Bradford Dillman was born on April 14, 1930 in San Francisco, California, the son of Josephine (née Moore) and Dean Dillman, a stockbroker. He attended the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, where he became involved in school theatre productions. He attended Yale University, studying theatre and drama. While at Yale, he enlisted in the Navy Reserves in 1948. He graduated from Yale with a BA in English Literature.
After graduating from Yale, he entered the Marine Corps as an officer candidate, training at Parris Island. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in September 1951. As he was preparing to deploy to Korea, his orders were changed, and he spent the rest of his time teaching communications in the Instructors’ Orientation Course. He was discharged in 1953 as a first lieutenant.
Returning to Connecticut, he studied with the Actors Studio, and spent several seasons apprenticing with the Sharon Connecticut Playhouse before making his professional acting debut in The Scarecrow in 1953. Dillman took his initial Broadway bow in the Eugene O’Neill play Long Day’s Journey Into Night in 1956, playing the author’s alter ego character Edmund Tyrone and winning a Theatre World Award in the process. This distinct success put him squarely on the map and 20th Century Fox took notice by placing him under contract.
Dillman has 140 credits towards his acting career with television movies such as Fear No Evil (1969), Moon of the Wolf (1972), and Deliver Us from Evil (1973) and tv series, The Love Boat, Murder She Wrote, and Dynasty.
You can check out his entire acting career on IMDB.
Dillman also released a football fan book, Inside the New York Giants, in 1995 and an autobiography, Are You Anybody?: An Actor’s Life, in 1997.
Dillman currently lives in Montecito, California and helps raise money for medical research.