Brown at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival
|Born||Bryan Neathway Brown
23 June 1947
|Spouse(s)||Rachel Ward (1983–present)|
Brown was born in Sydney, the son of John (Jack) Brown and Molly Brown, a house cleaner who worked as a pianist in the early days of the Langshaw School of Ballet. He grew up with his younger sister Kristine, in the south-western Sydney suburb of Panania and began working at AMP as an actuarial student. He started to act in amateur theatre performances, where he discovered a passion for acting.
Brown went to England in 1964, eventually winning minor roles at The Old Vic. He returned to Australia and became a member of the Genesian Theatre, Sydney. He appeared in Colleen Clifford's production of A Man for All Seasons, before joining the Queensland Theatre Company. He made his cinema debut in 1977 with a small role in The Love Letters from Teralba Road and appeared in several more Australian films over the next two years such as Stir.
In 1980, Brown became known to international audiences for his performance in Breaker Morant. While he continued appearing in Australian productions, he also appeared in American TV mini-series, winning popularity in the United States in A Town Like Alice (1981).
He is best known to American television audiences for his Golden Globe and Emmy nominated role as Luke O'Neil in The Thorn Birds (1983), starring Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward, whom he later married.
He generally plays Australians, but assumed a Scottish accent for the film Tai-Pan and the TV series Against the Wind.
In the 1990s and more recently, Brown appeared in American and Australian TV productions and movies, such as Two Hands (1999), as well as in British TV commercials.
Brown's production company made the series Twisted Tales and Two Twisted (similar to Alfred Hitchcock Presents). The second series had an additional twist: both stories in each episode were connected in some way, and the audience was invited to try to spot the connection.
Honours and awards
Brown was inducted into the Logie Hall of Fame in 1989. He received the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Breaker Morant (1980) and for Two Hands (1999).
In June 2005, Brown was made a Member of the Order of Australia "for service to the community through a range of charitable organisations committed to providing assistance and support to families and young people and to the Australian film and television industry."
When Bryan Brown was first introduced to Rachel Ward on the set of the TV miniseries The Thorn Birds in 1983, he read her palm and predicted she would have three children. They married a few months after filming wrapped. They have three children—Rosie, Matilda (who is also an actress) and Joe.
- The Love Letters from Teralba Road (1977)
- Third Person Plural (1978)
- The Irishman (1978)
- Weekend of Shadows (1978)
- The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978)
- Newsfront (1978)
- Money Movers (1978)
- Cathy's Child (1979)
- The Odd Angry Shot (1979)
- Palm Beach (1980)
- Breaker Morant (1980)
- Stir (1980)
- Blood Money (1980)
- Winter of Our Dreams (1981)
- Far East (1982)
- Parker (1984)
- Give My Regards to Broad Street (1984)
- The Empty Beach (1985)
- Rebel (1985)
- F/X – Murder by Illusion (1986)
- Tai-Pan (1986)
- The Good Wife (1987)
- The Shiralee (1987)
- Cocktail (1988)
- Gorillas in the Mist (1988)
- Blood Oath (a.k.a. Prisoners of the Sun) (1990)
- Sweet Talker (aka Confidence) (1991)
- F/X 2: The Deadly Art of Illusion (1991)
- Blame It on the Bellboy (1992)
- Full Body Massage (1995)
- Dead Heart (1996)
- On The Border (1998)
- Dear Claudia (1999)
- Two Hands (1999)
- Grizzly Falls (1999)
- Risk (2000)
- Mullet (2001, voice)
- Styx (2001)
- Dirty Deeds (2002)
- Along Came Polly (2004)
- Dean Spanley (2008)
- Cactus (2008)
- Australia (2008)
- Beautiful Kate (2009)
- Limbo (2010)
- Love Birds (2011)
- Against the Wind (TV series) (1978)
- A Town Like Alice (1981)
- The Thorn Birds (1983)
- Eureka Stockade (1984 film) (1984)
- Kim (1984)
- The Shiralee (1987)
- Dead in the Water (TV film) (1991)
- Devlin (1992 film) (1992)
- Age of Treason (1993)
- The Last Hit (1993)
- The Wanderer (1994, 13 episodes)
- Full Body Massage (1995, made for cable film)
- Twisted Tales (1996)
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1997)
- Dogboys (1998)
- On the Border (TV Film) (1998)
- Journey to the Center of the Earth (1999)
- On the Beach (2000)
- Footsteps (TV film) (2003)
- Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman (2004)
- Spring Break Shark Attack (2005)
- The Poseidon Adventure (2005, Tele-Movie)
- Two Twisted (2006)
- Joanne Lees: Murder in the Outback (2007, Tele-Movie)
- Dean Spanley (2008)
- The Good Wife, episode "Alienation of Affection" (2012)
- "Rachel Ward: Not just a glamour girl". The Sydney Morning Herald. 13 June 2005.
- Bryan Brown Biography – Film Reference
- Brown, Bryan (7 February 2005). "Opening speech: Bryan Brown". Art Gallery of New South Wales. Archived from the original on 30 July 2008. Retrieved 30 December 2008.
- "It's an Honour website". Australian Government. Retrieved 29 March 2008.
- Bryan Brown at the Internet Movie Database
- Bryan Brown — Australian Film Commission
- Bryan Brown at the National Film and Sound Archive
- Bryan Brown's Official Website — New Town Films