Tom Brown (actor)

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Thomas Brown
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Born (1913-01-06)January 6, 1913
New York City, U.S.
Died June 3, 1990(1990-06-03) (aged 77)
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Lung cancer
Years active 1924–1979
Spouse(s) Natalie Draper (1937–1939)[1]
Children Chris Brown, Cathleen Brown, Tuttle Brown [2]

Thomas Edward "Tom" Brown (January 6, 1913 in New York City – June 3, 1990 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles) was an American child model, and later a film and television actor.


Tom was born Thomas Edward Brown, the son of William Harold (Harry) Brown and his wife, Marie Francis Brown. As a child model from the age of two years, Brown posed as Buster Brown, the Arrow Collar Boy and the Buick boy.[3] Brown was educated at the New York Professional Children's School. He was carried on stage in his mother's arms when he was only six months old.

As an actor, he is probably best remembered for playing the title role in The Adventures of Smilin' Jack and as Gilbert Blythe in the 1934 version of Anne of Green Gables. Later he appeared on Gunsmoke, General Hospital and Days of Our Lives. He also had a recurring role as Lt. Rovacs in Mr. Lucky.[citation needed]

He enlisted in the US Army in World War II where in three years he rose from Private to Lieutenant serving in France as a paratrooper where he was awarded a French Croix de Guerre and a Bronze Star Medal.[4] He was promoted to Captain with the 40th Infantry Division.[5] He served during the Korean War with the 40th Infantry Division where he reached the rank of lieutenant colonel.[6]

Partial filmography[edit]


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  3. ^ Tom Brown Dies at 75; Actor on 'Gunsmoke',; accessed April 2, 2014.
  4. ^ p.4 Manners, Dorothy Hollywood in The Milwaukee Sentinel June 12, 1946
  5. ^ Page 25 The Bakersfield California January 9, 1950
  6. ^ Tom Brown at AllMovie

Further reading[edit]

  • Holmstrom, John (1996). The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995, Norwich, Michael Russell, p. 58.
  • Dye, David (1988). Child and Youth Actors: Filmography of Their Entire Careers, 1914-1985. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 1988, p. 28-29.

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