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Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown

2006 (printed 2020)
Peter Brew-Bevan

inkjet print on paper (image: 99.5 cm x 74.5 cm, sheet: 120.5 cm x 95.0 cm, frame: 123.5 cm x 98.0 cm depth 4.0 cm)

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.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2020
© Peter Brew-Bevan

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Artist and subject

Peter Brew-Bevan (age 37 in 2006)

Bryan Brown AM (age 59 in 2006)

Rachel Ward AM (age 49 in 2006)

Subject professions

Performing arts

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Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan

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