Oscar Actors: De Wilde, Brandon

Born Andre Brandon De Wilde in Brooklyn, New York on April 9, 1942; died in 1973.

The son of stage manager and actress, he made his Broadway debut at seven in “The Member of the Wedding” (1949) to great critical acclaim. He was the first child to win the Donaldson Award for an outstanding stage performance, which he played for 492 times before repeating it in the 1952 film version, directed by Fred Zinnemann.

De Wilde became internationally famous the next year as the child nominated for Oscar for the classic Western, “Shane.”

In 1953-4, he starred in his own TV series, “Jamie.” He later played youthful roles, most memorably in “Blue Denim,” “All Fall Down,” and “Hud.”

De Wilde died at 30, as a result of injuries suffered in a traffic accident near Denver, where he was to appear in a stage production of “Butterflies Are Free.”

Oscar Alert

In 1953, Brandon De Wilde competed for the Best Supporting Oscar with Jack Palance also for “Shane,” Eddie Albert in “Roman Holiday,” Frank Sinatra (who won) in “From Here to Eternity,” and Robert Strauss in “Stalag 17.”


Member of the Wedding, 1952
Shane, 1953
Goodbye My Lady, 1956
Night Passage, 1957
The Missouri Traveler, 1958
Blue Denim, 1959
All Fall Down, 1962
Hud, 1963
Those Calloways, 1965
In Harm's Way, 1965
The Deserter (US/Spain) 1971
Wild in the Sky/Black Jack 1972