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Also Known As: James Brown, James Nathaniel Brown Died:
Born: February 17, 1936 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: St. Simons, Georgia, USA Profession: actor, producer, professional football player, author

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Considered by many to be the single greatest player in the history of football, Jim Brown left a record-breaking nine years with the Cleveland Browns at the peak of his abilities to become the strong and silent hero of numerous action films in the 1970s and 1980s, including "The Dirty Dozen" (1968), "Slaughter" (1972) and "I'm Gonna Get You Sucka" (1987). A fierce, unstoppable combatant on the football field, Brown's athleticism and confidence carried over to his movies, most notably the "blaxploitation" films like "Slaughter" and "Black Gunn" (1972), which minted him as an action hero for the African-American community. Brown served that demographic both on and off the screen through a variety of social programs of his own devising, including the Black Economic Union and the Amer-I-Can Program, which supported black businesses and ex-convicts looking to start their lives over. As a sports hero, screen icon and civil rights activist, Jim Brown led one of the most accomplished lives of the late 20th century.

Considered by many to be the single greatest player in the history of football, Jim Brown left a record-breaking nine years with the Cleveland Browns at the peak of his abilities to become the strong and silent hero of numerous action films in the 1970s and 1980s, including "The Dirty Dozen" (1968), "Slaughter" (1972) and "I'm Gonna Get You Sucka" (1987). A fierce, unstoppable combatant on the football field, Brown's athleticism and confidence carried over to his movies, most notably the "blaxploitation" films like "Slaughter" and "Black Gunn" (1972), which minted him as an action hero for the African-American community. Brown served that demographic both on and off the screen through a variety of social programs of his own devising, including the Black Economic Union and the Amer-I-Can Program, which supported black businesses and ex-convicts looking to start their lives over. As a sports hero, screen icon and civil rights activist, Jim Brown led one of the most accomplished lives of the late 20th century.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 I Am Ali (2014)
2.
 Draft Day (2014)
4.
 Animal (2005)
5.
 Sucker Free City (2005)
6.
 She Hate Me (2004) Geronimo Armstrong
8.
 Any Given Sunday (1999) Montezuma Monroe
9.
 Small Soldiers (1998) Voice Of Butch Meathook
10.
 He Got Game (1998) Spivey
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1957:
Played professional football with the Cleveland Browns
1964:
Made film acting debut, "Rio Conchos"
1966:
Retired from professional football
1967:
Began acting career in earnest with second film, "The Dirty Dozen"
1968:
First received top billing in "The Riot" and "The Split"
1977:
Last films for five years, "Fingers" and "Kid Vengeance"
:
Served as president of Richard Pryor's company, Indigo Productions, in the early 1980s
1982:
Returned to films in "One Down Two to Go"
:
First producing credit, executive producing "Pacific Inferno"
1983:
Served as president of another Richard Pryor company, a film production unit entitled The Pryor Company; executive produced the in-concert comedy performance film, "Richard Pryor Here and Now"
1985:
TV-movie acting debut, "Lady Blue"
1986:
First non-US feature credit, the Canadian-produced action film, "Abducted"
1990:
Played one of the three starring roles on the ABC action comedy pilot, "Hammer, Slammer and Slade"; series was not picked up by ABC
1996:
Had featured role in "Original Gangstas"
1998:
Acted in "He Got Game", directed by Spike Lee
1998:
Provided character voice for one of the titular "Small Soldiers"
1999:
Played a football coach in "Any Given Sunday"
2002:
Was subject of documentary "Jim Brown: All American", directed by Spike Lee; produced under auspices of HBO Sports; released theatrically in March
2004:
Appeared in the comedy "She Hate Me" directed by Spike Lee
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Education

Manhasset High School: Manhasset , New York -
Syracuse University: Syracuse , New York -

Notes

Not to be confused with actor James Brown, who played leads in films during the 1940s or singer James Brown.

Inducted into the Football Hall of Fame

In January 2000, Brown was sentenced to six months in prison for refusing to undergo domestic violence counseling stemming from an incident involving the vandalizing of his wife's car.

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wife:
Sue Brown. Married in 1959; divorced in 1972.
companion:
Ola Ray. Actor, model. Appeared in Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video; had brief relationship c. 1994-95.
wife:
Monique Brown. Born c. 1974.

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son:
Aris Brown. Mother, Monique Brown.

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