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 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.
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.”