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Michael Brandon (born on 20 April 1945 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Michael Feldman) is an American actor who narrated from the seventh to sixteenth seasons (2003-2012). He also narrated some of the Thomas DVD menus of Hooray for Thomas and Other Adventures, Thomas' Sodor Celebration, Tales from the Tracks and Come Ride the Rails in 2006, and re-narrated six episodes from the sixth season.

He currently holds the record as the longest running narrator for the US and fourth overall after Michael Angelis, Sky du Mont, and Leo Morimoto.

Brandon has appeared in other television shows and movies such as "Dempsey and Makepeace", "The Nanny", "Dinotopia", "The Division", "Ally McBeal", "The Catherine Tate Show", "Murder She Wrote", "New Tricks", "Try This One for Size", and "Doctor Who".

He was first married to Lindsay Wagner. He later married "Dempsey and Makepeace" co-star Glynis Barber, best known for her role in "EastEnders".

Voices

US

Filmography

Film

  • Lovers and Other Strangers (1970)
  • Jennifer on My Mind (1971)
  • Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971)
  • Heavy Traffic (1973)
  • FM (1978)
  • Promises In the Dark (1979)
  • A Change of Seasons (1980)
  • Rich and Famous (1981)
  • Présumé dangereux (1990)
  • The Difference of Kevin Johnson (1996)
  • Déjà Vu (1997)
  • Thomas & Friends: Calling All Engines! (2005)
  • The Detonator (2006)
  • Are You Ready for Love? (2006)
  • Me and Orson Welles (2008)
  • Thomas & Friends: Hero of the Rails (2009)
  • Thomas & Friends: Misty Island Rescue (2010)
  • Labrats (2010)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  • Thomas & Friends: Day of the Diesels (2011)
  • Thomas & Friends: Blue Mountain Mystery (2012)
  • Born of War (2014)
  • The Time of Their Lives (2017)

TV

  • The Impatient Heart (1971)
  • Man in the Middle (1972)
  • Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (1972)
  • The Strangers in 7A (1972)
  • Love, American Style (1972)
  • Love Story (1973)
  • The Third Girl from the Left (1973)
  • Medical Center (1969-1974)
  • Hitchhike! (1974)
  • The Red Badge of Courage (1974)
  • Police Surgeon (1975)
  • Queen of the Stardust Ballroom (1975)
  • Cage Without a Key (1975)
  • Police Story (1975)
  • James Dean (1976)
  • Insight (1974-1976)
  • Scott Free (1976)
  • Red Alert (1977)
  • The Comedy Company (1978)
  • A Vacation in Hell (1979)
  • A Perfect Match (1980)
  • Between Two Brothers (1982)
  • St. Elsewhere (1983)
  • Venice Medical (1983)
  • The Seduction of Gina (1984)
  • Emerald Point N.A.S. (1983-1984)
  • Deadly Messages (1985)
  • Dempsey and Makespecae (1985-1986)
  • Screen Two (1987)
  • Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1988)
  • Tales of the Unexpected (1988)
  • Divided We Stand (1988)
  • Try This One for Size (1989)
  • Have a Nice Night (1990)
  • Want to Stay Alive (1990)
  • The Care of Time (1990)
  • Dynasty: The Reunion (1991)
  • Home Fires (1992)
  • Shattering the Silence (1993)
  • Murder, She Wrote (1994)
  • CBS Schoolbreak Special (1994)
  • Murder of Meory? Moment of Truth (1994)
  • The Marshal (1995)
  • Silk Stalkings (1996)
  • Gone in the Night (1996)
  • The Apocalypse Watch (1997)
  • The Nanny (1997)
  • Ally McBeal (1998)
  • The Knock (1999)
  • The Practice (1998-1999)
  • JAG (1997-1999)
  • CI5: The New Professionals (1999)
  • Jonathan Creek (1999)
  • The Division (2001)
  • Dark Realm (2001)
  • The Lost Battalion (2001)
  • Dinotopia (2002-2003)
  • Hawking (2004)
  • Dead Man Weds (2005)
  • The Catherine Tate Show (2004-2005)
  • Roman Vice (2005)
  • Agatha Christie's Marple (2006)
  • Balto (TV series) (2006-2010)
  • Trial & Retribution (2007)
  • The Bill (2007)
  • Casualty (2007)
  • Doctor Who (2008)
  • Bones (2008)
  • After You've Gone (2008)
  • Toscanini in His Own Words (2009)
  • New Tricks (2009)
  • The Last Days of Lehman Brothers (2009)
  • Rosamunde Pilcher's Shades of Love (2010)
  • Hustle (2011)
  • Thomas & Friends (2002-2012)
  • Death in Paradise (2013)
  • Mr Selfridge (2013)
  • Blandings (2014)
  • Galavant (2015)
  • Tracey Ullman's Show (2016)
  • Loaded (2017)
  • Episodes (2012-2017)

Video Games

  • Eraser - Turnabout (1996)

Trivia

  • Brandon is the second narrator who has renarrated episodes in seasons prior to the season in which he begins as narrator in the US, the first being George Carlin.
  • Since voice actors for individual characters were introduced, Brandon is the only narrator to also voice at least one character in his respective region's script at the same time as narrating the script.
  • When the first several episodes of the seventeenth season were aired on PBS, Brandon was mistakenly credited as the narrator instead of Mark Moraghan.
  • Michael Brandon is credited alongside Alec Baldwin on the US verison of the Thomas and the Jet Engine Promotional DVD even though the DVD only had the episode Thomas and the Jet Engine which was narrated by Alec Baldwin.
  • He, alongside Óscar Gómez, Ron Druyan, Dan Schatzberg and Blanche Ravalec have been the only narrators in the CGI series to both narrate and voice characters.
  • Brandon is the first narrator not to use his actual voice as his narrating voice.

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