Bryan Brown

Actor, Producer, Insurance salesman
The virile yet thoughtful lead of numerous Australian features in the 1970s and 1980s, including such landmark films as "Breaker Morant" (1980) and "Stir" (1980), Bryan Brown's sturdy performances brought him to ... Read more »
Born: 06/23/1947 in Sydney, New South Wales, AU

Filmography

Actor (66)

Gods of Egypt 2016 (Movie)

Osiris (Actor)

Deadline Gallipoli 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Kill Me Three Times 2013 (Movie)

Bruce Jones (Actor)

Love Birds 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Limbo 2010 (Movie)

Daniel (Actor)

Beautiful Kate 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Australia 2008 (Movie)

King Carney (Actor)

Dean Spanley 2008 (Movie)

Wrather (Actor)

Along Came Polly 2004 (Movie)

Leland Van Lew (Actor)

Footsteps 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Dirty Deeds 2003 (Movie)

Barry Ryan (Actor)

Journey to the Center of the Earth 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

On the Beach 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Styx 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Grizzly Falls 1999 (Movie)

Tyrone (Actor)

Risk 1999 (Movie)

John Kreisky (Actor)

On the Border 1998 (Movie)

Barry Montana (Actor)

Two Hands 1998 (Movie)

Maurice 'Pando' Panderson (Actor)

Dead Heart 1997 (Movie)

Ray Lorkin (Actor)

Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Still Twisted 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Wanderer 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Twisted 1995 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Devlin 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Blame It on the Bellboy 1992 (Movie)

Charlton Black (Actor)

FX2 - The Deadly Art of Illusion 1991 (Movie)

Rollie Tyler (Actor)

Prisoners of the Sun 1991 (Movie)

Captain Robert Cooper (Actor)

Sweet Talker 1991 (Movie)

Harry Reynolds (Actor)

The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

MacCauley's Daughter 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Cocktail 1988 (Movie)

Doug Coughlin (Actor)

Gorillas in the Mist 1988 (Movie)

Bob Campbell (Actor)

The Good Wife 1987 (Movie)

Sonny Hills (Actor)

F/X 1986 (Movie)

Rollie Tyler (Actor)

Rebel 1986 (Movie)

Tiger Kelly (Actor)

Tai-Pan 1986 (Movie)

Tai-Pan (Actor)

Parker 1985 (Movie)

David Parker (Actor)

Give My Regards to Broad Street 1984 (Movie)

Steve (Actor)

Kim 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Empty Beach 1984 (Movie)

Cliff Hardy (Actor)

Far East 1983 (Movie)

Morgan Keefe (Actor)

The Thorn Birds 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

A Town Like Alice 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Winter of Our Dreams 1982 (Movie)

Rob (Actor)

Breaker Morant 1980 (Movie)

Lieutenant Peter Handcock (Actor)

Blood Money 1979 (Movie)

Brian Shields (Actor)

Cathy's Child 1979 (Movie)

Nicko (Actor)

Newsfront 1979 (Movie)

Geoff (Actor)

Stir 1979 (Movie)

China (Actor)

The Odd Angry Shot 1979 (Movie)

Rogers (Actor)

Palm Beach 1978 (Movie)

Paul Kite (Actor)

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith 1978 (Movie)

Shearer (Actor)

The Irishman 1978 (Movie)

Eric Haywood (Actor)

Money Movers 1977 (Movie)

Brian Jackson (Actor)

Third Person Plural 1977 (Movie)

Mark (Actor)

The Love Letters From Teralba Road 1976 (Movie)

Len (Actor)

Against the Wind (TV Show)

Actor

Age of Treason (TV Show)

Actor

Dead in the Water (TV Show)

Actor

Dear Claudia (TV Show)

Actor

Dogboys (TV Show)

Actor

Full Body Massage (TV Show)

Actor

Spring Break Shark Attack (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Hit (TV Show)

Actor

The Poseidon Adventure (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (9)

Beautiful Kate 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cactus 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Dirty Deeds 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dead Heart 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Still Twisted 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Still Twisted 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Twisted 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Twisted 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

FX2 - The Deadly Art of Illusion 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

The Making of Gorillas in the Mist 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Photography
Writer (1)

Sweet Talker 1991 (Movie)

(From Story)

Biography

The virile yet thoughtful lead of numerous Australian features in the 1970s and 1980s, including such landmark films as "Breaker Morant" (1980) and "Stir" (1980), Bryan Brown's sturdy performances brought him to Hollywood in the 1980s, where he essayed largely one-dimensional figures in "F/X" (1986) and "Cocktail" (1988). He was better served in more independent-minded fare, where his ability to root out and examine the flaws of these stoic figures was put to better use; Brown would later give more nuanced turns in Australian-made fare like "Two Hands" (1999), with Heath Ledger, and "Dirty Deeds" (2002). A leading figure in that country's film and television career for over three decades, Brown's body of work commanded and received the respect due to a versatile performer who favored quality over box office returns.

Relationships

Molly Brown

Mother

Matilda Brown

Daughter
Born in 1987 mother, Rachel Ward

Rosie Brown

Daughter
Born in 1984 mother, Rachel Ward

Joe Brown

Son
Born in 1992 mother, Rachel Ward

Kristine Brown

Sister
Younger

Rachel Ward

Wife
Met while shooting the ABC miniseries "The Thorn Birds" (1983) married in 1983 also co-starred together in "The Good Wife" (1986) and the Showtime miniseries "On the Beach" (2000)

EDUCATION

Declined a scholarship to Sydney University

Milestones

2008

Portrayed a cattle baron in director Baz Luhrmann's epic "Australia"

2006

Executive produced the follow up series, "Two Twisted"

2004

Played a businessman who enjoys high-risk sports in the comedy "Along Came Polly"

2000

Again collaborated with wife Rachel Ward as estranged lovers in the Showtime movie "On the Beach"

1999

Co-starred as a missing scientist in the USA Network miniseries "Journey to the Center of the Earth"

1999

Garnered praise for his turn as a tough guy chasing a young street hustler in the Australian drama "Two Hands"

1997

Co-starred in the ABC miniseries adaptation of "Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"

1997

Served as executive producer of "Still Twisted," the second compilation film from "Twisted Tales" series

1996

Starred as twins from medieval times who are reincarnated in the modern world in the syndicated series "The Wanderer"

1996

Executive produced (also narrated) the compilation feature "Twisted"; segments compiled from the Australian TV series "Twisted Tales"

1992

Cast in the title role in the Showtime drama "Devlin"

1991

Played the leading role in the USA Network film "Dead in the Water"

1991

Executive produced first feature, "FX2 - The Deadly Art of Illusion"; also reprised role of Rollie Tyler

1991

Provided story for and acted in the feature "Sweet Talker"

1988

Portrayed Sigourney Weaver's love interest in the fact-based "Gorillas in the Mist"

1988

Co-starred as Tom Cruise's mentor in "Cocktail"

1986

Starred as special effects technician Rollie Tyler in the thriller "F/X"

1986

Re-teamed on screen with wife Rachel Ward in the Australian period drama "The Good Wife"

1984

Had leading role in the CBS small screen remake of "Kim"

1983

First on-screen collaboration with future wife Rachel Ward, playing husband and wife in the ABC miniseries "The Thorn Birds"; earned Supporting Actor Emmy and Golden Globe nominations

1981

Starred in the miniseries "A Town Like Alice" (aired in the US on PBS' "Masterpiece Theater")

1981

Appeared opposite Judy Davis in "The Winter of Our Discontent"

1980

Won international acclaim for the supporting role in "Breaker Morant"

1979

American TV acting debut in the syndicated miniseries "Against the Wind"

1978

Had supporting roles in two seminal Australian films, "The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith" and "Newsfront"

1977

Feature film acting debut, "The Love Letters From Teralba Road"

1973

Worked in repertory theaters in England; joined the National Theatre of Britain

Moved to London to pursue an acting career

Returned to Australia to work in films and with Theater Australia

Worked as an insurance salesman

Began performing with an amateur troupe in Australia at age 25

Raised in Painania, a suburb of Sydney

Bonus Trivia

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On appearing with his wife in films or TV: "I don't know too many people who work together time and time again. I think if there is someone you really enjoy working with, you're lucky to do it five times in your life. That hardly ever happens. Also, you don't want to be playing love interests all the time. I mean, then you start to feel like you are being revelatory rather than playing performance." - Brown Brown to The Los Angeles Times, May 26, 2000

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