Timothy Brown (actor)

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Timothy Brown
No. 2, 22, 25
Position: Running back / Kick returner
Personal information
Date of birth: (1937-05-24) May 24, 1937 (age 78)
Place of birth: Richmond, Indiana, U.S.
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school: Morton Memorial (IN)
College: Ball State
NFL draft: 1959 / Round: 27 / Pick: 313
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Player stats at PFR

Thomas Allen Brown (born May 24, 1937), known also as Timothy Brown and Timmy Brown, is a former professional American football player and actor.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Born in Richmond, Indiana, Brown was raised in Knightstown, east of Indianapolis. Brown is a 1955 graduate of Morton Memorial High School at the Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's Home.

Football career[edit]

Brown played college football in state at Ball State College in Muncie. Selected late in the 1959 NFL draft, as a pro (when he was known mainly as "Timmy" Brown), he played only a single game with the Green Bay Packers, eight seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles,[4] and one season with the Baltimore Colts of the National Football League (NFL).[5][6] He scored the last touchdown in the 1968 NFL Championship Game and his final game was two weeks later in Super Bowl III with the Colts.

Brown went to the Pro Bowl in 1962, 1963, and 1965. He is the only player in Philadelphia history to return a kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown, and the only Eagle (and the first of nine NFL players ever) to return two kickoffs, 90- and 93-yarders, for touchdowns in the same game.[7]

Brown also served as a color analyst for CBS NFL telecasts in 1973.

Acting career[edit]

Brown used the name "Timothy Brown" as an actor, to make it easier to distinguish him from Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns running back who also became an actor.

Brown's acting career began while he was still an active player, with a guest appearance on the Season 3 premiere of The Wild Wild West as Clint Cartwheel in the episode titled "The Night of the Bubbling Death", which originally aired on September 8, 1967.

Following his retirement from the NFL, he became a full-time actor, appearing in such films as MASH (1970), Sweet Sugar (1972), Black Gunn (1972), Bonnie's Kids (1973), Girls Are for Loving (1973), Dynamite Brothers (1974), Nashville (1975), Zebra Force (1976), Black Heat (1976), Gus (1976) and Midnight Ride (1990). He also appeared in a half-dozen episodes of the first season of the M*A*S*H television series as Dr. Oliver Harmon "Spearchucker" Jones, but was dropped from the show reportedly because the producers learned there were no African American surgeons serving in Korea during the Korean War.[8] Along with Gary Burghoff, G. Wood, and Corey Fischer, he is one of only four actors who appeared in both the original MASH movie and the spin-off television series.

He made a guest appearance on I've Got A Secret, during which he sang a song of the same name. In addition, he made two guest appearances in the 1960s-1970s TV show Adam-12 and appeared in a Season 1 episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

In addition to his vocal contribution to the Nashville soundtrack, Brown also recorded with Imperial Records (Travis Music Co. & Rittenhouse Music, Inc.) "I Got Nothin' But Time" and "Silly Rumors". The songs were written by N. Meade and V. McCoy and produced and arranged by Jerry Ragavoy.


  1. ^ Fleischman, Bill (November 20, 1990). "Tim Brown Will Become Next Addition To Eagles Honor Roll". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Interstate General Media. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ Simonberg, Larry (July 6, 1973). "Tim, not Jim Brown now scoring on different kind of screen play". Gettysburg Times (Pennsylvania). Associated Press. p. 12. 
  3. ^ Bernstein, Ralph (August 25, 1966). "Tim Brown usually gets what he wants". Reading Eagle (Pennsylvania). Associated Press. p. 34. 
  4. ^ "Tim Brown, Packer castoff, rated gold nugget by the Philly Eagles". Milwaukee Journal. December 9, 1961. p. 2, part 2. 
  5. ^ "Timmy Brown traded to Colts". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. UPI. January 31, 1968. p. 59. 
  6. ^ "Timmy Brown wins his battle with Colts, both try win war". Washington Afro-American. August 20, 1968. p. 14. 
  7. ^ "NFL Records & Fact Book – Kickoff returns". National Football League. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  8. ^ *Whitebols, James H. Watching M*A*S*H, Watching America: A Social History of the 1972-1983 Television Series, pg 17

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