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An accomplished theater and film actor, Bryan Brown has amassed a number of credits on stage in both England and the United States, as well as in feature films in his native Australia.

Brown made his feature debut in a small role in THE LOVE LETTERS FROM TERALBA ROAD. Over the next two years, he appeared in a variety of roles in eight more films. His most notable performances included portrayals of an editor in Philip Noyce's NEWSFRONT and a shearer in Fred Schepisi's CHANT OF JIMMY BLACKSMITH. Brown's breakthrough performance was in the 1980 feature BREAKER MORANT, which gained critical acclaim worldwide.

Brown first came to the attention of American television viewers in 1981 in the PBS miniseries A TOWN LIKE ALICE. Brown later gained mainstream popularity as the character Luke O'Neill in the popular ABC miniseries, THE THORNBIRDS. His first American- made feature film was F/X, a 1986 thriller in which a movie special effects genius becomes embroiled in an assassination plot. In 1988, Brown gained unprecedented visibility in two major box-office hits, portraying a bartender/mentor for Tom Cruise in COCKTAIL and serving as Sigourney Weaver's on-screen husband in GORILLAS IN THE MIST.

Brown's recent made-for-television movie credits include DEAD IN THE WATER (USA Network) and FULL BODY MASSAGE (Showtime).

Brown's awards include the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Supporting Actor for BREAKER MORANT (1980) and the Film Critics Circle of Australia Lifetime Achievement Award (1996).

Bio courtesy USA Network (20-Jul-2002)


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