Henry Brandon

Henry Brandon

Henry Brandon
Born Heinrich von Kleinbach (1912-06-08)June 8, 1912 Berlin, Germany
Died February 15, 1990(1990-02-15) (aged 77) Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other names Harry Brandon Harry Kleinbach Henry Kleinbach Heinrich von Kleinbach
Occupation Actor
Years active 1932–1989
Partner(s) Mark Herron

Henry Brandon (June 8, 1912 – February 15, 1990) was an American character actor in over 100 films, famous for playing Indian, Arab, Persian, Turkish, Native American and East Asian roles, usually villains.

Born Heinrich von Kleinbach in Berlin, Germany, his parents emigrated to the United States while he was still an infant. A stage actor, he performed on Broadway and continued to act on stage periodically throughout his acting career. He made his motion picture debut in 1932. His most famous acting roles were as “Chief Cicatrice” (Scar) in John Ford‘s The Searchers in 1956 and “Chief Quanah Parker” in Ford’s Two Rode Together in 1961.

In 1955, Brandon portrayed Nate Champion, the first casualty of the Johnson County War of Wyoming, in an episode of Jim Davissyndicated western television series Stories of the Century. A second episode of that series dealing with the Johnson County War focuses on Ella Watson or “Cattle Kate” and her companion, Jim Averill, who were lynched by vigilantes.

In 1940 Brandon appeared in the title role of the famous Republic serial Drums of Fu Manchu. He also played a French army captain in Robert Aldrich‘s Vera Cruz (1954) and “Officer Chaney” in John Carpenter‘s 1976 film Assault on Precinct 13. Many people will remember him for his role as “Silas Barnaby”, the evil character in the Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy 1934 classic Babes in Toyland later retitled March of the Wooden Soldiers. He was also the nasty opera manager who signed Alfalfa to an unbreakable contract singing “The Barber of Seville” in the Little Rascals/Our Gang short Our Gang Follies of 1938. He was memorable as the foreign spy Derek in a 1965 two-part episode of Mister Ed. In the 1960s TV series The Outer Limits, Brandon played Gen. Crawford in the episode “The Chameleon” starring Robert Duvall. He is perhaps best remembered for his role as Acacius Page in the 1958 film Auntie Mame.

Brandon died in 1990 from a heart attack. He was cremated.

Selected filmography

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