Brian Geoffrey Hutton (January 1, 1935[1] – August 19, 2014) was an American actor and film director whose notable credits are for the action films Where Eagles Dare (1968) and Kelly's Heroes (1970).

Brian G. Hutton
Brian Geoffrey Hutton

(1935-01-01)January 1, 1935
DiedAugust 19, 2014(2014-08-19) (aged 79)
OccupationFilm Director, actor
Years active1954–2014

Acting careerEdit

Hutton was born in New York City and studied at the Actors Studio.[1] He had a brief acting career between 1954 and 1962, including an appearance as an army deserter in the episode "Custer" in Gunsmoke (series 2, 1956). He played a young gunslinger, Billy Benson in season 2, episode 4 of "The Rifleman". He made two guest appearances on Perry Mason in 1957: as Rod Gleason in "The Case of the Sulky Girl" and as a parking attendant in "The Case of the Moth-Eaten Mink." His last television appearance was in the series Archer in 1975.[2]

In 1958, Hutton played a young gunfighter named The Kid in the episode "Yampa Crossing" of the western series Sugarfoot.[3][4] The following year, he portrayed a remorseful defendant on trial for causing a traffic death in Alfred Hitchcock Presents (the episode "Your Witness").[3]


Hutton made his debut as a director in 1965 with Wild Seed. For Where Eagles Dare, he tweaked the screenplay by Alistair MacLean to suit the acting styles of Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood. He also directed Eastwood for Kelly's Heroes.[1] He then directed Elizabeth Taylor in Zee and Co. (1972) and Night Watch (1973).[5]

Later life and deathEdit

Hutton quit film making in the 1980s and worked in real-estate.[1] He died in Los Angeles, California on August 19, 2014 at age 79, a week after suffering a heart attack. He was survived by his wife.[2][5][6]


Year Title Role Notes
1955 Good Morning, Miss Dove Student Actor, Uncredited
1957 Fear Strikes Out Bernie Sherwill Actor, Uncredited
1957 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Rick Actor
1957 Official Detective Branton Episode: "The Wristwatch"
1957 Carnival Rock Stanley Actor
1958 The Walter Winchell File Jerry Milner Episode: "The Bargain"
1958 The Case Against Brooklyn Jess Johnson Actor
1958 King Creole Sal Actor
1959 Last Train from Gun Hill Lee Smithers Actor
1959 The Big Fisherman John Actor
1962 Geronimo Indian scout Actor, Uncredited
1962 The Interns Dr. Joe Parelli Actor
1965 Wild Seed Director
1966 The Pad and How to Use It Director
1968 Sol Madrid Director
1968 Where Eagles Dare Director
1970 Kelly's Heroes Director
1972 Zee and Co. Director
1973 Night Watch Director
1980 The First Deadly Sin Director
1983 High Road to China Director


  1. ^ a b c d Anthony (August 25, 2014). "Obituary". The Times. London.
  2. ^ a b "Brian G. Hutton, Director of 'Kelly's Heroes' and 'Where Eagles Dare', Dies at 79". Retrieved 2014-08-20.
  3. ^ a b Brian G. Hutton on IMDb
  4. ^ ""Yampa Crossing", Sugarfoot, December 9, 1958". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Obituary,; accessed August 25, 2014.
  6. ^ Notice of death of Brian G. Hutton,; accessed August 24, 2014.

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