Peter Brown (actor)
Brown (right) as Deputy Johnny McKay in the television series Lawman (1961)
|Born||Pierre Lind de Lappe
October 5, 1935
New York City, New York, USA
|Alma mater||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Occupation||Film and television actor|
(1) Diane Jergens (married 1958-1960, divorced)
|Children||Two sons, Matthew and Joshua|
Peter Brown (born October 5, 1935) is an American television actor known for his four-year role as young Deputy Johnny McKay opposite John Russell as Marshal Dan Troop in the 1958-1962 ABC/Warner Brothers western television series, Lawman and as Texas Ranger Chad Cooper on Laredo from 1965-1967.
Brown was born in New York City as Pierre Lind de Lappe. His mother, Mina Reaume, was a stage and radio actress, playing the "Dragon Lady" on the Terry and the Pirates radio serial. He has an older brother, Phillip, and two younger half brothers, Paul and Michael. Peter took the name Brown from his stepfather, Albert Brown.
During his United States Army service in Alaska with the 2nd Infantry Division (United States), Brown became involved in writing, directing and acting in plays to entertain the other troops. Upon his discharge, Brown studied Drama at the University of California, Los Angeles and soon was appearing in plays and on NBC Matinee Theatre. Brown also supported himself by working in a gasoline station on the Sunset Strip. One night a man paid for his purchase with a credit card reading "Jack L. Warner". Brown asked the customer whether he was one of the Warner Brothers, the man replied "I'm the last one left". The next day Brown was offered a screen test at the studio.
As a contract player for Warner Brothers, Brown appeared in the films Red Nightmare and Darby's Rangers. Though his role in Onionhead was cut from the completed film, the producer Julius Schermer hired him for Deputy Johnny McKay in Lawman, an important part that lasted from 1958 to 1962. Brown is the only surviving member of the series. Brown also appeared in the 1962 film, Merrill's Marauders.
Brown appeared on dozens of other television shows and did several crossovers with other western series as Johnny McKay, including Maverick, in the 1961 episode "Hadley's Hunters," featuring Jack Kelly as Bart Maverick, along with a host of characters from other Warner Brothers. westerns, including Cheyenne (Clint Walker), Bronco (Ty Hardin), and Sugarfoot (Will Hutchins). In the Cheyenne episode "Renegades" (1958), Brown at twenty-two was cast as 17-year-old Jed Wayne, who enlists in the United States Army after his father is killed in an attack by Comanche renegades. Olive Sturgess played Kathy Donovan, who takes an interest in young Wayne and is the daughter of the fort commander, Colonel Ralph Donovan (Bartlett Robinson), who distrusts the Indians. The episode also focuses on the spirit and endurance of Wayne's mortally lame horse and the wisdom of the Comanche chief, Little Elk (Steve Darrell).
Brown twice guest starred on another ABC/WB western, Colt .45, with Wayde Preston. He appeared as Dave with Andrew Duggan and Bob Steele cast as Jim Rexford and Sergeant Granger, respectively, in "The Peacemaker" or "Judgment Day", the series premiere in 1957. Thereafter that same season, he was cast as Jimmy Benedict opposite Charles Bronson as the outlaw Danny Arnold in the episode "Young Gun". In the story line, Benedict, who wants to make a name for himself, challenges Arnold to a gunfight.
After his contract with Warner Brothers lapsed, Brown made two films for Walt Disney Studios. He appeared in other television series too, such as Redigo, starring Richard Egan as a New Mexico rancher. He contracted to Universal Pictures for the 1965 NBC western television series, Laredo, set on the Mexican border in and about Laredo, Texas.
Brown began the 1970s in exploitation films such as Foxy Brown, Chrome and Hot Leather, and Rape Squad and soap operas such as Days of our Lives and The Bold and the Beautiful. He continues to perform in various American television guest star roles.
Brown has been married five times. His wives have been:
- Diane Jergens, an actress; they wed on 6 August 1958 and divorced in June 1960.
- Sandy Edmundson, a fashion model; they wed on 26 May 1964 and divorced in March 1971. They had one son, Matthew (born 1966).
- Liliane Alice Yvette Safargy, a fashion model; they wed on 14 November 1971 and divorced in September 1974.
- Mary Kathleen Gauba, a tennis player; they wed on 29 November 1986 and divorced in 1999.
- Kerstin Kern; they wed on 6 September 2008.
Brown also has a son, Joshua, by Amber Karlson, with whom he lived from 1974 until 1979.
- Thomas, Bob (February 8, 1959). "Peter Brown Major Reason 'Lawman' Show Popular". Ocala Star-Banner. p. 11. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
- Peter Brown Biography
- "Renegades: Cheyenne". Internet Movie Data Base. February 11, 1958. Retrieved September 2, 2014.
- "Colt .45". ctva.biz. Retrieved December 22, 2012.
- Brown, Peter & Stuart, Alexx The Fastest Gun in Hollywood: The Life Story of Peter Brown Wild Horse Press June 12, 2013