesel


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