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Also Known As: Jim L Brown, Jim L. Brown Died: April 11, 1992
Born: March 22, 1920 Cause of Death: lung cancer
Birth Place: Desdemona, Texas, USA Profession: actor, business executive

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After a brief stint as a teenage tennis player, Brown turned to acting in the early 1940s, mostly in B action films. He starred as the young romantic lead in "Our Hearts Were Young and Gay" (1944) and its sequel, "Our Hearts Were Growing Up" (1946), but is best known as Lt. Rip Masters, father figure to a young boy at an Old West outpost in the children's TV series "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin". (The show ran from 1954 to 1959 and was later syndicated, with new introductions featuring Brown, in the 1970s.) Brown retired from film in the 1960s to become a manufacturer of body-building equipment but returned to the screen with a part in the spoof "Whiffs" (1975). Brown acted under the names James and Jim Brown and is not to be confused with black athlete-turned-film star Jim Brown or soul recording star James Brown.

After a brief stint as a teenage tennis player, Brown turned to acting in the early 1940s, mostly in B action films. He starred as the young romantic lead in "Our Hearts Were Young and Gay" (1944) and its sequel, "Our Hearts Were Growing Up" (1946), but is best known as Lt. Rip Masters, father figure to a young boy at an Old West outpost in the children's TV series "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin". (The show ran from 1954 to 1959 and was later syndicated, with new introductions featuring Brown, in the 1970s.) Brown retired from film in the 1960s to become a manufacturer of body-building equipment but returned to the screen with a part in the spoof "Whiffs" (1975). Brown acted under the names James and Jim Brown and is not to be confused with black athlete-turned-film star Jim Brown or soul recording star James Brown.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  The Christian Licorice Store (1971) Assistant Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Whiffs (1975)
2.
 Powderkeg (1971)
3.
 The Phynx (1970)
4.
 Targets (1968) Robert Thompson, Sr.
5.
 Town Tamer (1965) Davis
6.
 Black Spurs (1965) Sheriff Nemo
7.
 The Ceremony (1963)
8.
 Irma La Douce (1963) Texan customer
9.
 Five Guns to Tombstone (1961) Billy Wade
10.
 20,000 Eyes (1961) Jerry Manning
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wife:
Betty Brown.

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daughter:
Carol Thies.
daughter:
Wendy Brown.
daughter:
Barbara Brown.
niece:
Cynthia Brown. Raised her as his daughter.
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