W. Earl Brown

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W. Earl Brown
Born William Earl Brown
(1963-09-07) September 7, 1963 (age 51)
Golden Pond, Kentucky, U.S.
Occupation Actor, musician
Years active 1991–present

William Earl Brown (born September 7, 1963) is an American character actor who has appeared in many mainstream film and television projects, more recently in the series American Crime (2015). He is perhaps best known as Dan Dority on the HBO series Deadwood. He is also played Kenny the Cameraman in the 1996 film Scream and Warren in the 1998 film There's Something About Mary. More recently, he voiced and filmed performance capture for the character Bill in Naughty Dog's 2013 survival horror action video game The Last of Us.

Life and career[edit]

Brown was born in Golden Pond, Kentucky. After graduating from Murray State University in 1986, Brown moved to Chicago where he received his MFA from DePaul University Theatre School in 1989.[1][2] After performing in numerous plays, including his breakout performance in Steppenwolf Theatre Company's outreach staging of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge, Brown began work in television and film. He appeared in such Chicago productions as Backdraft, The Babe, Excessive Force, Rookie of the Year and others.[3]

In 1993, Brown moved to Los Angeles. He auditioned for, and was cast in Wes Craven's New Nightmare. He also has a minor role in Craven's Vampire in Brooklyn which led to the hit, Scream. Two years later, Brown played the role of Warren in the comedy film, There's Something About Mary. Other past films credits include Being John Malkovich, Vanilla Sky, Dancing at the Blue Iguana, The Alamo, and The Big White. In 2009, Brown wrote and produced the Samuel Goldwyn Co./Sony release Bloodworth. Among Brown's more recent film credits are the Oscar-nominated films The Master and The Sessions and 2013's The Lone Ranger and Brother's Keeper, and 2014's Wild.

On television, Brown is best known for his portrayal of Dan Dority in HBO's Deadwood. During the show's second season, he was invited to join the show's writing staff by its creator, David Milch. In 2007, Brown earned a WGA nomination for writing on a drama series and a SAG nomination for best drama ensemble acting. Over the years, his numerous guest star roles on television include: Bates Motel, Rectify, Luck, American Horror Story, Justified, Six Feet Under, NYPD Blue, X-Files, The Mentalist, CSI, Ellen, Seinfeld and others. Among the many TV movies he has been involved with was the starring role in VH1's Meatloaf: To Hell and Back.

In addition to his television and film work, Brown performed the motion capture and voiceover work for Naughty Dog's acclaimed video game, The Last of Us. He also writes and records with the Los Angeles band Sacred Cowboys, who performed around the Southwest U.S. steadily from 2005 to 2009, including having been on the bill for Stagecoach 2009, Southern California's premiere country music festival.




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  1. ^ "Department of Theatre". Murray State University. Retrieved December 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ "From DePaul to "Deadwood": The Scene Stealing Characters of W. Earl Brown". May 30, 2013. Retrieved December 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ Sean O'Neal (January 6, 2011). "W. Earl Brown". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 25, 2013. 
  4. ^ Fitz-Gerald, Sean (June 6, 2015). "Here's a Description of the True Detective 2 Premiere". Vulture. Retrieved June 12, 2015. 

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