Steve Brodie (actor)

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Steve Brodie
Steve Brodie (screenshot from "The Admiral Was a Lady", 1950).jpg
Brodie as boxer Mike O'Halloran
in The Admiral Was a Lady, 1950
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
Lois Andrews
(m. 1946; her death 1968)
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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Brodie was married to actress Lois Andrews from 1946-1948. He married Barbara Ann Savitt in 1950.[5][6][7][8] Their son, Kevin Brodie, was a child actor who later became a film writer and director.


Brodie died of cancer in 1992 in West Hills, California, at the age of 72.

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.[9] In truth, Brodie was actually not among the five nominees in that category that year.[10]

Partial filmography[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. ^ Carroll, Harrison (April 28, 1950). "Behind the Scenes in Hollywood". Lancaster Eagle-Gazette. Ohio, Lancaster. p. 6. Retrieved June 6, 2017 – via  open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ "Steve Brodie, Widow Married in Las Vegas". Daily Capital Journal. Oregon, Salem. United Press. September 9, 1950. p. 10. 
  7. ^ "Band Leader's Widow Weds Picture Actor". The San Bernardino County Sun. California, San Bernardino. Associated Press. September 10, 1950. p. 11. Retrieved June 6, 2017 – via  open access publication – free to read
  8. ^ "Marriages". Billboard. October 14, 1950. p. 60. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 
  9. ^ "Steve Brodie; Actor in 200 Action Films". Los Angeles Times. 11 January 1992. 
  10. ^ List of Best Supporting Actor nominees in 1949

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