Blair Brown

Actor
An intelligent, theatrically trained actress, Blair Brown already had an impressive list of credits by the time she achieved fame as the devoted wife of William Hurt in the bizarre "Altered States" (1980). She earned a ... Read more »
Born: 04/22/1947 in United States

Filmography

Actor (95)

Forever 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Affair 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fringe 2008 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 2001 - 2002, 2008 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Political Animals 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Falling Skies 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Speed of Thought 2010 (Movie)

Bridger (Actor)

Dark Matter 2008 (Movie)

Hildy (Actor)

The Jewish Americans 2008 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Mysterious Human Heart 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Narrator

American Experience: Sister Aimee 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Narrator

Griffin and Phoenix 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Treatment 2007 (Movie)

Ms. Callucci (Actor)

Destination America 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Narrator

First Born 2006 (Movie)

Mom (Actor)

Loverboy 2006 (Movie)

Jeanette Rawley (Actor)

The Sentinel 2006 (Movie)

National Security Advisor (Actor)

Cop Shop 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Missing 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dogville 2004 (Movie)

Mrs Henson (Actor)

ER 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ed 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Brilliant But Cancelled 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Miami 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Smallville 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Secret Life of the Brain 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

Woodrow Wilson 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Hamlet 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Space Cowboys 2000 (Movie)

Doctor Anne Caruthers (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Sally Field 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Astronaut's Wife 1999 (Movie)

Shelly McLaren (Actor)

To Our Credit 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Feds 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Choice '96 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Murder of the Century 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

Frasier 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nobody's Girls: Five Women of the West 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

Susan B. Anthony Slept Here 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Talk It Over 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gift of Love 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Life Remembers 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Moment of Truth: To Walk Again 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Women Aloud 1991 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Passed Away 1992 (Movie)

Amy Scanlan (Actor)

Those Secrets 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd 1986 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Strapless 1990 (Movie)

Dr Lillian Hempel (Actor)

The 11th Annual ACE Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Annual ACE Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Stealing Home 1988 (Movie)

Ginny Wyatt (Actor)

Don't Touch 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Faculty 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

A Flash of Green 1985 (Movie)

Kate Hubble (Actor)

James A. Michener's "Space" 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Kennedy 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Continental Divide 1981 (Movie)

Nell Porter (Actor)

Altered States 1980 (Movie)

Emily Jessup (Actor)

One-Trick Pony 1979 (Movie)

Marion (Actor)

Arthur Hailey's "Wheels" 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Oregon Trail 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Adams Chronicles 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Choirboys 1976 (Movie)

Kimberly Lyles (Actor)

The Paper Chase 1973 (Movie)

Miss Farranti (Actor)

A Season in Purgatory (TV Show)

Actor

And I Alone Survived (TV Show)

Actor

Captains and the Kings (TV Show)

Actor

Convictions (TV Show)

Actor

Extreme Close-Up (TV Show)

Actor

Follow the Stars Home (TV Show)

Actor

Hands of a Stranger (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Janet Leigh (TV Show)

Narrator

Intimate Portrait: Lee Grant (TV Show)

Narrator

Lethal Innocence (TV Show)

Actor

Majority Rule (TV Show)

Actor

Margaret Sanger (TV Show)

Narrator

Person of Interest (Tv Show)

Actor

Rio Shannon (TV Show)

Actor

Test Tube Babies (TV Show)

Narrator

The 3,000 Mile Chase (TV Show)

Actor

The Bad Seed (TV Show)

Actor

The Buddha (TV Show)

Narrator

The Child Stealer (TV Show)

Actor

The Day My Parents Ran Away (TV Show)

Actor

The Homes of FDR (TV Show)

Narrator

The Quinns (TV Show)

Actor

The School For Scandal (TV Show)

Actor

The Skin of Our Teeth (TV Show)

Actor

The Ultimate Lie (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

An intelligent, theatrically trained actress, Blair Brown already had an impressive list of credits by the time she achieved fame as the devoted wife of William Hurt in the bizarre "Altered States" (1980). She earned a Golden Globe nomination opposite John Belushi in "Continental Divide" (1981) and a Golden Globe nomination as well as a BAFTA nomination for playing the iconic Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy in the miniseries "Kennedy" (NBC, 1983). At the peak of her powers, she earned five Emmy nominations as the titular star of "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd" (NBC, 1987-88; Lifetime, 1989-1991), a groundbreaking dramedy about an independent-minded divorceé. She won a 2000 Tony for her role in the physics-themed Broadway drama "Copenhagen" and essayed memorable supporting roles in the Johnny Depp thriller "The Astronaut's Wife" (1999), the Clint Eastwood action adventure "Space Cowboys" (2000) and Lars von Trier's "Dogville" (2003). She earned excellent reviews for her return to series television as Nina Sharp, the mysterious executive director of Massive Dynamic on the parallel universe series "Fringe" (FOX, 2008- ). An immensely respected veteran of stage, television and film, Blair Brown embodied intelligent, quirky women and proved a fascinating addition to any genre or medium.

Relationships

Milton Brown

Father

Elizabeth Brown

Mother

David Hare Screenplay

Companion
Involved in late 1980s met when she appeared in his Broadway play "Secret Rapture" (1989)

Richard Jordan Actor

Companion
lived together from 1976 to 1985 Met while filming the miniseries "Captain and the Kings" (1976) died of a brain tumor in August 1993 at age 56

Robert Jordan

Son
Born in 1983 father, Richard Jordan

Ron Meyer Actor

Companion

EDUCATION

Pine Manor Junior College

Chestnut Hill , Massachusetts

National Theatre School of Canada

Montreal , Quebec 1967 - 1970

Madeira School

McLean , Virginia
An all-girls boarding school

Milestones

2008

Cast as Nina Sharp in the FOX drama "Fringe"

2008

Appeared in the murder drama, "Dark Matter" loosely based on the 1991 University of Iowa shootings

2006

Co-starred with Kyra Sedgwick in the Kevin Bacon directed "Loverboy"; premiered at Sundance (lensed 2003)

2004

Played the lead role in "The Clean House," by playwright Sarah Ruhl

2002

Cast as Desiree in the Kennedy Center production of "A Little Night Music"

2000

Won a Tony Award for her performance as the female lead in Michael Frayn's play "Copenhagen"

2000

Played Gertrude in Campbell Scott's TV version of "Hamlet" (Odyssey)

1999

Returned to feature films in a supporting role in "The Astronaut's Wife"

1999

Starred opposite Christopher Walken in the NYC stage musical "James Joyce's The Dead"

1998

Succeeded Mary Louise Wilson as Frau Schneider in the acclaimed revival of the stage musical "Cabaret"

1997

Starred as the mother of a murder victim in the based-on-fact Lifetime movie "Convictions"

1997

Returned to series TV as co-star of the short-lived CBS drama series "Feds"

1996

Played the matriarch of a wealthy family in the CBS miniseries "A Season in Purgatory"

1995

With Toukie Smith, co-hosted the Lifetime talk show "Talk It Over"

1995

Co-starred in the Broadway production of Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia"

1995

Hosted the National Public Radio series "The Poet's Voice"

1994

Debut as TV producer on the NBC movie "Moment of Truth: To Walk Again"; also co-starred

1992

Cast as the first woman to lead troops into combat in the Lifetime TV-movie "Majority Rule"

1992

Last feature for six years, "Passed Away"

1989

Played the leading role in the Off-Broadway production of "The Secret Rapture"; written by David Hare

1989

Directed by Hare in "Strapless"; role was written expressly for her by Hare

1987

Starred the series, "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd" (NBC, 1987-1988; Lifetime, 1989-1991)

1985

Played the unsuspecting mother of a murderous child in the small screen remake of "The Bad Seed" (ABC)

1983

Portrayed Jacqueline Kennedy in the NBC miniseries "Kennedy"

1981

Played leading lady to John Belushi in the feature comedy "Continental Divide"

1980

First starring film role, "Altered States"

1980

Appeared at the Arena Theater in David Hare's "Plenty"

1977

Screen debut, "The Choirboys"

1976

Co-starred in the NBC miniseries "Captains and the Kings"

1976

NY stage debut in "The Threepenny Opera" at Lincoln Center

1975

Moved to NYC

1975

TV acting debut, the Guthrie staging of "The School for Scandal" (aired on PBS)

Professional stage debut in the Canadian production of "Love and Maple Syrup"

Spent one season at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, MN

Joined the Stratford Shakespeare Festival Company in Ontario, Canada

Bonus Trivia

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"I had a hard time being the ingenue. I had the looks, but I was uncomfortable being so pleasant and pleasing." - Brown quoted in The New York Times, April 27, 1995

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"Blair has that leader quality. She can walk on a set - do nothing - and take control." - "Feds" co-excutive producer Arthur Forney to Entertainment Weekly, Feb. 21-28, 1997

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"I think that whatever aspect of my career hasn't happened has to do with the fact that when I was younger, I didn't think it was that important to play the game. I thought you didn't actually have to. I see now that's not the case. Still, I couldn't have done it differently. I couldn't actually deal, and I still can't, with that nonsense in California. I don't have the gift." - Brown quoted in The New York Times, April 27, 1995

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