Michael Brandon
Brandon in Red Alert, 1977
Michael Feldman

(1945-04-20) 20 April 1945 (age 76)[1]
New York City, U.S.
EducationAmerican Academy of Dramatic Arts
Years active1967–present
(m. 1976; div. 1979)

(m. 1989)

Michael Brandon (born Michael Feldman; April 20, 1945)[1] is an American actor. He is known for his role as James Dempsey in the British drama series Dempsey and Makepeace (1985–1986). His theatre credits include the original Broadway production of Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? (1969), and playing Jerry Springer in the West End production of Jerry Springer: The Opera (2003–2004).

Early life

Brandon was born Michael Feldman in Brooklyn, New York, to Miriam (née Tumen) and Sol Feldman.[1][2] At age nine, he and his family (brother Elliot and sister Debra Lynne) moved to Valley Stream, New York where he attended Memorial Junior High and graduated from Valley Stream Central High School. Brandon then attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and made his debut on Broadway before turning to cinema.[3] He is of Jewish extraction.[4]


Brandon starred in the TV series Dempsey and Makepeace and Dinotopia, the movies Quattro mosche di velluto grigio (1971), F.M. (1978), A Vacation In Hell (1979) and A Change of Seasons (1980), and the plays Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? and Jerry Springer - The Opera. Since moving to the UK, Brandon has worked in TV on such shows as The Bill, Trial and Retribution, and Dead Man Weds. He also played the title role in the musical Jerry Springer: The Opera for over a year in the National Theatre and after its transfer into the West End. Brandon starred in Singin' in the Rain in the summer of 2012.

In 2004, he portrayed Nobel Prize winner Arno Penzias in the BBC TV movie Hawking about physicist Stephen Hawking's early career at the University of Cambridge and was the US narrator of Thomas & Friends from 2004 to 2012. In February 2008 he began his talk radio show on City Talk, a new local radio station in Liverpool.[5] In 2008 he appeared in the Series 4 finale of the BBC's Doctor Who, as General Sanchez, a UNIT officer. Also in 2008 he appeared in the television series Bones, as Roger Frampton, an American millionaire.

In 2011, Brandon guest-starred in an episode of the BBC1 con drama Hustle as Marcus Wendell (series 7, episode 3). Also in 2011 he was seen in a supporting role in the film Captain America: The First Avenger as a politician who befriends the titular character. In September 2013 he appeared in the ITV dancing show Stepping Out with wife Glynis Barber. In 2017, he collaborated with producer/director Guy Masterson to create his autobiographical stand-up comedy, Off Ramps which hit at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Personal life

In the early 1970s Brandon was in a relationship with the actress Kim Novak. Brandon was married to actress Lindsay Wagner from 1976 to 1979.[2] He has been married to actress Glynis Barber, with whom he co-starred in Dempsey & Makepeace, since 18 November 1989.[2] They remain in the United Kingdom.[2] Together they have a son, Alex.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
1967 The Unicorn
1969 Goodbye Columbus Dartmouth
1970 Lovers and Other Strangers Mike
Jennifer on My Mind Marcus Rottner
1971 Four Flies on Grey Velvet Robert Tobias
1973 Heavy Traffic Street Cat (voice)
1978 FM Jeff Dugan
1979 Promises in the Dark Dr. Jim Sanderson
1980 A Change of Seasons Pete Lachapelle
1981 Rich and Famous Max (infamous mile-high scene)
1990 Have a Nice Night Tom Lepski
Want to Stay Alive?
Présumé dangereux
Try This One for Size
1997 The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson Jeff Littman
Deja Vu Alex
2001 Contaminated Man Wyles
Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase Skeleton Gladiator (voice) DVD movie
2005 Are You Ready For Love? Randy Bush
Calling All Engines! US Narrator (voice) DVD movie
2006 The Detonator Commander Flint
2009 Me and Orson Welles Les Tremayne
Hero of the Rails US Narrator (voice) DVD movie
Toscanini in His Own Words Wilfrid Pelletier
The Last Days of Lehman Brothers Jamie Dimon
2010 Misty Island Rescue Diesel, Narrator (voices) DVD movie
2011 Captain America: The First Avenger Senator Brandt
Day of the Diesels Diesel, Narrator (voices) DVD movie
2012 Blue Mountain Mystery
2014 Born of War Harm Helder
2017 The Time of Their Lives Harry Scheider


Year Title Role Notes
1969 Medical Center Guest 2 episodes
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
1971 The Impatient Heart by Alvin Sargeant Frank Pescadero Television film
1972 Owen Marshall, Counsellor at Law Pete Giannetta Episode: "Journey Through Limbo"
Love American Style Leonard 1 episode
Strangers in 7A Billy Television film
1973 Love Story Gary Stone Episode: "Love Came Laughing"
The Third Girl From the Left David Television film
1974 Hitchhike! Keith Miles Television film
The Red Badge of Courage Jim Conklin Television film
Medical Center Dr. Lensko, Andy Tobin Episodes: "Thousands and Thousands of Miles", "Web of Intrigue"
1975 Police Surgeon Brian Lewis Episode: "Insight to Murder"
Queen of the Stardust Ballroom David Asher Television film
Cage Without a Key Ben Holian Television film
Police Story Mike Ripley Episode: "A Community of Victims"
1976 James Dean Bill Blast Television film
Scott Free Tony Scott Television film
1977 Red Alert Carl Wyche Television film
1978 The Comedy Company Paul Lester Television film
1979 A Vacation in Hell Alan Television film
1980 A Perfect Match Steve Triandos Television film
1982 Between Two Brothers Lead Television film
1983 Venice Medical Dr. Pete Marcus Television film
St. Elsewhere Tony Gifford Episode: "AIDS & Comfort"
1983–84 Emerald Point N.A.S. David Marquette 11 episodes
1984 The Seduction of Gina Keith Sindell Television film
1984–86 Dempsey and Makepeace Lt. James Dempsey 30 episodes
1985 Deadly Messages Michael Krasnick Television film
1987 Dennis Potter's Visitors Eddie Episode: "Visitors"
The Grand Knockout Tournament Himself Television special
1988 Tales of the Unexpected Stephen Baker Episode: "The Finger of Suspicion"
The Magical World of Disney Jeff Robins Episode "Rock and Roll Mom"
1989 Divided We Stand Bryan Gibbs Television film
1990 The Care of Time Robert Halliday Television film
1991 Dynasty: The Reunion Arlen Marshall 2 episodes
1992 Home Fires Ted Kramer 6 episodes[7]
1994 Shattering the Silence Ted Ricci Episode: "Not in My Family"
1994 Murder, She Wrote Alex Weaver Episode: "Proof in the Pudding"
1996 Gone in a Night David Protess Television film
1997 Apocalypse Watch By Robert Ludlam Ambassador Courtland Television film
The Knock Principal Mini-series
1998 Dark Realm Guest Lead
J.A.G. D.A. Nardoni, Col.Hegstetter 2 episodes
The Nanny Stan Episode: "The Nanny & the Hunk Producer"
Ally McBeal D.A. Dawson Episode: "The Inmates"
1999 CI5: The New Professionals Dr. Woods
Jonathan Creek Capt. Frank Candy Episode: "The Omega Man"
The Practice D.A. Dawson 2 episodes
2001 The Division Judge Stone Episode: "Deal with the Devil"
The Lost Battalion General Alexander Television film
2002 Dinotopia Frank Scott 8 episodes
2003 Ed Stone is Dead Dad 1 episode
2004 The Catherine Tate Show The Botox Skit 1 episode
Hawking Arno Penzias Television film
2004–2012 Thomas & Friends Narrator (Series 7-16), Diesel (Series 13-16), Mr. Bubbles (Series 13-15) (voices) US dub; 239 episodes
2005 Dead Man Weds Chuck Newman 6 episodes
2006 Miss Marple Martin Zimmerman Episode: "The Sittaford Mystery"
The Catherine Tate Show The Botox Breasts Season 2
Trial and Retribution Max Stanford/Profiler Episode: "XI: Closure"
2007 Casualty Mike Barnicott
The Bill Louis Dreyfuss 4 episodes
2008 Bewitched Rex 1 episode
Doctor Who General Sanchez Episode: "The Stolen Earth"
2009 After You've Gone Bill Tucker Episode: "There Will Be Pud"
Bones Roger Frampton Episode: "The Yanks in the U.K.: Parts 1 and 2"
New Tricks Colonel Norton Episode: "The Truth Is Out There"
2010 Shades of Love Conrad 2 episodes
Hustle Marcus Wendell Episode: "Clearance from a Deal"
2012 American Invitation Narrator and Presenter
Mr. Selfridge FW Woolworth 1 episode
2012–17 Episodes Elliot Salad 8 episodes
2013 Stepping Out Self, with Glynis Barber
Death in Paradise Joel Maurice Episode: "A Deadly Curse"
2014 Blandings Grumman Episode: "Lord Emsworth Acts for the Best"
2015 Galavant Sid's Dad Episode: "Two Balls"
2016–2018 Tracey Ullman's Show Hal 4 episodes
2017 Tracey Breaks the News Rich 1 episode
2017 Loaded Leslie 'The Emperor' 3 episodes
2018 Trust Walter Annenberg Episode: "White Car in a Snowstorm"
2019 Urban Myths Robert Calgary Episode: "The Trial of Joan Collins"

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Star Wars: Battlefront II Additional voices


Year Title Role Notes
1967 Under the Yum Yum Tree Lead Barn Dinner Theater
1968 The Rainmaker Jim Curry Barn Dinner Theater
1969 Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? Prince Belasco Theater, Broadway
1979 Lady and the Clarinet Jack Long Wharf Theatre
1992 The Writing Game Leo Rafkin Manhattan Theater
1999 Speed the Plow Cox The Royal Lincoln
2000 The Adjustment Matt Guildford's YvonneArnaud Theatre, National tour
2003–2004 Jerry Springer: The Opera Jerry Springer National Theatre / Cambridge, West End
2007 On The Waterfront Charlie Hackney Empire Theatre
2010 Wet Weather Cover Brad Kings Head / Arts Theatre, West End
2011–2012 Singing in the Rain R.F. Simpson Palace Theatre, London
2014 The Long Road South Jake Price Hope Theatre, London
2016 Off The Kings Road N/A Jermyn Street Theatre, London
2016 Carry On Chilcot N/A Duke of Wales, London
2017 All My Sons N/A Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong
2017 Off Ramps - A Stand-Up Story N/A Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Fringe
2018 Local Hero Mark Knopfler Workshop, Mark Knopfler
2019 Other People's Money N/A Southwark, Part of Jorgy Jorgensen
2019 Roman Holiday N/A Shanghai Theatre Festival
2019 White Christmas N/A Dominion Theatre, West End


  1. ^ a b c "The Jerry Springer rollercoaster". The Telegraph. October 14, 2003. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "Michael Brandon Biography (1945-)". www.filmreference.com.
  3. ^ Films and Filming. Hansom Books. 1973. p. 67.
  4. ^ Leslie Bunder (3 August 2007), "Meet Michael Brandon",SomethingJewish. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Radio City Talk - Rock, Sport & Talk". Radio City Talk.
  6. ^ "Biography" Official website
  7. ^ Home Fires. USA: IMDb. 1992.