Peter Brown (actor)

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Peter Brown
Peter Brown Lawman 1961.JPG
Brown (right) as Deputy Johnny McKay in the ABC/Warner Brothers western television series, Lawman (1961)
BornPierre Lind de Lappe
(1935-10-05) October 5, 1935 (age 78)
New York City, New York, USA
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles
OccupationFilm and television actor
Years active1957–present
Spouse(s)

(1) Diane Jergens (married 1958-1960, divorced)
(2) Sandy Edmundson (married 1964-1971, divorced, 1 son)
(3) Liliane Alice Yvette Safargy (married 1971-1974, divorced)
(4) Mary Kathleen Gauba (married 1986-1999)

(5) Kerstin Kern (married 2008)
ChildrenTwo sons, Matthew and Joshua
 
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Peter Brown
Peter Brown Lawman 1961.JPG
Brown (right) as Deputy Johnny McKay in the ABC/Warner Brothers western television series, Lawman (1961)
BornPierre Lind de Lappe
(1935-10-05) October 5, 1935 (age 78)
New York City, New York, USA
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles
OccupationFilm and television actor
Years active1957–present
Spouse(s)

(1) Diane Jergens (married 1958-1960, divorced)
(2) Sandy Edmundson (married 1964-1971, divorced, 1 son)
(3) Liliane Alice Yvette Safargy (married 1971-1974, divorced)
(4) Mary Kathleen Gauba (married 1986-1999)

(5) Kerstin Kern (married 2008)
ChildrenTwo sons, Matthew and Joshua

Peter Brown (born October 5, 1935) is an American television actor known for his four-year role as young Deputy Johnny McKay opposite John Russell as Marshal Dan Troop in the 1958-1962 ABC/Warner Brothers western television series, Lawman.[1]

Early life[edit]

Brown was born in New York City as Pierre Lind de Lappe. His mother, Mina Reaume, was a stage and radio actress, playing the "Dragon Lady" on the Terry and the Pirates radio serial. He has an older brother, Phillip, and two younger half brothers, Paul and Michael. Peter took the name Brown from his stepfather, Albert Brown.

During his United States Army service in Alaska with the 2nd Infantry Division (United States), Brown became involved in writing, directing and acting in plays to entertain the other troops. Upon his discharge, Brown studied Drama at the University of California, Los Angeles and soon was appearing in plays and on NBC Matinee Theatre. Brown also supported himself by working in a gasoline station on the Sunset Strip. One night a man paid for his purchase with a credit card reading "Jack L. Warner". Brown asked the customer whether he was one of the Warner Brothers, the man replied "I'm the last one left".[2] The next day Brown was offered a screen test at the studio.

Career[edit]

As a contract player for Warner Brothers, Brown appeared in the films, Red Nightmare and Darby's Rangers. Though his role in Onionhead was cut from the completed film, the producer Julius Schermer hired him for Deputy Johnny McKay in Lawman, an important part that lasted from 1958 to 1962. Brown is the only surviving member of the series. Brown also appeared in the 1962 film, Merrill's Marauders.

Brown appeared on dozens of other television shows and did several crossovers with other western series as Johnny McKay, including Maverick, in the 1961 episode "Hadley's Hunters," featuring Jack Kelly as Bart Maverick, along with a host of characters from other Warner Bros. westerns, including Cheyenne (Clint Walker), Bronco (Ty Hardin), and Sugarfoot (Will Hutchins).

Brown twice guest starred on another ABC/WB western, Colt .45, with Wayde Preston. He appeared as Dave with Andrew Duggan and Bob Steele cast as Jim Rexford and Sergeant Granger, respectively, in "The Peacemaker" or "Judgment Day", the series premiere in 1957. Thereafter that same season, he was cast as Jimmy Benedict opposite Charles Bronson as the outlaw Danny Arnold in the episode "Young Gun". In the story line, Benedict, who wants to make a name for himself, challenges Arnold to a gunfight.[3]

After his contract with Warner Brothers lapsed, Brown made two films for Walt Disney Studios. He appeared in other television series too, such as Redigo, starring Richard Egan as a New Mexico rancher. He contracted to Universal Pictures for the 1965 NBC western television series, Laredo, set on the Mexican border in and about Laredo, Texas.

Brown appeared in the pilot for Police Woman, starring Angie Dickinson.

Brown began the 1970s in exploitation films such as Foxy Brown, Chrome and Hot Leather, and Rape Squad and soap operas such as Days of our Lives and The Bold and the Beautiful. He continues to perform in various American television guest star roles.

 The book called The Fastest Gun In Hollywood is the story of Peter Brown's life as told  by Peter Brown to the author Alexx Stuart. 

Personal life[edit]

Brown has been married five times. His wives have been:

Brown also has a son, Joshua, by Amber Karlson, with whom he lived from 1974 until 1979.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas, Bob (February 8, 1959). "Peter Brown Major Reason 'Lawman' Show Popular". Ocala Star-Banner. p. 11. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Peter Brown Biography
  3. ^ "Colt .45". ctva.biz. Retrieved December 22, 2012. 

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