Wednesday, April 14, 2021

RIP Harold Bradley


American actor, singer, former professional football player Harold Bradley died in Rome, Italy from pneumonia on April 13, 2021. He was 92. Bradley was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 13, 1929 and played football at the University of Iowa before turning pro and playing for the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles. He and his wife, Hannelore Zacharias moved to Italy in 1959 to study art and pursue careers in music and acting, getting his foot in the door of the latter by appearing in stuntman roles in a succession of peplum films playing servants and slaves. At the same time, he developed his love of the arts by becoming a painter and singer in 1960 he, along with sculptor Bob Cowgill, opened a studio called ‘The Folkstudio’ and founded the ‘Folkstudio Singers’. Harold became an accomplished Blues, Gospel and Jazz singer. Harold appeared in two Euo-westerns. The TV film “Questa sera parla Mark Twain” (1965) as George and “Days of Vengeance” (1967) as Nathan. In 1975 “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was re-released as ‘Cassy’ as more of a western and Harold appeared in the role of Harris.

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