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Brandon De Wilde

Brandon De Wilde
Personal information
Birth nameAndre Brandon deWilde
Birth dateApril 9, 1942
Place of birthBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
Date of deathJuly 6, 1972(age 30)
Death placeDenver, Colorado, U.S.
SpouseSusan M. Maw (1963 69) (divorced) 1 child
Janice Gero (1972) (his death)

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Andre Brandon deWilde (April 9, 1942 July 6, 1972) was an American theatre and film actor. He was born into a theatrical family in Brooklyn. Debuting on Broadway at the age of 7, De Wilde became a national phenomenon by the time he completed his 492 performances for The Member of the Wedding and was considered a child prodigy.

Before the age of 12 he had become the first child actor awarded the Donaldson Award, filmed his role in The Member of the Wedding, starred in his most memorable film role as Joey Starrett in the film Shane (1953), been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, starred in his own sitcom television series Jamie on ABC and became a household name making numerous radio and TV appearances before being featured on the cover of Life magazine on March 10, 1952, for his second Broadway outing Mrs. McThing.

Into adulthood, additional plays, movies and TV appearances followed before his death at age 30 in a motor vehicle accident in Colorado, on July 6, 1972.

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