Michael Brandon

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

1945 (age 7374)[1]
EducationAmerican Academy of Dramatic Arts
Years active1967–present
Lindsay Wagner
(m. 1976; div. 1979)

Glynis Barber
(m. 1989)

Life and career

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 life

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]



1967The Unicorn
1969Goodbye ColumbusDartmouth
1970Lovers and Other StrangersMike
Jennifer on My MindMarcus Rottner
1971Four Flies on Grey VelvetRobert Tobias
1973Heavy TrafficStreet CatVoice
1978FMJeff Dugan
1979Promises in the DarkDr. Jim Sanderson
1980A Change of SeasonsPete Lachapelle
1981Rich and FamousMax (infamous mile-high scene)
1990Have a Nice NightTom Lepski
Want to Stay Alive?
Présumé dangereux
Try This One for Size
1997The Disappearance of Kevin JohnsonJeff Littman
Deja VuAlex
2001Contaminated ManWyles
Scooby-Doo and the Cyber ChaseSkeleton GladiatorVoice
2005Are You Ready For Love?Randy Bush
Calling All Engines!US NarratorVoice
DVD movie
2006The DetonatorCommander Flint
2009Me and Orson WellesLes Tremayne
Hero of the RailsUS NarratorVoice
DVD movie
Toscanini in His Own WordsWilfrid Pelletier
The Last Days of Lehman BrothersJamie Dimon
2010Misty Island RescueDiesel, NarratorUS voice
DVD movie
2011Captain America: The First AvengerSenator Brandt
Day of the DieselsDiesel, NarratorUS voice
DVD movie
2012Blue Mountain Mystery
2014Born of WarHarm Helder
2017The Time of Their LivesHarry Scheider


1969Medical CenterGuest
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
1971The Impatient Heart by Alvin SargeantFrank Pescadero
1972Owen Marshall, Counsellor at LawGuest
Love American Style
Strangers in 7ABilly
1973Love StoryGary StoneEpisode "Love Came Laughing"
The Third Girl From the LeftDavid
1974HitchikeKeith Miles
The Red Badge of CourageJim Conklin
Medical CenterDr. LenskoGuest role
1975Police SurgeonDr. Simon Locke
Queen of the Stardust BallroomDavid Asher
Cage Without a KeyBen Holian
Police StoryGuest
1976James DeanBill Blast
Scott FreeTony Scott
1977Red AlertCarl Wyche
1978The Comedy CompanyPaul Lester
1979A Vacation in HellAlan
1980A Perfect MatchSteve TriandosSupporting
1982Between Two BrothersLead
1983Venice MedicalPilot lead
St. ElsewhereTony Gifford
1983–84Emerald Point N.A.S.David Marquette
1984The Seduction of GinaKeith Sindell
1984–86Dempsey and MakepeaceLt. James Dempsey30 episodes
1985Deadly MessagesMichael Krasnick
1987Dennis Potter’s VisitorsEddie
1988Tales of the UnexpectedStephen Baker
Rock and Roll MomJeff Robins
1989Divided We StandBryan GibbsPilot Lead
1990The Care of TimeRobert Halliday
1991Dynasty: The ReunionArlen MarshallSeries regular
1992Home FiresTed KramerSeries lead[8]
1994Shattering the SilenceTed RicciEpisode: "Not in My Family"
1995Murder, She WroteAlex Weaver
1996Gone in a NightDavid Protess
1997Apocalypse Watch By Robert LudlamAmbassador CourtlandSupporting
The KnockPrincipalMini-series
1998Dark RealmGuest Lead
J.A.G.D.A. Nardoni, Col.Hegstetter
The NannyStan
Ally McBealD.A. Dawson
1999CI5: The New ProfessionalsDr. Woods
Jonathan CreekCapt. Frank Candy
The PracticeD.A. Dawson
2001The DivisionJudge Stone
2002The Lost BattalionGeneral AlexanderSupporting
DinotopiaFrank Scott
2003Ed Stone is DeadDad
2003–2012Thomas & Friends (US version)Narrator (2003–2012), Diesel (2010–2012)US voices
2004The Catherine Tate ShowThe Botox Skit
HawkingArno Penzias
2005Dead Man WedsChuck Newman
2006Miss Marple The Sittaford MysteryMartin Zimmerman
The Catherine Tate ShowThe Botox BreastsSeason 2
Trial and RetributionMax Stanford/ProfilerEpisode: "XI: Closure"
2007CasualtyMike Barnicott
The BillLouis Dreyfuss4 episodes
Doctor WhoGeneral SanchezEpisode: "The Stolen Earth"
2009After You've GoneBill Tucker
BonesRoger Frampton
New TricksColonel NortonS6:E2 The Truth Is Out There
2010Shades of LoveConrad
HustleMarcus Wendell
2012American InvitationNarrator and Presenter
Mr. SelfridgeFW Woolworth
2012–17EpisodesElliot Salad
2013Stepping OutSelf, with Glynis Barber
Death in Paradise Joel Maurice
2016Tracey Ullman's ShowHal
2017Tracey Breaks the NewsRich1 episode
2017LoadedLeslie 'The Emperor'3 episodes

Video games

2017Star Wars: Battlefront IIAdditional voices


  1. "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. "Michael Brandon Biography (1945-)". www.filmreference.com.
  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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