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Rudy Bond

Rudy Bond (1951)



Rudy Bond was born Rudolph Bond in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1912.

Bond began acting on stage in Philadelphia around 1930 before joining the Army in 1942.   He fought in World War II, was injured, and discharged.

Bond won entrance into director Elia Kazan’s Actors Studio in New York City.   His first Broadway play was A Streetcar Named Desire.   He reprised his role in the 1951 film version with Vivien Leigh.

Bond continued to work on stage through 1982 when he died of a heart attack while rehearsing in Denver, Colorado.   He was 69 years old.

He made his film debut in a promotional piece for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union in 1950 at the age of 38.   He went on to appear in more than 20 feature films.

He married the psychologist and author Alma Halbert in 1948 and the couple raised three children.



A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire
  • A Streetcar Named Desire
  • 1951
  • A mentally fragile woman moves in with her sister and volatile husband.

    Elia Kazan directs Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando.

On the Waterfront

On the Waterfront
  • On the Waterfront
  • 1954
  • Marlon Brando stars as young man getting mixed up in a seamy longshoreman's union.

    Elia Kazan directs.

The Godfather

The Godfather
  • The Godfather
  • 1972
  • New York mafiosi erupt into an all-out war after the father of one family is hospitalized and his hot-head son takes over day-to-day operations.   Francis Ford Coppola directs Marlon Brando.
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