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Roscoe Lee Browne

Highest Rated:   97% Babe (1995)
Lowest Rated:   0% Moon 44 (1990)
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Birthplace:   Woodbury, New Jersey, USA
Roscoe Lee Browne was already an internationally famous track star when he attended Vermont's Middlebury College and Columbia University. Browne taught comparative literature and French at Pennsylvania's Lincoln University before turning to acting in 1956. Refusing to limit himself to the subservient roles generally assigned to black actors in the 1950s, Browne established himself in the classics, beginning with his inaugural stage appearance in a New York Shakespeare Festival staging of Julius Caesar. He later appeared in such highly regarded New York theatrical productions as The Blacks and Brecht on Brecht. From his first film appearance in Shirley Clarke's The Connection (1962) onward, Browne projected a commanding, authoritative presence, even when playing "hired help" characters like camp cook Jedediah Nightlinger in The Cowboys (1972). His series-TV credits include the roles of Saunders on Soap (1980-1981 season) and Rosemont on Falcon Crest (1988-1989 season). Having never let a year go by without at least one theatrical engagement, Browne won a Tony award for his work in the 1992 production 2 Trains Running. Outside of his performing activities, Roscoe Lee Browne is an accomplished poet, short-story author, playwright, director, and musical arranger.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
67% Smiley Face
  • Roscoe Lee Browne
2007
2% Epic Movie
  • Narrator
$39.7M 2007
10% Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties
  • the Narrator
$28.3M 2006
No Score Yet July '64
  • Narrator
2006
No Score Yet Unknown Powers
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Miracle Healers
  • Actor
2005
69% Treasure Planet
  • Mr. Arrow
$38.2M 2002
No Score Yet Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives
  • Actor
2002
70% Hamlet
  • Polonius
2000
No Score Yet The Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet The Premonition
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Morgan's Ferry
  • Pebo
1999
65% Babe: Pig in the City
  • Narrator
1998
43% Judas Kiss
  • Chief
1998
No Score Yet Forest Warrior
  • Clovis
1996
12% Dear God
  • Idris Abraham
1996
17% The Pompatus of Love
  • Leonard Folder
1996
No Score Yet Galapagos: Beyond Darwin
  • Actor
1996
64% Last Summer in the Hamptons
  • Freddy
1995
97% Babe
  • Narrator
1995
No Score Yet Brother Minister: The Assassination of Malcolm X
  • Narrator
1995
42% Naked in New York
  • Mr. Reid
1994
No Score Yet You Must Remember This
  • Buck
1992
No Score Yet Eddie Presley
  • Doc
1992
81% The Mambo Kings
  • Fernando Perez
1992
No Score Yet Count Basie: Swingin' the Blues
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Gordon Parks: "Visions"
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Night Angel
  • Narrator
1990
0% Moon 44
  • Chairman
1990
50% Oliver & Company
  • Francis
1988
29% Jumpin' Jack Flash
  • Archer Lincoln
1986
44% Legal Eagles
  • Judge Dawkins
1986
No Score Yet For Us, the Living: The Story of Medgar Evers
  • Gloster Current
1983
No Score Yet Haunting of Harrington House
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Nothing Personal
  • Paxton
1980
80% Twilight's Last Gleaming
  • Forrest
1977
62% Logan's Run
  • Box
1976
67% Uptown Saturday Night
  • Congressman Lincoln
1974
No Score Yet The World's Greatest Athlete
  • Gazenga
1973
No Score Yet Superfly T.N.T.
  • Dr. Lamine Sanko
1973
No Score Yet Cisco Pike
  • Music Store Owner
1972
79% The Cowboys
  • Jebediah Nightlinger
1972
67% The Liberation of L.B. Jones
  • Lord Byron Jones
1970
69% Topaz
  • Philippe Dubois
1969
No Score Yet Me and My Brother
  • Photographer
1969
No Score Yet Up Tight!
  • Clarence
1968
27% The Comedians
  • Petit Pierre
1967
No Score Yet Black like Me
  • Christopher
1964
95% The Connection
  • J.J. Burden
1961
No Score Yet Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Soap
1977-1981
  • Saunders
  • 2020
  • 2018
  • 1981
  • 1980
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Narrator
  • 2006
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998-2006
  • Linus
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Proud Family
2001-2005
  • Voice
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Aaron Miller Balewa Sir Idris Balewa
  • 2003
  • 1992
No Score Yet The Wild Thornberrys
1998-2004
  • Voice
  • 2000
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Rev. Matthew Lynn
  • 1999
50% Hope Island
1999-2000
  • Judge Bradley
  • 1999
No Score Yet A Different World
1987-1993
  • Prof. Foster Dr. Foster
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1988
  • 1987
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
  • Dr. Steadman
  • 1990
No Score Yet Head of the Class
1986-1991
  • Mr. Thomas
  • 1989
  • 1986
No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
1984-1989
  • Dr. Hudsbeth
  • 1988
  • 1985
No Score Yet The Cosby Show
1984-1992
  • Dr. Barnabus Foster
  • 1987
  • 1986
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
  • Gloster Current
  • 1983
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
1980-1988
  • Carlton
  • 1983
No Score Yet Maude
1972-1978
  • Actor
  • 1978
  • 1977
No Score Yet Starsky & Hutch
1975-1979
  • Godfrey
  • 1977
No Score Yet Good Times
1974-1979
  • Actor
  • 1977
  • 1974
No Score Yet Barney Miller
1975-1982
  • Escape Artist
  • 1975
No Score Yet The Flip Wilson Show
1970-1974
  • Guest
  • 1973
No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco
1972-1977
  • Actor
  • 1973
No Score Yet All in the Family
1971-1979
  • Duval Thompson
  • 1973
  • 1972
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
  • Joshua
  • 1972
No Score Yet Sanford and Son
1972-1977
  • Wilcox
  • 1972

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