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Michael Brandon (born Michael Feldman; 1945)[1] is an American actor. He is known for his role as James Dempsey in the British drama series Dempsey and Makepeace (1985–86). His theatre credits include the original Broadway production of Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? (1969), and playing Jerry Springer in the West End production of Jerry Springer: The Opera (2003–04).

Michael Brandon
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Michael Brandon (above) in Red Alert, 1977
Michael Feldman

1945 (age 73–74)[1]
EducationAmerican Academy of Dramatic Arts
Years active1967–present
Lindsay Wagner
(m. 1976; div. 1979)

Glynis Barber
(m. 1989)

Life and careerEdit

Brandon was born Michael Feldman in Brooklyn, New York, to Miriam (née Tumen) and Sol Feldman.[2][3] At age nine, he and his family (brother Elliot and sister Debra Lynne) moved to Valley Stream, New York where he attended Memorial Junior High and graduated from Valley Stream Central High School. Brandon then attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and made his debut on Broadway before turning to cinema.[4] He is of Jewish extraction.[5]

Brandon starred in the TV series Dempsey and Makepeace and Dinotopia, the movies Quattro mosche di velluto grigio (1971), F.M. (1978), A Vacation In Hell (1979) and A Change of Seasons (1980), and the plays Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? and Jerry Springer - The Opera. Since moving to the UK, Brandon has worked in TV on such shows as The Bill, Trial and Retribution, and Dead Man Weds. He also played the title role in the musical Jerry Springer: The Opera for over a year in the National Theatre and after its transfer into the West End. Brandon starred in Singin' in the Rain in the summer of 2012.

In 2004, he portrayed Nobel Prize winner Arno Penzias in the BBC TV movie Hawking about physicist Stephen Hawking's early career at the University of Cambridge and was the US narrator of Thomas & Friends from 2004 to 2012. In February 2008 he began his talk radio show on City Talk, a new local radio station in Liverpool.[6] In 2008 he appeared in the Series 4 finale of the BBC's Doctor Who, as General Sanchez, a UNIT officer. Also in 2008 he appeared in the television series Bones, as Roger Frampton, an American millionaire.

In 2011, Brandon guest-starred in an episode of the BBC1 con drama Hustle as Marcus Wendell (series 7, episode 3). Also in 2011 he was seen in a supporting role in the film Captain America: The First Avenger as a politician who befriends the titular character. In September 2013 he appeared in the ITV dancing show Stepping Out with wife Glynis Barber. In 2017, he collaborated with producer/director Guy Masterson to create his autobiographical stand-up comedy, Off Ramps which hit at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Personal lifeEdit

In the early 1970s Brandon was in a relationship with the actress Kim Novak. From 1976 to 1979, Brandon was married to actress Lindsay Wagner.[3] He has been married to actress Glynis Barber, with whom he co-starred in Dempsey & Makepeace, since 1989. They remain in the United Kingdom.[3] Together, Brandon and Barber have a son, Alex.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
1967 The Unicorn
1969 Goodbye Columbus Dartmouth
1970 Lovers and Other Strangers Mike
Jennifer on My Mind Marcus Rottner
1971 Four Flies on Grey Velvet Robert Tobias
1973 Heavy Traffic Street Cat Voice
1978 FM Jeff Dugan
1979 Promises in the Dark Dr. Jim Sanderson
1980 A Change of Seasons Pete Lachapelle
1981 Rich and Famous Max (infamous mile-high scene)
1990 Have a Nice Night Tom Lepski
Want to Stay Alive?
Présumé dangereux
Try This One for Size
1997 The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson Jeff Littman
Deja Vu Alex
2001 Contaminated Man Wyles
Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase Skeleton Gladiator Voice
2005 Are You Ready For Love? Randy Bush
Calling All Engines! US Narrator Voice
DVD movie
2006 The Detonator Commander Flint
2009 Me and Orson Welles Les Tremayne
Hero of the Rails US Narrator Voice
DVD movie
Toscanini in His Own Words Wilfrid Pelletier
The Last Days of Lehman Brothers Jamie Dimon
2010 Misty Island Rescue Diesel, Narrator US voice
DVD movie
2011 Captain America: The First Avenger Senator Brandt
Day of the Diesels Diesel, Narrator US voice
DVD movie
2012 Blue Mountain Mystery
2014 Born of War Harm Helder
2017 The Time of Their Lives Harry Scheider


Year Title Role Notes
1969 Medical Center Guest
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
1971 The Impatient Heart by Alvin Sargeant Frank Pescadero
1972 Owen Marshall, Counsellor at Law Guest
Love American Style
Strangers in 7A Billy
1973 Love Story Gary Stone Episode "Love Came Laughing"
The Third Girl From the Left David
1974 Hitchike Keith Miles
The Red Badge of Courage Jim Conklin
Medical Center Dr. Lensko Guest role
1975 Police Surgeon Dr. Simon Locke
Queen of the Stardust Ballroom David Asher
Cage Without a Key Ben Holian
Police Story Guest
1976 James Dean Bill Blast
Scott Free Tony Scott
1977 Red Alert Carl Wyche
1978 The Comedy Company Paul Lester
1979 A Vacation in Hell Alan
1980 A Perfect Match Steve Triandos Supporting
1982 Between Two Brothers Lead
1983 Venice Medical Pilot lead
St. Elsewhere Tony Gifford
1983–84 Emerald Point N.A.S. David Marquette
1984 The Seduction of Gina Keith Sindell
1984–86 Dempsey and Makepeace Lt. James Dempsey 30 episodes
1985 Deadly Messages Michael Krasnick
1987 Dennis Potter’s Visitors Eddie
1988 Tales of the Unexpected Stephen Baker
Rock and Roll Mom Jeff Robins
1989 Divided We Stand Bryan Gibbs Pilot Lead
1990 The Care of Time Robert Halliday
1991 Dynasty: The Reunion Arlen Marshall Series regular
1992 Home Fires Ted Kramer Series lead[8]
1994 Shattering the Silence Ted Ricci Episode: "Not in My Family"
1995 Murder, She Wrote Alex Weaver
1996 Gone in a Night David Protess
1997 Apocalypse Watch By Robert Ludlam Ambassador Courtland Supporting
The Knock Principal Mini-series
1998 Dark Realm Guest Lead
J.A.G. D.A. Nardoni, Col.Hegstetter
The Nanny Stan
Ally McBeal D.A. Dawson
1999 CI5: The New Professionals Dr. Woods
Jonathan Creek Capt. Frank Candy
The Practice D.A. Dawson
2001 The Division Judge Stone
2002 The Lost Battalion General Alexander Supporting
Dinotopia Frank Scott
2003 Ed Stone is Dead Dad
2003-2005 Thomas & Friends (US version) Narrator (2003-2005) US voices (2004-2005)
2004 The Catherine Tate Show The Botox Skit
Hawking Arno Penzias
2005 Dead Man Weds Chuck Newman
2006 Miss Marple The Sittaford Mystery Martin Zimmerman
The Catherine Tate Show The Botox Breasts Season 2
Trial and Retribution Max Stanford/Profiler Episode: "XI: Closure"
2007 Casualty Mike Barnicott
The Bill Louis Dreyfuss 4 episodes
2008 Bewitched Rex
Doctor Who General Sanchez Episode: "The Stolen Earth"
2009 After You've Gone Bill Tucker
Bones Roger Frampton
New Tricks Colonel Norton S6:E2 The Truth Is Out There
2010 Shades of Love Conrad
Hustle Marcus Wendell
2012 American Invitation Narrator and Presenter
Mr. Selfridge FW Woolworth
2012–17 Episodes Elliot Salad
2013 Stepping Out Self, with Glynis Barber
Death in Paradise Joel Maurice
2014 Blandings Grumman
2016 Tracey Ullman's Show Hal
2017 Tracey Breaks the News Rich 1 episode
2017 Loaded Leslie 'The Emperor' 3 episodes

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Star Wars: Battlefront II Additional voices


  1. ^ a b "The Jerry Springer rollercoaster". The Telegraph. October 14, 2003. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  2. ^ "The Jerry Springer rollercoaster". The Telegraph. October 14, 2003. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Michael Brandon Biography (1945-)".
  4. ^ Films and Filming. Hansom Books. 1973. p. 67.
  5. ^ Leslie Bunder (3 August 2007), "Meet Michael Brandon",SomethingJewish. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Radio City Talk - Rock, Sport & Talk". Radio City Talk.
  7. ^ "Posing for this stunning picture as they step out for a new TV dance contest, Dempsey And Makepeace's Michael Brandon and Glynis Barber reveal why their unlikely showbiz marriage has lasted against the odds".
  8. ^ Home Fires. USA: IMDb. 1992.

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