Biography

Bryan Neathway Brown (born 23 June 1947) is an Australian actor.

Early life

Brown was born in Sydney, the son of John (Jack) Brown and Molly Brown, a house cleaner and pianist in the early days of the Langshaw School of Ballet. He grew up in the south-western Sydney suburb of Bankstown, and began working at AMP as an actuarial student. He started to act in amateur theatre performances, where he discovered a passion for acting.

Career

Brown went to England in 1964, eventually winning minor roles at the Old Vic. He returned to Australia where he became a member of the Genesian Theatre, Sydney, appearing in Colleen Clifford's production of A Man for All Seasons, before joining the Queensland Theatre Company. He made his cinema debut in 1977 with a small role in The Love Letters from Teralba Road, and appeared in several more Australian films over the next two years.

In 1980 Brown became known to international audiences for his performance in Breaker Morant. While he continued appearing in Australian productions he also appeared in American TV mini-series, winning popularity in the United States in A Town Like Alice (1981).

He is best known to American television audiences for his Golden Globe and Emmy nominated role as Luke O'Neil in The Thorn Birds (1983), starring Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward, who he later married.

He starred in several international productions, including Tai-Pan, with Joan Chen, Gorillas in the Mist, with Sigourney Weaver, and Cocktail, with Tom Cruise.

He is one of the few Australian actors who regularly plays Australians, thereby retaining his accent. Two exceptions are Tai-Pan and his role in the TV series Against the Wind, which called for an Irish accent.

Bryan Neathway Brown (born 23 June 1947) is an Australian actor.

Early life

Brown was born in Sydney, the son of John (Jack) Brown and Molly Brown, a house cleaner and pianist in the early days of the Langshaw School of Ballet. He grew up in the south-western Sydney suburb of Bankstown, and began working at AMP as an actuarial student. He started to act in amateur theatre performances, where he discovered a passion for acting.

Career

Brown went to England in 1964, eventually winning minor roles at the Old Vic. He returned to Australia where he became a member of the Genesian Theatre, Sydney, appearing in Colleen Clifford's production of A Man for All Seasons, before joining the Queensland Theatre Company. He made his cinema debut in 1977 with a small role in The Love Letters from Teralba Road, and appeared in several more Australian films over the next two years.

In 1980 Brown became known to international audiences for his performance in Breaker Morant. While he continued appearing in Australian productions he also appeared in American TV mini-series, winning popularity in the United States in A Town Like Alice (1981).

He is best known to American television audiences for his Golden Globe and Emmy nominated role as Luke O'Neil in The Thorn Birds (1983), starring Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward, who he later married.

He starred in several international productions, including Tai-Pan, with Joan Chen, Gorillas in the Mist, with Sigourney Weaver, and Cocktail, with Tom Cruise.

He is one of the few Australian actors who regularly plays Australians, thereby retaining his accent. Two exceptions are Tai-Pan and his role in the TV series Against the Wind, which called for an Irish accent.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 80

Birthday 1947-06-23

Place of Birth Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Bryan Neathaway Brown

Acting TV ShowsMovies

Palm Beach
2018 Peter Rabbit as Mr. Rabbit (voice)
2018 Sweet Country as Sergeant Fletcher
2017 Australia Day as Terry Friedman
2017 David Stratton: A Cinematic Life as Himself
2016 Red Dog: True Blue as Grandpa
2016 The Light Between Oceans as Septimus Potts
2016 Gods of Egypt as Osiris
2015 Deadline Gallipoli(3 episodes) as Gen. Bridges
2015 Kill Me Three Times as Bruce Jones
2014 Old School(8 episodes) as Lennie Cahill
2013 The Darkside
2013 An Accidental Soldier as Captain Foster
2013 Better Man(2 episodes) as Lex Lasry
2011 Love Birds as Dr. Buster
2010 Limbo as Daniel
2009 Beautiful Kate as Bruce Kendall
2008 Dean Spanley as Wrather
2008 Australia as King Carney
2008 Cactus as Rosco
2007 Joanne Lees: Murder In The Outback as Rex Wild
2006 Two Twisted(14 episodes)
2005 The Poseidon Adventure as Jeffrey Eric Anderson
2005 Spring Break Shark Attack as Joel Gately
2004 Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman as Hal Thorne
2004 Along Came Polly as Leland Van Lew
2003 Footsteps as Eddie Bruno
2002 Dirty Deeds as Barry Ryan
2001 Styx as Art
2000 On the Beach as Dr. Julian Osborne
2000 Risk as John Kriesky
1999 Grizzly Falls as Tyrone Bankston
1999 Journey to the Center of the Earth(2 episodes) as Casper Hastings
1999 Two Hands as Pando
1999 Dear Claudia as Walter Burton
1998 On the Border as Barry Montana
1998 Journey to the Center of the Earth as Casper Hastings
1998 Dogboys as Captain Robert Brown
1997 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea(2 episodes) as Ned Land
1997 Still Twisted as Narrator
1996 Dead Heart as Ray Lorkin
1996 Twisted Tales
1995 Full Body Massage as Fitch
1994 The Wanderer(13 episodes) as Adam/Zachary
1993 The Last Hit as Michael Grant
1992 Devlin as Frank Devlin
1992 Blame It on the Bellboy as Mike Lawton / Charlton Black
1991 Dead in the Water as Charlie Deegan
1991 Sweet Talker as Harry Reynolds
1991 F/X2 as Roland 'Rollie' Tyler
1990 Blood Oath as Captain Cooper
1988 Gorillas in the Mist as Bob Campbell
1988 Cocktail as Douglas "Doug" Coughlin
1988 The Shiralee(2 episodes) as Macauley
1987 The Umbrella Woman as Sonny Hills
1986 Tai-Pan as Dirk Struan
1986 F/X as Roland 'Rollie' Tyler
1985 Rebel as Tiger
1985 Parker as David Parker
1984 Give My Regards to Broad Street as Steve
1984 Kim as Mahbub Ali
1984 Eureka Stockade(3 episodes) as Peter Lalor
1983 The Thorn Birds(4 episodes) as Luke O'Neill
1982 Far East as Morgan Keefe
1981 A Town Like Alice(3 episodes) as Joe Harman
1981 Winter of Our Dreams as Rob
1980 Blood Money as Brian Shields
1980 Breaker Morant as Lt. Peter Handcock
1980 Stir as China Jackson
1980 Palm Beach as Paul Kite
1979 Cathy's Child as Paul Nicholson
1979 The Odd Angry Shot as Rogers
1978 Money Movers as Brian Jackson
1978 Against the Wind(13 episodes) as Michael Connor
1978 Newsfront
1978 Weekend of Shadows as Bennett
1978 The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith as Shearer
1978 Third Person Plural as Mark
1977 The Love Letters from Teralba Road
1975 Scobie Malone as Policeman

Creator

2006 Two TwistedCreator

Production

Palm BeachProducer

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