One  of the  most memorable and iconic images of classic Hollywood involves a 10 year old boy who went on to be the youngest ever Oscar nominee.



Brandon de Wilde


BRANDON  deWILDE (1942 – 1972) was born in Brooklyn, the son of theatre professionals. At the age of 7, Brandon was cast in the Broadway play,The Member of the Wedding alongside Julie Harris and Ethel Waters . He ended up giving nearly 500 performances and then made the film version in  1952.


Julie Harris, Ethel Waters, Brandon de Wilde

Julie Harris, Ethel Waters, Brandon deWilde


Brandon was so natural and real, he was soon cast as Joey,the son of Van Heflin and Jean Arthur in SHANE, for which he was Oscar nominated ( alongside Jack Palance, also  for Shane.)

Other  films Brandon appeared in include GOODBYE,MY LADY, NIGHT PASSAGE and IN HARM’S WAY ( in which he played John Wayne’s son), BLUE  DENIM and ALL FALL DOWN.

But film success as an adult actor eluded him.

Married twice and with one son, Brandon tragically died in a traffic accident at the age of 30.






A biography of BRANDON came out in 2012.




“Shane. come back,Shane.”

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