Stand By Me

American actor William Bronder has died at the age of 84. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bronder died on May 6th at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles.

After serving in the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy as well as the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, Bronder moved to Hollywood in the ’60s to pursue acting. There, he made his living mainly by doing guest spots on most of the biggest television shows of the ’70s and ‘80s, including The Rockford Files, St. Elsewhere, and Hill Street Blues, among others. But he is perhaps best known for is role in Stand By Me as Milo Pressman, the junkyard owner who provoked Teddy Duchamp (Corey Feldman) by referring to his father as “a looney up in the nuthouse in Togus.” Brodner also made appearances in feature films like 1987’s Best Seller, penned by cult favorite Larry Cohen, and Yes, Giorgio alongside Luciano Pavarotti. His final onscreen role was in Bonnie Hunt’s Return To Me in 2000.

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In addition to his acting career, the native New Yorker raced pigeons and was a Hall of Fame member of the FVC San Fernando Valley Pigeon Club.