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Neville Brand
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    (August 13, 1920-April 16, 1992)
    Born in Griswold, Iowa
    Raised in Kewanee, Illinois
    331st Infantry Regiment of 83rd Infantry Division (Thunderbolt), United States Army, World War II
    Ranger Reese Bennett on Laredo
    Appeared in ‘D.O.A.,’ ‘Stalag 17,’ ‘Love Me Tender,’ ‘Birdman of Alcatraz,’ ‘That Darn Cat (1965),’ and ‘Tora! Tora! Tora!’
    Guest appearances on The Virginian (two), Wagon Train (two), Bonanza (three), McCloud (three), and Twilight Zone (‘The Encounter’)
    Most war accounts on him, especially one about the Dieppe Raid two years before he left the States, were horribly inaccurate.
    Near the end of the war, a bullet in his right arm caused him to bleed nearly to death.
    During his run at 20th-Century Fox in the early 1950s, he was relegated largely to unstressed supporting roles that downplayed his war record.
    Despite playing the principal villain in ‘Where the Sidewalk Ends,’ he was not given a screen credit.
    His rough voice and rough features initially got him typecast as murderous hulking brutes — especially having the honor of killing an Elvis Presley character!
    The Italo-American community went bonkers over his portrayal (rather, two) of Al Capone… for an accent the real Capone didn’t have.
    After the war, he went on the G.I. Bill to study acting — his first foray being a 1946 Army Signal Corps movie with Charlton Heston.
    He has the distinction of being the first actor to play Butch Cassidy (‘Three Outlaws’).
    One of his appearances on The Virginian was a Laredo crossover.
    A genuine decorated war veteran portraying a cowardly fraud who murdered a Japanese soldier after a surrender? That’s ‘The Encounter.’
    He amassed a collection of well over 30,000 books — most of which were destroyed in a 1978 fire.
    He was married only once, up until his death some 35 years later.

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