Arlington Rand Brooks, Jr. (September 21, 1918 - September 1, 2003), known as Rand Brooks, was an American film and television actor.
Brooks was born in Wright City, Missouri. He was the son of Arlington Rand Brooks (1867 -1950), a farmer.[a] He and his mother moved to Los Angeles when he was four, though he continued to spend summers in Wright City. Brooks continued to make visits to his hometown of Wright City into the 1950s, up to and following the death of his father in 1950.
After leaving school, Brooks got a screen test at MGM and was given a bit part in Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938). His big fame came with his part as Charles Hamilton in Gone with the Wind (1939), a role which he later admitted he despised; he wanted to play more macho parts. He made $100 per week under contract at MGM, but when he was on loan to Selznick International Pictures for Gone with the Wind, he made $500 per week.
Brooks served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II, eventually reaching the rank of Sergeant. He trained at Buckley Field in Colorado, in March 1943 and was stationed in Springfield, Missouri as of May 1943. Brooks was for a time at San Antonio Air Field. He trained for flying but did some theatre work under General Arnold. He was ill for a time during his service and in 1944 worked in recruitment in Louisiana.
He directed and produced a movie about brave dogs, Bearheart, but the film was entangled in legal troubles due to his business manager's involvement in crimes such as forgery and graft. The film was never released.
After he left show business, Brooks ran a private ambulance company in Glendale, California. He commented that he "died in more pictures than almost anyone" and that though he was never very big in show business, he was willing to return to it. Brooks sold ambulance company in 1994 and retired to his ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley where he bred champion Andalusian horses. He attended a Gone with the Wind reunion for Clark Gable's birthday, along with Ann Rutherford and Fred Crane, in Cadiz, Ohio in 1992.
Variety reported that Brooks married Clover Barrick in on April 18, 1945.
Brooks died in Santa Ynez, California, twenty days before his 85th birthday. He was survived by his wife, Hermine, and his two children, Randy (1949-2016) and Laurel, by his marriage to Lois Laurel.
Double Indemnity (1973, TV Movie) - Conductor (uncredited)
The Sex Symbol (1974, TV Movie) - Edward Kelly (final film role)
^Though his obituary in the Guardian mentions a traveling salesman father and birth in St. Louis, earlier newspaper reports in the Warrenton Bulletin state he was the son of a local farmer and left the area as a child; the 1920 census has him living in Wright City, Missouri.
^ abc"Marriages". Variety. 158 (7). 1945-04-25. p. 45 – via Proquest.
^ ab"Rand Brooks Gets Big Movie Role". Warrenton Banner. 1939-02-03. p. 1 – via Newspapers.com.