Joe E. Brown happily claimed that he was the only youngster in show business who ran way from home to join the circus with the blessings of his parents. In 1902, the ten-year-old Brown joined a circus tumbling act called the Five Marvellous Ashtons, which toured various circuses and vaudeville theaters...See full bio »
1936Sons o' Guns
(performer: "For a Buck and a Quarter a Day" 1936 - uncredited, "Over Here" - uncredited)
(performer: "She Was an Acrobat's Daughter" 1935 - uncredited, "I'm All for You" 1935 - uncredited, "You're an Eyeful of Heaven" 1935 - uncredited, "Nobody Cares If I'm Blue" 1935 - uncredited)
(performer: "The Man on the Flying Trapeze" 1867 - uncredited)
[In 1952] I'm not the comedian I once was. A comedian has to be slightly insulting, comedy has to be 70 per cent insults, and I'm always afraid today when I say something funny it may hurt someone. If another comic makes a crack about my mouth, I just can't insult him back.
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In December 1939, his daughter Kathryn suffered a skull fracture when she was thrown from a horse. Three days later, Brown was in a car accident in where his car rolled over several times and fell down a 35 foot embankment. He ended up breaking his back and collapsing a lung. His heart stopped during surgery and he was clinically dead for 40 seconds.
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