Born Gerard Kenneth Tierney in Brooklyn on September 13, 1924, rugged actor Scott Brady excelled in film noir and westerns throughout his long career in Hollywood. After serving in the Navy during World War II, Brady developed an interest in acting and enrolled in drama classes. Brady's older brother, Lawrence Tierney, was already a successful actor, starring in the 1945 film Dillinger. Just a few years later, Brady landed the lead role in his first film, the film noir flick Canon City (1948; with Jeff Corey and Whit Bissell).

Scott BradyScott BradyLawrence Tierney

LEFT and CENTER: 1950s photos of Scott Brady. RIGHT: Brady's brother Lawrence Tierney in the 1951 crime drama The Hoodlum

Throughout the 1950s, Brady went on to star in a number of film noir thrillers, including I Was a Shoplifter (1950; with Andrea King and Tony Curtis) and Terror at Midnight (1956; with Frank Faylen and John Dehner). He also made scores of westerns, such as Kansas Raiders (1950; with Audie Murphy and Brian Donlevy), Johnny Guitar (1954; with Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, and Mercedes McCambridge), and The Restless Breed (1957; with Anne Bancroft and Jim Davis). Later, his career migrated to television and low-budget horror/sci-fi films, including Castle of Evil (1966; with Virginia Mayo, David Brian, and Lisa Gaye), Nightmare in Wax (1969; with Cameron Mitchell and Anne Helm), and The Mighty Gorga (1969; with Anthony Eisley and Kent Taylor).

the films of scott brady

In This Corner (1948)

Anabel Shaw, Scott Brady, and Mary MeadeScott Brady, Anabel Shaw, and Charles D. Brown

From Eagle-Lion's boxing drama In This Corner. LEFT: With Anabel Shaw and Mary Meade. RIGHT: With Anabel Shaw and Charles D. Brown

Port of New York (1949)

Scott Brady

From the film-noir thriller Port of New York

I Was a Shoplifter (1950)

Scott Brady and Mona FreemanScott Brady and Mona FreemanScott Brady and Andrea KingScott Brady and Andrea KingScott Brady and Tony Curtis

From the campy film noir drama I Was a Shoplifter, released by Universal-International. LEFT and CENTER A: With Mona Freeman. CENTER B and C: With Andrea King. RIGHT: With Tony Curtis

Undercover Girl (1950)

Scott Brady and Richard EganScott BradyScott Brady

From Universal-International's Undercover Girl. The left photo includes Richard Egan

Untamed Frontier (1952)

Scott Brady and Shelley Winters

With Shelley Winters in the Universal-International western Untamed Frontier

Yankee Buccaneer (1952)

Suzan Ball, Jeff Chandler, and Scott Brady

With Suzan Ball and Jeff Chandler in the Universal-International adventure Yankee Buccaneer

The Ford Television Theatre (1952-1957 NBC/ABC TV Series)

Joanne Dru and Scott Brady

With Joanne Dru from a comedic April 1953 episode of The Ford Television Theatre titled Just What the Doctor Ordered

Johnny Guitar (1954)

Ben Cooper, Sterling Hayden, Joan Crawford, and Scott Brady

With Ben Cooper, Joan Crawford, and Sterling Hayden in the offbeat Republic western Johnny Guitar

Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (1955)

Jane Russell, Alan Young, Jeanne Crain, and Scott Brady

With Jane Russell, Alan Young, and Jeanne Crain in the colorful romantic comedy Gentlemen Marry Brunettes

Damon Runyon Theater (1955-1956 CBS TV Series)

Nancy Gates and Scott Brady

With Nancy Gates in the CBS anthology TV series Damon Runyon Theater, episode All Is Not Gold, which originally aired April 30, 1955

The Storm Rider (1957)

Scott Brady and Mala Powers

With Mala Powers in the western The Storm Rider

Stage to Thunder Rock (1964)

Scott Brady and Lon Chaney Jr.

From the Paramount western Stage to Thunder Rock with Lon Chaney Jr.

Castle of Evil (1966)

Lisa Gaye, Hugh Marlowe, Scott Brady, David Brian, and Virginia Mayo

From the low budget horror flick Castle of Evil with Lisa Gaye, Hugh Marlowe, David Brian, and Virginia Mayo

The Cycle Savages (1969)

Scott Brady and Melody Patterson

With Melody Patterson in the biker flick The Cycle Savages

Satan's Sadists (1969)

Scott Brady

From Al Adamson's biker film Satan's Sadists

Bonnie's Kids (1973)

Robin Mattson, Scott Brady, and Tiffany Bolling

With Robin Mattson and Tiffany Bolling in the low-budget actioner Bonnie's Kids

later years

While in his 50s, Scott Brady was diagnosed with emphysema. Illness aside, he continued to take acting jobs in such projects as The Winds of War TV miniseries and on the hit TV series Simon and Simon and Matt Houston. In addition, he appeared in one more film, the 1984 horror/comedy Gremlins. Not long after the film's release, Brady passed away from respiratory failure on April 16, 1985, at the age of 60. He was survived by his wife, sons Timothy and Terrence, and brother Lawrence Tierney (1919–2002).

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Gremlins (1984) with Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Polly Holliday, and Dick Miller
This Girl for Hire (1983) with Bess Armstrong, Celeste Holm, Cliff De Young, Hermione Baddeley, Howard Duff, Jose Ferrer, Beverly Garland, Roddy McDowall, Ray Walston, and Elisha Cook Jr.
Strange Behavior (1981) with Michael Murphy and Louise Fletcher
Power (1980) with Joe Don Baker, Karen Black, David Groh, Howard Da Silva, Brett Halsey, Victor Jory, and Brian Kerwin
The China Syndrome (1979) with Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, and Michael Douglas
The Last Ride of the Dalton Gang (1979) with Cliff Potts, Randy Quaid, Larry Wilcox, Sharon Farrell, John Karlen, and Bo Hopkins
When Every Day Was the Fourth of July (1978) with Dean Jones, Louise Sorel, Geoffrey Lewis, Henry Wilcoxon, and Moosie Drier
Law and Order (1976) with Keir Dullea
, Darren McGavin, Robert Reed, Suzanne Pleshette, Teri Garr, Jeanette Nolan, Will Geer, Allan Arbus, and Whitney Blake
Bonnie's Kids (1973) with Robin Mattson and Tiffany Bolling
Wicked, Wicked (1973) with Tiffany Bolling, Edd Byrnes, Diane McBain, and Madeleine Sherwood
The Night Strangler (1973) with Darren McGavin, Jo Ann Pflug, Richard Anderson, Wally Cox, Margaret Hamilton, John Carradine, and Al Lewis
The Loners (1972) with Gloria Grahame, Richard O'Brien, Hortense Petra, and Tim Rooney
Cain's Cutthroats (1971) with John Carradine, Robert Dix, and Valda Hansen
$ (1971) with Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn, and Gert Frobe
Doctors' Wives (1971) with Dyan Cannon, Richard Crenna, Gene Hackman, and Carroll O'Connor
Five Bloody Graves (1970) with Robert Dix, Jim Davis, Paula Raymond, and John Carradine; directed by Al Adamson
Hell's Bloody Devils (1970) with Broderick Crawford, John Gabriel, Kent Taylor, Robert Dix, Keith Andes, John Carradine, and Jack Starrett; directed by Al Adamson
The Ice House (1969) with Jim Davis
The Mighty Gorga (1969) with Anthony Eisley, Kent Taylor, Gary Kent, and Greydon Clark
Space Travelers (1969) with Gregory Peck, Richard Crenna, David Janssen, James Franciscus, Gene Hackman, Lee Grant, Nancy Kovack, and Mariette Hartley; once aired on Mystery Science Theater 3000
D.A.: Murder One (1969) with Robert Conrad and Diane Baker
The Cycle Savages (1969) with Bruce Dern, Chris Robinson, and Melody Patterson
Satan's Sadists (1969) with Regina Carrol and Russ Tamblyn; directed by Al Adamson
Nightmare in Wax (1969) with Cameron Mitchell and Anne Helm
Portrait of Violence (1968) with Jock Mahoney
The Road Hustlers (1968) with Jim Davis
They Ran for Their Lives (1968) with John Payne and Luana Patten
Arizona Bushwhackers (1968) with Yvonne De Carlo and John Ireland
Fort Utah (1967) with John Ireland, Virginia Mayo, John Russell, and Richard Arlen
Journey to the Center of Time (1967) with Gigi Perreau and Anthony Eisley
Red Tomahawk (1967) with Howard Keel, Wendell Corey, Joan Caulfield, Broderick Crawford, Richard Arlen, Ben Cooper, and Don 'Red' Barry
Castle of Evil (1966) with Virginia Mayo, Lisa Gaye, Hugh Marlowe, and David Brian
Destination Inner Space (1966) with Sheree North and Gary Merrill
Black Spurs (1965) with Rory Calhoun, Terry Moore, Linda Darnell, Lon Chaney Jr., Bruce Cabot, Richard Arlen, Patricia Owens, James Best, Jerome Courtland, and DeForest Kelley
John Goldfarb, Please Come Home (1965)
Stage to Thunder Rock (1964) with Barry Sullivan, Ralph Taeger, and John Agar
Operation Bikini (1963) with Tab Hunter, Frankie Avalon, and Jody McCrea
Battle Flame (1959) with Robert Blake and Richard Harrison
Ambush at Cimarron Pass (1958) with Clint Eastwood
Blood Arrow (1958) with Phyllis Coates
The Restless Breed (1957) with Jim Davis, Anne Bancroft, and Myron Healey
The Storm Rider (1957) with Mala Powers and Bill Williams
Mohawk (1956) with Allison Hayes, Lori Nelson, and Neville Brand
The Maverick Queen (1956) with Barbara Stanwyck and Barry Sullivan
Terror at Midnight (1956)
Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (1955) with Jane Russell and Jeanne Crain
The Vanishing American (1955) with Forrest Tucker, Lee Van Cleef, and Glenn Strange
They Were So Young (1954) with Raymond Burr and Gert Frobe
Three Steps to the Gallows (1954)
The Law vs. Billy the Kid (1954) with Betta St. John; directed by William Castle
Johnny Guitar (1954) with Sterling Hayden, Joan Crawford, and Mercedes McCambridge
A Perilous Journey (1953) with Vera Ralston and David Brian
Bloodhounds of Broadway (1952) with Mitzi Gaynor
Bronco Buster (1952) with Joyce Holden and Chill Wills
Yankee Buccaneer (1952) with Jeff Chandler and Suzan Ball
Montana Belle (1952) with Jane Russell and George Brent
Untamed Frontier (1952) with Joseph Cotten, Shelley Winters, and Lee Van Cleef
The Model and the Marriage Broker (1951) with Jeanne Crain and Thelma Ritter
Undercover Girl (1950) with Alexis Smith, Richard Egan, and Gerald Mohr
Kansas Raiders (1950) with Audie Murphy, Richard Long, Dewey Martin, Brian Donlevy, and Tony Curtis
I Was a Shoplifter (1950) with Mona Freeman, Andrea King, Tony Curtis, Peggie Castle, and Rock Hudson
The Gal Who Took the West (1949) with Yvonne De Carlo
Undertow (1949) with Bruce Bennett, Peggy Dow, John Russell, and Rock Hudson
Port of New York (1949) with Yul Brynner
Canon City (1948) with Whit Bissell and Ralph Byrd
He Walked by Night (1948) with Richard Basehart, Whit Bissell, and Jack Webb
In This Corner (1948)

Shotgun Slade, 1959-1961 syndicated TV series, 78 episodes. Brady portrayed Shotgun Slade, a detective in the Old West
Police Story, 1973-1977 anthology TV series. Brady portrayed Vinnie in a recurring role.

Whiz Kids, episode Altaira, originally aired April 28, 1984
Simon & Simon, episode Shadow of Sam Penny, originally aired November 3, 1983
Cagney & Lacey, episode The Informant, originally aired May 9, 1983
The Winds of War, episode Into the Maelstrom, originally aired February 13, 1983
The Winds of War, episode Defiance, originally aired February 9, 1983
Matt Houston, episode Killing Isn't Everything, originally aired October 24, 1982
240-Robert, episode First Loss, originally aired March 14, 1981
Charlie's Angels, episode Taxi Angels, originally aired February 7, 1981
The Littlest Hobo, episode The Pearls, originally aired October 23, 1980
Eischied, episode Do They Really Have to Die?, originally aired November 8, 1979
Taxi, episode The Great Race, originally aired November 6, 1979
Supertrain, episode Hail to the Chief, originally aired February 28, 1979
The Rockford Files, episode Local Man Eaten by Newspaper, originally aired December 8, 1978
Baretta, episode Make the Sun Shine, originally aired November 30, 1977
Laverne & Shirley, episode Buddy Can You Spare a Father?, originally aired February 15, 1977
The Fantastic Journey, episode Vortex, originally aired February 3, 1977
The Rockford Files, episode The Trees, the Bees and T.T. Flowers: Parts 1 and 2, originally aired January 21 and 28, 1977
Welcome Back, Kotter, episode Caruso's Way, originally aired January 6, 1977
All in the Family, episode Archie's Brief Encounter: Part 3, originally aired September 29, 1976
All in the Family, episode Archie's Brief Encounter: Parts 1 and 2, originally aired September 22, 1976
All in the Family, episode Edith's Night Out, originally aired March 8, 1976
The Invisible Man, episode Stop When Red Lights Flash, originally aired November 24, 1975
Movin' On, episode The Big Wheel, originally aired November 11, 1975
The Rockford Files, episode Gearjammers: Parts 1 and 2, originally aired September 26 and October 3, 1975
Hawaii Five-O, episode The Hostage, originally aired March 11, 1975
Movin' On, episode High Rollers, originally aired December 5, 1974
Sierra, episode The Trek, originally aired November 14, 1974
Get Christie Love!, episode Pawn Ticket for Murder, originally aired October 2, 1974
Dirty Sally, episode Right of Way, originally aired January 11, 1974
Gunsmoke, episode Lynch Town, originally aired November 19, 1973
Banacek, episode No Stone Unturned, originally aired October 3, 1973
Ironside, episode A Game of Showdown, originally aired March 22, 1973
Mission: Impossible, episode The Pendulum, originally aired February 23, 1973
McMillan & Wife, episode No Hearts, No Flowers, originally aired January 14, 1973
Gunsmoke, episode Jubilee, originally aired December 18, 1972
The Virginian, episode The Animal, originally aired January 20, 1971
The Immortal, episode Paradise Bay, originally aired December 10, 1970
San Francisco International Airport, episode Hostage, originally aired November 11, 1970
The Name of the Game, episode The War Merchants, originally aired October 30, 1970
The High Chaparral, episode Wind, originally aired October 9, 1970
Lancer, episode The Experiment, originally aired February 17, 1970
Mannix, episode A Chance at the Roses, originally aired January 17, 1970
Gunsmoke, episode Danny, originally aired October 13, 1969
Bracken's World, episode Panic, originally aired September 26, 1969
Adam-12, episode Log 102: We Can't Just Walk Away from It, originally aired March 1, 1969
The Name of the Game, episode High on a Rainbow, originally aired December 6, 1968
The Virginian, episode The Storm Gate, originally aired November 13, 1968
Felony Squad, episode Killing, Country Style, originally aired December 28, 1967
Judd for the Defense, episode A Civil Case of Murder, originally aired September 29, 1967
Summer Fun, episode Little Leatherneck, originally aired July 29, 1966
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, episode Run for Doom, originally aired May 17, 1963
The Untouchables, episode The Floyd Gibbons Story, originally aired December 11, 1962
G.E. True Theater, episode We're Holding Your Son, originally aired December 3, 1961
Checkmate, episode Voyage Into Fear, originally aired May 6, 1961
Alcoa Theatre, episode Forced Landing, originally aired May 2, 1960
Adventure Showcase, episode Johnny Nighthawk, originally aired September 1, 1959
Schlitz Playhouse, episode The Salted Mine, originally aired March 27, 1959
Climax!, episode The Big Success, originally aired May 8, 1958
Schlitz Playhouse, episode Papa Said No, originally aired April 4, 1958
Playhouse 90, episode Lone Woman, originally aired December 26, 1957
Schlitz Playhouse, episode Always Open and Shut, originally aired August 29, 1957
Zane Grey Theater, episode Man on the Run, originally aired June 21, 1957
Studio 57, episode Always Open and Shut, originally aired April 7, 1957
Crossroads, episode Barbed Wire Preacher, originally aired February 8, 1957
Conflict, episode Shock Wave, originally aired September 18, 1956
Lux Video Theatre, episode Road of Fear, originally aired September 6, 1956
Climax!, episode The 78th Floor, originally aired August 16, 1956
Schlitz Playhouse, episode The Roustabout, originally aired June 8, 1956
Celebrity Playhouse, episode Incident in Rio, originally aired May 15, 1956
Lux Video Theatre, episode Tabloid, originally aired April 5, 1956
The Ford Television Theatre, episode Tin Can Skipper, originally aired February 2, 1956
Lux Video Theatre, episode Holiday Affair, originally aired December 22, 1955
Celebrity Playhouse, episode Diamonds in the Sky, originally aired December 13, 1955
The Loretta Young Show, episode Man in the Ring, originally aired December 11, 1955
Studio 57, episode Night Tune, originally aired December 4, 1955
Schlitz Playhouse, episode Night of the Big Swamp, originally aired November 18, 1955
The Ford Television Theatre, episode The Blue Ribbon, originally aired November 10, 1955
Damon Runyon Theater, episode All Is Not Gold, originally aired April 30, 1955
Studio One in Hollywood, episode Millions of Georges, originally aired March 7, 1955
The Ford Television Theatre, episode Wonderful Day for a Wedding, originally aired May 13, 1954
Schlitz Playhouse, episode Rim of Violence, originally aired January 8, 1954
The Ford Television Theatre, episode Tangier Lady, originally aired October 1, 1953
Lux Video Theatre, episode Return to Alsace, originally aired September 24, 1953
The Ford Television Theatre, episode Just What the Doctor Ordered, originally aired April 9, 1953

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