Steve Brodie (actor)

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Steve Brodie
Steve Brodie (screenshot from "The Admiral Was a Lady", 1950).jpg
Steve Brodie in The Admiral Was a Lady
Born John Stevenson
(1919-11-21)November 21, 1919
El Dorado, Butler County
Kansas, U.S.
Died January 9, 1992(1992-01-09) (aged 72)
West Hills, California, U.S.
Cause of death Cancer
Occupation Actor
Years active 1944–1989
Spouse(s) Lois Andrews (1946-1968, her death)
Children Kevin Brodie

Steve Brodie (born John Stevenson; November 21, 1919 – January 9, 1992) was an American stage, film, and television actor from El Dorado in Butler County in south central Kansas. Born John Stevenson,[1] he took his screen name from Steve Brodie, a daredevil who claimed to have jumped from the Brooklyn Bridge in 1886 and survived.[2]

Film career[edit]

Brodie appeared in more than two hundred films, mostly from the mid-1940s to the early 1950s. He worked at various studios, including MGM, RKO and Republic Pictures, appearing mostly in westerns and B-movies. He played supporting roles in the majority of his films, including the 1947 film noir classic Out of the Past and 1950's Armored Car Robbery. An exception was 1947's Desperate, where he had a starring role. Later appearances included roles in two Elvis Presley films: 1961's Blue Hawaii and 1964's Roustabout.[3]

Beginning in the mid-1950s, he appeared mostly on television, with guest- starring roles in such series as Stories of the Century (as the outlaw Harry Tracy), Crossroads, Sugarfoot, Colt .45, Stagecoach West, Richard Diamond, Private Detective, The Public Defender, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Alaskans, Pony Express, The Brothers Brannagan, Going My Way, The Asphalt Jungle, Wanted: Dead or Alive, and The Dakotas.[3] Brodie made three guest appearances on Perry Mason, including the role of murderer and title character Ben Wallace in the 1959 episode, "The Case of the Garrulous Gambler."

Brodie and Lash La Rue appeared nine and five times, respectively, as Sheriff Johnny Behan of Cochise County, Arizona, an historical person, in the ABC western series, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, starring Hugh O'Brian as Wyatt Earp.[4]

Brodie appeared on stage in the 1950s as Maryk in a national company production of The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, co-starring with Paul Douglas as Queeg and Wendell Corey as Greenwald.

Personal life[edit]

Brodie was married to actress Lois Andrews from 1946 until her death in 1968. Their son Kevin Brodie was a child actor who later became a film writer and director. The senior Brodie died of cancer in West Hills, California, at the age of seventy-two.

At the time of his death, The Los Angeles Times erroneously stated in his obituary that Brodie had been nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for 1949's Home of the Brave.[5] In truth, Brodie was actually not among the five nominees in that category that year.[6]

Selected films[edit]


  1. ^ Some sources indicate Brodie was born as John Stevens
  2. ^ Soden, Garrett (2005). Defying Gravity: Land Divers, Roller Coasters, Gravity Bums, and the Human Obsession With Falling, New York: W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 0-393-32656-X
  3. ^ a b "Steve Brodie Filmography, Internet Movie Database". Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Full Cast and Crew for The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Steve Brodie; Actor in 200 Action Films". Los Angeles Times. 11 January 1992. 
  6. ^ List of Best Supporting Actor nominees in 1949

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