Martin E. Brooks
November 30, 1925
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
|Died||December 7, 2015 90) (aged|
|Known for||Dr. Rudy Wells in The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman|
Martin E. Brooks (born Martin Baum;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 , from 1975 onward (a role originally portrayed by Martin Balsam and then by Alan Oppenheimer).
The Six Million Dollar Man is an American science fiction and action television series about a former astronaut, Colonel Steve Austin, portrayed by American actor Lee Majors. Austin has superhuman strength due to bionic implants and is employed as a secret agent by a fictional U.S. government office titled OSI. The series was based on the Martin Caidin novel Cyborg, which was the working title of the series during pre-production.
In media, a spin-off is a radio program, television program, video game, film, or any narrative work, derived from already existing works that focus on more details and different aspects from the original work.
The Bionic Woman is an American television science fiction action series starring Lindsay Wagner that aired between 1976 and 1978. The Bionic Woman series features Jaime Sommers, who takes on special high-risk government missions using her superhuman bionic powers. The Bionic Woman series is a spin-off from the 1970s The Six Million Dollar Man television science fiction action series.
Brooks was born Martin Baum in The Bronx. When he was 10, he moved with his family to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.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. He attended Penn State University and enrolled at the Dramatic Workshop of the New School for Social Research in New York City. 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.
The Bronx is the northernmost of the five boroughs of New York City, in the U.S. state of New York. It is south of Westchester County; northeast and east of Manhattan, across the Harlem River; and north of Queens, across the East River. Since 1914, the borough has had the same boundaries as Bronx County, the third-most densely populated county in the United States.
Wilkes-Barre is a city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the county seat of Luzerne County. It is one of the principal cities in the Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area. Located at the center of the Wyoming Valley, it is second in size to the nearby city of Scranton. The Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area had a population of 563,631 as of the 2010 Census, making it the fourth-largest metro/statistical area in the state of Pennsylvania. Wilkes-Barre and the surrounding Wyoming Valley are framed by the Pocono Mountains to the east, the Endless Mountains to the west, and the Lehigh Valley to the south. The Susquehanna River flows through the center of the valley and defines the northwestern border of the city.
The 11th Airborne Division ("Angels") was a United States Army airborne formation, first activated on 25 February 1943, during World War II. Consisting of one parachute and two glider infantry regiments, with supporting troops, the division underwent rigorous training throughout 1943. It played a vital role in the successful Knollwood Maneuver, which was organized to determine the viability of large-scale American airborne formations after their utility had been called into question following a disappointing performance during the Allied invasion of Sicily.
In 1959, Brooks starred in Saul Levitt’s hit play The Andersonville Trial with Brian Donlevy and Charles Durning.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. 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 which he had adapted from his 1950 novel of the same name.
Waldo Brian Donlevy was an American actor, noted for playing dangerous tough guys from the 1930s to the 1960s. He usually appeared in supporting roles. Among his best-known films are Beau Geste (1939) and The Great McGinty (1940). For his role as Sergeant Markoff in Beau Geste, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting 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.
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."
In the 1950s, Brooks appeared in The Philco–Goodyear Television Playhouse .In the 1960s, he appeared in Combat! .In the 1972–73 TV season, he had a recurring role as Deputy D.A. Chapman in McMillan & Wife . 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.
The Philco Television Playhouse is an American television anthology series that was broadcast live on NBC from 1948 to 1955. Produced by Fred Coe, the series was sponsored by Philco. It was one of the most respected dramatic shows of the Golden Age of Television, winning a 1954 Peabody Award and receiving eight Emmy nominations between 1951 and 1956.
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 ,Car 54, Where Are You? , Gunsmoke , Mission: Impossible , Night Gallery , Love, American Style , The Mod Squad , and Edgar Randolph in the soap opera Dallas , in a story arc involving J.R. Ewing. Brooks also guest-starred in an episode of The Silent Force in 1970. He appeared in Knots Landing as Ted Burton in the 1990s.
Hunter is an American crime drama created by Frank Lupo, which ran on NBC from 1984 to 1991. It starred Fred Dryer as Sgt. Rick Hunter and Stepfanie Kramer as Sgt. Dee Dee McCall. The title character Sgt. Rick Hunter was a wily, physically imposing, often rule-breaking homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. The show's main characters, Hunter and McCall, resolved many of their cases by lethal force, but no more so than many other related television dramas.
General Hospital is an American daytime television medical drama. It is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running American soap opera in production and the second longest-running drama in television in American history after Guiding Light. Concurrently, it is the world's third longest-running scripted drama series in production after British serials The Archers and Coronation Street, as well as the world's second-longest-running televised soap opera still in production. General Hospital premiered on the ABC television network on April 1, 1963. General Hospital is the longest-running serial produced in Hollywood, and the longest-running entertainment program in ABC television history. It holds the record for most Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series, with 13 wins.
Car 54, Where Are You?, an American sitcom that ran on NBC from 1961 to 1963, is the story of two New York City police officers based in the fictional 53rd precinct in The Bronx. Car 54 was their patrol car. The series was filmed in black-and-white and had a rotating group of directors, including Al De Caprio, Stanley Prager and series creator Nat Hiken - who helmed several episodes. Filming was on location, and at Biograph Studios in the Bronx.
Brooks wrote two novels: Danny Brown and Roman Candle.His play Flo and Joe was optioned for a Broadway production and received several workshop productions at the Actors Studio and at Theatre West.
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.
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.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.
Brooks died on December 7, 2015, of natural causes at his home in Studio City, Los Angeles, one week after reaching age 90.
Brooks won the Theatre World Award and the Donaldson Award for his role in Burning Bright .He was also nominated for a Tony Award.
|1957||Johnny Gunman||Johnny G. 1||Drama film written and directed by Art Ford|
|1970||Colossus: The Forbin Project||Dr. Jefferson J. Johnson 1|
|1972||The Man||Wheeler's Lawyer|
|1994||T-Force||Dr. Jonathan Gant||Science fiction directed by Richard Pepin|
|1996||Street Gun||Man thrown off the roof||Thriller film directed by Travis Milloy |
(final film role)
|1951||Sure as Fate 1||Guest||Episode: "The Rabbit" (S 1:Ep 17)|
|The Philco–Goodyear 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 Raymond||Episode: "Remember Me?" (S 4:Ep 45)|
|Joan of Arc 1||Guest||Made-for-TV Movie 2|
|1953||Suspense||Meros Leckow||Episode: "The Man Who Cried Wolf" (S 5:Ep 33)|
|Campbell Summer Soundstage 1||Guest||Episode: "Deception" (S 2:Ep 6)|
|Studio One in Hollywood||Guest||Episode: "The Storm" (S 5:Ep 50)|
|Armstrong Circle Theatre 1||Guest||Episode: "The Honor of Littorno" (S 4:Ep 10)|
|1954||Suspense 1||Guest||Episode: "Once a Killer" (S 6:Ep 43)|
|Studio One in Hollywood||Stephano 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)|
|Studio One in Hollywood||Paul 1||Episode: "Mama's Boy" (S 7:Ep 51)|
|Peters 1||Episode: "Shakedown Cruise" (S 8:Ep 8)|
|1956||Eye on New York||Lt. Jan Kepart 1||Episode: "Night of the Auk" (S 1:Ep 1–Pilot)|
|1957||Armstrong Circle Theatre||Aristides Andros||Episode: "Have Jacket Will Travel" (S 8:Ep 11) 4|
|Decoy||Larry 1||Episode: "Necklace of Glass" (S 1:Ep 9)|
|True Story||Bruce Mansfield 1||Episode: "Girl in Hotel" (S 1:Ep 12)|
|Suspicion 1||Guest||Episode: "The Sparkle of Diamonds" (S 1:Ep 8)|
|Armstrong Circle Theatre||The Priest 1||Episode: "The Shepherd of Paris" (S 8:Ep 7) 4|
|1957–58||Love of Life||Paul Raven||Contract role|
|1958||The United States Steel Hour||Martin Mandow 1||Episode: "The Charmer" (S 5:Ep 9)|
|True Story||Bill 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 Curtis||Contract role|
|1959||New York Confidential||Sammy Watts||Episode: "Broadway Sam" (S 1:Ep 17)|
|Ralph||Episode: "The Skin Game" (S 1:Ep 20)|
|1960||Sunday Showcase||Guest||Episode: "The Margaret Bourke White Story" (S 1:Ep 16)|
|Armstrong Circle Theatre||Lewis Benson||Episode: "Full Disclosure" (S 10:Ep 7) 5|
|Dow Hour of Great Mysteries||Jack Bailey 1|
|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)|
|1962–64||Search for Tomorrow||Dr. Everett Moore||Contract role|
|1963||Look Up and Live||Jim 1||Episode: "The Presence of Death" (S 3:Ep 12)|
|The DuPont Show of the Week||Joe Vanderling||Episode: "Diamond Fever" (S 2:Ep 13)|
|Armstrong Circle Theatre||Major Rickert||Episode: "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)|
|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 Poore||Episode: "The Night of the Hangman" (S 3:Ep 7)|
|1968||The F.B.I.||Bobby Devries||Episode: "The Predators" (S 3:Ep 25)|
|Judd, for the Defense||Art Barrows||Episode: "The Gates of Cerberus" (S 2:Ep 10)|
|1969||Mission: Impossible||Paul Trock||Episode: "Illusion" (S 3:Ep 24)|
|1970||The Silent Force||Guest||Episode: "The Hero" (S 1:Ep 2)|
|The Old Man Who Cried Wolf||Hudson F. Ewing||Made-for-TV Movie directed by Walter Grauman|
|1971||Night Gallery||Doctor Armstrong||Episode: "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar / The Last Laurel" (S 1:Ep 6–b)|
|Storefront Lawyers||Kendrick||Episode: "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. Enders||Episode: "Dead Pigeon" (S 1:Ep 8)|
|The Partners||Feeny||Episode: "Have I Got an Apartment for You!" (S 1:Ep 10)|
|The Mod Squad||Richard Clark||Episode: "Death of a Nobody" (S 4:Ep 13)|
|1972||Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law||Pierce||Episode: "Smiles from Yesterday" (S 1:Ep 21)|
|1972–73||McMillan & Wife||Deputy D.A. Chapman||Recurring|
|1975–78||The Six Million Dollar Man||Dr. Rudy Wells||Contract role|
|1976–78||The Bionic Woman|
|1981||General Hospital||Dr. Arthur Bradshaw||Contract role|
Robert Francis Vaughn was an American actor noted for his stage, film and television work. His best-known television roles include suave spy Napoleon Solo in the 1960s series The Man from U.N.C.L.E.; wealthy detective Harry Rule in the 1970s series The Protectors; Morgan Wendell in the 1978–79 mini series Centennial; formidable General Hunt Stockwell in the fifth season of the 1980s series The A-Team; and grifter and card sharp Albert Stroller in the British television drama series Hustle (2004–2012), for all but one of its 48 episodes. He also appeared in the British soap opera Coronation Street as Milton Fanshaw, a love interest for Sylvia Goodwin between January and February 2012.
Martin Caidin was an American author and an authority on aeronautics and aviation.
Lee Majors is an American film, television and voice actor. Majors is best known for portraying the characters of Heath Barkley in the American television Western series The Big Valley (1965–1969), Colonel Steve Austin in the American television science fiction action series The Six Million Dollar Man (1973–1978), and Colt Seavers in American television action series The Fall Guy (1981–1986).
Peter Franklin Hansen was an American actor, best known for his role as a lawyer Lee Baldwin, on the soap opera General Hospital, playing the role from 1965 to 1976, 1977 to 1986, briefly in 1990, and again from 1992 to 2004. In 1989, he appeared in the movie The War of the Roses with Danny DeVito, Kathleen Turner, and Michael Douglas.
Steve Austin is a science fiction character created by Martin Caidin for his 1972 novel, Cyborg. The lead character, Colonel Steve Austin, became an iconic 1970s television science fiction action hero, portrayed by American actor Lee Majors, in American television series The Six Million Dollar Man, which aired on the ABC network as a regular series for five seasons from 1974 to 1978. In the television series, Steve Austin takes on special high-risk government missions using his superhuman bionic powers. The television character Steve Austin became a pop culture icon of the 1970s.
Alan Louis Oppenheimer is an American actor and voice actor. He has performed numerous roles on live-action television since the 1960s, and has had an active career doing voice work in cartoons since the 1970s.
Cameron Mitchell, was an American film, television, and stage actor. He began his career on Broadway before transitioning into feature films in the 1950s, appearing in several major motion pictures. He would later become known for his roles in numerous exploitation films in the 1970s and 1980s.
Oscar Goldman is a fictional character created by Martin Caidin and introduced in his 1972 novel Cyborg. In the 1970s, he was portrayed by Richard Anderson in both The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman television series which were based upon Cyborg. He served as the bionic heroes', Steve Austin and Jaime Sommers, immediate superior.
Richard Norman Anderson was an American film and television actor. Among his best-known roles was his portrayal of Oscar Goldman, the boss of Steve Austin and Jaime Sommers in both The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman television series between 1974 and 1978 and their subsequent 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).
Bernard Terry Casey was an American actor, poet, and professional football player.
Cyborg is the title of a science fiction/secret agent novel, written by Martin Caidin, which was first published in 1972. The novel also included elements of speculative fiction, and was adapted as the television movie The Six Million Dollar Man, which was followed by a weekly series of the same title, both of which starred Lee Majors, and also inspired a spin-off, The Bionic Woman.
Bionic Woman is an American science fiction television drama that aired in 2007, which was created by David Eick, under NBC Universal Television Group, GEP Productions, and David Eick Productions. The series was a re-imagining of the original television series, The Bionic Woman, created by Kenneth Johnson, which in turn was based upon the novel Cyborg by Martin Caidin and its TV adaptation The Six Million Dollar Man, retaining its forebears' premise while taking on a more contemporary setting. David Eick also serves as executive producer alongside Laeta Kalogridis and Jason Smilovic. Production of the series was halted due to a strike by the Writers Guild of America causing only eight episodes to be aired. Following its failure to be included in the Fall 2008 schedule it was announced that the series was canceled as the result of low ratings.
Bionics is the application of biological methods and systems found in nature to the study and design of engineering systems and modern technology.
The Return of the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman is a made-for-television science fiction action film which originally aired on May 17, 1987 on NBC. The movie reunited the main casts of the television series The Six Million Dollar Man and its spin-off The Bionic Woman. Set 10 years after the events of those series, Steve Austin and Jaime Sommers are asked to come out of retirement and confront a paramilitary criminal organization called Fortress, Steve's estranged son Michael Austin, and their own past relationship. Series regular characters Oscar Goldman, head of the OSI, and Dr. Rudy Wells also star, along with a new characters OSI agent Jim Castillian and Lyle Stenning, leader of Fortress.
Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman is a made-for-television science fiction action film which originally aired on April 30, 1989 on NBC. The movie reunited the main casts of the television series The Six Million Dollar Man and its spin-off The Bionic Woman. It is notably the first television appearance of actress Sandra Bullock and the first film which strongly featured her. In the movie, a diplomatic crisis threatens world peace after an unknown bionic individual steals top secret information.
Bionic Ever After? is a made-for-television science fiction action film which originally aired on November 29, 1994 on CBS. The movie reunited the main casts of the television series The Six Million Dollar Man and its spin-off The Bionic Woman. Series regular characters Steve Austin and Jaime Sommers, Oscar Goldman, and Dr. Rudy Wells are featured along new characters Kimberly Harmon / Haviland, Carolyn MacNamara, John MacNamara, and Miles Kendrick. In the movie, the long-overdue wedding of Steve and Jaime is put in doubt when Jaime's bionic systems begin to fail and Steve is caught in a tense hostage situation.
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