Friday, March 25, 2016

RIP Richard Bradford

Los Angeles Times
March 25, 2015

November 10, 1934 - March 22, 2016 Richard Bradford, actor who starred in British television series "Man in a Suitcase," dies at 82. Richard Bradford was born in Conroe, Texas and attended Peacock Military Academy and then Texas A & M on a football scholarship. After injuring himself, he transferred to University of Texas to play baseball. When the pro-ball team he played for folded, he, on a whim, auditioned for "Picnic" and won the lead role.

From there, his life was determined. In 1962, he joined the Actor's Studio in New York and acted in his first movie, "The Chase" (1966) with Marlon Brando. From 1967 - 1968, Richard Bradford starred in the British television series, "Man in a Suitcase," a show still aired on British television today.

Upon moving to Los Angeles, Richard had a long and critically acclaimed career, playing in over 80 movies and television shows, amongst them "Looking to Get Out" (1982), "Trip to Bountiful" (1985), "Untouchables" (1987), "Little Nikita" (1988), "Milagro Beanfield War" (1988), "Internal Affairs" (1990), "Just the Ticket" (1999), and "Lost City" (2005). Many may remember his scene stealing moment as the Irish cop arguing in an alley with Sean Connory in "Untouchables."

Richard cared about the craft to the very depth of his being. He was a source of comfort and love, and friends were always welcomed to his home with barbecued ribs, corn bread, and black-eyed peas. He is survived by his son Richard Bradford III, his longtime partner Millie Perkins, his step-daughters Hedy Hutcheson and Lillie Thom, and four grandchildren.

BRADFORD, Richard (Richard Edwin Bradford)
Born: 11/10/1937, Conroe, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 3/22/2016, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Richard Bradford’s westerns – actor:
The High Chaparral (TV) – 1970 (Tulsa Red)
Kodiak (TV) – 1974 (Brock)
The Missouri Breaks – 1976 (Peter Marker)
Goin’ South – 1978 (Sheriff Andrew Kyle)
The Milagro Bean Field War – 1988 (Ladd Devine)
Sunset – 1988 (Captain  Blackworth)

1 comment:

  1. Only discovered today that this great and criminally neglected actor died last year.It about sums his life up totally underatted by the industry but not by his fans and people that know proper people.
    He should have been as big as Brando..but l suspect he didn't want that, he hated the Hollywood phoney system and refused to pay their game, think that is why l was a life long fan.
    Fantastic presence, ultra cool persona which came over brilliantly in 'Man in a suitcase ' RIP Richard Bradford one of a kind.