Brett Halsey

Brett Halsey

Brett Halsey. (Wikipedia)


Brett Halsey was born in 1933 in Santa Ana in California.   In his late teens he won a contract with Universal studios where me met another aspiring young actor Clint Eastwood.   Brett Halsey starred in a number of B movies during the 50’s e.g. “High School Hellcast” and “Cry Baby Killer”.   In the late 1950’s he won a 20th Century Fox contract and appeared in such prestigious movies as “The Best of Evertthing” and “Return to Peyton Place”.   He also played the lead in “Return of the Fly”.  

In 1961 he was in the television series “Follow the Sun”.   At the end of that decade he went to Italy where he made a series of spagatti Westerns and some spy movies.   In more recent years he has become a published author.

Brett Halsey was born in 1933 in Santa Ana, California and is an American film actor, sometimes credited as Montgomery Ford. He had a prolific career in B pictures and in European-made feature films. He originated the role of John Abbott on the soap opera The Young and the Restless, a role he filled only from May 1980 to March 1981, when he was replaced by Jerry Douglas.

Halsey is a great-nephew of the United States Navy Admiral William F. Halsey, Jr., also known as Bull Halsey, commander of the Pacific Allied naval forces during World War IIUniversal Pictures selected Brett Halsey’s acting name from the admiral.

Interested in acting since he was a child, young Brett was employed as a page at CBSTelevision studios, where he met Jack Benny and Benny’s wife, Mary Livingstone, who presented him to William Goetz, the head of Universal Pictures, who placed him in a school with other aspiring actors for the studio.

Halsey appeared as Swift Otter, a Cheyenne Indian in the 1956 episodes “The Spirit of Hidden Valley” and “The Gentle Warrior” of the CBS western series, Brave Eagle, starring Keith Larsen as a young Indian chief.

In 1958, Halsey guest-starred several times as Lieutenant Summers in Richard Carlson‘s syndicated western series, Mackenzie’s Raiders, a fictional account of cavalry Colonel Ranald S. Mackenzie, set at Fort ClarkTexas. That same year, Halsey had the lead role of a life-saving sailor in an episode of another syndicated series, Highway Patrol. He also appeared in Harbor Command, a military drama about the United States Coast Guard. He appeared as Robert Finchley in the 1958 Perry Mason episode, “The Case of the Cautious Coquette”, and starred in the Roger Corman teen flick The Cry Baby Killer. In 1959, he had a co-starring role in the science-fiction film The Atomic Submarine. Halsey appeared in the episode “Thin Ice” in 1959 of Five Fingers.

From 1961–1962, Halsey starred with Barry CoeGary Lockwood, and Gigi Perreau in the ABC adventure television series Follow the Sun, a story of two free-lance magazine writers living in Honolulu, Hawaii.

In 1961, Halsey won the Golden Globe Award for “New Star of the Year”. His Follow the Sun co-star, Barry Coe, had won the same honor in 1960. The award was discontinued in 1983.

Halsey played supporting and co-starring roles in Hollywood, having appeared in such films as Return of the Fly (1959), Jet Over the Atlantic (1959), The Best of Everything (1959), Return to Peyton Place (1961) and Twice-Told Tales (1963). By the early 1960s, he relocated to Italy where he found himself in demand in adventurous films such as Seven Swords for the King (1962) or The Avenger of Venice (1964), being often cast a swashbuckling hero. He also appeared in a few Spaghetti Westerns and Eurospy films, including Espionage in Lisbon (1965), Kill Johnny Ringo (1966), Today We Kill, Tomorrow We Die! (1968), All on the Red (1968), Twenty Thousand Dollars for Seven (1969) and Roy Colt and Winchester Jack (1970), sometimes using the name Montgomery Ford.

He returned to the United States in the early 1970s and worked in film and television. He appeared in the soap operas General Hospitaland Love Is a Many Splendored Thing, and films such as Where Does It Hurt? (1972) with Peter Sellers. He had supporting roles in higher-profile films such as Ratboy (1986) and The Godfather Part III (1990), and worked with Italian horror director Lucio Fulci on The Devil’s Honey (1986), Touch of Death (1988),[5] A Cat in the Brain (1990) and Demonia (1990). He also appeared as the captain of a luxury space liner in the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episode “Cruise Ship to the Stars”, and the Columbo episode “Death Lends a Hand”. Other later roles include the 1992 film Beyond Justice, starring Rutger Hauer, the 1995 action film Expect No Mercy, and the 1999 TV movie Free Fall.

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