A wonderful man, and actor, has sadly passed away. It was recently learned that Bradford Dillman died after complications from battling pneumonia. He was 87 at the time of his death.
Dillman was famous for playing in numerous Hollywood blockbusters. He played opposite Clint Eastwood in the Dirty Harry movies, including The Enforcer and Sudden Impact. He also starred in Planet of the Apes.
Dillman was born in 1930 in San Francisco, California. He grew up spending his summers performing in local theater productions and grew to love acting at an early age. He made his Broadway debut in 1956, after attending Yale University.
He was a great student of acting. He studied at Lee Strasburg's school, the Actors Studio, alongside fellow classmates James Dean and Marilyn Monroe. Later in life he also played opposite Robert Redford in The Way We Were.
Dillman was a die-hard fan of the San Francisco 49ers. Later in his life, Dillman was invited in the late '70s by coach Bill Walsh and owner Eddie DeBartolo to sit in on NFL Draft sessions, and he gave the team a suggested pick for the next 20 years. He wrote a book about another NFL team, Inside the New York Giants, in 1995, according to reports.
He is survived by his children. Please join us in praying for them during this difficult time. Also, be sure to read our breaking news article about a famous world leader who just died in a helicopter crash while visiting New Mexico.