Steve Brodie (actor)
Steve Brodie in The Admiral Was a Lady
November 21, 1919
El Dorado, Butler County
|Died||January 9, 1992
West Hills, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Cancer|
|Spouse(s)||Lois Andrews (1946-1968, her death)|
Steve Brodie (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, he took his screen name from Steve Brodie, a daredevil who claimed to have jumped from the Brooklyn Bridge in 1886 and survived.
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.
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. 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 persion, in the ABC western series, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, starring Hugh O'Brian as Wyatt Earp.
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. In truth, Brodie was actually not among the five nominees in that category that year.
- Out of the Past (1947)
- Crossfire (1947)
- Desperate (1947)
- Return of the Bad Men (1948)
- Home of the Brave (1949)
- The Big Wheel (1949)
- Tough Assignment (1949)
- Rustlers (1949)
- Armored Car Robbery (1950)
- Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950)
- Winchester '73 (1950)
- M (1951)
- The Steel Helmet (1951)
- The Charge at Feather River (1953)
- White Lightning (1953)
- Donovan's Brain (1953)
- The Caine Mutiny (1954)
- The Far Country (1955)
- Gun Duel In Durango (1957)
- Blue Hawaii (1961)
- Of Love and Desire (1963)
- Roustabout (1964)
- The Giant Spider Invasion (1975)
- Some sources indicate Brodie was born as John Stevens
- 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
- "Steve Brodie Filmography, Internet Movie Database". Retrieved 4 December 2011.
- "Full Cast and Crew for The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
- "Steve Brodie; Actor in 200 Action Films". Los Angeles Times. 11 January 1992.
- http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/legacy/ceremony/22nd-winners.html List of Best Supporting Actor nominees in 1949
- Steve Brodie at the Internet Movie Database
- Steve Brodie at AllMovie
- Steve Brodie, Obituary, at Los Angeles Times