Steve Brodie; Actor in 200 Action Films

Steve Brodie, a rugged Academy Award nominee who acted in more than 200 Westerns and other action films, has died. He was 72.

He died Thursday of cancer in Canoga Park where he lived, his son, producer-director Kevin Brodie, said Friday.

The senior Brodie had been nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actor in the 1949 film "Home of the Brave."

His last film was "Mugsy's Girls," directed by his son in 1986. Brodie had remained active, his son said, by doing voice-overs for commercials.

Brodie was a familiar character actor in films of the 1940s, '50s and '60s. Among them were "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo," "This Man's Navy," "Code of the West," "Arizona Ranger," "Rose of the Yukon," and "Winchester '73."

His films also included "Only the Valiant," "Lady in the Iron Mask," "The Charge at Feather River," "The Far Country," "Roustabout," and "The Wild World of Batwoman."

In addition to his son, Brodie is survived by his wife, Virginia, another son, Sean of Tacoma, Wash., and five stepdaughters.

Services will be private. The family has asked that any memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

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