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Bryan Brown AM

b. 1947

Bryan Brown AM (b. 1947), actor and producer, worked as an insurance salesman before doing theatre in Australia and London. His first Australian film appearance came in The Love-Letters From Teralba Road (1977). He was in Newsfront (1977), Breaker Morant (1980) and Winter of Our Dreams (1981) before appearing in the US mini-series The Thorn Birds (1983) – which won him an Emmy, an international profile, and the hand of co-star Rachel Ward. He made Give My Regards to Broad Street (1985) with Paul McCartney before embarking on his Hollywood heyday: F/X (1986), Tai-Pan (1986), Cocktail (1988) with Tom Cruise, Gorillas in the Mist (1988) with Sigourney Weaver, and FX 2 (1991). In 1990 he was back in Australia for Blood Oath. His recent Australian films include Dead Heart (1996), which he also produced; Two Hands (1998), Risk (2000), Mullet (2001) and Dirty Deeds (2002). As well as starring in various made-for-television movies and series, in 2004 he made a Hollywood comeback in Along Came Polly, co-starring Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston; he was in Australia (2008) before producing and starring in Beautiful Kate, written and directed by Rachel Ward.

Updated 2018