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Brian Donlevy
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    (February 9, 1901-April 5, 1972)
    Birth name is Waldo Brian Donlevy
    Starred in 'Barbary Coast (1935),' 'Strike Me Pink (1936),' 'Thirteen Hours By Air (1936),' 'Crack-Up (1937),' 'Born Reckless (1937),' 'Jesse James,' 'Beau Geste (1939),' 'Billy the Kid (1941),' 'Wake Island (1942),' 'Waco (1966)' and 'Hostile Guns (1967)'
    Acted on Broadway in 'What Price Glory,' 'Three for One,' 'The Milky Way' and 'Life Begins at 8:30'
    Portrayed Steve Mitchell on NBC Radio's 'Dangerous Assignment' (1949-1953)
    He is largely forgotten today.
    He went by his middle name.
    He ran away from home and lied about his age so that he could join the Army (1916).
    He married three times and divorced twice.
    He was typecast as a 'tough guy' or 'heavy.'
    He was a heavy drinker.
    Despite having a 'macho' image, he was short and stocky.
    On film, he often wore a toupee, false teeth, and girdle (to counteract his stockiness).
    He wore platform shoes to appear taller.
    He once said of his own acting abilities: 'I think I stink.'
    He was one of the American soldiers who invaded Mexico in search of bandit Pancho Villa.
    He served as a pilot in World War I.
    When portraying villains, he would deliberately act like a jerk off screen so that his fellow actors would despise his on screen character.
    He received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in 'Beau Geste (1939).'
    He was the best man at William Holden's wedding (1941).
    He crashed the plane he was flying into a hillside, but walked away unhurt (1950).
    He spent his last years writing poetry.
    He died from throat cancer (1972).

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