|Born||John Myrtland Le Varre Jr.
August 29, 1922
Yonkers, New York, U.S.
|Died||June 6, 1973
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Mary Catherine Schrock Bradford at the time of his death; Joan Irene Velin, 1952-1965 (divorced)|
Lane Bradford (August 29, 1922 – June 6, 1973) was an American actor, who appeared in over 250 films and television series between 1940 and 1973, specializing in supporting "tough-guy" roles predominantly in Westerns but also in more contemporary crime dramas such as Dragnet, The Fugitive, and Hawaii Five-O.
Lane Bradford, whose birthname was John Myrtland Le Varre, Jr., was born in 1922 in Yonkers, New York, the son of American actor John Merton. Merton himself also had an extensive acting career between 1927 and 1959, performing almost exclusively in films, although he appeared as well in some early television series. Bradford was also the brother of actor Robert Lavarre.
Bradford appeared in many television series and "B" western movies. On stage, he co-starred in Desperadoes' Outpost (1952), The Great Sioux Uprising (1953), and Apache Warrior (1957).
In the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s, Bradford guest-starred on nearly all of the Western series broadcast on American television during that period. He was cast on the ABC/Warner Brothers series, Colt .45 as Pete Jesup in the 1959 episode "The Devil's Godson". He also appeared on Hopalong Cassidy, The Lone Ranger (fifteen times), Buffalo Bill Jr. (six times), Laredo (five times), The Cisco Kid, Tales of the Texas Rangers (twice), Jefferson Drum, Johnny Ringo, Maverick, The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (five times), Lassie (TV series) (1965), The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (six times), Cheyenne (seven times), Wagon Train (eight times), The High Chaparral (twice), The Restless Gun (four times), Bonanza (fourteen times), Gunsmoke (thirteen times), The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, Storefront Lawyers, and Ripcord.
Bradford guest-starred on the religion anthology series Crossroads. He made two appearances on CBS's Perry Mason, including the role of Detective Arnold Buck in the 1962 episode "The Case of the Absent Artist."
His last television appearance was in 1973 on an episode of the CBS private-detective series Cannon, with William Conrad. The episode, titled "Press Pass to the Slammer", aired that year on March 13, just three months before Bradford's death.
In early June 1973, Bradford suddenly collapsed while boating in Hawaii. Rushed to Kaiser Memorial Hospital in Honolulu, the 50-year-old actor died at that facility four days later of a cerebral hemorrhage. Although most biographical profiles of Bradford cite his death date as June 7, 1973, that date is actually incorrect. His official death certificate, which was issued by Kaiser Memorial Hospital, documents that he died on June 6, 1973. In accordance with Bradford's wishes, the Oahu Cemetery Association administered the cremation of his remains.
- 1940 Frontier Crusader
- 1947 Return of the Lash
- 1948 Dead Man's Gold
- 1948 Adventures of Frank and Jesse James
- 1949 Death Valley Gunfighter
- 1949 Prince of the Plains
- 1950 The Arizona Cowboy
- 1951 Wanted: Dead or Alive
- 1952 Oklahoma Justice
- 1951 Wells Fargo Gunmaster
- 1952 Man from the Black Hills
- 1952 Texas City
- 1953 Law and Order
- 1953 Savage Frontier
- 1954 Drums Across the River
- 1955-1959 Fury, NBC television series, 4 episodes
- 1956 Adventures of Superman - television series
- 1957 Apache Warrior
- 1958 The Toughest Gun in Tombstone
- 1958 The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold
- 1958 Richard Diamond, Private Detective as Sal Noonan in "Short Haul (CBS-TV, 1958)
- 1960 The Texan as Spike Taylor in "The Eyes of Captain Wylie" with Chill Wills (CBS, 1959)
- 1960 Bourbon Street Beat (ABC-TV)
- 1960 Tate, NBC-TV as William Essey in "Comanche Scalps" with Robert Redford
- 1963 The Gun Hawk
- 1963 The Dakotas as Sergeant Abel Round in "Walk Through the Badlands" (ABC-TV, 1963)
- 1965 Shenandoah
- 1965 Lassie as Sam in "Lassie and the Dynamite" (Season 12, Ep. 3)
- 1966 Batman (ABC-TV)
- 1967 Dragnet (NBC-TV)
- 1971 Shoot Out
- 1973 Hawaii Five-O (CBS-TV)
- 1973 Cannon (CBS-TV)
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