The Los Angeles Times has reported that Richard Bradford, the Texas born actor who is best known for the 1960s British series “Man in a Suitcase” has died. He was 78 years old.
Bradford got his training at the actors studio, and began his work on stage before being cast by Arthur Penn in the 1966 movie “The Chase.” It is this film that led to Lew Grade casting Bradford in the British series “Man in a Suitcase.”
Bradford did extensive work in television for the remainder of the sixties and for most of the seventies. He appeared on “Medical Center,” “Marcus Welby MD,” “High Chaparral,” “Kojak,” and other popular American TV programs. He also acted in many movies, including “Goin’ South,” “Missing,” “The Escape Artist,” “The Trip to Bountiful,” and “The Untouchables.” He had a recurring role on “Cagney and Lacey” during the 80s and remained active in film and television through the 90s and into the 2000s.
An actor who began as a handsome leading man and grew into character roles, Bradford remained a solid, steady, accomplished actor who was able to play a variety of parts and in different genres. Mr. Bradford is survived by his son Richard Bradford III, his longtime partner, actress Millie Perkins, his step-daughters Hedy Hutcheson and Lillie Thom, and four grandchildren.