Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
James D. Bissell to Marlon Brando
Oscar Brand Biography (1920-)
Addresses: Home: 141 Baker Hill, Great Neck, NY, 11023; Office: One Times Square, New York, NY, 10026; Agent: Vince Cirincione, 300 W. 55 Street, New York, NY, 10019.
- actor, composer, lyricist, critic, director, producer, writer
- Birth Details
- February 7, 1920
- Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
- Teacher--New School for Social Research since 1968; Hofstra University since 1969.
- Will, Oklahoma, Mr. Snow, Carousel, Schroon Crest Playhouse, Schroon Lake, NY, 1956.
New York Debut
- Jim, How to Steal an Election, Gem, 1968 for 68 performances.
Principal Stage Appearances
- Wanderer, It's a Jungle Out There, 78th Street Playhouse, NewYork, 1982.
- The Farmer, The Farmer Goes to Town (Encyclopedia Britannica), 1950.
- over one hundred documentaries as principal actor, host, or narrator.
- with Herb Shriner on CBS, 1946.
- The Editor, Whistlestop, 1947; Kate Smith Hour, 1948; Americana, 1948; panelist, Draw Me a Laugh, 1949; Presidential Timber, 1952; The Longines Hour, 1955; host, The Bell Telephone Hour, 1963; music director, Exploring, 1964; The Right Man,1964; Sunday, 1965; star and host, Let's Sing Out, 1966; Brand New Scene, 1967; American Odyssey, 1970; host, Touch theEarth; critic-reviewer, Arts in Review (CBC).
- Host, Folk Song Festival, 1945--74; lead, Dr. Christian, 1948; soloist, Citizen of the World, 1949.
- Debut--Narrator, Peter and the Wolf, Midwood Auditorium, New York,1938.
- score, In White America, 1967; score, A Joyful Noise, 1967;score, Education of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N, 1968; score, How to Steal an Election, 1968; book and score, Sing America Sing, 1975; score, It's Jungle Out There, 1982; also unproduced shows: ThunderBay, 1972; Fun and Games, 1977; Second Scroll, 1982.
Song Books Published
Singing Holidays, 1957; Bawdy Songs, 1958; Folk Songs for Fun, 1962; Courting's a Pleasure, 1963; The Ballad Mongers, 1964; Songs of '76, 1972; When I First Came to This Land, 1974; also ten song folios.
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