Rudy Bond

Biography

Rudolph Bond (10 October 1912 - 29 March 1982) was an American actor who was active from 1947 until his death. His work spanned Broadway, Hollywood and US television. Biography Bond was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the second youngest of five children. He was raised in urban Philadelphia by his mother. 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. At age 16 Bond was introduced to the world of acting. 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 in the John Golden Award for Actors, 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 (Streetcar), 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 Bond met Alma Halbert when she auditioned for a Neighborhood Players role. He was 25, she was 15. They were married in 1948. They had three children: fraternal twins Jonathan and Janet [Brill], and Zane. Alma went on to have a successful career on her own, as an analytical psychologist and author. She published sixteen books, and numerous articles both about psychiatry and about her Hollywood experiences. Bond died 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). Cause of death was heart attack. Bond wrote an autobiography but it was not completed before he died. Alma completed it, added an introduction, and had it published in 2000. Acting credits Film 1950 - With These Hands 1951 - A Streetcar Named Desire 1953 - Miss Sadie Thompson 1954 - On The Waterfront 1957 - Nightfall - 12 Angry Men - The Brothers Rico - The Hard Man 1958 - Run Silent, Run Deep 1959 - Middle of the Night 1960 - Because They're Young - The Mountain Road - BUtterfield 8 1970 - Hercules in New York - Move 1971 - Mr. Forbush and the Penguins - Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? 1972 - The Godfather 1974 - The Super Cops - The Taking of Pelham One Two Three 1979 - The Rose New York stage credits 1947: O'Daniel A Streetcar Named Desire 1950: The Bird Cage 1951: Romeo and Juliet Glad Tidings 1952: Golden Boy Fiorello! After the Fall 1967: Illya Darling 1968: A Mother's Kisses 1972: Night Watch

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Birth Name

Rudolph Bond

Birth Place

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Birth Date

10/1/1912

Death Date

3/29/1982
Known For
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Hercules in New York

Ship Captain

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The Mountain Road

Sgt. Miller

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The Hard Man

John Rodman

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Because They're Young

Chris

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Nel mezzo della notte

Gould

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Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?

Newsdealer

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Nightfall

Red - a gangster, John's accomplice

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The Super Cops

Policeman (uncredited)

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Cry of the Penguins

3rd Pilot (as Richard Bond)

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Miss Sadie Thompson

Pvt. Hodges

Starring In
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The Godfather Supplements

Don Carmine Cuneo (archive footage)

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The Rose

Monty

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The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three

Police Commissioner

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The Super Cops

Policeman (uncredited)

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The Godfather

Cuneo

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Cry of the Penguins

3rd Pilot (as Richard Bond)

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Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?

Newsdealer

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Hercules in New York

Ship Captain

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Butterfield 8

Big Man (uncredited)

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The Mountain Road

Sgt. Miller

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Because They're Young

Chris

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Nel mezzo della notte

Gould

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Run Silent, Run Deep

Petty Officer 1st Class Cullen

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12 Angry Men

Judge (uncredited)

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Nightfall

Red - a gangster, John's accomplice

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The Hard Man

John Rodman

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The Brothers Rico

Charlie Gonzales

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On the Waterfront

Moose

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Miss Sadie Thompson

Pvt. Hodges

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A Streetcar Named Desire

Steve

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