Actor John Brandon

John Edward Barandon (June 21, 1929 – August 25, 2014) was an American film and television actor.

Born in Rego Park, New York. Brandon served in the army from 1952 to 1954, where he was a veteran of the Korean War. He made his television debut in 1960, as appearing in the British sitcom television series BBC Sunday-Night Play. Brandon has also made his film debut in 1966, as appearing in the film Arrivederci, Baby!, where he played the role of the “Radio Engineer”.

Later in his career, Brandon guest-starred in numerous television programs, including, Gunsmoke, Archie Bunker’s Place, Three’s Company, Fantasy Island, Diff’rent Strokes, The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, Man in a Suitcase, Frasier, All in the Family, Hazel, Little House on the Prairie, Private Practice, Murder, She Wrote, Eight Is Enough, Doctor Who, Cagney & Lacey and The Greatest American Hero. He also appeared and co-starred in films, such as, Scarface, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, The Brink’s Job, Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas, Racing with the Moon, Battle Beneath the Earth and The Broken Hearts Club.

In 1988, Brandon played the role of the corrupt officer “Captain William Handler” for the final season of the American soap opera television series Dynasty. After that, he played the role of “Ben Maclaine”, the husband of “Helen Maclaine” (Tippi Hedren) in The Bold and the Beautiful. Brandon has also played the role of “Ken Mahoney” in Days of Our Lives, from 1978.

Brandon retired his career in 2007, last appearing in the medical drama television series Private Practice. He died in August 2014 in Middle Village, New York, at the age of 85. Brandon was buried at St. John Cemetery in Middle Village, New York.



Year Title Role Notes
1965 Songs of the American Civil War TV Movie
1966 Arrivederci, Baby! Radio Engineer
1967 Battle Beneath the Earth Major Frank Cannon
1967 Billion Dollar Brain Jim
1968 Isadora Gospel Billy
1969 The Adding Machine First Cell Jailer
1973 Serpico Police Lieutenant uncredited
1975 Miles to Go Before I Sleep Bartender TV Movie
1977 Fun with Dick and Jane Peter Winston
1978 The Brink’s Job F.B.I. Agent
1980 The Night the City Screamed George Carmody TV Movie
1982 A Question of Honor Horne TV Movie
1983 Scarface Immigration Officer #3 (Harry)
1984 Racing with the Moon Mr. Kaiser
1985 Seduced Executive TV Movie
1985 The Steel Collar Man General TV Movie
1985 Badge of the Assassin Court Clerk #2 TV Movie
1986 Triplecross Warden TV Movie
1994 Confessions of a Hitman Older N.S.A. Agent
1994 Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas Jim TV Movie
1998 The Lake Buddy #1 TV Movie
2000 The Broken Hearts Club Mickey
2000 The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle General Admission


Year Title Role Notes
1960 BBC Sunday-Night Play Captain Coombe 1 episode
1960 ITV Television Playhouse A Man 1 episode
1963 The Dakotas Townsman 1 episode
1963 Hazel Ben Cook 1 episode
1965 Court Martial Corporal Grabowski 1 episode
1965 The Wednesday Play Sergeant Musso 1 episode
1965 Mogul George Reugen 2 episodes
1965 Theatre 625 American General 1 episode
1966 Thirteen Against Fate John 1 episode
1966 Doctor Who American Sergeant 1 episode
1966 The Lost Peace 3 episodes
1966 The Rat Catchers Second American 1 episode
1967–1968 Vendetta Bill/John Tarrant 2 episodes
1967 Man in a Suitcase Philip Kane 1 episode
1968 Virgin of the Secret Service Sheriff 1 episode
1968 The Champions Air Controller 1 episode
1969 Gunsmoke Timmons 1 episode
1971 The Interns Dr. Blithe 1 episode
1976 Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman Doug the Cop 1 episode
1976 Wonder Woman Sergeant Stransky 1 episode
1977 Little House on the Prairie Freighter 1 episode
1977 All in the Family Cop 1 episode
1977 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries 1 episode
1977 The Bionic Woman Promoter 1 episode
1978 Days of Our Lives Ken Mahoney unknown episodes
1979 Carter Country Sergeant 1 episode
1979 Eight Is Enough Eddie Grabbis 1 episode
1980 Fantasy Island Bobby 1 episode
1981 The Greatest American Hero Admiral Bailey 1 episode
1981–1982 Hill Street Blues Detective Walsh 4 episodes
1981 Archie Bunker’s Place Policeman Benson 1 episode
1981–1983 Diff’rent Strokes The Policeman/Detective Henson 2 episodes
1981 Goliath Awaits Chief Engineer 2 episodes
1981 Knots Landing Crowell 1 episode
1982 Three’s Company Captain James 1 episode
1982 CHiPs Salesman 1 episode
1982 Knight Rider Police Captain 1 episode
1982 Voyagers! Mover 1 episode
1983 Lottery! 1 episode
1984 Riptide Security Guard 1 episode
1984 Matt Houston Captain 1 episode
1984 Hardcastle and McCormick Boner 1 episode
1984–1986 Airwolf Zeus 3 episodes
1984 Cagney & Lacey Lt. Donitz 1 episode
1985 Murder, She Wrote Ernie 1 episode
1985 Scarecrow and Mrs. King Detective Barr 1 episode
1986 Brothers Inspector 1 episode
1986 Tales from the Darkside Lt. Wright 1 episode
1987 One Big Family Bob Rafferty 1 episode
1988 Webster Larry Brock 1 episode
1988–1989 Dynasty Captain William Handler 9 episodes
1988 CBS Summer Playhouse Desk Sargeant 1 episode
1990–1991 The Bold and the Beautiful Ben Maclaine 106 episodes
1991 The Wonder Years Philip Arnold 1 episode
1992 Civil Wars Cop 1 episode
1993 Frasier Harry the Cop 1 episode
1996 The Client Brent 1 episode
1996 Townies Older Man 1 episode
1998 Melrose Place Judge 1 episode
2005 Charmed Elderly Father 1 episode
2007 Private Practice Nate 1 episode

External Links

Actor John Brandon – Wikipedia

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