Martin E. Brooks

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Martin E. Brooks
Born
Martin Baum

(1925-11-30)November 30, 1925
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
DiedDecember 7, 2015(2015-12-07) (aged 90)
Years active1951–1996
Known forDr. Rudy Wells in The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman

Martin E. Brooks (born Martin Baum; [1] November 30, 1925 – December 7, 2015) was an American character actor known for playing scientist Dr. Rudy Wells in the television series The Six Million Dollar Man and its spin-off, The Bionic Woman , [2] from 1975 onward (a role originally portrayed by Martin Balsam and then by Alan Oppenheimer).

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Early life

Brooks was born Martin Baum in The Bronx. When he was 10, he moved with his family to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. [3] After high school, he volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army, became a paratrooper with the 11th Airborne Division and was awarded a Purple Heart for injuries received during World War II. [3] He attended Penn State University [3] and enrolled at the Dramatic Workshop of the New School for Social Research in New York City. [4] [5] He won the off-Broadway best actor award for his performance in Outside the Door and changed his name to Martin Brooks, following the advice of producer Richard Rodgers. [1] [3]

The Bronx Borough in New York City and county in New York, United States

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Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania City and County seat in Pennsylvania, United States

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11th Airborne Division (United States) United States Army airborne formation

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Career

Acting

Theatre

In 1959, Brooks starred in Saul Levitt’s hit play The Andersonville Trial with Brian Donlevy and Charles Durning. [3] He was very proud of his theatre work that included An Enemy of the People and I Am a Camera, as well as the actors with whom he appeared, including Julie Harris and Barbara Bel Geddes. [6] Brooks was also in John Steinbeck's Burning Bright as Victor with Kent Smith as Joe Saul, Barbara Bel Geddes as Mordeen, and Howard Da Silva as Friend Ed [7] [8] [9] [10] which he had adapted from his 1950 novel of the same name. [11]

Brian Donlevy American actor

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Charles Durning American actor

Charles Edward Durning was an American actor, with appearances in over 200 movies, television shows and plays. Durning's best-known films include The Sting (1973), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Tootsie (1982), Dick Tracy (1990) and O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000). He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for both The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) and To Be or Not to Be (1983). Prior to his acting career, Durning was a WWII soldier decorated for valor in combat.

<i>An Enemy of the People</i> play

An Enemy of the People is an 1882 play by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. Ibsen wrote it in response to the public outcry against his previous play, Ghosts, which challenged the hypocrisy of 19th-century morality. According to Ellen Mortensen, the words "scandalous, degenerate," and "immoral" were hurled at both Ghosts and its author because it openly discussed adultery and syphilis. Therefore, An Enemy of the People tells the story of a man who dares to speak an unpalatable truth, and is punished for it. However, Ibsen took a somewhat skeptical view of his protagonist, suggesting that he may have gone too far in his zeal to tell the truth. Ibsen wrote to his publisher: "I am still uncertain as to whether I should call [An Enemy of the People] a comedy or a straight drama. It may [have] many traits of comedy, but it also is based on a serious idea."

Television

In the 1950s, Brooks appeared in The PhilcoGoodyear Television Playhouse .In the 1960s, he appeared in Combat! . [6] In the 1972–73 TV season, he had a recurring role as Deputy D.A. Chapman in McMillan & Wife . [12] In the fall of 1977, Brooks and Richard Anderson (as Oscar Goldman) became the first known actors to portray the same characters as regulars simultaneously on two different networks. NBC picked up The Bionic Woman after the series had been cancelled by ABC. ABC continued to air The Six Million Dollar Man . Brooks had, by that time, been promoted to series regular on both series. The unusual situation lasted only one season as the two series were cancelled by their respective networks in the spring of 1978. [12]

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The Goodyear Television Playhouse is an American anthology series that was telecast live on NBC from 1951 to 1957 during the "Golden Age of Television". Sponsored by Goodyear, Goodyear alternated sponsorship with Philco, and the Philco Television Playhouse was seen on alternate weeks.

A recurring character is a fictional character, usually in a prime time TV series, who often and frequently appears from time to time during the series' run. Recurring characters often play major roles in more than one episode, sometimes being the main focus.

Brooks reprised the role of Wells in three television movies: The Return of the Six-Million-Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1987), Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1989) and Bionic Ever After? (1994). His other television roles include in Mike Snow in Hunter , Dr. Arthur Bradshaw in General Hospital , [1] Car 54, Where Are You? , Gunsmoke , Mission: Impossible , Night Gallery , Love, American Style , The Mod Squad , [12] and Edgar Randolph in the soap opera Dallas , in a story arc involving J.R. Ewing. [13] Brooks also guest-starred in an episode of The Silent Force in 1970. [14] He appeared in Knots Landing as Ted Burton in the 1990s. [6]

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<i>General Hospital</i> American daytime television medical drama

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<i>Car 54, Where Are You?</i> American television series 1961-63

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Writing

Brooks wrote two novels: Danny Brown and Roman Candle. [3] His play Flo and Joe was optioned for a Broadway production and received several workshop productions at the Actors Studio and at Theatre West. [3]

Actors Studio organization for professional actors, theatre directors and playwrights

The Actors Studio is a membership organization for professional actors, theatre directors and playwrights at 432 West 44th Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. It was founded October 5, 1947, by Elia Kazan, Cheryl Crawford and Robert Lewis, who provided training for actors who were members. Lee Strasberg joined later and took the helm in 1951 until his death on February 17, 1982.

Personal life and death

According to Jon Landau, Brooks was the "soulmate" of Landau's mother, Edie, for over 20 years. They were friends as children and reconnected in 1993 after her husband died. [1] Brooks was friends with Charles Durning when they met in 1959 in Saul Levitt’s hit play The Andersonville Trial until Durning's death in 2012. [3]

Brooks died on December 7, 2015, of natural causes at his home in Studio City, Los Angeles, one week after reaching age 90. [1] [4]

Awards and honors

Brooks won the Theatre World Award and the Donaldson Award for his role in Burning Bright . [15] He was also nominated for a Tony Award. [12]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotesRef.
1957Johnny GunmanJohnny G. 1 Drama film written and directed by Art Ford [16]
1970 Colossus: The Forbin Project Dr. Jefferson J. Johnson 1
[17] [18]
1972 The Man Wheeler's Lawyer
[19] [20]
1994 T-Force Dr. Jonathan Gant Science fiction directed by Richard Pepin
1996Street GunMan thrown off the roofThriller film directed by Travis Milloy
(final film role)

Television

YearTitleRoleNotesRef.
1951 Sure as Fate 1 Guest Episode: "The Rabbit" (S 1:Ep 17) [5]
The PhilcoGoodyear Television Playhouse Guest Episode: "Dr. Hudson's Secret Journal" (S 3:Ep 41)
Fireside Theatre Guest Episode: "A Little Night Music" (S 3:Ep 41)
1952 Suspense Harry RaymondEpisode: "Remember Me?" (S 4:Ep 45) [5]
Joan of Arc 1 Guest Made-for-TV Movie 2 [21]
1953SuspenseMeros LeckowEpisode: "The Man Who Cried Wolf" (S 5:Ep 33) [5]
Campbell Summer Soundstage 1 Guest Episode: "Deception" (S 2:Ep 6)
Studio One in Hollywood Guest Episode: "The Storm" (S 5:Ep 50) [5]
Armstrong Circle Theatre 1 Guest Episode: "The Honor of Littorno" (S 4:Ep 10)
1954Suspense 1 Guest Episode: "Once a Killer" (S 6:Ep 43)
Studio One in HollywoodStephano 1 Episode: "The Cliff" (S 6:Ep 52)
The Philco–Goodyear Television Playhouse Guest Episode: "Time of Delivery" (S 7:Ep 4)
1955 Justice 1 Guest Episode: "Cry Wolf" (S 2:Ep 15)
Armstrong Circle Theatre 1 Guest Episode: "Leap for Freedom" (S 5:Ep 31) [5]
Climax! Guest
[22] [23]
Studio One in HollywoodPaul 1 Episode: "Mama's Boy" (S 7:Ep 51) [5]
Peters 1 Episode: "Shakedown Cruise" (S 8:Ep 8)
1956Eye on New YorkLt. Jan Kepart 1 Episode: "Night of the Auk" (S 1:Ep 1–Pilot)
1957Armstrong Circle TheatreAristides AndrosEpisode: "Have Jacket Will Travel" (S 8:Ep 11) 4 [5]
Decoy Larry 1 Episode: "Necklace of Glass" (S 1:Ep 9)
True StoryBruce Mansfield 1 Episode: "Girl in Hotel" (S 1:Ep 12)
Suspicion 1 Guest Episode: "The Sparkle of Diamonds" (S 1:Ep 8)
Armstrong Circle TheatreThe Priest 1 Episode: "The Shepherd of Paris" (S 8:Ep 7) 4 [5]
1957–58 Love of Life Paul RavenContract role
1958 The United States Steel Hour Martin Mandow 1 Episode: "The Charmer" (S 5:Ep 9)
True StoryBill Farrell 1 Episode: "22 March 1958" (S 1:Ep 18)
Kraft Television Theatre Mr. Ferguson 1 Episode: "Death Wears Many Faces" (S 11:Ep 420
1958 The Secret Storm Skip CurtisContract role [5]
1959 New York Confidential Sammy WattsEpisode: "Broadway Sam" (S 1:Ep 17) [5]
RalphEpisode: "The Skin Game" (S 1:Ep 20)
1960 Sunday Showcase Guest Episode: "The Margaret Bourke White Story" (S 1:Ep 16)
Armstrong Circle TheatreLewis BensonEpisode: "Full Disclosure" (S 10:Ep 7) 5 [5]
Dow Hour of Great Mysteries Jack Bailey 1
[24]
1961 Way Out The Face 1 Episode: "False Face" (S 1:Ep 7)
Car 54, Where Are You? Petrucio 3 Episode: "The Taming of Lucille" (S 1:Ep 12) [5]
1962–64 Search for Tomorrow Dr. Everett MooreContract role
1963 Look Up and Live Jim 1 Episode: "The Presence of Death" (S 3:Ep 12)
The DuPont Show of the Week Joe VanderlingEpisode: "Diamond Fever" (S 2:Ep 13) [5]
Armstrong Circle TheatreMajor RickertEpisode: "The Aggressor Force" (s 13:Ep 17}4
1965 Combat! Corporal MacGowan 1 Episode: "The Raider" (S 4:Ep 16)
1966 The Loner Chris Meegan 1 Episode: "Pick Me Another Time to Die" (S 1:Ep 24)
Flipper Kent 1 Episode: "Flipper's Underwater Museum" (S 2:Ep 27)
The F.B.I. Richard Larken 1 Episode: "Anatomy of a Prison Break" (S 2:Ep 10) [5]
1967 Gunsmoke Young 1 Episode: "The Lure"
The Fugitive Lieutenant Gould 1 Episode: "The Walls of Night" (S 4:Ep 27)
Iron Horse Gilbert Reese 1 Episode: "Diablo" (S 2:Ep 1)
The Wild Wild West Franklin PooreEpisode: "The Night of the Hangman" (S 3:Ep 7)
1968The F.B.I.Bobby DevriesEpisode: "The Predators" (S 3:Ep 25)
Judd, for the Defense Art BarrowsEpisode: "The Gates of Cerberus" (S 2:Ep 10)
1969 Mission: Impossible Paul TrockEpisode: "Illusion" (S 3:Ep 24)
1970 The Silent Force Guest Episode: "The Hero" (S 1:Ep 2)
The Old Man Who Cried WolfHudson F. EwingMade-for-TV Movie directed by Walter Grauman [25]
1971 Night Gallery Doctor Armstrong [26] Episode: "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar / The Last Laurel" (S 1:Ep 6–b) [5]
Storefront Lawyers KendrickEpisode: "This Money Kills Dreams" (S 1:Ep 22)
Love, American Style Guest Episode: "Love and the Anniversary Crisis / Love and the Conjugal Visit / Love and the Dream Burglar / Love and the Hotel Caper / Love and the Monster" (S 3:Ep 2)
Cannon Lewis R. EndersEpisode: "Dead Pigeon" (S 1:Ep 8)
The Partners FeenyEpisode: "Have I Got an Apartment for You!" (S 1:Ep 10)
The Mod Squad Richard ClarkEpisode: "Death of a Nobody" (S 4:Ep 13)
1972 Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law PierceEpisode: "Smiles from Yesterday" (S 1:Ep 21)
1972–73 McMillan & Wife Deputy D.A. Chapman Recurring [12]
1975–78 The Six Million Dollar Man Dr. Rudy WellsContract role [4]
1976–78 The Bionic Woman
1981 General Hospital Dr. Arthur BradshawContract role [5]

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Notes

  1. ^ Credited as Martin Brooks.
  2. ^ Part of the Hallmark Hall of Fame series.
  3. ^ Uncredited.
  4. ^ Episodes were shown out of production order.
  5. ^ Episode was rerun on July 6, 1960.

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