Graham Brown

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This article is about the actor from the latter part of the 20th century. For the Irish actor from the early part of the 20th century, see W. Graham Brown. For the English cricketer, see Graham Brown (cricketer).
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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