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Brandon Maggart (born 12 December 1933) is an American actor, painter and author.
Life and career
Maggart was born Roscoe Maggart, Jr. in Carthage, Tennessee. His acting career began in the early 1950s, at The University of Tennessee. He sang with The Knoxville Symphony and won a coveted Grace Moore Award for further study in New York. Once in New York, he won the Theatre World Award for his performance in the musical revue, Put it in Writing. He appeared as Buddy in the "Buddy and Jim" sketches with James Catusi in the first season of Sesame Street, in 1969. In 1970, he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for his role in Applause. He played Harry Stadling in the cult film, Christmas Evil, and Cleveland Sam in Dressed to Kill, both in 1980. In 1982 he played Garp's wrestling coach in The World According to Garp. He then played George Elliot in the short lived NBC series Jennifer Slept Here with Georgia Engel and Ann Jillian in 1983. He was also a cast member of the groundbreaking Showtime original comedy Brothers, where he played Lou Waters. The show was on the air from 1984 to 1989. For his role on Brothers, Maggart was nominated for four Cable ACE awards (for Best Actor in a Comedy Series) in 1985, 1986, 1988 and 1989. Later in 1989, following up his role on Brothers, he appeared as Lynn Redgrave's brother on the short-lived, and much talked about Jackie Mason sitcom Chicken Soup. In 1990, he had a notable guest turn on the Fox sitcom Babes, playing the ex-husband of Susan Peretz's character, Darlene Gilbert. Since that time he has devoted much of his time to painting and writing. His paintings have been featured on The Venice Art Walk. His poem, Diversity in Venice was read at The Venice Centennial in 2005. His first book, is an autobiographical memoir called Papa's Footprint. It tells the tale of a four million year old actor and father, from Africa to Broadway and Hollywood. His next book is a novel entitled On The Fancy. It will be published in the Spring of 2013.
Maggart has been married once; with his wife, LuJan, they had five children, Jennifer, Spencer, Justine (now deceased) Julienne and Garett. He has two daughters, Amber and Fiona, with former singer Diane McAfee. Spencer Maggart (also known as Brandon, Jr.) is now a writer/director, and Garett Maggart has been a well-known TV and movie actor for many years, at times working with Brandon on some projects. Amber is better known in show business as cabaret singer Maude Maggart, and Fiona, as singer Fiona Apple.