The ‘Wide Country’ actor was 86 years old – The Hollywood Reporter

Andrew Breen, the charming actor who has proven to be extremely comfortable in the saddle Bandolero!And the ChisumAnd the wide country And dozens of other Westerners, on television and the big screen, are dead. He was 86 years old.

She said she died Monday in Paris of natural causes while on vacation with his wife, actress and producer Heather Lowe The Hollywood Reporter. She said, “He was the sweetest prince.”

Prine also played Helen Keeler’s brother (Patty Duke as an Academy Award winner) miracle worker (1962) depicts a lawman in Texarkana, Arkansas, who pursues a disguised serial killer alongside Ben Johnson in a cult classic The city that is afraid of sunset (1976).

Later in his career, he rose to prominence as Confederate General Richard B. Garnett in a sprawling area Gettysburg (1993).

In 1962-1963, Prine got a taste of fame when he played Earl Holliman’s younger brother—their characters travel with rodeo performers—on NBC. wide country. Four years later, he played the eldest son of Barry Sullivan on another NBC Western, West Road.

Prine has worked with director Andrew V. McLaglen on three episodes of CBS’ gun smoke In 1962-1963, the couple were reunited in 1968 in two films: William Holden’s war film starring Devil’s BrigadeAnd the Bandolero!which is and George Kennedy Tracking fugitives across the Mexican border.

Collaborated with Prine John Wayne in Chisum (1970), also directed by McLaglen, and Rooster Cogburn (1975).

For his work in the West, he was awarded the Golden Boot in 2001.

Son of Pullman conductor Andrew Lewis Prine was born on February 14, 1936 in Jennings, Florida. He graduated from Miami Jackson High School and enrolled at the University of Miami on a theater scholarship but dropped out and headed to New York to pursue acting.

In 1958, he took on the role of Anthony Perkins on Broadway in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Look back home, angelWritten by Thomas Wolfe and directed by George Roy Hill.

“I think one of the reasons I got it was because I was so skinny,” he said. behind the scenes In an undated interview. “I was 138 pounds at 6-foot-2, so I seemed like a perfect fit for this character, who was supposed to be this 17-year-old. I swear to God, I think my diet had something to do with it.”

“I was getting free lessons at that point from a lady at the Actors Studio who liked me. But I was a very lazy actor. I was scolded by the old man [Lee] Strasberg over the years and some other teachers who used to tell me, ‘You don’t pay attention’. But I got trained, in spite of myself.

“Fortunately, I did look back home For two years, and what I did while starring and getting paid is learning how to act. The theater director would come backstage every night with plentiful notes, and his job was to keep me on target. I learned how to act, really, on Broadway.”

Scouts from Universal saw him on stage and wanted him to star in the rodeo series.

So I said, ‘I’ll just go out [to California] and do [that] Remembered in the 2013 episode of A word about the West. Then I found out how much money they would give me just to sit on a horse, and I said, ‘It’s been a long time, Broadway.’

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Andrew Breen (left) and Earl Holliman in a promotional photo for NBC’s “Wide Country” series 1962-1963.


In 1964, Bryn played the skeptical brother of Richard Kimball from David Jansen on the first season of ABC. fugitiveAnd he had a recurring role a year later on the final season of NBC Dr. KildareBut Westerners were his bread and butter.

In the sixties, he starred BonanzaAnd the VirginiaAnd the Wagon Train, Daniel Boone And the lancer Featured in Dean Martin-championship Texas across the river (1966), often doing his own stunts.

“I’ve been in a lot of wrecks, as we call them, and broke my knee and shoulder trying so hard to do stunts that I wouldn’t and I wasn’t qualified to do,” he said.

Prine stayed busy into the following decade, too. “I was able to do a lot of roles in the ’70s because I’ve never met a role in a movie that I didn’t like,” He said in 2013. “I’m a working actor, I don’t wait a year for a picture.” (He has over 180 acting credits listed on IMDb.)

To promote sexual exploitation Center Fold Girls (1974), in which he starred as a sadistic serial killer, Brian showed nude for women’s magazine Long live the 1974 AD little indian (1973) with James Garner, directed by Alan Rudolph Terror Circus (1973), grizzly (1976) and evil (1978).

Prine played the role of Michael Manasseri’s father and Lee Tergesen’s characters in the 1994-1998 USA series strange science He was “The Visitor” known as Stephen in the 1983-84 NBC miniseries Fifth And the V: the final battle.

Also worked for Quentin Tarantino In a CBS Emmy Award-winning two-part episode T. M. A: Crime scene investigations In 2005. On TV, he was in everything from Steel watch in the United StatesAnd the Peter JanAnd the Defenders And the fighting! to me electronic womanAnd the intercedeAnd the Boston Legal And the under six feet.

Brin was married to actress Sharon Farrell from 1962 to 1963 and actress Brenda Scott three times – from 1965 to 1966, from 1968 to 1969, and from 1973 to 1978 – before he married Lowe in 1986. He was also romantically involved Actress Karen Kobsennett when she was. She was murdered in 1963 in the infamous unsolved Hollywood murder.

Also among the survivors are his brother, John, and nephews Nick (and his wife Rhonda) and Kevin (and his wife Cathy).

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