Les Brown (speaker)

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Les Brown
Les Brown speaking.jpg
Brown in 2009
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 29th district
In office
January 3, 1977 – January 3, 1983
Preceded byWilliam Kopp
Succeeded byRay Miller
Personal details
Leslie Calvin Brown

(1945-02-17) February 17, 1945 (age 77)
Miami, Florida, United States
Political partyDemocratic
(m. 1995; div. 1997)
OccupationPolitician, motivational speaker

Leslie Calvin "Les" Brown (born February 17, 1945) is an American politician and motivational speaker. He was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives from 1977 to 1981.[1]

Early life[edit]

Brown was born with his twin brother, Wesley, in Liberty City, a low-income section of Miami, Florida. He was adopted by Mamie Brown, a 38-year-old single woman who worked as a cafeteria attendant and domestic assistant. Brown claims that he was declared "educable mentally retarded" in grade school, which damaged his self-esteem and confidence.[2]

Professional life[edit]

According to many of Brown's speeches, when he first decided to get into public radio he was repeatedly unsuccessful. It was only after the on-air failures of the previous afternoon DJ that he was hired full-time. Upon his termination from the radio station, he ran for election in the Ohio House of Representatives and won. After leaving the Ohio State Legislature, he shifted his career to television and became a host on PBS.[citation needed]

From September to November 1993, he hosted a talk show, The Les Brown Show.[3][4]

Brown was on KFWB in California for a daily syndicated radio program from 2011 to 2012.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Brown married Gladys Knight in 1995. They divorced in 1997.[6][7]


  1. ^ "Leslie C. Brown | Ohio Statehouse". www.ohiostatehouse.org. Retrieved 2019-03-29.
  2. ^ "George Washington Williams Room - Legislators". The Ohio Statehouse. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Less Les? (The Les Brown Show)". HighBeam Research. 6 December 1993. Archived from the original on 5 November 2012.
  4. ^ Freeman, Mike (3 January 1994). "King World Productions replaces 'The Les Brown Show' with 'Rolonda Watts'". HighBeam Research. Archived from the original on 5 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Les Brown Exits KFWB". All Access. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  6. ^ Gladys Knight Weds Les Brown. Jet. 1995-10-09.
  7. ^ "Pain and Glory". People. Vol. 48, no. 23. Retrieved 2017-11-17.

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