Brad Dexter

About Brad Dexter

Who is it?: Actor, Producer
Birth Day: April 09, 1917
Birth Place:  Goldfield, Nevada, United States
Died On: December 12, 2002(2002-12-12) (aged 85)\nRancho Mirage, California, U.S.
Birth Sign: Taurus
Resting place: Desert Memorial Park, Cathedral City, California, U.S.
Other names: Veljko Šošo Boris Michel Soso Boris Milanovich Barry Mitchell
Occupation: Actor, producer
Years active: 1944–1988
Spouse(s): Peggy Lee (m. 1953; div. 1953) Mary Bogdanovich (m. 1971; d. 1994) June Dyer (m. 1994)

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Brad Dexter was bornon April 09, 1917 in  Goldfield, Nevada, United States, is Actor, Producer. American supporting player specializing in tough guys. Of Serbian extraction, he was born in Nevada in 1917. As a young man, he boxed in amateur bouts and had early training in theatre at the Pasadena Playhouse. He joined the Air Corps during World War II and was assigned to the troupe performing the Moss Hart Broadway tribute to the Corps, Winged Victory, acting under his first chosen stage name, Barry Mitchell. He appeared in the film version of the show, and after the war became active in radio drama as well as theatre. John Huston spotted him in a play and cast him as a bad guy in The Asphalt Jungle (1950), under the new sobriquet of Brad Dexter. Throughout the Fifties, he continued to play hard cases of a usually villainous stripe, in both crime dramas and Westerns. His most famous role came as one of title characters in The Magnificent Seven (1960), albeit his fame was considerably eclipsed by most of the other members of that band: Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Horst Buchholz, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, and James Coburn. He continued acting into the 1970s, then made a shift into producing.
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💰 Net worth: $200,000

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Famous Quotes:

A question that comes up regularly in film trivia quizzes is to name the magnificent seven, of the 1960 John Sturges western. Easy to start with: Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, and Horst Buchholz. But if Brad Dexter... is usually the last to be mentioned, it is mainly because of the fame of the others; actually, he was rather good as the most mercenary of the septet. ... the cool and taciturn Harry Luck....

Biography/Timeline

1940

After a stint as an amateur boxer, Dexter attended the Pasadena Playhouse, where he studied acting. He had a small role in The Mortal Storm (1940). During World War II he enlisted for military Service with the U.S. Army Air Corps, where he met and befriended Karl Malden, a fellow Serbian-American, and appeared uncredited in the Corps play and film Winged Victory (1944).

1946

After the war, Dexter had a role in Heldorado (1946), a Roy Rogers western, as "Barry Mitchell". He appeared under this name in Sinbad, the Sailor (1947). He appeared on Broadway in Magnolia Alley (1949).

1950

He eventually changed his name to Brad Dexter and had roles in The Asphalt Jungle (1950) and Fourteen Hours (1951). Dexter's breakthrough role was as a villain in RKO's The Las Vegas Story (1951) with Victor Mature and Jane Russell. RKO cast him in a similar part in Macao (1952) with Russell. RKO signed him to a term contract.

1953

Dexter was villainous to John Payne in 99 River Street (1953). He then signed a contract with 20th Century Fox for whom he made Untamed (1955), Violent Saturday (1955) for Director Richard Fleischer, House of Bamboo (1955), The Bottom of the Bottle (1956), and Between Heaven and Hell (1956) again with Fleischer.

1957

Dexter was villainous to Joel McCrea in The Oklahoman (1957), produced by Walter Mirisch and could be seen in Run Silent Run Deep (1958), again as a villain. He largely focused on television though, appearing in episodes of Climax!, The Gale Storm Show, How to Marry a Millionaire, Pursuit, Studio One in Hollywood, Wagon Train, Have Gun - Will Travel, Zane Grey Theatre, Behind Closed Doors, Cimarron City, Yancy Derringer, This Man Dawson, 77 Sunset Strip, Colt 45, The Man from Blackhawk, Tightrope, Mr. Lucky, Bat Masterton, and Wanted: Dead or Alive.

1959

He made the occasional feature film, such as Last Train from Gun Hill (1959), directed by John Sturges, and Vice Raid (1959), and was second billed in 13 Fighting Men (1960)

1960

Dexter was then cast as a gunslinger in The Magnificent Seven (1960), directed by John Sturges, and made for Walter Mirisch, both of whom had worked with Dexter before. It became his best known role and most famous film. Characterizing him as a "tough guy at his best in The Magnificent Seven", Dexter's obituary in The Guardian singled out his portrayal of Harry Luck and claimed he was "overshadowed" by his contemporaries:

1961

The film's success did not immediately benefit Dexter's career: he returned to television, guest starring in The Aquanauts, Hawaiian Eye, General Electric Theatre, Tales of Wells Fargo, Surfside 6, The Investigators, Death Valley Days and Alcoa Premiere. He could be seen in It Started in Tokyo (1961), The George Raft Story (1961) (playing Bugsy Siegel), X-15 (1962) with Charles Bronson and Johnny Cool (1963). Dexter supported Yul Brynner again in Taras Bulba (1962), Kings of the Sun (1963) (from the producers of Magnificent Seven), and Invitation to a Gunfighter (1964).

1964

Dexter's friendship with Frank Sinatra began when Dexter saved Sinatra from drowning on May 10, 1964, during production of the World War II film, None but the Brave (1965), on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. Sinatra and Ruth Koch, the wife of Producer Howard Koch, were swimming at a beach when they were swept out to sea by the outgoing tide and nearly drowned. Sinatra's co-star Dexter and two surfers swam out and rescued them. Dexter was later awarded a Red Cross medal for his bravery.

1965

After Dexter appeared in Bus Riley's Back in Town (1965), he made another with Sinatra, Von Ryan's Express (1965). He was a detective in Blindfold (1966). In 1965 Dexter revealed that acting made him "frustrated as hell. As an actor you don't have control over the medium you're in... you have no control over your destiny."

1967

Dexter produced The Naked Runner (1967), which starred Sinatra and was filmed in London. The Director was Sidney J. Furie. Dexter and Furie clashed with Sinatra over the latter's unwillingness to finish the film, and, after it was completed, Dexter resigned. "I was the only guy who dropped Sinatra ... I couldn't put up with his nonsense", Dexter said at the time.

1970

Publicly, Dexter denied any falling out with Sinatra. He claimed to have left Sinatra's company to make a film with Furie based on the Sam Sheppard case. The project eventually became The Lawyer (1970) starring Barry Newman as Petrocelli. Dexter also had guest roles on episodes of Mannix and Mission: Impossible. He produced two more films for Furie: Little Fauss and Big Halsy (1970) starring Robert Redford and Lady Sings the Blues (1972) starring Diana Ross as Billy Holiday.

1971

He was married to Star-Kist tuna heiress Mary Bogdanovich from January 27, 1971 until her death on June 12, 1994. Later in 1994 he married June Deyer and remained with her until his death.

1973

Dexter returned to acting with roles in Jory (1973), Shampoo (1975), Vigilante Force (1976), The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover (1977), House Calls (1978) and Winter Kills (1979), and guest parts on McCloud, Kojak, S.W.A.T., Project U.F.O., and The Incredible Hulk. He was in the TV movies Law and Order (1976) and Valentine (1979).

1980

Dexter produced the TV series Skag (1980) starring Karl Malden. His last role was in Cognac (1988).

2002

Dexter died in Rancho Mirage, California, from emphysema, on December 11, 2002, at age 85, and is interred at Desert Memorial Park.