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Bradford Dillman portrayed the part of Doctor Lewis Dixon in Escape from the Planet of the Apes. He was born in San Francisco and was educated at Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn., and Yale University, developing his aptitude for acting and acquiring a number of academic honours. Shortly after graduating from Yale in 1951, Dillman enlisted in the Marine Corps, serving in Korea, and was selected for officer training. Upon discharge, he joined a summer theatre in Santa Barbara, California, then won a scholarship at London's Royal Acadamy of Dramatic Art, but declined it. During the process, he won a role in Greenwich Village's theatre, DE LYS. He remained there for four more plays and then struck out on his own. Ultimatly things began to break for him and he was cast in good roles on live TV shows such as Kraft Theatre which emanated from New York. His big break came in 1956 when he was chosen to play the part of 'Edmund Tyrone' in Eugene O'Neill's Long Days Journey Into Night which won the Pulitzer Prize, among others.

Dillman was signed by Twentieth Century Fox in 1957, and starred in seven pictures there, the most notable being Compulsion which was a tremendous critical success, and won prizes at the Cannes Film Festival. He left Fox in 1962 and worked steadily in films and television. In addition to Escape from the Planet of the Apes, his films have included The Mephisto Waltz, Suppose They Gave A War, And Nobody Came, Mastermind and Brother John. His television shows have included The F.B.I., Dan August and Medical Centre. He was married to model/actress, Suzy Parker.[1]


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