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Roscoe Lee Browne (1922–2007)


He was a master class in cerebral eloquence and audience command...and although his dominant playing card in the realm of acting was quite serious and stately, nobody cut a more delightfully dry edge in sitcoms than this gentleman, whose calm yet blistering put-downs often eluded his lesser victims. Acting titan Roscoe Lee Browne was born to a ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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 2009 The Telemarketers: 36 Hrs (Video)
Narrator
 2007 Side Order of Life (TV Series)
Clarence
- Pilot (2007) ... Clarence
 2007 Epic Movie
Narrator (voice)
 2006 Garfield 2
Narrator (voice)
 2006 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
- July '64 (2006) ... Narrator (voice)
 2006 Sweet Deadly Dreams
Devlin
 2004 Will & Grace (TV Series)
Linus
- The Newlydreads (2004) ... Linus
 2003-2004 Static Shock (TV Series)
Dr. Anoyke / Dr. Anokye
- Out of Africa (2004) ... Dr. Anoyke (voice)
- Static in Africa (2003) ... Dr. Anokye (voice)
 2004 Tales of a Fly on the Wall (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1992-2003 Law & Order (TV Series)
Aaron Miller / Sir Idris Balewa
- Identity (2003) ... Aaron Miller
- Consultation (1992) ... Sir Idris Balewa
 2003 Very Merry Christmas Sing Along Songs (Video)
Narrator (voice, as Roscoe Lee Brown)
 2003 The Proud Family (TV Series)
Clarence
- Wedding Bell Blues (2003) ... Clarence (voice)
 2002 Treasure Planet
Mr. Arrow (voice)
 2002 The Shield (TV Series)
Bryce Wyms
- Throwaway (2002) ... Bryce Wyms
 2001 Morgan's Ferry
Peabo
 2000/II Hamlet (TV Movie)
Polonius
 1999 Hope Island (TV Series)
Judge Patrick Bradley
- It Takes a Voyage to Learn (1999) ... Judge Patrick Bradley
 1999 ER (TV Series)
Rev. Matthew Lynn
- Rites of Spring (1999) ... Rev. Matthew Lynn
 1999 The Wild Thornberrys (TV Series)
Komodo Dragon / Goulam
- The Dragon and the Professor (1999) ... Komodo Dragon (voice)
- Family Tradition ... Goulam
 1999 Hard Time: The Premonition (TV Movie)
Sebastian
 1998 Babe: Pig in the City
The Narrator (voice)
 1997 The Notorious 7 (TV Movie)
Leadbelly
 1997 EZ Streets (TV Series)
- A Ceremony of Innocence (1997) ... (credit only)
 1996 Cosby (TV Series)
George Lucas, Hilton's Brother
- The Broken Reflection (1996) ... George Lucas, Hilton's Brother
 1996 Forest Warrior
Clovis Madison
 1996 CBS Schoolbreak Special (TV Series)
Mr. Wortham
- Crosstown (1996) ... Mr. Wortham
 1996 New York Undercover (TV Series)
Dr. Johnson
- Bad Blood (1996) ... Dr. Johnson
 1995 The Beast (Short)
 1995 Phantom 2040 (TV Series)
Old Guran
- The Sins of the Fathers: Part Two (1995) ... Old Guran (voice, as Roscoe Lee Brown)
 1995 The Pompatus of Love
Leonard Folder
 1995 Freakazoid! (TV Series)
Great Mystic Gnome
 1995 Babe
Narrator (voice)
 1995 Sweet Justice (TV Series)
Judge Powell
- Muddy Waters (1995) ... Judge Powell
 1995 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (TV Series)
Friar Ferdinand
- Rumpelstiltskin (1995) ... Friar Ferdinand (voice)
 1994 The John Larroquette Show (TV Series)
Interviewer
- The Job (1994) ... Interviewer
 1994 Daredevil vs. Spider-Man (Video)
Kingpin (voice)
 1994 Batman: The Animated Series (TV Series)
Dr. Wataki
- Time Out of Joint (1994) ... Dr. Wataki (voice)
 1993-1994 SeaQuest 2032 (TV Series)
Dr. Raleigh Young
- Greed for a Pirate's Dream (1994) ... Dr. Raleigh Young
- The Devil's Window (1993) ... Dr. Raleigh Young
 1993 Naked in New York
Mr. Ried
 1992 You Must Remember This (TV Movie)
Buck
 1992 Noel (TV Movie) (voice)
 1988-1992 A Different World (TV Series)
Dr. Barnabus Foster
- Do the Write Thing (1992) ... Dr. Barnabus Foster
- Almost Working Girl (1991) ... Dr. Barnabus Foster
- All's Fair (1988) ... Dr. Barnabus Foster
- Speech Therapy (1988) ... Dr. Barnabus Foster
 1992 The Mambo Kings
Fernando Perez
 1991 Baby Talk (TV Series)
Roscoe
- A Star Is Newborn (1991) ... Roscoe (voice)
 1991 The Pirates of Dark Water (TV Series)
Additional Voices
- Quest (1991) ... Additional Voices (voice, as Roscoe Lee Brown)
 1990 Swamp Thing (TV Series)
Duchamp
- Spirit of the Swamp (1990) ... Duchamp
 1990 Night Angel
Narrator
 1990 Father Dowling Mysteries (TV Series)
Dennis Cray
- The Passionate Painter Mystery (1990) ... Dennis Cray
 1990 Moon 44
Chairman Hall, Galactic Mining Corp. (uncredited)
 1989 Lady in the Corner (TV Movie)
Omar DeLacy
 1989 Stuck with Each Other (TV Movie)
Calhearn
 1989 Ring Raiders (TV Series)
Max Miles
- A Pilot's Faith (1989) ... Max Miles (voice)
- All the Right Stuff (1989) ... Max Miles (voice)
- Scorch's Revenge (1989) ... Max Miles (voice)
- The Best Man for the Job Is a Woman (1989) ... Max Miles (voice)
- Ring of Fire (1989) ... Max Miles (voice)
 1988-1989 The Real Ghost Busters (TV Series)
Edward 'Big Ed' Zeddemore
- Partners in Slime (1989) ... (voice, as Roscoe Lee Brown)
- The Brooklyn Triangle (1988) ... Edward 'Big Ed' Zeddemore (voice, uncredited)
 1989 Open Window (TV Short)
Neighbor
 1988 Oliver & Company
Francis (voice)
 1988 Falcon Crest (TV Series)
Rosemont
- Last Dance (1988) ... Rosemont
- As Tears Go By (1988) ... Rosemont
- Telling Tales (1988) ... Rosemont
- Flying Blind (1988) ... Rosemont
 1988 Highway to Heaven (TV Series)
Dr. Hudsbeth
- Country Doctor (1988) ... Dr. Hudsbeth
 1987 Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light (TV Series)
Reekon / Merklynn / Man
- Sorcery Squared (1987) ... Merklynn / Reekon (voice)
- Honor Among Thieves (1987) ... Merklynn / Reekon (voice)
- Dawn of the Sun Imps (1987) ... Merklynn / Reekon (voice)
- The Trail of Three Wizards (1987) ... Merklynn / Reekon (voice)
- Horn of Unicorn, Claw of Dragon (1987) ... Merklynn (voice)
 1986-1987 The Cosby Show (TV Series)
Dr. Barnabus Foster
- Shakespeare (1987) ... Dr. Barnabus Foster
- The Card Game (1986) ... Dr. Barnabus Foster
 1987 227 (TV Series)
Albert Henry
- Men's Club (1987) ... Albert Henry
 1987 The Nativity (Video short) (voice)
 1986 Head of the Class (TV Series)
Mr. Thomas
- Teacher's Teacher (1986) ... Mr. Thomas
 1986 Foofur (TV Series)
Additional Voices (voice)
 1986 Legal Eagles
Judge Dawkins
 1986 Blacke's Magic (TV Series)
 1985 Space (TV Mini-Series)
Farquar
- Part II (1985) ... Farquar
 1983 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Gloster Current
- For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story (1983) ... Gloster Current
 1983 Magnum, P.I. (TV Series)
Carlton
- Of Sound Mind (1983) ... Carlton
 1981 CBS Children's Mystery Theatre (TV Series)
Diogenes 'D.C.' Chase
- The Haunting of Harrington House (1981) ... Diogenes 'D.C.' Chase
 1980-1981 Soap (TV Series)
Saunders
- Episode #4.16 (1981) ... Saunders
- Episode #4.10 (1981) ... Saunders
- Episode #4.9 (1981) ... Saunders
- Episode #4.7 (1980) ... Saunders
- Episode #4.6 (1980) ... Saunders
 1980 Nothing Personal
Paxton
 1980 Hart to Hart (TV Series)
- Sixth Sense (1980)
 1980 Benson (TV Series)
Howard Walker
- Just Friends (1980) ... Howard Walker
 1979 Miss Winslow and Son (TV Series)
Harold Neistadter
- Post Partum Blues (1979) ... Harold Neistadter
- Susan Steps Out (1979) ... Harold Neistadter
- The Pediatricians (1979) ... Harold Neistadter
- My Mother the Helper (1979) ... Harold Neistadter
- A Visit from Aunt Victoria (1979) ... Harold Neistadter
 1977-1978 Maude (TV Series)
Mr. Butterfield
- Mr. Butterfield's Return (1978) ... Mr. Butterfield
- Victoria's Boyfriend (1977) ... Mr. Butterfield
 1978 Dr. Scorpion (TV Movie)
Dr. Cresus
 1978 King (TV Mini-Series)
Philip Harrison
- Episode #1.3 (1978) ... Philip Harrison
- Episode #1.2 (1978) ... Philip Harrison
- Episode #1.1 (1978) ... Philip Harrison
 1977 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series)
Quatraine
- Starsky and Hutch on Playboy Island (1977) ... Quatraine
 1977 Twilight's Last Gleaming
James Forrest
 1976 Logan's Run
Box
 1975-1976 McCoy (TV Series)
Gideon Gibbs
- In Again Out Again (1976) ... Gideon Gibbs
- Double Take (1975) ... Gideon Gibbs
 1975 Barney Miller (TV Series)
Charlie Jeffers
- Escape Artist (1975) ... Charlie Jeffers
 1975 The Big Rip-Off (TV Movie)
Silky Gideon Gibbs
 1974 Planet of the Apes (TV Series)
Hurton
- Tomorrow's Tide (1974) ... Hurton
 1974 Uptown Saturday Night
Congressman Lincoln
 1974 Rex Harrison Presents Stories of Love (TV Movie)
Mr. Secretary (as Roscoe Lee Brown)
 1974 Good Times (TV Series)
Reverend Sam
- God's Business Is Good Business (1974) ... Reverend Sam
 1973 Super Fly T.N.T.
Dr. Lamine Sonko
 1972-1973 All in the Family (TV Series)
Jean Duval / Hugh Victor Thompson III
- Archie in the Hospital (1973) ... Jean Duval
- The Elevator Story (1972) ... Hugh Victor Thompson III
 1973 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Yale Courtland Dancy
- A Trout in the Milk (1973) ... Yale Courtland Dancy
 1972 Sanford and Son (TV Series)
Osgood Wilcox
- Jealousy (1972) ... Osgood Wilcox
 1972 Bonanza (TV Series)
Joshua
- He Was Only Seven (1972) ... Joshua
 1972 Cisco Pike
Music Store Owner
 1969-1970 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Dean Marshall / Wamumba
- The Time Is Now (1970) ... Dean Marshall
- The Third Choice (1969) ... Wamumba
 1970 The Liberation of L.B. Jones
L.B. Jones
 1969 The Outcasts (TV Series)
Gideon
- Gideon (1969) ... Gideon
 1969 Me and My Brother
Photographer
 1968 Uptight
Clarence
 1968 The Invaders (TV Series)
Arnold Andrew Warren
- The Vise (1968) ... Arnold Andrew Warren
 1968 Mannix (TV Series)
Dr. Andrew Josephus
- Deadfall: Part 2 (1968) ... Dr. Andrew Josephus
- Deadfall: Part 1 (1968) ... Dr. Andrew Josephus
 1968 Insight (TV Series)
Stranger
- Watts Made Out of Thread (1968) ... Stranger
 1967 The Comedians
Petit Pierre
 1967 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
- Benito Cereno (1967)
 1964 Black Like Me
Christopher
 1964 Terror in the City
Preacher
 1963 Camera Three (TV Series)
Narrator
- The Ballad of the Sad Café - Part I (1963) ... Narrator
 1963 Espionage (TV Series)
Mbana
- The Whistling Shrimp (1963) ... Mbana
 1963 East Side/West Side (TV Series)
Architect
- Go Fight City Hall (1963) ... Architect
 1962 The Connection
J. J. Burden (as Roscoe Brown)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

1963: Narrator in Edward Albee's play "The Ballad of the Sad Cafe", based on a novella by Carson McCullers See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

Roscoe Lee Brown | Roscoe Brown
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Personal Quote:

I remember when I chose acting I thought, 'This is it -- for the time being.' I didn't think I was finished yet. I still don't. I keep thinking about what I should be doing. See more »

Trivia:

Has appeared with Steven Hill in two different, completely unrelated productions in which Hill played the New York County District Attorney: Legal Eagles (1986) and the Law & Order (1990) episode "Consultation". See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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