Ruth Brown

Actress-musician Ruth Brown made a splash in Hollywood both on and off-screen for more than three decades. Known for making audiences laugh, Brown began her acting career in comedies like "Hairspray" (1988) starring ... Read more »
Born: 01/12/1928 in Portsmouth, Virginia, USA

Filmography

Actor (25)

Austin City Limits 1974 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Honeydripper 2007 (Movie)

Bertha May (Actor)

Lightning in a Bottle 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Hitmakers: The Teens Who Stole Pop Music 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Words and Music By Leiber & Stoller 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Jimmy Scott 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

B.B. King: The Blues Summit 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Bonnie Raitt: Road Tested 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Let's Make Sure Everybody Eats '95 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Hallelujah 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Black and Blue 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dancing Man -- Peg Leg Bates 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

True Identity 1991 (Movie)

Martha (Actor)

The 43rd Annual Tony Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

Hairspray 1988 (Movie)

Motormouth Maybell (Actor)

That Rhythm Those Blues 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

Checking In 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Hello, Larry 1978 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Shake, Rattle and Rock (TV Show)

Actor
Music (9)

Brooklyn 2015 (Movie)

("Five, Ten, Fifteen Hours") (Song Performer)

My Blueberry Nights 2008 (Movie)

("Looking Back") (Song Performer)

Nights in Rodanthe 2008 (Movie)

("Mama (He Treats Your Daughter Mean)") (Song Performer)

Seven Pounds 2008 (Movie)

"I Don't Know" (Song Performer)

The Hurricane 1999 (Movie)

("I Don't Know") (Song Performer)

Black and Blue 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Song Performer

True Identity 1991 (Movie)

("If I Can't Sell It I'll Just Keep Sittin' on It") (Song Performer)

Heart of Midnight 1989 (Movie)

("(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean") (Song Performer)

Quicksilver 1986 (Movie)

("Mama (He Treats Your Daughter Mean)") (Song Performer)

Biography

Actress-musician Ruth Brown made a splash in Hollywood both on and off-screen for more than three decades. Known for making audiences laugh, Brown began her acting career in comedies like "Hairspray" (1988) starring Sonny Bono and "True Identity" (1991) with Lenny Henry. She worked in series television while getting her start in acting, including a part on "Austin City Limits" (PBS, 1974-2015). Brown also contributed music to "Quicksilver" (1986) and the Jennifer Jason Leigh thriller "Heart of Midnight" (1989). Her work around this time also included a part on the TV movie "Hallelujah" (PBS, 1993-94). She also contributed to a variety of television specials, including "Black and Blue" (PBS, 1992-93) and "Abbey Lincoln, You Gotta Pay the Band" (PBS, 1992-93). Brown's music was also a part of the Norah Jones drama "My Blueberry Nights" (2008), the Richard Gere dramatic adaptation "Nights in Rodanthe" (2008) and "Seven Pounds" (2008). Brown was most recently credited in "Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2" (PBS, 2010-11). In addition to her music, Brown also appeared on-screen in the Aerosmith documentary "Lightning in a Bottle" (2004) and "Honeydripper" (2007) with Danny Glover. Brown passed away in November 2006 at the age of 78.

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