Forceful character actor, latterly with snow-white hair, who made his film debut in 1966 and came to specialize in police captains, military men and other authority figures. A Texas native, Bradford made his film debut in Arthur Penn's intriguing study of passions boiling over in a Texas town, "The Chase" (1966). A breakthrough came for Bradford when he played the starring role of John McGill in the ABC series, "Man in a Suitcase" (1968), one of the many spy series of the day. Though less successful than "I Spy," "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." or "Mission: Impossible," the show did bring him to prominence as a former intelligence agent turned private investigator in London. It also borrowed from "The Fugitive" as its peripatetic hero ventured through the European underworld looking for people to exonerate him from a charge that he let a scientist defect to the USSR.
Bradford followed up as Dr. Joe Gannon in the TV pilot "U.M.C." (1969), but virtually disappeared from the acting scene soon thereafter, leaving Chad Everett to recreate the role for the long-running series, "Medical Center." Bradford began appearing in films and TV again with another role for Penn in "The Missouri Break" (1976). He has subsequently kept busy as police figures in "Goin' South" (1978), "A Trip to Bountiful" (1986), Wim Wenders' fine "Hammett" (1982), and Mike Figgis' disturbing "Internal Affairs" (1990). One of Bradford's most prominent parts came as the man eager to develop the Milagro area in "The Milagro Beanfield War" (1988).
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Film debut "The Chase"
Earliest TV appearances included a role in the TV-movie, "Roaring Camp"
Played breakthrough role of John McGill when he made US TV series debut on the ABC spy adventure series, "Man in a Suitcase", shot in Britain
Played leading role of Dr. Joseph Gannon on the CBS medical drama TV-movie, "U.M.C.", A pilot for the long-running series, "Medical Center", but did not reprise the role for the series; Chad Everett was cast in the part
Resumed acting roles in feature films with a part in the Arthur Penn Western, "The Missouri Breaks"
First TV miniseries, "A Rumor of War"
Played recurring role of Commander O'Neill on the NBC science-fiction adventure series, "Earth 2"
Acted alongside Andy Garcia in "Steal Big, Steal Little"
Reteamed with Garcia on "Just the Ticket"
Again worked with Garcia on "The Man From Elysian Fields"; screened at Toronto Film Festival
Cast in Andy Garcia's feature directorial debut "The Lost City"