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Also Known As: Bryan Neathway Brown Died:
Born: June 23, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Sydney, New South Wales, AU Profession: actor, producer, insurance salesman

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The virile yet thoughtful lead of numerous Australian features in the 1970s and 1980s, including such landmark films as "Breaker Morant" (1980) and "Stir" (1980), Bryan Brown's sturdy performances brought him to Hollywood in the 1980s, where he essayed largely one-dimensional figures in "F/X" (1986) and "Cocktail" (1988). He was better served in more independent-minded fare, where his ability to root out and examine the flaws of these stoic figures was put to better use; Brown would later give more nuanced turns in Australian-made fare like "Two Hands" (1999), with Heath Ledger, and "Dirty Deeds" (2002). A leading figure in that country's film and television career for over three decades, Brown's body of work commanded and received the respect due to a versatile performer who favored quality over box office returns.

The virile yet thoughtful lead of numerous Australian features in the 1970s and 1980s, including such landmark films as "Breaker Morant" (1980) and "Stir" (1980), Bryan Brown's sturdy performances brought him to Hollywood in the 1980s, where he essayed largely one-dimensional figures in "F/X" (1986) and "Cocktail" (1988). He was better served in more independent-minded fare, where his ability to root out and examine the flaws of these stoic figures was put to better use; Brown would later give more nuanced turns in Australian-made fare like "Two Hands" (1999), with Heath Ledger, and "Dirty Deeds" (2002). A leading figure in that country's film and television career for over three decades, Brown's body of work commanded and received the respect due to a versatile performer who favored quality over box office returns.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Gods of Egypt (2016)
2.
3.
 Limbo (2011)
4.
 Love Birds (2011)
5.
 Beautiful Kate (2009)
6.
 Australia (2008)
7.
 Dean Spanley (2008)
10.
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Painania, a suburb of Sydney
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Worked as an insurance salesman
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Began performing with an amateur troupe in Australia at age 25
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Moved to London to pursue an acting career
1973:
Worked in repertory theaters in England; joined the National Theatre of Britain
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Returned to Australia to work in films and with Theater Australia
1977:
Feature film acting debut, "The Love Letters From Teralba Road"
1978:
Had supporting roles in two seminal Australian films, "The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith" and "Newsfront"
1979:
American TV acting debut in the syndicated miniseries "Against the Wind"
1980:
Won international acclaim for the supporting role in "Breaker Morant"
1981:
Starred in the miniseries "A Town Like Alice" (aired in the US on PBS' "Masterpiece Theater")
1981:
Appeared opposite Judy Davis in "The Winter of Our Discontent"
1983:
First on-screen collaboration with future wife Rachel Ward, playing husband and wife in the ABC miniseries "The Thorn Birds"; earned Supporting Actor Emmy and Golden Globe nominations
1984:
Had leading role in the CBS small screen remake of "Kim"
1986:
Starred as special effects technician Rollie Tyler in the thriller "F/X"
1986:
Re-teamed on screen with wife Rachel Ward in the Australian period drama "The Good Wife"
1988:
Co-starred as Tom Cruise's mentor in "Cocktail"
1988:
Portrayed Sigourney Weaver's love interest in the fact-based "Gorillas in the Mist"
1991:
Provided story for and acted in the feature "Sweet Talker"
1991:
Executive produced first feature, "FX2 - The Deadly Art of Illusion"; also reprised role of Rollie Tyler
1991:
Played the leading role in the USA Network film "Dead in the Water"
1992:
Cast in the title role in the Showtime drama "Devlin"
1996:
Executive produced (also narrated) the compilation feature "Twisted"; segments compiled from the Australian TV series "Twisted Tales"
1996:
Starred as twins from medieval times who are reincarnated in the modern world in the syndicated series "The Wanderer"
1997:
Served as executive producer of "Still Twisted," the second compilation film from "Twisted Tales" series
1997:
Co-starred in the ABC miniseries adaptation of "Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"
1999:
Garnered praise for his turn as a tough guy chasing a young street hustler in the Australian drama "Two Hands"
1999:
Co-starred as a missing scientist in the USA Network miniseries "Journey to the Center of the Earth"
2000:
Again collaborated with wife Rachel Ward as estranged lovers in the Showtime movie "On the Beach"
2004:
Played a businessman who enjoys high-risk sports in the comedy "Along Came Polly"
2006:
Executive produced the follow up series, "Two Twisted"
2008:
Portrayed a cattle baron in director Baz Luhrmann's epic "Australia"
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Notes

"I love being physical. I don't want the stunt men to have all the fun. I can't play football anymore -- I'm too old. So [doing stunts is] a good chance to bloody roll around and get a few bruises." --Bryan Brown quoted in USA Today, May 9, 1991

On appearing with his wife in films or TV projects, Brown told Susan King of Los Angeles Times (May 26, 2000): "I don't know too many people who work together time and time again. I think if there is someone you really enjoy working with, you're lucky to do it five times in your life. That hardly ever happens. ...

Also, you don't want to be playing love interests all the time. I mean, then you start to feel like you are being revelatory rather than playing performance ... "

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wife:
Rachel Ward. Actor. Born on September 12, 1957; met while playing husband and wife during the filming of the ABC miniseries "The Thorn Birds" (1983); married in 1983; co-starred together in "The Good Wife" (1986) and the Showtime miniseries "On the Beach" (2000).

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mother:
Molly Brown. Housecleaner, pianist.
sister:
Kristine Brown. Educator. Younger.
daughter:
Rosie Brown. Born in 1984.
daughter:
Matilda Brown. Born in 1987.
son:
Joe Brown. Born in 1992.
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