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|Also Known As:||Clarence L. Brown||Died:||August 17, 1987|
|Born:||May 10, 1890||Cause of Death:||kidney failure|
|Birth Place:||Clinton, Massachusetts, USA||Profession:||Director ... director producer editor assistant director technical engineer|
Although he trained as an engineer and expected to pursue a career in the automotive industry, Clarence Brown became enamoured of the burgeoning new industry of filmmaking around 1914 and switched careers. The Massachusetts-born, Tennessee-raised Brown became an assistant to director Maurice Tourneur at Peerless Studio in New Jersey. Following WWI (during which he served as a flying instructor), he rejoined Tourneur and got his first chance to direct a film when his mentor fell ill during the shooting of "The Last of the Mohicans" (1920). Later that year, Brown made his solo directing debut with "The Great Redeemer," co-written by actor John Gilbert.
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