Often mentioned as the greatest player in NFL history, this ruggedly handsome African American fullback for the Cleveland Browns first appeared on movie screens in the western Rio Conchos (1964), followed by a strong supporting role as convict commando "Jefferson" in the terrific WW2 action film The Dirty Dozen (1967). He was kept busy with additional on screen appearances in other fast paced films including Ice Station Zebra (1968), 100 Rifles (1969) and El Condor (1970).
Brown's popularity grew during the boom of "blaxploitation" cinema in the early 1970s portraying tough "no nonsense" characters in Slaughter (1972), Black Gunn (1972) and Three the Hard Way (1974). His on-screen work in the latter part of the 1970s and 1980s was primarily centered around guest spots on popular TV shows such as "CHiPs" (1977) and "Knight Rider" (1982). However, Brown then resurfaced in better quality films beginning with his role as a fiery assassin in The Running Man (1987), he parodied the blaxploitation genre along with many other African-American actors in the comedy I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988), played an ex-heavyweight boxer in the sci-fi comedy Mars Attacks! (1996) and ironically played an ex-football legend in the Oliver Stone directed sports film Any Given Sunday (1999).
Additionally, Jim Brown was a ringside commentator for the first six events of the Ultimate Fighting Championships from 1993 through to 1996. A bona fide legend in American sports and a successful actor, he continues to remain busy in front of the camera with recent appearances in various sports shows & TV productions.
|Monique Brown||(1997 - present) 1 child|
|Sue Brown||(1959 - 1972) (divorced) 3 children|
Was a great Lacrosse player for Syracuse University. He was also inducted into the Lacrosse Hall of Fame, in 1983.
Played fullback for the National Football League's Cleveland Browns, 1957-1965. Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 1971.
Only man to be inducted during his lifetime into three sports Halls of Fame: Pro Football, College Football, and Lacrosse.
Considered by many to be the greatest ever to play in the history of the National Football League. One defensive lineman's response as to the best way to tackle Brown: "Grab a hold of him and wait for help."
Never missed an NFL game in his career due to injury.
Despite only playing nine seasons, he retired as the all-time NFL career rushing leader with 12,312 yards. The record stood for 19 years.
In 1984 both Walter Payton and Franco Harris stood to break his NFL record of career rushing yards. Brown vowed to come back and play after 19 years of retirement if Harris broke the record because he didn't like the fact that Harris often ran out of bounds instead of fighting for every yard he could get.
First Cleveland Browns player to rush for 1,000 yards (1,527 in 1958).
Ranks 17th on NFL All-Time Rushing Attempts List (2,359).
Ranks 8th on NFL All-Time Rushing Yardage List (12,312).
Ranks 2nd on NFL All-Time Rushing Average List (5.219).
Ranks 4th on NFL All-Time Rushing Touchdowns List (106).
Born to a devoutly Baptist family.
Inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Lacrosse Hall of Fame, making him one of the few athletes in more than one hall of fame. Brown was unanimously named the Rookie of the Year in 1957. He was recognized that season as the NFL's Most Valuable Player by many media organizations. In all, he earned league MVP honors four times (1957, 1958, 1963, and 1965).
He was selected as All American in both Football and Lacrosse from Syracuse University.
His favorite films of his own are The Dirty Dozen, Slaughter, and Mars Attacks!.
Posed for a nude centerfold in the September 1974 issue of Playgirl Magazine.
He was a close friend of the late actor Lee Marvin.
Even though, he had retired from the NFL after the 1965 Season, he remained on the Reserve/Retired List of the Cleveland Browns until 1975.
|Rio Conchos (1964)||$37,000|
|100 Rifles (1969)||$200,000|
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