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Reb Brown in 2018
April 29, 1948
Reb Brown (born Robert Brown; April 29, 1948) is an American former football player and actor. Brown is perhaps best known for playing the lead in the television film Captain America and the action war film Uncommon Valor. He is also known for the 1983 cult classic, Yor, the Hunter from the Future, regarded as a B-Movie classic, as well as the sci-fi film Space Mutiny, and for the collaborations with director Bruno Mattei in films Strike Commando and Robowar.
Brown played football at Temple City High School, and after graduating in 1966, played Fullback at the University of Southern California during the 1967 season. His acting career started in 1973, when he appeared in the films The Girl Most Likely to... and Sssssss. He later appeared in guest starring roles in several Universal Studios-produced television series, including Emergency!, Marcus Welby, M.D., Kojak, The Eddie Capra Mysteries, and The Rockford Files. He also appeared as Rebel, a southern boy who has a fight with Ralph Malph in Happy Days, and played Jim Bridger in the all-star miniseries Centennial. Also appeared in Threes Company as Elmo, a date for Chrissy Snow.
He also played Captain America in two made-for-TV films, Captain America and Captain America II: Death Too Soon, during the late 1970s, part of the same development deal that yielded the Lou Ferrigno vehicle, The Incredible Hulk.
In the film, Big Wednesday (1978), Brown played the role of "Enforcer." He landed the supporting role of the only starting white member (as a freshman) of the team in the college basketball comedy, Fast Break (1979), starring Gabe Kaplan. In Paul Schrader's 1979 film Hardcore, he plays a bouncer in a neon-lit sex shop who throws George C. Scott into the street after Scott's character becomes rowdy.
In 1983, Brown landed a lead role in the cult film classic Yor, the Hunter from the Future, as well as Blaster, a Viet Nam veteran character who trains with other vets in a P.O.W. rescue operation in Uncommon Valor.
Critical acclaim for Brown came in the 1986 Australian film, Death of a Soldier, which was based on a true story. Starring James Coburn, Brown received a nomination for Best Lead Actor in a Dramatic Role by the Australian Film Institute for his portrayal of serial killer, Private Edward Leonski.
Brown later starred with Lou Ferrigno playing Vietnam War veterans/buddies in a pair of action films, Cage (1989) and Cage II (1994). Brown also appeared in Bruno Mattei's Strike Commando (1987) and Robowar (1988).
Brown has continued his career moving between television and feature films. He is perhaps best known for portraying the main character Dave Ryder in 1988's Space Mutiny, which was lambasted in an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
He appeared in the third-season Miami Vice episode, "Viking Bikers from Hell," in which he played a sociopathic biker, avenging his buddy's recent death.
After not appearing on screen in fifteen years, Brown co-starred in the 2012 film, Night Claws.
- Sssssss (1973) (as Steve Randall)
- The Girl Most Likely to... (1973) (TV Movie) (as Football player)
- Big Wednesday (1978) (as Enforcer)
- Fast Break (1979) (as Sam Newton "Bull")
- Captain America (1979) (TV Movie) (as Steve Rogers / Captain America)
- Captain America II: Death Too Soon (1979) (TV Movie) (as Steve Rogers / Captain America)
- Yor, the Hunter from the Future (1983) (as Yor)
- Uncommon Valor (1983) (as Blaster)
- Howling II: Your Sister Is a Werewolf (1985) (as Ben White)
- Death of a Soldier (1986) (as Private Edward J. Leonski)
- White Ghost (film) (1988) (as Major Cross)
- Strike Commando (1987) (as Michael Ransom)
- Space Mutiny (1988) (as Dave Ryder)
- Robowar (1988) (as Major Murphy Black)
- Mercenary Fighters (1988) (as T.J. Christian)
- The Firing Line (1988) (as Mark Hardin)
- Cage (1989) (as Scott Monroe)
- Street Hunter (1990) (as Colonel Walsh)
- Cage II (1994) (as Scott Monroe)
- Night Claws (2012) (as Sheriff Kelly)
- Kojak (1974) "Last Rites for a Dead Priest" (as Furniture Man)
- CHiPs (1977) 3 episodes (as Brouillette) played blonde motorcycle cop, call sign 'Mary 5. Episodes were: "Undertow", "Baby Food", and "Hustle".
- Three's Company (1979) "Ralph's Rival" (as Elmo Hacker)
- Miami Vice (1984) "Viking Bikers from Hell" (as Reb Gustafson)
- "Reb Brown". The New York Times.
- "Original 'Captain America' - Pissed He's Not in the New Movie". TMZ.com. 2011-08-21. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
- "Reb Brown at Brian's Drive-In Theater".