Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Chet Brandenburg

Born: 15 October 1897, Lee County, Kentucky, USA
Died: 17 July 1974, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA
Chet Brandenburg was a bit part player, stunt man and occasional second unit director in films for over forty years. He and his brother Ed Brandenburg appeared in silent films for Hal Roach studios and found themselves in Laurel and Hardy and Will Rogers pictures. You will be hard pushed to find a film where either Ed or Chet spoke any dialogue.
45 Minutes from Hollywood (1926) as Hotel guest (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg is in the background, just over Oliver Hardy's left shoulder.
In this shot, Chet can be seen over Oliver Hardy's right shoulder. Also in the scene is Olin Francis as the cop on the left and Clara Guiol in the centre of the background.
Love 'Em and Weep (1927) as Waiter (uncredited)

Highway 301 (1950) as Bank Customer (uncredited)

Chet is on the far left of the picture standing just behind Steve Cochran in the queue.

The Forty-Niners (1954) as Barfly (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg is on the far right of the picture, restraining Harry Morgan.


  1. I wish I had known that he was at the Motion Picture Home in 1974 -- I would have tried to interview him. He was involved in the production of so many Laurel & Hardy films, on both sides of the camera. I just saw him as a hospital orderly in the unused ending for "Born to Be Bad" starring Joan Fontaine. Tomorrow night I'll be watching "The Indestructible Man" starring Lon Chaney Jr., where Chet plays a "Policeman with Flame Thrower." He should be easy to find! Thank you for writing this. I love obscure actors in movies of the 1920s-50s.

  2. No, this is Ed Brandenberg. Chet was his brother.

    1. The two are often mixed up, especially by IMDB.