Talk:Brandon deWilde

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Is the name spelled Brandon De Wilde or Brandon de Wilde? There seems to plenty of contradiction in the sources I have consulted. Does anybody know the correct capitalization? --Sophitus 06:33, 23 January 2006 (UTC)

According to his Brandon deWilde's headstone it's deWilde.
Michael David 17:32, 30 March 2006 (UTC)
Typographical positioning (or kerning) of letters on a tombstone, which is a matter of design, is not an accurate way of determining the spelling of a last name. According to the New York Times obit and every other source I have encountered, including main title sequences in the actor's films, his name is Brandon de Wilde.

American Profile magazine, which is a weekend newspaper magazine like Parade or USA Weekend, had a LTTE about BDW in the November 12-18, 2006 issue. This was in their version of the Walter Scott Personality Parade column. BDW was referred to as Brandon De Wilde. 01:06, 15 December 2006 (UTC)

Brandon de Wilde himself used a lower case d when signing his name on the American TV show, What's My Line.

Shane and Oscar nomination[edit]

They forgot to mention how he was Joey in Shane and was nominated for an Oscar for that role. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:40, 21 November 2007 (UTC)

Spelling and Pronunciation of Surname[edit]

I would challenge the current spelling and pronunciation of the surname "De Wilde".

The history for this article shows that the surname has been changed several times over the years. Granted, Brandon's films show numerous variations of the name, but there are several more "true" examples on the internet. Having seen several examples of Brandon's autograph, they are all spelled out as "deWilde". There is a film clip of a 1950s episode of "What's My Line?" featuring Brandon as the "mystery guest" where he can actally be seeing writing his name on a chalkboard--as "deWilde". In that same episode, his name, by all partys, is pronounced as "duh-wild-a".

It would seem to me that the method by which a person signs and pronounces his own name would be the correct one.

I would like to see justification/documentation for the current spelling/pronunciation or I would like to procede and change it.

trezjr (talk) 15:29, 11 April 2010 (UTC)

SECOND NOTICE of my challenge to the correct spelling and pronunciation of deWilde's name. I have no valid challenges to the claim I make above. trezjr (talk) 01:09, 6 May 2010 (UTC)

FINAL NOTICE of my challenge on the pronunciation of deWilde before removing. I realize the spelling change is a lost cause. It's too out of reach to the pattern of uniformity Wikipedia has established to change it now. That was the problem with Hollywood as well. Fact of the matter is that the family always has spelled the name as "deWilde". trezjr (talk) 00:58, 2 June 2010 (UTC)

You can watch the What's My Line? episode where he signs his name and it is pronounced by the panel. trezjr (talk) 01:13, 6 May 2010 (UTC)

Also; more than half of his screen/tv credits appear like this deWilde credit.

I support your removal of the pronunciation, per the reasons you cited. I think it may be a little confusing to not provide his professional name in the first sentence. There are some examples at WP:MOSBIO. I think it should either begin with his professional name and include "born as ....", or begin with his birthname and continue with "known professionally as ..." Otherwise the lead sentence appears to be contradicted by the article title, the header name in the infobox and subsequent uses of "De Wilde" throughout the article. Rossrs (talk) 22:46, 16 June 2010 (UTC)

Thanks. I have changed the Birth Name and the article lead name to reflect this. I have implanted this line on the edit page for those 2 uses: "EDITORS: This is the actual family spelling of the name. PLEASE DO NOT CHANGE - SEE DISCUSSION PAGE". Maybe that will help. To date, the only pronunciation I have seen from the era is still the What's My Line? link above; which is a fascinating piece of film to watch. trezjr (talk) 01:42, 2 July 2010 (UTC)

There is detailed explanation of Brandon's name spelling/pronunciation and .pdf files of his death accident at: trezjr (talk) 14:16, 27 August 2010 (UTC)

I've added a little to the footnote. Although I saw The Member of the Wedding on BBCTV, just after McCullers' death in 1967, I was unaware of his name (or fame or death) until I wandered wikilinking here. I'd support changing the name throughout to 'deWilde' as there does not appear to be a consensual form & that is clearly how he saw it. Rothorpe (talk) 00:32, 30 October 2010 (UTC)

good luck. if you check the history, you'll see it was tried before. it is pretty much wrong on the entire net, because no one ever challenged it with no family ever speaking for Brandon. you would think spelling his name correctly would be the least courtesy he could count on.trezjr (talk) 11:07, 30 October 2010 (UTC)

Well, I'd need some support. If you don't think it's worth it... The controversy is not immediately apparent in the history. Rothorpe (talk) 16:29, 30 October 2010 (UTC)

For whatever it is worth to anyone with the time to execute it, Janice Gero deWilde, Brandon's widow, has verified in 2012 interviews with author Patrisha McLean in her soon-to-be-released biography, All Fall Down, The Brandon deWilde Story that the correct spelling is indeed -- deWilde. trezjr (talk) 03:54, 4 May 2012 (UTC)

Brandon deWilde's great great grandfather was Andries de Wilde, married to Cornelia Henrica Neitzel. Sterz (talk) 14:58, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

Requesting article assessment[edit]

A request for assesment of the Brandon De Wilde article was submitted at 03:57, 30 June 2010 (UTC) trezjr (talk) 00:54, 2 July 2010 (UTC)


An interest in music in one's lifetime is not a legacy. Thought should be given to changing the header on that item. The countdown has started. Anyone have any thoughts? trezjr (talk) 21:52, 14 September 2010 (UTC)

Early life[edit]

This article needs a lot of help. I have made a start, but sadly will not be able to put in a lot of time. I will do a little more simple copy-editing, which is all I usually do, but in the short section "Early life," the third sentence needs attention from someone who can look at the cited reference for the facts: I can't reconstruct it because I don't know what the writer intended. Was his mother an actress? Maybe. I don't want to assume. I'll look through the editing history for clues. This is a solid article, well worth the effort IMHO, no problem with notability, but needing some tedious TLC to bring it up to snuff. Rags (talk) 07:13, 28 March 2014 (UTC)

Did he have a sister?[edit]

In the film "Shane" there is a younger girl that resembles him much. (talk) 15:26, 20 June 2015 (UTC)