Bryan Brown

76, from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Biography

Bryan Neathway Brown (born 23 June 1947) is an Australian actor.

Early life

Brown was born in Sydney, the son of John (Jack) Brown and Molly Brown, a house cleaner and pianist in the early days of the Langshaw School of Ballet. He grew up in the south-western Sydney suburb of Bankstown, and began working at AMP as an actuarial student. He started to act in amateur theatre performances, where he discovered a passion for acting.

Career

Brown went to England in 1964, eventually winning minor roles at the Old Vic. He returned to Australia where he became a member of the Genesian Theatre, Sydney, appearing in Colleen Clifford's production of A Man for All Seasons, before joining the Queensland Theatre Company. He made his cinema debut in 1977 with a small role in The Love Letters from Teralba Road, and appeared in several more Australian films over the next two years.

In 1980 Brown became known to international audiences for his performance in Breaker Morant. While he continued appearing in Australian productions he also appeared in American TV mini-series, winning popularity in the United States in A Town Like Alice (1981).

He is best known to American television audiences for his Golden Globe and Emmy nominated role as Luke O'Neil in The Thorn Birds (1983), starring Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward, who he later married.

He starred in several international productions, including Tai-Pan, with Joan Chen, Gorillas in the Mist, with Sigourney Weaver, and Cocktail, with Tom Cruise.

He is one of the few Australian actors who regularly plays Australians, thereby retaining his accent. Two exceptions are Tai-Pan and his role in the TV series Against the Wind, which called for an Irish accent.

Timeline

2023Aged 76

  • Poster for Anyone But You

    Roger

2019Aged 72

  • Poster for Palm Beach

    Frank

2018Aged 71

  • Poster for Sweet Country

    Sergeant Fletcher

  • Poster for Peter Rabbit

    Mr. Rabbit (voice)

2017Aged 70

  • Poster for David Stratton: A Cinematic Life

    Self

  • Poster for Australia Day

    Terry Friedman

2016Aged 69

  • Poster for Gods of Egypt

    Osiris

  • Poster for The Light Between Oceans

    Septimus Potts

  • Poster for Red Dog: True Blue

    Grandpa

2015Aged 68

  • Poster for Kill Me Three Times

    Bruce Jones

2013Aged 66

  • Poster for An Accidental Soldier

    Captain Foster

  • Poster for The Darkside

    Graham

2011Aged 64

  • Poster for Love Birds

    Dr. Buster

2010Aged 63

  • Poster for Limbo

    Daniel

2009Aged 62

  • Poster for Beautiful Kate

    Bruce Kendall

2008Aged 61

  • Poster for Cactus

    Rosco

  • Poster for Australia

    King Carney

  • Poster for Dean Spanley

    Wrather

2007Aged 60

  • Poster for Joanne Lees: Murder In The Outback

    Rex Wild

2005Aged 58

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    Joel Gately

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    Jeffrey Eric Anderson

2004Aged 57

2003Aged 56

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    Eddie Bruno

2002Aged 55

  • Poster for Dirty Deeds

    Barry Ryan

2001Aged 54

  • Poster for Risk

    John Kriesky

  • Poster for Mullet

    Publican (voice)

  • Poster for Styx

    Art

2000Aged 53

  • Poster for On the Beach

    Dr. Julian Osborne

1999Aged 52

  • Poster for Dear Claudia

    Walter Burton

  • Poster for Two Hands

    Pando

  • Poster for Grizzly Falls

    Tyrone Bankston

1998Aged 51

  • Poster for Dogboys

    Captain Robert Brown

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    Barry Montana

1997Aged 50

1996Aged 49

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    (Unknown)

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    Ray Lorkin

1995Aged 48

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    Fitch

1993Aged 46

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    Michael Grant

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    Marcus Didius Falco

1992Aged 45

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    Mike Lawton / Charlton Black

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    Frank Devlin

1991Aged 44

  • Poster for F/X2

    Roland 'Rollie' Tyler

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    Harry Reynolds

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    Charlie Deegan

1990Aged 43

  • Poster for Blood Oath

    Captain Cooper

1988Aged 41

  • Poster for Cocktail

    Douglas "Doug" Coughlin

  • Poster for Gorillas in the Mist

    Bob Campbell

1987Aged 40

  • Poster for The Good Wife

    Sonny Hills

1986Aged 39

  • Poster for F/X

    Roland 'Rollie' Tyler

  • Poster for Tai-Pan

    Dirk Struan

1985Aged 38

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    David Parker

  • Poster for The Empty Beach

    Cliff Hardy

  • Poster for Rebel

    Tiger

1984Aged 37

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    Mahbub Ali

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    Steve

1982Aged 35

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    Morgan Keefe

1981Aged 34

  • Poster for Winter of Our Dreams

    Rob

1980Aged 33

  • Poster for Palm Beach

    Paul Kite

  • Poster for Stir

    China Jackson

  • Poster for Breaker Morant

    Lt. Peter Handcock

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    Brian Shields

1979Aged 32

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    Rogers

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    Paul Nicholson

1978Aged 31

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    (Unknown)

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    Mark

  • Poster for The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

    Shearer

  • Poster for Weekend of Shadows

    Bennett

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    Geoff

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    Brian Jackson

1977Aged 30

  • Poster for The Love Letters from Teralba Road

    (Unknown)

1975Aged 28

  • Poster for The Christmas Tree

    axeman

  • Poster for Scobie Malone

    Policeman (as Brian Bronn)