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Phil Brown

1916-04-30 Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Philip Brown was an American actor. Brown was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After majoring in dramatics at Stanford University where he was a Brother of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, Brown played some of his earliest stage roles as part of New York's Group Theater. When it folded, he and other Group Theatre veterans headed to Hollywood, where Brown worked in motion pictures and helped found the fabled Actors' Laboratory. In 1946, he played Ernest Hemingway's famous protagonist Nick Adams in Robert Siodmak's version of The Killers, alongside William Conrad and Charles McGraw as the titular "killers". His association with the Lab came back to haunt him later in the decade, when its members fell under the scrutiny of the House Un-American Activities Committee. Although he was not a communist, Brown was blacklisted in 1952, and was eventually compelled to relocate with his family to England between 1953 and 1993. Overseas he was able to resume acting on stage, TV and films; he also directed for the stage and TV. He was best known for his role as Luke Skywalker's uncle, Owen Lars, in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977). He returned to the United States in the 1990s and in later years made the rounds of autograph shows. Phil Brown died of pneumonia on February 9, 2006 at the age of 89.


Starwoids Self 2001-01-01
Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming Council Elder 1999-01-01
Bomber Harris Lord Beaverbrook 1989-09-03
Tales of the Unexpected: Edward the Conqueror F. Milton Willis 1979-05-05
Superman State Senator (uncredited) 1978-12-13
Star Wars Uncle Owen 1977-05-25
The Pink Panther Strikes Again Virginia Senator 1976-12-15
The Romantic Englishwoman Mr. Wilson 1975-06-11
Scalawag Sandy 1973-04-22
Ooh... You Are Awful American Man 1972-12-01
Valdez Is Coming Malson 1971-04-09
Tropic of Cancer Van Norden 1970-02-27
Togetherness Everett 1970-09-13
Land Raiders Sheriff John Mayfield 1969-07-27
The Adding Machine Don 1969-09-23
Operation Cross Eagles Sgt. Turley 1968-01-01
Bomba u 10 i 10 Professor Pilich / Profesor Pilić 1967-07-12
The Counterfeit Traitor Harold Murray 1962-04-17
John Paul Jones Sentry 1959-06-16
The Camp on Blood Island Lt. Peter Bellamy 1958-04-15
A King in New York Headmaster 1957-09-12
Obsession Bill Kronin 1949-08-03
The Luck of the Irish Tom Higginbotham 1948-09-15
Moonrise Elmer - Soda Jerk 1948-10-01
If You Knew Susie Joe Collins 1948-02-07
Johnny O'Clock Phil, Hotel Clerk 1947-01-07
The Killers Nick Adams (uncredited) 1946-08-28
The Jungle Captive Don Young 1945-06-25
Over 21 Frank MacDougal 1945-08-08
State Fair Harry Ware 1945-08-29
The Impatient Years Henry Fairchild 1944-09-10
Weird Woman David Jennings 1944-03-01
Calling Dr. Gillespie Roy Todwell 1942-08-01
Hello, Annapolis Kansas City 1942-04-23
Pierre of the Plains Val Denton 1942-07-29
I Wanted Wings Jimmy Masters 1941-03-26
H.M. Pulham, Esq. Joe Bingham 1941-12-04