Brian G. Hutton

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)
Occupation(s)Film 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 played twins in an episode of Have Gun Will Travel as Adam and Sam M.


Hutton made his debut as a director in 1965 with Wild Seed starring Michael Parks.[5]

His first studio film was The Pad and How to Use It (1966) produced by Ross Hunter, shot in 19 days.[6]

Hutton then did Sol Madrid (1967) for producer Elliot Kastner. Kastner hired Hutton to direct Where Eagles Dare, from a screenplay by Alistair MacLean at MGM starring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood. It was a huge success.[7]

MGM hired Hutton to direct Clint Eastwood again in Kelly's Heroes.[1]

He then directed Elizabeth Taylor in Zee and Co. (1972) and Night Watch (1973).[8] He was going to do Sleep is for the Rich for Kastner but it was never made.[9] In November 1972 Martin Poll announced he would direct The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing but he did not make the final movie.[10]


After Night Watch came out in 1973, Hutton stopped making films for seven years because he lost his enthusiasm for it.[11]

It wasn’t something I wanted to do to begin with – not my life’s work... When I finished the second Elizabeth Taylor picture I thought, ‘Well, what am I wasting my life doing this for?' I mean, a gorilla could have made those movies. All I had to do was yell ‘Action’ and ‘Cut-Print’ because everybody was doing what they had to do anyway.[11]

— Brian G. Hutton

Temporary return to filmmakingEdit

He came back at the behest of Elliot Kastner who needed a director to replace Roman Polanski on The First Deadly Sin (1980) with Frank Sinatra.[12] Hutton then made High Road to China (1983) with Tom Selleck.

Hutton retired from making films altogether in the 1980s and began working 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][8]


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 Perry Mason Rod Gleason Episode: "The Case of the Sulky Girl"
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 at IMDb
  4. ^ ""Yampa Crossing", Sugarfoot, December 9, 1958". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
  5. ^ Obituary: Brian G Hutton: Director who created two great popular film classics - Kelly's Heroes and Where Eagles Dare Bergan, Ronald. The Guardian; London (UK) [London (UK)]09 Sep 2014: 39.
  6. ^ Martin, Betty (Oct 2, 1965). "Ross Gambling on Unknowns". Los Angeles Times. p. A9.
  7. ^ Preview: a young director and his $9 million cliff-hanger: 'Chat' pictures 'What's that?' 'Positive' alternatives By Roderick Nordell. The Christian Science Monitor 7 Mar 1969: 4.
  8. ^ a b Obituary,; accessed August 25, 2014.
  9. ^ Drive, Gene Hackman Said: Drive, Gene Hackman Said By A. H. WEILER. New York Times 6 Feb 1972: D15.
  10. ^ Hutton for 'Cat' The Christian Science Monitor24 Nov 1972: 6.
  11. ^ a b "Brian G Hutton. Film Director. January 1, 1935 - August 19, 2014. Aged 79". Daily Express. 30 August 2014. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  12. ^ Brian G Hutton Pendreigh, Brian. The Herald; Glasgow (UK) [Glasgow (UK)]30 Aug 2014: 18.

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