Patrick O’Neal

  1. Jeffrey Hunter, Star Trek: The Cage, TV, 1964.
  2. Marlon Brando, Reflections In A Golden Eye, 1967.  Marlon Brando had been first choice for UK director Tony Richardson’s plan (with Jeanne Moreau) in the early 50s. But now Brando was sixth… after Montgomery Clift, William Holden, Lee Marvin, Robert Mitchum, Patrick O’Neal. Or. in fact, seventh, as another Brit,  Michael Anderson, wanted Burt Lancaster in 1956 as the same Major Weldon Penderton, the sexual mess, married but fancying the pants off Private Williams  (when he had them on).  Out of work for four years or so, Clift was uninsurable. “Bessie Mae” (Elizabeth Taylor) put up the $1m bond money for a 60s version, with Burton directing and playing Lieutenant-Colonel Langdon.  But nobody, including Clift, felt he could act anymore. Brando was superb.


 Birth year: 1927Death year: 1994Other name: Casting Calls:  2