This article is about the actor from the latter part of the 20th century. For the Irish actor from the early part of the 20th century, see W. Graham Brown. For the English cricketer, see Graham Brown (cricketer). Graham Brown (October 24, 1924 - December 13, 2011) was an American actor best known for his work in the theatre. Biography: Born Robert Brown in New York, New York, he is best known for his work on the stage. He attended Howard University where he earned a BA in theater. He also studied method acting at the Actors Studio in New York. He began his career as a Shakespearean actor at Guthrie Theater where he appeared in productions like Hamlet and Richard III. Brown was an original member of Negro Ensemble Company (NEC) and played in many NEC productions like: Malcochon by Derek Walcott, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men by Lonnie Elder III, District Line and The River Niger both by Joseph A Walker. He was part of the original cast of controversial play Song of the Lusitanian Bogey by Peter Weiss which toured Europe and was subject to a riot in a London theatre in August 1968. Graham Brown was often cast as professional and/or highly educated people such as doctors and clergymen. One of his best remembered roles was as "Jared Philibert", the 50-year-old patriarch of a Caribbean-American family in Steve Carter's critically acclaimed play, Nevis Mountain Dew. He originated the role in NEC's Off-Broadway production and reprised the role in the West Coast premiere of the play. For the latter he received a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for his performance. Selected credits: Theatre: Year Production Role Theatre(s) Notes 1963 Hamlet Horatio Minnesota Theater Company 1968 Weekend Dr. Hampton Broadhurst Theatre The Man in the Glass Booth Sam Royale Theatre 1971 Behold! Cometh the Vanderkellans Dr. Vanderkellans Theatre de Lys 1972 The River Niger Dr. Dudley Stanton St. Mark's Playhouse, Brooks Atkinson Theatre Originally an Off-Broadway production that was transferred to Broadway. 1975 Black Picture Show Norman Vivian Beaumont Theater 1976 Eden Joseph Barton St. Mark's Playhouse, Theatre de Lys Transferred to Theatre de Lys on May 14, 1976. Kings Tiresias in "Oedipus" Alvin Theatre 1978 Nevis Mountain Dew Jared Philibert St. Mark's Playhouse 1980 Lagrima del Diablo Archbishop Stephen Emmanuel Pontiflax St. Mark's Playhouse 1981 Nevis Mountain Dew Jared Philibert Los Angeles Actors Theatre Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, Lead Performance 1985 Ceremonies in Dark Old Men William Jenkins Theatre Four 1989 The Talented Tenth Father/, Sam Griggs Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I Film: Year Film Role Notes 1984 The Muppets Take Manhattan Mr. Wrightson 1989 Bloodhounds of Broadway Dr. Frischer 1992 Malcolm X Dr. Payson 1994 Blues in C Bucky Webb 1995 Clockers Mr. Herman Brown

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