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Marden Andrew McBroom
January 6, 1914
Kankakee, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||May 3, 1976 (aged 62)|
Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Cynthia Sory (1943-1962) (her death) 1 child, and another child|
David Bruce (January 6, 1914 – May 3, 1976) was an American film actor, known for his chilling performance as Ted Allison in The Mad Ghoul. He was a company member of Peninsula Players Theatre in Fish Creek, Wisconsin in 1939.
Born in Kankakee, Illinois, he signed a movie contract with Warner Brothers in 1940. The Northwestern University graduate appeared in many movies from the 1940s until 1955 when Bruce decided to give up acting. The 6' 1" (1.85 m) actor appeared in over 60 movies including Flying Tigers (1942), Christmas Holiday (1944) and Lady on a Train (1945).
He was the father of singer-songwriter Amanda McBroom, who wrote the song The Rose, made popular by Bette Midler. His daughter wrote a tribute to her father in a song titled "Errol Flynn." He was also the father of John Jolliffe, a psychologist in Orange County, CA.
Life and career
Marden Andrew McBroom was known as "Andy" to his friends. McBroom entered Northwestern University in 1934 intending to study law but became a drama major. He met his future wife, Cynthia Sory when she directed him in a Northwestern University production of Henry IV.
In 1940, after extensive travel for theater work, McBroom made his way to California and signed with a Hollywood agent, Henry Willson. The agent changed his name to David Bruce and got him a stock contract at Warner Brothers. Bruce's first role was in the Errol Flynn movie The Sea Hawk (1940). Bruce was released from his Warner's contract to join the Naval Air Force at the outset of World War II, but he was discharged due to a chronic ear infection. After appearing in the John Wayne movie Flying Tigers (1942), Universal Pictures offered him a long-term contract. At the war's end, Universal did not renew Bruce's contract. During the 1950s, Bruce acted in several Columbia pictures, appeared on television, and wrote for television.
Bruce withdrew from acting after 1956. His wife died after a lengthy illness in 1962. Bruce eventually returned to Kankakee to work for a relative's promotional film company. Amanda McBroom's own burgeoning Hollywood acting career paved the way for Bruce's return to acting. Bruce died of a heart attack immediately after wrapping his first scene on the film Moving Violations.
Errol Flynn song
Amanda McBroom says that the lyrics to her song about her father, Errol Flynn, are "absolutely" true, including that Errol Flynn was one of Bruce's best friends." Amanda McBroom confirms that excessive drinking "destroyed him for a while." The lyric that Bruce "died with his boots on" does not refer to the Errol Flynn movie (which Bruce did not appear in) but rather to the manner in which David Bruce died, on a film set as a working actor.
- The Man Who Talked Too Much (1940) - Gerald Wilson
- The Sea Hawk (1940) - Martin Burke
- River's End (1940) - Balt
- Money and the Woman (1940) - Bank Depositor (uncredited)
- Knute Rockne All American (1940) - Reporter When Knute is Ill (uncredited)
- A Dispatch from Reuters (1940) - Bruce
- East of the River (1940) - Student (uncredited)
- The Letter (1940) - Minor Role (uncredited)
- Santa Fe Trail (1940) - Phil Sheridan
- Flight from Destiny (1941) - Saunders
- The Sea Wolf (1941) - Young Sailor
- Singapore Woman (1941) - David Ritchie
- Sergeant York (1941) - Bert Thomas
- The Smiling Ghost (1941) - Paul Myron
- The Body Disappears (1941) - Jimmie Barbour
- Highways by Night (1942) - Herman - Desk Clerk (uncredited)
- Flying Tigers (1942) - Lt. Barton
- How's About It (1943) - Oliver
- Honeymoon Lodge (1943) - Horace Crump aka Bob Sterling
- Corvette K-225 (1943) - Lt. Rawlins
- You're a Lucky Fellow, Mr. Smith (1943) - Harvey Jones
- The Mad Ghoul (1943) - Ted Allison
- She's for Me (1943) - Michael Reed
- Calling Dr. Death (1943) - Robert Duval
- Gung Ho! (1943) - Larry O'Ryan
- Ladies Courageous (1944) - Frank Garrison
- Moon Over Las Vegas (1944) - Richard Corbett
- South of Dixie (1944) - Danny Lee
- Christmas Holiday (1944) - Gerald Tyler
- The Mummy's Ghost (1944) - Radio Announcer (voice, uncredited)
- Allergic to Love (1944) - J. Roger Mace
- Can't Help Singing (1944) - Dr. Robert Latham
- Salome Where She Danced (1945) - Cleve
- Lady on a Train (1945) - Wayne Morgan
- That Night with You (1945) - Johnny
- Susie Steps Out (1946) - Jeffrey Westcott
- Racing Luck (1948) - Jeff Stuart
- Adventures of Don Juan (1948) - Count D'Orsini (uncredited)
- Joe Palooka in the Big Fight (1949) - Tom Conway
- The Sickle or the Cross (1949) - George Hart
- Prejudice (1949) - Joe Hanson
- Young Daniel Boone (1950) - Daniel Boone
- The Great Plane Robbery (1950) - Carter
- Timber Fury (1950) - Jim Caldwell
- Hi-Jacked (1950) - Matt
- Pygmy Island (1950) - Maj. Bolton
- Revenue Agent (1950) - Cliff Gage
- The Du Pont Story (1950) - A young du Pont
- Pier 23 (1951) - Charles Giffen
- The Great Adventures of Captain Kidd (1953) - Alan Duncan
- The Iron Glove (1954) - Austrian Sergeant at Tavern (uncredited)
- Cannibal Attack (1954) - Arnold King
- Masterson of Kansas (1954) - Clay Bennett
- Jungle Hell (1956) - Dr. Paul Morrison (final film role)
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- Hal Erickson. "David Bruce - Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos - AllMovie". AllMovie.
- "Amanda McBroom: Errol Flynn". Retrieved 17 September 2012.
- "Pygmy Island". Retrieved September 9, 2014.(dead link)
- "Radio Interview with Amanda McBroom by John Haines, Voices of the North program, January 15, 2009". Retrieved 8 September 2014.
- Johnson, Vic. "Celluloid Dreams on the Silver Screen: "To the delirious eye/More lovely things of Paradise and Love" by Vic Johnson". Goodreads. Retrieved 8 September 2014.