Rudy Bond

Rudolph Bond (October 10, 1912 – March 29, 1982) was an American actor who was active from 1947 until his death. His work spanned Broadway, Hollywood and US television.[1]

Rudolph Bond
Born(1912-10-10)October 10, 1912
DiedMarch 29, 1982(1982-03-29) (aged 69)
Other namesRudy Bond
OccupationActor, author
Years active1950–1981
Spouse(s)Alma Halbert (1948-1982; his death)

Early life

Bond was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the second youngest of five children. He was raised in urban Philadelphia by his mother.[2] He was educated in Philadelphia schools, and eventually received a BA degree from Central High, the only school in the nation certificated to grant such degrees.

Bond was introduced to the world of acting at the age of 16. He was playing basketball with a group of friends when Julie Sutton, the director of a city amateur acting group (Neighborhood Players, which performed in the same building as the basketball area) approached the group and asked if anybody wanted to be in an upcoming play. He volunteered, and acted in several plays before leaving Philadelphia to join the United States Army. He spent four years in the army, was wounded while serving in World War II, and returned to Philadelphia upon his discharge.

Acting career

He continued acting in the Neighborhood Players until 1945, when he won second prize[3] in the John Golden Award for Actors,[4] which allowed him to enroll in Elia Kazan's Actor's Studio in New York City. Kazan got him a substantial role in two stage productions. After his success in the second (A Streetcar Named Desire), he was invited to Hollywood to recreate his stage role in the movie version. In 1951 he appeared in "Romeo and Juliet" at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York and in 1960 he toured in "Fiorello" (which starred Tom Bosley). He spent the next thirty years bouncing between California and New York, and between movie and television work.

Personal life

Bond met Alma Halbert when she auditioned for a Neighborhood Players role. He was 25, she was 15. They were married in 1948.[5][6] They had three children: fraternal twins[7] Jonathan and Janet [Brill], and Zane.[8]

Alma went on to have a successful career on her own, as an analytical psychologist and author. She published sixteen books,[9] and numerous articles both about psychiatry and about her Hollywood experiences.

Bond died of a heart attack in Denver, Colorado, outside the box office of a theater where the next day he was scheduled to begin appearing in a production of What the Babe Said (he was to portray Babe Ruth).[10]

Bond wrote an autobiography[11] but it was not completed before he died. Alma completed it, added an introduction, and had it published in 2000.

Acting credits


Television credits

Bond appeared in over 100 TV shows.[12] Episodes in which he is credited include:[13]

  • 1952: 2 series
  • 1954: 2 series
  • 1955: 2 series
  • 1956: 6 series
  • 1957: 2 series
  • 1958: 5 series
  • 1959: 3 series
  • 1961: 1 series
  • 1962: 1 series
  • 1963: 5 series
  • 1964: 3 series
  • 1966: 1 series
  • 1967: 1 series
  • 1969: 2 series
  • 1973: 1 series
  • 1974: 2 series
  • 1976: 1 series
  • 1977: 2 series
  • 1978: 3 series
  • 1979: 3 series

New York stage credits


  2. Alma H. Bond, I Rode A Streetcar Named Desire (Introduction, p. 11)
  3. I Rode . . , p. 14
  4. I Rode . . , p. 10
  5. Alma H. Bond, p. 11
  6. Internet Movie Data Base entry for Rudy Bond gives marriage date as 1947
  7. AllMovie website for Jonathan Bond, accessed 4 October 2009
  8. Alma H. Bond, p. 12
  9. "Margaret Mahler, A Biography of the Psychoanalyst" (Finalist Best Books Award 2008 USA Book News, Finalist 2008 Foreword Magazine, Book of the Year)Who Killed Virginia Woolf? A Psychobiography (1989); Dream Portrait (1992); America's First Woman Warrior: The Courage of Deborah Sampson (1992); Is There Life After Analysis? (1993); On Becoming A Grandparent (1994); Profiles of Key West (1997); The Autobiography of Maria Callas: A Novel (1998) (First runner-up Hemingway Days First Novel contest); Tales of Psychotherapy: Short Stories To Make You Wise (2002); and Camille Claudel: A Novel (2005). From http://
  10. Alma H. Bond, p. 11
  11. I Rode A Streetcar Named Desire, Alma Bond and Rudy Bond, Birch Book Press (2000), ISBN 0-913559-58-X
  12. Alma H. Bond, p. 12
  14. Broadway World performer listing, accessed 4 October 2009
  15. Alma H. Bond, p. 10
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