Jophery Brown

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Jophery Brown
Jophery Brown.jpg
Born: (1945-01-22)January 22, 1945
Grambling, Louisiana
Died: January 11, 2014(2014-01-11) (aged 68)
Newhall, California
Batted: Left
Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 21, 1968, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
September 21, 1968, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
Win–loss record0–0
Earned run average4.50

Jophery Clifford Brown (January 22, 1945 – January 11, 2014),[1] was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Chicago Cubs, as well as an award-winning stunt man and actor.

Baseball career[edit]

Brown, a Grambling State University product, was drafted three times by major league teams (including the Boston Red Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates) before finally signing with the Cubs on June 20, 1966. He made his only major league appearance on September 21, 1968, against Pittsburgh at Forbes Field. Brown relieved Bobby Tiefenauer, who had in turn relieved the Cubs' starter that day, Joe Niekro. He allowed one run in two innings of work, memorably retiring opposing pitcher Dock Ellis on a line drive back to the mound for the final out of his debut. Brown was removed for pinch-hitter Clarence Jones in the next inning. He would never pitch in the majors again.

Acting career[edit]

Brown's first television role was uncredited as a police officer on a 1964 episode of Arrest and Trial, titled "The Black Flower." He first worked as a stunt man the next year on episodes of I Spy. Brown also played an uncredited role as a reporter on a 1965 I Spy episode, "So Long, Patrick Henry."

His next work in Hollywood didn't come until 1973 in Coffy, when Brown played uncredited roles as both a party guest and a stunt man. That began a 35-year career during which he acted in 35 films and did stunts in 115. Brown worked in as many as seven movies in a year.

Recognition came in the form of a World Stunt Award for Best Work with a Vehicle. He shared the award with nine others for a car-chase scene in Bad Boys II. Brown also was nominated with six others for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture in "Wanted". That 2008 film was the last in which he worked.

Other career highlights included working as a stunt double for Morgan Freeman in three films: Along Came a Spider (2001), The Sum of All Fears (2002) and Dreamcatcher (2003). Brown was the stunt coordinator on seven motion pictures: The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1975), Scarface (1983), Action Jackson and Miracle at Beekman's Place (1988), Graffiti Bridge (1990), House Party 3 (1994), Sudden Death (1995), Sometimes They Come Back... Again (1996) and The Relic (1997). He also played the gatekeeper in Jurassic Park.

His baseball background was helpful for Bingo Long, in which he worked both as stunt coordinator and in the role of All-Stars third baseman Emory "Champ" Chambers.

Brown's last acting role was an uncredited part as a chef in Spider-Man (2002).


Jophery Brown died on January 11, 2014, at the age of 68 just 11 days short of his 69th birthday from complications related to a cancer treatment.


Year Title Role Notes
1974 Uptown Saturday Night Geechie Dan's Henchman Uncredited
1974 Mixed Company Basketball Player
1975 Let's Do It Again Bootney Farnsworth's Trainer Uncredited
1976 The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings Emory 'Champ' Chambers, All-Star (3B)
1978 Foul Play Cop
1980 The Hunter Train Passenger Uncredited
1982 Rocky III Challenger #10
1982 Annie Punjab Double
1983 Sudden Impact Young Guy #3
1985 Moving Violations Baggage-van Uncredited
1987 The Squeeze Poker Player #2
1987 Real Men Clown Uncredited
1988 The Presidio Workman #1
1989 Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects Duke's Thug #1
1989 Cyborg Saloon Owner / Pirate / Bandit
1991 Stone Cold Driver Uncredited
1992 Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot Thug #4
1992 Article 99 Admitting Guard
1992 Universal Soldier Thug
1993 Nowhere to Run Prisoner #2
1993 Maniac Cop III: Badge of Silence Degrazia
1993 Joshua Tree Snoozing Cop
1993 Boiling Point Edmund
1993 Jurassic Park Jophery Brown Credited as Worker in Raptor Pen
1993 Extreme Justice Vince
1994 Speed Bus Jump Driver
1995 The Expert Joe Himes
1995 Sudden Death Wootton
1997 The Relic Guard Frederick Ford
2002 Spider-Man Chef Uncredited, (final film role)


  1. ^ "Jophery Brown Obituary".

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