Brandon Tynan

Brandon Tynan (1875-1967) born James William Tynan[3] was an Irish-born American stage and screen actor. In his early stage career he appeared with Alla Nazimova on Broadway in her early years after migrating from Russia. He may have been briefly romantically involved with her. He was married to Caroline Whyte, a daughter of Isadore Rush, who died in 1918 and later to actress Lily Cahill.[4]

Brandon Tynan
James William Tynan

April 11, 1875
DiedMarch 19, 1967
New York
Resting placeWoodlawn Cemetery (Bronx, New York)
Years active1900-1941
Spouse(s)Caroline Whyte(died 1918)[1]
Lily Cahill[2]

Tynan appeared in films beginning in 1923 in silents. His last film appearance was in 1941. During his tenure in films he continued to appear in plays until 1936.

Brandon Tynan died in New York on March 19, 1967 aged 91.[5][6][7]


Year Title Role Notes
1923SuccessBarry Carleton
1923Loyal LivesDan O'Brien
1925Unrestrained YouthJohn Powers
1937Sh! The OctopusCaptain Cobb
1937Wells FargoEdwards - Newspaper Publisher
1938The Girl of the Golden WestThe Professor
1938Youth Takes a FlingTad
1938Nancy Drew... DetectiveDr. Raymond 'Ray' SpiresUncredited
1939The Great Man VotesChester Ainslee
1939The Lone Wolf Spy HuntSenator Carson
1939Almost a GentlemanJason Troop
1939The Lady and the MobMayor Jones
1939Remember?Judge ShermanUncredited
1940Dr. Ehrlich's Magic BulletDoctorUncredited
1940Virginia CityTrenholmUncredited
1940It All Came TrueMr. Van Diver
1940Lucky PartnersMr. Sylvester
1940I Want a DivorceJudge WilliamsUncredited
1940Rangers of FortuneHomer Granville Clayborn
1941Marry the Boss's DaughterMr. Dawson(final film role)


  1. Caroline Whyte at
  2. Lily Cahill at
  3. James William Tynan;(birth name);
  4. Tynan bio, by Hans Wollstein
  5. Brandon Tynan ,
  6. Silent Film Necrology, p.532 2ndEdition by Eugene M. Vazzana c.2001
  7. Who Was Who on Screen, p.463 2ndEdition c.1977 by Evelyn Mack Truitt
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