- Category : Entertainment-Actor-Actress
- Type : GP
- Profile : 3/5 - Martyr / Heretic
- Definition : Split - Small (14,15)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Maya 1
American actor on-screen from 1949 in character roles, including "Stalag 17," "Birdman of Alcatraz," "Psychic Killer," and "Swamp Beast," which was produced by Al Fast in 1977. In his 76 movies, he often portrayed homicidal maniacs, as well as "Al Capone" on TV. He may be remembered best for his role in "Laredo," a TV series in the late '60s, playing the rowdy, gravel-voiced Texas Ranger Reese Bennett.
Raised in Kewanee, IL, Brand joined the Army after graduating from high school and was discharged in 1946 as the fourth most decorated GI of WW II, a real-life hero. After his discharge, he went to Los Angeles to attend the Geller Drama School on the GI bill. His first big break came as a gun-happy hoodlum in the 1950 thriller "D.O.A." with Edmund O'Brien.
Brand died of emphysema on 16 April 1992 in Sacramento, California.