Bryan Brown

23 Jun 1947

Actor, Producer

Bryan Neathway Brown (born 23 June 1947) is an Australian actor.

Early life

Brown was born in Sydney, the son of John (Jack) Brown and Molly Brown, a house cleaner and pianist in the early days of the Langshaw School of Ballet. He grew up in the south-western Sydney suburb of Bankstown, and began working at AMP as an actuarial student. He started to act in amateur theatre performances, where he discovered a passion for acting.


Brown went to England in 1964, eventually winning minor roles at the Old Vic. He returned to Australia where he became a member of the Genesian Theatre, Sydney, appearing in Colleen Clifford's production of A Man for All Seasons, before joining the Queensland Theatre Company. He made his cinema debut in 1977 with a small role in The Love Letters from Teralba Road, and appeared in several more Australian films over the next two years.

In 1980 Brown became known to international audiences for his performance in Breaker Morant. While he continued appearing in Australian productions he also appeared in American TV mini-series, winning popularity in the United States in A Town Like Alice (1981).

He is best known to American television audiences for his Golden Globe and Emmy nominated role as Luke O'Neil in The Thorn Birds (1983), starring Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward, who he later married.

He starred in several international productions, including Tai-Pan, with Joan Chen, Gorillas in the Mist, with Sigourney Weaver, and Cocktail, with Tom Cruise.

He is one of the few Australian actors who regularly plays Australians, thereby retaining his accent. Two exceptions are Tai-Pan and his role in the TV series Against the Wind, which called for an Irish accent.


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Filmography (50 titles)

(movie, 2019)
···Palm Beach
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor, Producer
(movie, 2018)
···Peter Rabbit
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family
Role: Actor (as Mr. Rabbit (voice))
(movie, 2016)
···The Light Between Oceans
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Septimus Potts)
(movie, 2016)
···Gods of Egypt
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Osiris)
(movie, 2015)
···Kill Me Three Times
Genre: Comedy, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Bruce Jones)
(movie, 2011)
···Love Birds
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Dr. Buster)
(movie, 2009)
···Beautiful Kate
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Foreign
Role: Actor (as Bruce Kendall)
(movie, 2008)
···Dean Spanley
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Foreign
Role: Actor (as Wrather)
(movie, 2008)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as King Carney)
(movie, 2008)
Genre: Drama, Crime, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Rosco)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Rex Wild QC)
(movie, 2004)
···Along Came Polly
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Leland Van Lew)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Hal Thorne)
(movie, 2003)
Genre: Thriller
Role: Actor (as Eddie Bruno)
(movie, 2002)
···Dirty Deeds
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Role: Actor (as Barry Ryan)
(movie, 2000)
···On the Beach
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Dr. Julian Osborne)
(movie, 2000)
Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as John Kriesky)
(movie, 1999)
···Two Hands
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Pando)
(movie, 1999)
···Dear Claudia
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Adventure
Role: Actor (as Walter Burton)
(movie, 1999)
···Grizzly Falls
Genre: Adventure
Role: Actor (as Tyrone Bankston)
(movie, 1998)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Captain Robert Brown)
(movie, 1997)
···20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Ned Land)
(movie, 1996)
···Dead Heart
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Ray Lorkin)
(movie, 1995)
···Full Body Massage
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Fitch)
(movie, 1993)
···Age of Treason
Genre: Mystery, History
Role: Actor (as Marcus Didius Falco)
(movie, 1993)
···The Last Hit
Genre: Thriller
Role: Actor (as Michael Grant)
(movie, 1992)
···Blame It on the Bellboy
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Mike Lawton · Charlton Black)
(movie, 1992)
Genre: Action, Drama
Role: Actor (as Frank Devlin)
(movie, 1991)
···Dead in the Water
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Crime
Role: Actor (as Charlie Deegan)
(movie, 1991)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Rollie Tyler)
(movie, 1991)
···Sweet Talker
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Harry Reynolds)
(movie, 1990)
···Blood Oath
Genre: Drama, War
Role: Actor (as Captain Cooper)
(movie, 1988)
···Gorillas in the Mist
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Bob Campbell)
(movie, 1988)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Douglas "Doug" Coughlin)
(movie, 1987)
···The Umbrella Woman
Genre: Drama, Romance, Foreign
Role: Actor (as Sonny Hills)
(movie, 1987)
···The Shiralee
Genre: Drama, Family
Role: Actor (as Macauley)
(movie, 1986)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Roland 'Rollie' Tyler)
(movie, 1986)
Genre: Adventure
Role: Actor (as Dirk Struan)
(movie, 1985)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as David Parker)
(movie, 1985)
···The Empty Beach
Genre: Thriller
Role: Actor (as Cliff Hardy)
Genre: Drama, Music
Role: Actor (as Steve)
(movie, 1984)
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Family
Role: Actor (as Mahbub Ali)
(movie, 1982)
···Far East
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Morgan Keefe)
(mini-series, 1981)
···A Town Like Alice
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Role: Actor (as Joe Harman)
(movie, 1981)
···Winter of Our Dreams
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Rob)
(movie, 1980)
···Breaker Morant
Genre: Drama, History, War
Role: Actor (as Lt. Peter Handcock)
(movie, 1980)
···'Breaker' Morant
Genre: Drama, History, War
Role: Actor (as Lt. Peter Handcock)
(movie, 1980)
···Palm Beach
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Paul Kite)
(movie, 1979)
···The Odd Angry Shot
Genre: Action, Comedy, War
Role: Actor (as Rogers)