Brown at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival
|Born||Bryan Neathway Brown
23 June 1947
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Spouse(s)||Rachel Ward (1983–present)|
Bryan Neathway Brown, AM (born 23 June 1947) is an Australian actor. He has performed in over eighty film and television projects since the late 1970s, both in his native Australia and abroad. Notable films include Breaker Morant (1980), Give My Regards to Broad Street (1984), F/X (1986), Cocktail (1988), Gorillas in the Mist (1988), F/X2 (1991), Along Came Polly (2004), Australia (2008), Kill Me Three Times (2014) and Gods of Egypt (2016). He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award for his performance in the television miniseries The Thorn Birds (1983).
Brown was born in Sydney, the son of John "Jack" Brown and Molly Brown, a pianist in the early days of the Langshaw School of Ballet, who also worked as a house cleaner. 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 Britain 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 the 1975 film Scobie Malone as a policeman, delivering two lines, and being listed last in the credits as "Brian Bronn". In 1977, he appeared in 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 and Money Movers.
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 another Australian TV mini-series, "A Town Like Alice", that won popularity in the United States.
He is best known to American television audiences for his role as Luke O'Neil in The Thorn Birds (1983), starring Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward (whom he later married). Brown was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor – Miniseries or a Movie for his work.
In the 1990s and more recently, Brown appeared in American and Australian TV productions and films, 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, one of whom, Matilda Brown, is also an actress.
|1977||The Love Letters from Teralba Road||Len|
|1978||Third Person Plural||Mark|
|1978||The Irishman||Eric Haywood|
|1978||Weekend of Shadows||Bennett|
|1978||The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith||Shearer|
|1978||Money Movers||Brian Jackson|
|1979||Cathy's Child||Paul Nicholson|
|1979||The Odd Angry Shot||Rogers|
|1980||Palm Beach||Paul Kite|
|1980||Breaker Morant||Lt. Peter Handcock||AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role|
|1980||Stir||China Jackson||Nominated—AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role|
|1980||Blood Money||Brian Shields|
|1981||Winter of Our Dreams||Rob|
|1982||Far East||Morgan Keefe|
|1984||Give My Regards to Broad Street||Steve|
|1984||Kim||Mahbub Ali||Television movie|
|1985||The Empty Beach||Cliff Hardy|
|1985||Rebel||Tiger||Nominated—AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role|
|1986||F/X||Roland 'Rollie' Tyler|
|1987||The Good Wife||Sonny Hills|
|1987||The Shiralee||Macauley||Television movie|
|1988||Gorillas in the Mist||Bob Campbell|
|1990||Blood Oath||Captain Cooper||aka Prisoners of the Sun|
|1991||Sweet Talker||Harry Reynolds|
|1991||Dead in the Water||Charlie Deegan||Television movie|
|1992||Blame It on the Bellboy||Mike Lawton/Charlton Black|
|1992||Devlin||Frank Devlin||Television movie|
|1993||Age of Treason||Marcus Didius Falco||Television movie|
|1993||The Last Hit||Michael Grant||Television movie|
|1995||Full Body Massage||Fitch||Television movie|
|1996||Dead Heart||Ray Lorkin|
|1997||20,000 Leagues Under the Sea||Ned Land||Television movie|
|1998||Dogboys||Captain Robert Brown||Television movie|
|1998||On the Border||Barry Montana||Television movie|
|1999||Dear Claudia||Walter Burton|
|1999||Two Hands||Pando||AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role|
|1999||Grizzly Falls||Tyrone Bankston|
|2000||On the Beach||Dr. Julian Osborne||Television movie|
|2002||Dirty Deeds||Barry Ryan|
|2003||Footsteps||Eddie Bruno||Television movie|
|2004||Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman||Hal Thorne||Television movie|
|2004||Along Came Polly||Leland Van Lew|
|2005||Spring Break Shark Attack||Joel Gately||Television movie|
|2005||The Poseidon Adventure||Jeffrey Eric Anderson||Television movie|
|2006||Two Twisted||Detective Vincent Westler||Television movie|
|2007||Joanne Lees: Murder in the Outback||Rex Wild QC||Television movie|
|2009||Beautiful Kate||Bruce Kendall||Nominated—AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role|
|2011||Love Birds||Dr. Buster|
|2014||Kill Me Three Times||Bruce Jones|
|2016||The Light Between Oceans||Septimus Potts|
|2016||Gods of Egypt||Osiris|
|2016||Red Dog: True Blue||Grandpa|
|1978||Against the Wind||Michael Connor||2 episodes|
|1981||A Town Like Alice||Joe Harmon||3 episodes|
|1983||The Thorn Birds||Luke O'Neill||3 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
|1984||Eureka Stockade||Peter Lalor||3 episodes|
|1994||The Wanderer||Adam||3 episodes|
|1996||Twisted Tales||Jack Johnson||Episode: "The Confident Man"|
|1999||Journey to the Center of the Earth||Casper Hastings||2 episodes|
|2012||The Good Wife||Jack Copeland||2 episodes|
|2013||Better Man||Lex Lasry||4 episodes|
|2014||Old School||Lennie Cahill||8 episodes|
- "Rachel Ward: Not just a glamour girl". The Sydney Morning Herald. 13 June 2005.
- "Bryan Brown". The New York Times.
- 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.
- "Mountain-top republicans". ABC.net.au. 1999-10-08.