Phil Brown

Phil Brown

  • Born on
    • April 30th, 1916
  • Died on
    • February 9th, 2006
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.

Starring Phil Brown on Plex


Acting (20 Credits)

1980The Martian Chronicles as Narrator
1978Superman as State Senator (uncredited)
1977Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope as Uncle Owen
1976The Pink Panther Strikes Again as Virginia Senator
1975The Romantic Englishwoman as Mr. Wilson
1971Valdez Is Coming as Malson
1970Tropic of Cancer as Van Norden
1962The Counterfeit Traitor as Harold Murray
1959John Paul Jones as Sentry
1958The Camp on Blood Island as Lt. Peter Bellamy
1957A King in New York as Headmaster
1949The Hidden Room as Bill Kronin
1948The Luck of the Irish as Tom Higginbotham
1948Moonrise as Elmer - Soda Jerk
1947Johnny O'Clock as Phil, Hotel Clerk
1946The Killers as Nick Adams (uncredited)
1945Over 21 as Frank MacDougal
1945State Fair as Harry Ware
1944Weird Woman as David Jennings
1941H.M. Pulham, Esq. as Joe Bingham


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