Rand Brooks

Rand Brooks

Arlington Rand Brooks Jr. (September 21, 1918 – September 1, 2003) was an American film and television actor. Brooks was born in Wright City, Missouri. He was the son of Arlington Rand Brooks, a farmer. His mother and he moved to Los Angeles when he was four, though he continued to spend summers in Wright City. Brooks continued to make visits to his hometown of Wright City into the 1950s, up to and following the death of his father in 1950. His mother and his grandfather were actors. After leaving school, Brooks got a screen test at MGM and was given a bit part in Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938). His big fame came with his part as Charles Hamilton in Gone with the Wind (1939), a role which he later admitted he despised; he wanted to play more macho parts. He made $100 per week under contract at MGM, but when he was on loan to Selznick International Pictures for Gone with the Wind, he made $500 per week. After Gone With the Wind, he had relatively small parts in other movies including Babes in Arms, then a regular role as Lucky in the Hopalong Cassidy series of Westerns in the mid-1940s; Brooks succeeded Russell Hayden in the role. Among the films, which starred William Boyd as Hopalong, were Hoppy's Holiday, The Dead Don't Dream, and Borrowed Trouble. He received positive notice for his work in Fool's Gold, with Variety reporting that he did "an excellent job." In edited, half-hour versions of some of the films, he appeared in 12 of the 52 episodes of the Hopalong Cassidy television series. In 1948, he co-starred with Adele Jergens and Marilyn Monroe in the low-budget, black-and-white Columbia Pictures film, Ladies of the Chorus. Brooks became the first actor to share an on-screen kiss with Monroe, who in a few years was one of the world's biggest movie stars. Filmed in just 10 days, the film was released soon after its completion. Variety called his performance in the 1952 film The Steel Fist "capable." Television brought new opportunities, again often in Westerns. He played Cpl. Randy Boone in the 1950s television series, The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin. Brooks had guest roles in 1950s Western series, including Mackenzie's Raiders, The Lone Ranger, Maverick, Gunsmoke, and Bonanza. He appeared twice on the syndicated adventure series, Rescue 8, as well as on CBS's Perry Mason courtroom drama series. In 1962, he directed and produced a movie about brave dogs, Bearheart, but the film was entangled in legal troubles due to his business manager's involvement in crimes such as forgery and graft. The film was finally released in 1978, under the title Legend of the Northwest. After he left show business, Brooks ran a private ambulance company in Glendale, California. He commented that he "died in more pictures than almost anyone" and that though he was never very big in show business, he was willing to return to it. Brooks sold the ambulance company in 1994, and retired to his ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley, where he bred champion Andalusian horses. He attended a Gone with the Wind reunion for Clark Gable's birthday, along with Ann Rutherford and Fred Crane, in Cadiz, Ohio, in 1992. On September 1, 2003, Brooks died in Santa Ynez, California.
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    Wright City, Missouri, USA
    Birthday
    9/21/1918
Gone with the Wind
Gone with the Wind
8
In Like Flint
In Like Flint
6.1
Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc
6.2
Ladies of the Chorus
Ladies of the Chorus
6.6
False Paradise
False Paradise
6
Fool's Gold
Fool's Gold
0
Hoppy's Holiday
Hoppy's Holiday
0
The Dead Don't Dream
The Dead Don't Dream
0
Unexpected Guest
Unexpected Guest
0
Strange Gamble
Strange Gamble
0
Silent Conflict
Silent Conflict
0
Sinister Journey
Sinister Journey
6
Borrowed Trouble
Borrowed Trouble
7.2
The Devil's Playground
The Devil's Playground
7
Dangerous Venture
Dangerous Venture
0
The Marauders
The Marauders
0
Lady Scarface
Lady Scarface
5.1
Lady in the Dark
Lady in the Dark
4.7
Riding High
Riding High
5.8
Resisting Enemy Interrogation
Resisting Enemy Interrogation
6.2
Stagecoach to Dancers' Rock
Stagecoach to Dancers' Rock
3.8
And One Was Beautiful
And One Was Beautiful
6.2
Dramatic School
Dramatic School
6.3
Silver Needle in the Sky
Silver Needle in the Sky
4.5
Florian
Florian
1
Life with Henry
Life with Henry
5
Laddie
Laddie
6
Love Finds Andy Hardy
Love Finds Andy Hardy
6.1
The Old Maid
The Old Maid
7.1
Thunder Afloat
Thunder Afloat
5.9
Dancing Co-Ed
Dancing Co-Ed
6.2
Babes in Arms
Babes in Arms
6.4
Balalaika
Balalaika
4.2
Born to the Saddle
Born to the Saddle
5
The Gunman
The Gunman
1.5
Andy Hardy's Dilemma: A Lesson in Mathematics... and Other Things
0
Air Force
Air Force
6.3
Heart of the Rockies
Heart of the Rockies
6
Montana Incident
Montana Incident
0
Crash of Moons
Crash of Moons
3.2
Northwest Passage
Northwest Passage
6.3
Waco
Waco
0
The Son of Monte Cristo
The Son of Monte Cristo
6.2
The Wyoming Bandit
The Wyoming Bandit
4
Yukon Manhunt
Yukon Manhunt
3
The Maverick
The Maverick
0
Man from the Black Hills
Man from the Black Hills
0
Cowboy Serenade
Cowboy Serenade
5
The Sombrero Kid
The Sombrero Kid
3
Sundown in Santa Fe
Sundown in Santa Fe
0
Black Midnight
Black Midnight
6
The Steel Fist
The Steel Fist
5
The Vanishing Westerner
The Vanishing Westerner
2
The Challenge of Rin Tin Tin
The Challenge of Rin Tin Tin
10
Comanche Station
Comanche Station
6.6
Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls
6.7
The Great Morgan
The Great Morgan
5.5
Kilroy Was Here
Kilroy Was Here
5
Ditch and Live
0
Bunco Squad
Bunco Squad
5.9
Fingers at the Window
Fingers at the Window
5.4
High Explosive
High Explosive
6
The Girl from Avenue A
The Girl from Avenue A
0
The Affairs of Jimmy Valentine
The Affairs of Jimmy Valentine
6
Rin-Tin-Tin: Hero of the West
Rin-Tin-Tin: Hero of the West
7.3
The Sex Symbol
The Sex Symbol
3
Behind Southern Lines
Behind Southern Lines
0
Stump Run
Stump Run
0
The Last Hurrah
The Last Hurrah
7.1
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