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Joe E. Brown (1892–1973)

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. Joe later began adding comedy bits into his ... See full bio »

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 1955-1964 The Christophers (TV Series)
 1964 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series)
Diamond 'Dimey' Vine
- You're All Right, Ivy (1964) ... Diamond 'Dimey' Vine
 1963 The Comedy of Terrors
Cemetery Keeper
 1962 Route 66 (TV Series)
Sam Butler
- Journey to Nineveh (1962) ... Sam Butler
 1961 Westinghouse Preview Theatre (TV Series)
Harry Canover
- Five's a Family (1961) ... Harry Canover
 1960 The Ann Sothern Show (TV Series)
Mitchell Carson
- Olive's Dream Man (1960) ... Mitchell Carson
 1956 Around the World in Eighty Days
Fort Kearney Station Master
 1956 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Earl Hall
- The Golden Key (1956) ... Earl Hall
 1956 The People's Choice (TV Series)
Charles Hollister
- Sock and the Proxy Marriage (1956) ... Charles Hollister
 1955 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
Arthur Vail
- The Silent Partner (1955) ... Arthur Vail
 1955 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- Meet Mr. Justice (1955)
 1952 The Buick Circus Hour (TV Series)
The Clown
- Episode #1.1 (1952) ... The Clown
 1951 Toast to Our Brother (Short)
 1951 Showtime, U.S.A. (TV Series)
- Episode dated 4 March 1951 (1951) ... Performer
 1944 Hollywood Canteen
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 1944 Pin Up Girl
Eddie Hall
 1944 Casanova in Burlesque
Joseph M. Kelly Jr.
 1942 The Daring Young Man
Jonathan Peckinpaw / Grandma Peckinpaw
 1942 Joan of Ozark
Cliff Little
 1940 Rodeo Dough (Short)
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 1940 So You Won't Talk
Whiskers / 'Brute' Hanson
 1939 $1000 a Touchdown
Marlowe Mansfield Booth
 1938 Wide Open Faces
Wilbur Meeks
 1937 Fit for a King
Virgil Ambrose Jeremiah Christopher 'Scoop' Jones
 1937 When's Your Birthday?
Dustin Willoughby
 1936 Polo Joe
Joe Bolton
 1936 Earthworm Tractors
Alexander Botts
 1935 Alibi Ike
Frank X. Farrell
 1934 The Circus Clown
Happy Howard
 1932 You Said a Mouthful
Joe Holt
 1932 The Tenderfoot
Calvin Jones
 1931 Local Boy Makes Good
John Augustus Miller
 1931 The Stolen Jools (Short)
Robbery Suspect
 1931 Sit Tight
 1930 Screen Snapshots Series 10, No. 5 (Short)
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 1930 The Lottery Bride
 1930 Maybe It's Love
 1930 Hold Everything
Gink Schiner
 1930 Song of the West
 1929 Sally
Grand Duke Connie
 1929 Painted Faces
Hermann / Beppo
 1929 On with the Show!
Joe Beaton
 1928 Take Me Home
 1928 The Circus Kid
King Kruger
 1928 Hit of the Show
 1928 Crooks Can't Win
Jimmy Wells
 1927 Twinkle, Twinkle (Short)
P.T. Robinson
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Harvey. Comedy. Written by Mary Chase. Scenic Design by John Root. Directed by Antoinette Perry. 48th Street Theatre: 1 Nov 1944- 15 Jan 1949 (1775 performances). Cast: Frank Fay (as "Elwood P. Dowd"), Josephine Hull, Dora Clement (as "Betty Chumley"), Robert Gist (as "E.J. Lofgren"), Frederica Going (as "Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet")... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 2 Print Biographies | 3 Portrayals | 8 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Joe Brown


5' 7½" (1.71 m)

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Personal Quote:

[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.


He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1680 Vine Street in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960. See more »

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