Richard Davalos, ‘East of Eden’ Actor, Dies at 85

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Actor Richard Davalos, who played James Dean’s brother Aron in Elia Kazan’s 1955 film “East of Eden,” died Tuesday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif. He was 85.

Davalos approached stardom in the ’50s and ’60s with roles in “East of Eden” and as convict Blind Dick in 1967 classic “Cool Hand Luke,” starring Paul Newman. While working on “East of Eden,” Davalos and Dean roomed together in a Burbank apartment. His other credits include “I Died a Thousand Times” (1955), “All the Young Men” (1960), “The Cabinet of Caligari” (1962), “Pit Stop” (1969), “Kelly’s Heroes” (1970), “Brother, Cry for Me” (also 1970), “Hot Stuff” (1979), “Death Hunt” (1981), “Something Wicked This Way Comes” (1983) and his final screen credit, 2008’s “Ninja Cheerleaders.”

The actor also had an active career in television. He starred with Darryl Hickman in NBC’s brief series “The Americans” in 1961 and guested on shows including “Bonanza,” “Hawaiian Eye,” “77 Sunset Strip,” “Perry Mason,” “Rawhide,” “Mannix,” “SWAT,” “The Rockford Files,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “The Jeffersons,” “Hart to Hart” and “Murder, She Wrote.”

In the ’90s, Davalos gained a measure of pop music fame by appearing on the covers of multiple albums for the Smiths. He appears in the album art for “Strangeways,” “Here We Come,” “Best…I” and “…Best II.”

He was the father of actress Elyssa Davalos and musician Dominique Davalos and the grandfather of actress Alexa Davalos, who stars on Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle.”

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  1. Johnny says:

    “Strangeways, Here We Come” is the correct album title.

  2. Chris says:

    Very good actor gone, who can not forget his acting in east of eden leaving on the train to go of to war, great performance. A little over shadowed by James Dean, but Richard was just as good if not better in that movie. Rest in peace mate. Chris, Australia.

  3. Stephen Patrick M. says:

    Very talented actor. RIP.

  4. Stephen Patrick M. says:

    Do some research – as previous poster mentioned, it’s ONE album, not two. Also, it wasn’t in the 90s.
    It was their last album released in 1987.

  5. kravis says:

    “Strangeways, Here We Come”, by the The Smiths, is only one album, not two.

  6. My prayers go out to your family and friends. RIP you will be missed

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