Shelley Berman

  1. Richard Attenborough, A Severed Head, 1969.    A company called Fitzroy Films was first to obtain rights to the Iris Murdoch-J B Priestley play (based on her book) and it passed through many other producers – Joseph Janni, James Woolf,  etc – before arriving on-screen.  Fitzroy, however, had the genial idea of having the excellent stand-up Shelley Berman playing the shrink Palmer Anderson – the only American in the tale.  Anderson was later offered to Marlon Brando, Richard Burton and Laurence Harvey before a thoroughly mis-cast Darling Dickie Attenborough,  by which time Palmer was no longer American.  Obviously.

 Birth year: 1925Death year: 2017Other name: Casting Calls:  1