Russ Brown (actor)

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Russ Brown
Russel Brown

(1892-05-30)May 30, 1892
DiedOctober 19, 1964(1964-10-19) (aged 72)
Years active1934–1964

Russell Brown (May 30, 1892 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – October 19, 1964 in Englewood, New Jersey) was an American Tony Award-winning actor of stage and film. Brown, a stage actor for decades, is best remembered by audiences as Captain Brackett in South Pacific, which he repeated in the movie version, and for his performances as "Benny Van Buren" in the stage/film version of Damn Yankees in 1958, and the following year as park caretaker George Lemon in the classic courtroom drama, Anatomy of a Murder (1959). For his stage performance in "Damn Yankees!", he earned Broadway's Tony Award in 1956, as did actor Ray Walston, actress Gwen Verdon and her choreographer husband Bob Fosse, among others, all for the same Tony Award-winning musical.


Year Title Role Notes
1934 Moulin Rouge Joe
1934 Let's Talk It Over Bill
1934 The Love Captive Larry Chapman
1935 Sweet Surrender Jerry Burke
1940 Millionaire Playboy Mr. Bob Norman
1958 South Pacific Capt. Brackett, USN
1958 Damn Yankees Benny Van Buren
1959 It Happened to Jane Uncle Otis
1959 Anatomy of a Murder George Lemon
1962 Advise & Consent Night Watchman (Mike)
1963 The Cardinal Dr. Heller

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