Bradford Dillman

  1. Tom Tryon, The Cardinal, 1963.      The sudden blip in producer-director-ogre Otto Preminger’s track record was caused by lamentable casting. Tyron, happier later as a novelist, was never the actor Otto tried to force him to be… during the rise and rise of the titular Vatican favourite, reportedly based on New York’s powerful (and Senator Joe McCarthy loving) Cardinal Spellman. Preminger tested three bores Tyron, Dillman, Cliff Robertson, considered total opposites Hugh O’Brian, Stuart Whitman and, according to Tyron, refused the better Albert Finney, Peter O’Toole, even the (way too old) Gregory Peck.

 Birth year: 1930Death year: 2018Other name: Casting Calls:  1