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Phil Brown (actor)

Phil Brown
Born Philip Brown
(1916-04-30)April 30, 1916
Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died February 9, 2006(2006-02-09) (aged 89)
Woodland Hills, California, U.S.
Years active 1941–1999
Spouse(s) Virginia Brown (1940-2006) (his death) 1 child
Website .com.philbrownwww

Philip Brown (April 30, 1916 – February 9, 2006) was an American actor.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Death 3
  • External links 4

Early life

Brown was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He majored in dramatics at Stanford University, where he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity.


Brown played some of his earliest stage roles as part of New York's Group Theatre. When it ended, he and other Group Theatre veterans headed to Hollywood, where Brown worked in motion pictures and helped found the 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 (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, 2 months before his 90th birthday.

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