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Phil Brown

Philip Brown was an American actor. Brown was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After majoring in dramatics at Stanford University where he was a Brother of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, Brown played some of his earliest stage roles as part of New York's Group Theater. When it folded, he and other Group Theatre veterans headed to Hollywood, where Brown worked in motion pictures and helped found the fabled Actors' Laboratory. In 1946, he played Ernest Hemingway's famous protagonist Nick Adams in Robert Siodmak's version of The Killers, alongside William Conrad and Charles McGraw as the titular "killers". His association with the Lab came back to haunt him later in the decade, when its members fell under the scrutiny of the House Un-American Activities Committee. Although he was not a communist, Brown was blacklisted in 1952, and was eventually compelled to relocate with his family to England between 1953 and 1993. Overseas he was able to resume acting on stage, TV and films; he also directed for the stage and TV. He was best known for his role as Luke Skywalker's uncle, Owen Lars, in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977). He returned to the United States in the 1990s and in later years made the rounds of autograph shows. Phil Brown died of pneumonia on February 9, 2006 at the age of 89.

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Apr 30, 1916 In Cambridge, Massachusetts
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie I Wanted Wings 1941-03-26
Latest Project:
Movie Avatar: The Way of Water 2022-12-14
Known For
Poster of Starwoids
Poster of Bomb at 10:10
Poster of Interpol Calling
Poster of White Hunter
Movie Avatar: The Way of Water Stringer 2022-12-14
Movie The Z-Nail Gang Fred 2014-07-31
Movie Siege Dennis Hurworth 2012-06-17
Movie Bloodlines Thomas 2010-08-31
Movie Stolen DS Liam Clinton 2010-07-26
Movie Separation City Keith 2009-08-06
Movie Last Stand of the 300 Spartan Ephor 2007-05-27
Movie Luella Miller Christian 2004-11-25
Movie Starwoids Self 2001-01-01
Movie Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming Council Elder 1999-01-01
Movie Chaplin Projectionist 1992-12-17
Movie Bomber Harris Lord Beaverbrook 1989-09-03
Series Crazy like a Fox Unknown 1984-12-30
Series Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years Unknown 1981-09-06
Series The Martian Chronicles Narrator 1980-01-15
Series Oppenheimer 1980-10-29
Series Tales of the Unexpected Unknown 1979-03-24
Movie Superman State Senator (uncredited) 1978-12-13
Movie Maneaters Are Loose! Kevin Pennington 1978-05-03
Movie Star Wars Uncle Owen 1977-05-25
Movie The Pink Panther Strikes Again Virginia Senator 1976-12-15
Movie The Romantic Englishwoman Mr. Wilson 1975-06-11
Movie Scalawag Sandy 1973-04-22
Series The Protectors Unknown 1972-09-29
Movie Ooh... You Are Awful American Man 1972-12-01
Movie Valdez Is Coming Malson 1971-04-09
Movie Tropic of Cancer Van Norden 1970-02-27
Movie Togetherness Everett 1970-09-13
Movie Land Raiders Sheriff John Mayfield 1969-07-27
Movie The Adding Machine Don 1969-09-23
Movie Operation Cross Eagles Sgt. Turley 1968-01-01
Series Journey to the Unknown Unknown 1968-09-26
Movie Bomb at 10:10 Professor Pilich / Profesor Pilić 1967-07-12
Series Out of the Unknown Unknown 1965-10-04
Movie The Counterfeit Traitor Harold Murray 1962-04-17
Series Ben Casey Unknown 1961-10-02
Movie John Paul Jones Sentry 1959-06-16
Series Interpol Calling Unknown 1959-09-14
Series Dial 999 Unknown 1958-07-06
Movie The Camp on Blood Island Lt. Peter Bellamy 1958-04-15
Movie A King in New York Headmaster 1957-09-12
Series White Hunter Unknown 1957-10-12
Series Colonel March of Scotland Yard Unknown 1956-02-29
Series The Adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel Unknown 1955-09-28
Movie Obsession Bill Kronin 1949-08-03
Movie Moonrise Elmer - Soda Jerk 1948-10-01
Movie If You Knew Susie Joe Collins 1948-02-07
Movie The Luck of the Irish Tom Higginbotham 1948-09-15
Movie Johnny O'Clock Phil, Hotel Clerk 1947-01-07
Movie The Killers Nick Adams (uncredited) 1946-08-28
Movie Over 21 Frank MacDougal 1945-08-08
Movie The Jungle Captive Don Young 1945-06-25
Movie State Fair Harry Ware 1945-08-29
Movie Weird Woman David Jennings 1944-03-01
Movie The Impatient Years Henry Fairchild 1944-09-10
Movie Hello, Annapolis Kansas City 1942-04-23
Movie Calling Dr. Gillespie Roy Todwell 1942-08-01
Movie Pierre of the Plains Val Denton 1942-07-29
Movie I Wanted Wings Jimmy Masters 1941-03-26
Movie H.M. Pulham, Esq. Joe Bingham 1941-12-04