Brett Halsey

Brett Halsey (born Charles Oliver Hand June 20, 1933, in Santa Ana, California), is an American film actor, sometimes credited as Montgomery Ford. He had a prolific career in B pictures and in European-made feature films, and created the role of John Abbott on the soap opera The Young and the Restless, a role he held from May 1980 to March 1981, before being replaced by Jerry Douglas. Halsey is the great-nephew of the famous US Navy Admiral Bull Halsey; Universal Pictures selected his acting name from the Admiral. Interested in acting since he was a child, Brett was employed as a page at CBS Television studios, where he met Jack Benny and his wife Mary Livingstone. They introduced him to the head of Universal Pictures, who placed him in a school with other aspiring actors for the studio. In 1958 Halsey guest-starred in the episode "The Imposter" of Richard Carlson's syndicated western television series Mackenzie's Raiders, a fictional account of cavalry Colonel Ranald S. Mackenzie. Also in 1958, Halsey had the lead role of a life-saving sailor in an episode of Highway Patrol.


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