Donlevy is built like a wrestler and is so broad across his shoulders that it seems to cut down his height about 4 inches. Time after time...Donlevy [has heard the same criticism]: "The part is a 'natural' for you, Brian, but you're just a little too short."
"This physical phenomenon nearly nipped my career...Bill Harris was to produce 'Three in One'...After days of negotiations Harris called me into his office to break the sad news."
"I'm sorry, Brian," he said, 'but I can't use you in the play. You are just the man I want, except that the character must be a 6-footer.'
"'You mean that if I were 6 feet tall, I could have the part?' I asked Harris.
"'Absolutely,' was the answer. "That was enough. I walked over to the wall, backed against it and chalked off a mark just above my head. Harris measured the distance, found it a shade over the required 6 feet and gave me the job."
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