Bruno William Ve Sota (March 25, 1922 — September 24, 1976) was an American character actor, director and producer who, between 1945 and 1974, appeared in hundreds of television episodes and over 50 feature films. He is remembered for prominent supporting roles in 15 Roger Corman films as well as for having directed three low budget exploitation features: Female Jungle (1956), The Brain Eaters (Corman as uncredited executive producer, 1958) and Invasion of the Star Creatures (1962).

Bruno VeSota
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Bruno VeSota (second from right) with Hugh Sanders (second from left) in a screenshot from the trailer of The Wild One
Born
Bruno William VeSota

(1922-03-25)March 25, 1922
Chicago, Illinois, USA
DiedSeptember 24, 1976(1976-09-24) (aged 54)
Los Angeles, California
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActor
Years active1947–1974
Spouse(s)Genevieve "Jebbie" VeSota
(m. 1953 – 1976) (his death)
Children6

Chicago televisionEdit

A native of Chicago, VeSota entered Chicago television in 1945 writing many teleplays for WBKB-TV such as an adaption of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart". In 1948 he moved to WGN-TV as a local version of Orson Welles; a producer, director and writer.[1]

VeSota was one of the directors of They Stand Accused, "television's first live dramatic courtroom series", which ran on WGN-TV before it expanded to national distribution first on CBS and later on DuMont.[2]

Film workEdit

He made his big-screen debut in 1953 with appearances in The System and The Wild One.

He is best remembered for appearances in science fiction films in the fifties and early sixties such as Dementia (1955), Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959), The Wasp Woman (1959) and The Wild World of Batwoman (1966), and also directed a few such as Female Jungle (1955),[3] The Brain Eaters (1958) and Invasion of the Star Creatures (1962).[4] In the 1960s he played the barman in a number of episodes of Bonanza.

DeathEdit

Following a heart attack, Bruno VeSota died in Los Angeles in 1976, in at the age of 54.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Berger, Daniel; Jajkowski, Steve (2010). Chicago Television. Arcadia Publishing. p. 24. ISBN 9780738577135. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal (2003). Encyclopedia of Television Law Shows: Factual and Fictional Series About Judges, Lawyers and the Courtroom, 1948-2008. McFarland. pp. 259–260. ISBN 9780786438280. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  3. ^ Palmer, Randy (January 1, 1997). Paul Blaisdell, Monster Maker: A Biography of the B Movie Makeup and Special Effects Artist. McFarland. p. 55. ISBN 978-0-7864-0270-0.
  4. ^ Sobchack, Vivian Carol (1987). Screening Space: The American Science Fiction Film. Rutgers University Press. p. 170. ISBN 978-0-8135-2492-4.

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