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Phil Brown (I) (1916–2006)

Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Phil Brown was the son of a doctor whose work took the family all around the country. After majoring in dramatics at Stanford University, Brown played some of his earliest stage roles as part of New York's Group Theatre. When it folded, he and other Group Theatre vets headed to Hollywood, where Brown worked in ... See full bio »

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 1992 Miss Beatty's Children
 1992 Chaplin
 1978 Superman
State Senator
 1977 Silver Bears
American Banker
 1977 Twilight's Last Gleaming
Rev. Cartwright
 1976 The Pink Panther Strikes Again
Virginia Senator
 1975 The Romantic Englishwoman
Mr. Wilson
 1973 Scalawag
 1972 Get Charlie Tully
American Man
 1971 Valdez Is Coming
 1970 Togetherness
 1970 Tropic of Cancer
Van Norden
 1969 The Adding Machine
 1969 Land Raiders
Sheriff John Mayfield
 1968 Operation Cross Eagles
Sgt. Turley
 1967 Bomba u 10 i 10
professor Pilic
 1966 The Boy Cried Murder
Tom Durrant
 1965 The Bedford Incident
Chief Hospitalman Mckinley - Sick Bay
 1962 The Counterfeit Traitor
Harold Murray (uncredited)
 1959 John Paul Jones
 1958 The Camp on Blood Island
Lt. Peter Bellamy
 1957 A King in New York
 1954 The Green Scarf
John Bell
 1949 Give Us This Day
Bit part (uncredited)
 1949 The Hidden Room
Bill Kronin
 1948 Moonrise
Elmer - Soda Jerk
 1948 The Luck of the Irish
Tom Higginbotham
 1948 If You Knew Susie
Joe Collins
 1947 Johnny O'Clock
Phil, Hotel Clerk
 1946 The Killers
Nick Adams (uncredited)
 1946 Without Reservations
 1945 State Fair
Harry Ware
 1945 Over 21
Frank MacDougal
 1945 The Jungle Captive
Don Young
 1944 The Impatient Years
Henry Fairchild
 1944 Weird Woman
David Jennings
 1942 Pierre of the Plains
Val Denton
 1942 Calling Dr. Gillespie
Roy Todwell
 1942 Hello, Annapolis
Kansas City
 1941 H.M. Pulham, Esq.
Joe Bingham
 1941 I Wanted Wings
Jimmy Masters
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He directed Donald Ogden Stewart's play, "The Kidders," at the St. Martin's Theatre in London, England with Faith Brook, Richard Caldicot, Lyndon Brook, and Dermot Walsh in the cast.

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Philip Brown


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[on his role in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) ][Owen] was a straight-forward curmudgeon - which I am anyway, so it was easy for me to play. I've been a curmudgeon for a long time.


In his later years, he often made appearances at Star Wars conventions. During these appearances, he got to meet Joel Edgerton, who succeeded him in the prequels. See more »

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