Friday, February 24, 2006


Phil Brown has passed away. He was most recognizable to modern audiences for playing Luke Skywalker's uncle, Owen Lars, although he only appeared in the first "Star Wars" film for a handful of scenes. He in fact had a long and successful career in New York, Hollywood, and Europe.

A Stanford University graduate (class of 1937), he joined the Group Theatre of New York in 1938 before moving to Hollywood in 1941 where he quickly came to be cast in a series of roles as “the guy who didn’t get the girl.” He soon took to directing as well.

Unfortunately, Brown fell victim to the Red-hunters of the ’50s and was blacklisted in 1952, despite his claims to never have been a Communist. This prompted a move to London for Brown and his family, where he stayed until 1992 and was able to act and direct on the West End as well as in television and films.

The success of "Star Wars" also allowed Brown to join the convention circuit for many years.

Maneaters Are Loose! (1978) (TV) .... Kevin Pennington
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1978) (TV) .... Jeremiah Cobb
Roast Goose and Walnut Stuffing (1959) (TV) .... John Sloan
The Offshore Island (1959) (TV) .... Captain Charles

"The Fortunate Pilgrim" (1988) (mini) TV Series .... Supervisor F/O
"Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years" (1981) (mini) TV Series .... Lord Beaverbrook
"Oppenheimer" (1980) (mini) TV Series .... Strauss
"The Martian Chronicles" (1980) (mini) TV Series .... Mr. Black (Capt. Black's father)

Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming (1999) .... Council Elder
Star Wars (1977) .... Uncle Owen Lars

"The Professionals"

- Take Away (1980) TV Episode .... Callahan
"Tales of the Unexpected"

- Edward the Conqueror (1979) TV Episode .... F. Milton Willis
"The Protectors"

- It Was All Over in Leipzig (1972) TV Episode .... Adam Markos
- The Night Virginia City Died (1970) TV Episode .... Wade Tucker
"Journey to the Unknown"
- Stranger in the Family (1969) TV Episode .... Charles Wilson
"The Troubleshooters"
- Operation Saigon (1966) TV Episode .... Harry Tobin
"The Four Just Men"

- The Bystanders (1960) TV Episode .... Albert Peterson
"Interpol Calling"
- The Money Game (1959) TV Episode .... Brownley
"Dial 999"
- Extradition (1959) TV Episode .... Vic Brady
"White Hunter"
- The Inside Story (1957) TV Episode .... Sherman Wick
"The Scarlet Pimpernel"
- Thanksgiving Day (1956) TV Episode .... Rawlingson
"Colonel March of Scotland Yard"
- Present Tense (1956) TV Episode .... Gordon
- The Sorcerer (1956) TV Episode .... Brian Hayes
"Sailor of Fortune"
- The Million Dollar Rose Tree (1956) TV Episode .... Clayton
"The Vise"
- Never Let Me Die (1955) TV Episode
- The Corpse in Room Thirteen (1955) TV Episode
"Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Presents"
- My Favorite Aunt (1953) TV Episode

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