Graham Brown

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Graham Brown
Born Robert Brown
(1924-10-24)October 24, 1924
New York, New York, United States
Died December 13, 2011(2011-12-13) (aged 87)
Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.

Graham Brown (October 24, 1924 – December 13, 2011) was an American actor best known for his work in the theatre.[1]

Biography[edit]

Born Robert Brown in New York, New York, he is best known for his work on the stage. He attended Howard University where he earned a BA in theater. He also studied method acting at the Actors Studio in New York. He began his career as a Shakespearean actor at Guthrie Theater where he appeared in productions like Hamlet and Richard III.[2] Brown was an original member of Negro Ensemble Company (NEC) and played in many NEC productions like: Malcochon by Derek Walcott, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men by Lonnie Elder III, District Line and The River Niger both by Joseph A Walker. He was part of the original cast of controversial play Song of the Lusitanian Bogey by Peter Weiss which toured Europe and was subject to a riot in a London theatre in August 1968. Graham Brown was often cast as professional and/or highly educated people such as doctors and clergymen.

One of his best remembered roles was as "Jared Philibert", the 50-year-old patriarch of a Caribbean-American family in Steve Carter's critically acclaimed play, Nevis Mountain Dew. He originated the role in NEC's Off-Broadway production and reprised the role in the West Coast premiere of the play. For the latter he received a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for his performance.[3]

Selected credits[edit]

Theatre[edit]

Year Production Role Theatre(s) Notes
1963 Hamlet[4] Horatio Minnesota Theater Company
1968 Weekend[5] Dr. Hampton Broadhurst Theatre
The Man in the Glass Booth[6] Sam Royale Theatre
1971 Behold! Cometh the Vanderkellans[7][8] Dr. Vanderkellans Theatre de Lys
1972 The River Niger[9][10][11] Dr. Dudley Stanton St. Mark's Playhouse[9]
Brooks Atkinson Theatre[10][11]
Originally an Off-Broadway production that was transferred to Broadway.[9][10][11]
1975 Black Picture Show[12] Norman Vivian Beaumont Theater
1976 Eden[13] Joseph Barton St. Mark's Playhouse
Theatre de Lys
Transferred to Theatre de Lys on May 14, 1976.
Kings[14] Tiresias in "Oedipus" Alvin Theatre
1978 Nevis Mountain Dew[15] Jared Philibert St. Mark's Playhouse
1980 Lagrima del Diablo[16] Archbishop Stephen Emmanuel Pontiflax St. Mark's Playhouse
1981 Nevis Mountain Dew[3] Jared Philibert Los Angeles Actors Theatre Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, Lead Performance[3]
1985 Ceremonies in Dark Old Men[17] William Jenkins Theatre Four
1989 The Talented Tenth[18] Father/
Sam Griggs
Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1984 The Muppets Take Manhattan Mr. Wrightson
1989 Bloodhounds of Broadway Dr. Frischer
1992 Malcolm X Dr. Payson
1994 Blues in C Bucky Webb
1995 Clockers Mr. Herman Brown

References[edit]

  1. ^ Associated Press. "'Sanford & Son' actor Graham Brown dies in NJ". Tdn.com. Retrieved 2011-12-17. 
  2. ^ Hill, Anthony D.; Douglas Q. Barnett (2009). Historical dictionary of African American theater. Scarecrow Press. pp. 60–61. ISBN 0810855348. 
  3. ^ a b c "1980-1989 Awards". United States: Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  4. ^ Johnson, John H., ed. (February 21, 1963). "New york beat". Jet (Chicago, Illinois: Johnson Publishing Company, Inc.) 23 (18): 63–64. 
  5. ^ "Weekend". United States: Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  6. ^ "The Man in the Glass Booth". United States: Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  7. ^ "Behold! Cometh the Vanderkellans". New York, New York: Lortel Archives: The Internet Off-Broadway Database. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  8. ^ "Behold! Cometh the Vanderkellans". United States: Internet Theatre Database. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  9. ^ a b c "The River Niger". New York, New York: Lortel Archives: The Internet Off-Broadway Database. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  10. ^ a b c "The River Niger". United States: Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  11. ^ a b c "The River Niger". United States: Internet Theatre Database. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  12. ^ "Black Picture Show". United States: Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  13. ^ "Eden". New York, New York: Lortel Archives: The Internet Off-Broadway Database. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  14. ^ "Kings". United States: Internet Theatre Database. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  15. ^ "Nevis Mountain Dew". New York, New York: Lortel Archives: The Internet Off-Broadway Database. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  16. ^ "Lagrima del Diablo". New York, New York: Lortel Archives: The Internet Off-Broadway Database. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  17. ^ "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men". New York, New York: Lortel Archives: The Internet Off-Broadway Database. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  18. ^ "The Talented Tenth". New York, New York: Lortel Archives: The Internet Off-Broadway Database. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 

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