Peter Brown (actor)

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Peter Brown
Peter Brown Lawman 1959.jpg
Brown (right) as Deputy Johnny McKay in the television series Lawman (1959)
BornPierre Lind de Lappe
(1935-10-05) October 5, 1935 (age 79)
New York City, New York, USA
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles
OccupationFilm and television actor
Years active1957–present

(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 1959.jpg
Brown (right) as Deputy Johnny McKay in the television series Lawman (1959)
BornPierre Lind de Lappe
(1935-10-05) October 5, 1935 (age 79)
New York City, New York, USA
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles
OccupationFilm and television actor
Years active1957–present

(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 and as Texas Ranger Chad Cooper on Laredo from 1965-1967.[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.


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 Brothers. westerns, including Cheyenne (Clint Walker), Bronco (Ty Hardin), and Sugarfoot (Will Hutchins). In the Cheyenne episode "Renegades" (1958), Brown at twenty-two was cast as 17-year-old Jed Wayne, who enlists in the United States Army after his father is killed in an attack by Comanche renegades. Olive Sturgess played Kathy Donovan, who takes an interest in young Wayne and is the daughter of the fort commander, Colonel Ralph Donovan (Bartlett Robinson), who distrusts the Indians. The episode also focuses on the spirit and endurance of Wayne's mortally lame horse and the wisdom of the Comanche chief, Little Elk (Steve Darrell).[3]

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.[4]

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 many soap operas. On Days of our Lives, he played Dr. Greg Peters from 1972-1979 who was involved in a romance with Amanda Howard (Mary Frann). He was Laurie Brooks' attorney, Robert Laurence on The Young and the Restless (1981-1982) when she was on trial for the murder of her former mother-in-law, Vanessa Prentiss. After the storyline ended, he romanced Laurie's sister, Leslie Brooks, but that ended when his wife Claire came out of a long comatose state. He would return briefly to "Y&R" in between soap stints in the late 1980s. Peter replaced John Shearin as Roger Forbes on Loving during its early days, but was written out after only a couple of months. From 1986-1987, he played Charles Sanders, former ambassador to Mendora on One Life to Live whose family briefly dominated the front-burner of the soap. His character memorably had a heart attack and died on the evening of his wedding to Lee Halpern. Later on, he played Blake Hayes on The Bold and the Beautiful, the ex-husband of Dr. Taylor Forrester. He continues to perform in various American television guest star roles.

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.


1957Sayonara2nd MPUncredited vocie
1958Darby's RangersPvt. / Cpl. Rollo Burns
1958Too Much, Too SoonYoung Nightclub PatronUncredited
1958Marjorie MorningstarAlecUncredited
1958Violent RoadMarine CorporalUncredited
1958No Time for SergeantsRadio Disc JockeyUncredited voice
1958OnionheadClarkScenes deleted
1959WestboundArmy Sentry Outside TentUncredited voice
1962Merrill's MaraudersBullseye
1962Red NightmareBill MartinShort film
1963Summer MagicTom Hamilton
1964Tiger Walks, AA Tiger WalksVern Goodman
1964Ride the Wild SurfChase Colton
1964Kitten with a WhipRon
1970Attack at DawnAbie
1971Teenage Tease
1971Chrome and Hot LeatherAl
1972PiranhaJim Pendrake
1973Gentle Savage-Executive producer
1974Foxy BrownSteve Elias
1974Memory of UsWinston
1974Act of VengeanceJack
1975SunburstThe Professor
1976Sparkle-Executive producer
1982Concrete Jungle, TheThe Concrete JungleDanny
1986Aurora Encounter, TheThe Aurora EncounterSheriff
1986Messenger, TheThe MessengerHarris
1995Fists of IronMax
1997AsylumDr. Frank Meyers
1999Wasteland JusticeWilkerson
2001Wedding Planner, TheThe Wedding PlannerJustice
2004Hollywood, It's a Dog's LifeHank O'Hara
2004Land of the Free?Sen. Jacobs
2005Three Bad MenTom Noland
2005Hell to PayJohnny Behan
Television credits
1957Colt .45Jimmy Benedict in “Young Gun”, Dave in “The Peacemaker”
1957-1960MaverickChris Semple in “Point Blank” (1957), Rip Fallon in “Stage West” (1957), Deputy Johnny McKay in “Hadley's Hunters” (1960)
1957-1962CheyenneClay Conover in “Top Hand” (1957), Jed Wayne in “Renegades” (1958), Billy Younger in “Ghost of the Cimarron” (1958), Ross Andrews in “Pocketful of Stars” (1962)
1958-1959SugarfootDavey Reeder in “Hideout” (1958), Deputy Johnny McKay in “Trial of the Canary Kid” (1959)
1958-1962LawmanDeputy Johnny McKay156 episodes
1962Hawaiian EyeTeoEpisode: “Lalama Lady”
196277 Sunset StripTimmy Ellison in “The Gang's All Here”, Trace Morgan in “Wolf! Cried the Blonde” (1962)
1963Gallant Men, TheThe Gallant MenLt. HodgesEpidose: “The Bridge“
1963Alfred Hitchcock Hour, TheThe Alfred Hitchcock HourEd in “Forecast: Low Clouds and Coastal Fog“, Det. Philip Reardon in “Death of a Cop“
1963RedigoJohnny Porter in “The Blooded Bull“
1963-1964Wagon TrainBenedict O’Brien in “The Adam MacKenzie Story” (1963), Aaron Balfour in “The Geneva Balfour Story” (1964), Ben Campbell in “Those Who Stay Behind” (1964)
1964Kraft Suspense TheatreLieutenant Ben Hollister in “The Action of the Tiger”, Chris Forrester in “One Tiger to a Hill”
1964-1967Virginian, TheThe VirginianCraig Ryan in “Return a Stranger” (1964), Chad Cooper in “We've Lost a Train” (1965), Tom Conlan in “A Small Taste of Justice” (1967)
1965-1967LaredoChad Cooper56 episodes, three of which are a credit only. Credited as Chad Cooper/Prince Lazlo in “A Prince of a Ranger” (1966)
1967Danny Thomas Hour, TheThe Danny Thomas HourEddie KimbleEpisode: “The Enemy“
1969Best Years, TheThe Best YearsDempsterMade-for-television movie
1969Mod SquadLou FranklinEpisode: “The Debt”
1970Hunters Are for KillingRaymond PeraMade-for-television movie
1970Most Deadly Game, TheThe Most Deadly GameScott NortonEpisode: “War Games”
1971My Three SonsMike TurleyEpisode: “The Love God”
1971Dan AugustFred BowersEpisode: “The Manufactured Man”
1971Mission: ImpossibleJohnny BrownEpisode: “Blind”
1971O'Hara, U.S. TreasuryS.A. Bart HerronEpisode: “Operation: Spread”
1972Medical CenterDr. MusanteEpisode: “Deadlock”
1972Bob Newhart Show, TheThe Bob Newhart ShowStan ConnersEpisode: “Tennis, Emily?”
1972-1978Days of Our LivesDr. Greg Peters10 episodes (four in 1972, two 1973, one in 1976, three in 1978)
1973Magician, TheThe MagicianRay WeaverEpisode: “The Vanishing Lady”
1974Police StoryLloyd in “The Gamble”, Chuck in “Love, Mabel”
1975Marcus Welby, M.D.Mike RossEpisode: “The Covenant”
1975Matt HelmEpisode: “Dead Men Talk”, Episode: “Murder on Ice”
1975Police WomanPaul MonarchEpisode: “Above and Beyond”
1977Streets of San Francisco, TheThe Streets of San FranciscoOfficer BradyEpisode: “One Last Trick”
1977Quincy M.E.Bondine - College Football CoastEpisode: “Main Man”
1978Wonder WomanInspector Tim BoltEpisode: “Hot Wheels”
1978Charlie’s AngelsMark CorrellEpisode: “Angels Ahoy”
1978Vega$RichieEpisode: “The Pageant”
1978Eddie Capra Mysteries, TheThe Eddie Capra MysteriesEpisode: “Breakout to Murder”
1978Flying HighRichardEpisode: “Brides and Grooms”
1979Salvage 1Bill KellyEpisode: “Salvage” (pilot)
1979Project U.F.O.Steve RollinsEpisode: “Sighting 4026: The Atlantic Queen Incident”
1979California FeverWoodsEpisode: “Beach Wars”
1980Dukes of Hazzard, TheThe Dukes of HazzardFloyd BakerEpisode: “Officer Daisy Duke”
1980Top of the HillMcCainMade-for-television movie
1980Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything, TheThe Girl, the Gold Watch & EverythingBodyguardMade-for-television movie
1981Fantasy IslandPatrick O'HerlihyEpisode: “Elizabeth's Baby/The Artist and the Lady”
1981Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo, TheThe Misadventures of Sheriff LoboHijacker ThompsonEpisode: “Airsick - 1981”
1982DallasTom FlintoffEpisode: ”Denial”
1982Magnum, P.I.Robert BrightonEpisode: “Heal Thyself”
1983Hart to HartRay Martin / Dr. ScottEpisode: “As the Hart Turns”
1983LovingRoger Forbes
1983T.J. HookerLt. Drummer2 episodes: “Carnal Express” and “Chinatown”
1983ManimalCarl McGhanEpisode: “High Stakes”
1984Whiz KidsAndrovEpisode: “Father's Day”
1984Cover UpMark ReynoldsPilot episode
1984Fall Guy, TheThe Fall GuyEpisode: “San Francisco Caper”
1984RiptideFred CushingEpisode: “Peter Pan Is Alive and Well”
1984-1986Simon & SimonFBI Agent Frank Kenniman in “The Dillinger Print” (1984), Manny Crobett in “Mobile Home of the Brave” (1986)
1985Crazy Like a FoxEpisode: “Till Death Do Us Part”
1985Knight RiderEpisode: “Knight Behind Bars”
1986AirwolfHerb WaldronEpisode: “Little Wolf”
1986The A-TeamEpisode: “The Theory of Revolution”
1986-1987One Life to LiveCharles Sanders, IIIFeatured Role
1988OharaAustin SnyderEpisode: “Last Year's Model”
1988Aaron's WayCoach GradyEpisode: “New Patterns”
19881st & Ten: The ChampionshipMal HutchinsEpisode: “Caught in the Draft”
1989HunterFullerEpisode: “Partners”
1989GenerationsDoctor4 episodes
1989-1991The Young and the RestlessRobert Laurence6 episodes
1990BaywatchBuckyEpisode: “Shark Derby”
1991-1992The Bold and the BeautifulBlake Hayes6 episodes
1992WingsDr. LaskerEpisode: “Noses Off”
1994One West WaikikiMr. DineheartEpisode: “Along Came a Spider”
1997Babylon 5MinisterEpisode: “Intersections in Real Time”
2000JAGBill LaytonEpisode: “Real Deal SEAL“
2001Disney's California Adventure TV SpecialMade-for-television movie


  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. ^ "Renegades: Cheyenne". Internet Movie Data Base. February 11, 1958. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Colt .45". Retrieved December 22, 2012. 


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