Ralph Brown

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Ralph Brown
Ralph Brown on 26 March 2009.jpg
Brown on 26 March 2009
Born Ralph William John Brown
(1957-06-18) 18 June 1957 (age 60)
Cambridge, England, UK
Occupation Actor, writer
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Jenny Jules (1992–present)

Ralph William John Brown[1] (born 18 June 1957)[1] is an English actor and writer, known for playing Danny the drug dealer in Withnail and I, the security guard Aaron (a.k.a. "85") in Alien 3, DJ Bob Silver in The Boat That Rocked, super-roadie Del Preston in Wayne's World 2 and the pilot Ric Olié in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. He won The Samuel Beckett Award for his first play Sanctuary written for Joint Stock Theatre Company in 1987, and the Raindance and Sapporo Film Festival awards for his first screenplay for the British film New Year's Day in 2001.

Early life[edit]

Brown was born in Cambridge, England, the son of Heather R. and John F. W. Brown, he lived in Portsmouth until the age of seven, then moved to East Sussex where he attended Lewes Priory School. He acquired a Bachelor of Law (LL.B) in 1979 from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Career[edit]

Films[edit]

His film roles include Dil's on-off boyfriend Dave in the Academy Award-winning film The Crying Game, Danny the drug dealer in Withnail & I, Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs in Buster, roadie Del Preston in Wayne's World 2, teacher and rugby league player Phil in Up 'n' Under, prison guard captain Mr Burton in Mean Machine, Sgt Major Harris in the Paul Schrader film Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist, and CIA renegade Mr Collins alongside Wesley Snipes in The Contractor. In 1995, Brown appeared in Steven Spielberg's slavery epic Amistad; in 2007, he filmed Caught in the Act, an independent British film. Brown starred as DJ Bob Silver in The Boat That Rocked (2009), written and directed by Richard Curtis; Huge directed by Ben Miller (2009), The Kid (2010), directed by Nick Moran; Mission: London, a Bulgarian comedy directed by Dimitar Mitoviski which premiered in Sofia on 13 April 2010, and Sus (2010), written by Barrie Keeffe and directed by Robert Heath. He worked on the film Killing Bono (2010) and shot the feature film Dark Tide (2010) in Cape Town, opposite Halle Berry. He filmed I, Anna (2011) with Gabriel Byrne and Charlotte Rampling, then went on to work on Tower Block (2012) in London, Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) directed by Bryan Singer, and Stoker (2013) in Nashville, directed by Park Chan-wook. In 2016 he shot Final Score in West Ham United's recently abandoned Boleyn Ground with Dave Bautista, directed by Scott Mann.

Television[edit]

Among TV appearances, Brown appeared as PC Pete Muswell in The Bill from 1985 to 1986, appeared in Dennis Potter's Karaoke in 1995, portrayed Prince John in the BBC's adaptation of Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe in 1997, appeared as John Geddes in the ITV post-apocalyptic drama serial The Last Train, appeared as the moustachioed policeman Wintersgill in the Channel 4/Showtime series Cape Wrath, and did a memorable turn as shaven-headed gang-boss "Miami Vice" in the 2000 series Lock, Stock...The Series.

In 2005, he appeared in Coronation Street as Barney, roadie to Status Quo, and with Julia Davis in the cult TV sitcom Nighty Night as perverted new-age sex therapist Jacques. In 2007, he appeared in the final two episodes of Life on Mars as Frank Morgan, an interim DCI in 1973 sequences, and Sam's (John Simm's) surgeon in 2006 sequences.

Brown played Sarah Solemani's Dad in Him & Her, which began airing in 2010 and continued through 2014 for BBC Three comedy, winning a BAFTA for the final series The Wedding. In 2012, he worked on Inspector George Gently with Martin Shaw, The Poison Tree for ITV, and The Mimic for C4. In 2013, he worked on the aborted Marvin Gaye film Sexual Healing directed by Julian Temple, and the ABC series The Assets in Vilnius, Lithuania. In 2014, he shot Babylon for C4 and Elementary for CBS, followed by TURN: Washington's Spies for AMC, playing General Sir Henry Clinton leader of the redcoats, and then Johann Fennhoff a.k.a. Dr Faustus, in Agent Carter for Marvel. As of 2013, he is working on Blacklist.

In 2015 Brown was in all ten episodes of Legends with Sean Bean, with whom he had worked on Extremely Dangerous in the early 90s. In 2016-7 he returned to Prague with showrunner Ken Biller to shoot Genius: Einstein for Nat Geo which was premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2017. 2017 also saw the final five episodes of [AMC]]'s Turn in Richmond, Virginia.

In June 2016, Brown played the role of Bob Clay in the BBC film Reg.[2]

Theatre[edit]

Early years were in Moving Parts Theatre Company with Rachel Feldberg, Ruth Mackenzie, Anita Lewton, Saffron Myers. John Godber adapted A Clockwork Orange for Man In The Moon, King's Road, then Brown appeared in West written & directed by Steven Berkoff at the Donmar for five months (also shot for C4). Followed by Theatre Upstairs "Panic", Joint Stock "Deadlines", The RSC "Earwig" by Paula Milne, and The Everyman in Liverpool playing the title role in Macbeth. Retired from the stage shortly thereafter, and returned briefly 20 years later at The Bush Theatre to play guitar in punk play The Dysfunkshonalz by writer Mike Packer.

Ralph Brown wrote the play Sanctuary for Joint Stock Theatre Company in 1987 which toured the UK and won the Samuel Beckett Award in 1987 for best first play.

The No-Neck Monsters Theatre Company brought the playwright and actor to Washington, D.C. from London to adapt his 1987 Samuel Beckett award-winning new play Sanctuary.[3] Re-written as a rap musical for the "No Necks", the show became a successful and controversial production capturing homelessness, runaways and crack hitting the streets of D.C. Scott Davenport Richards wrote the music for the rap musical and it was directed by Gwendolyn Wynne,[3] the first rap musical in the region The Washington Post, NPR, American Theatre Magazine and McNeil/Lehrer Newshour amongst others reported on the production.[4] The production was nominated for three Helen Hayes Awards:[5] Outstanding Resident Musical, Outstanding Lead Actress (Deidre L. Johnson) in a Resident Musical, and Outstanding Sound Design. Performers featured were Teagle F. Bougere, Erik Todd Dellums, Paul G. Griffin, Deidra L. Johnson, Helen Patton and Barbara Robinson

Writing[edit]

Brown has written two plays, both rap musicals : Sanctuary for Joint Stock Theatre Company (Samuel Beckett Award 1987), adapted for the stage in Washington D.C. as Sanctuary D.C. produced by No-Neck Monsters Theatre Company (3 nominations for Helen Hayes Award 1988). The 2nd play The House That Crack Built has never been produced.

Brown wrote the screenplay for the film New Year's Day directed by Suri Krishnamma in 1999, released in 2001 after screening at Sundance Film Festival and winning Raindance Film Festival award in 2001 and Sapporo Film Festival in the same year.

Brown also wrote the screenplays for the abandoned films Red Light Runners, High Times and In God's Footsteps.

Brown writes a regular musical autobiographical blog under the nom-de-plume magicmenagerie entitled My Pop Life


Personal life[edit]

Brown has been married to actress Jenny Jules since 1992,[1] he is a member of a Brighton-based Beach Boys tribute band, the Brighton Beach Boys.

Filmography[edit]

Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1982 The Merry Wives of Windsor John TV Film
1984 The Hit Second Man
1985-1986 The Bill P.C. Muswell TV
1986 London's Burning: The Movie Second Policeman TV Film
1987 Withnail & I Danny
1988 Screenplay Insp. Drury TV
Buster Ronnie Biggs
Christabel Lange TV Film
1989 Scandal Paul Mann
Rules of Engagement Mick Rendall TV Mini-Series
Diamond Skulls also known as Dark Obsession Jack
1990 Mistress of Suspense TV
1991 4 Play Archie Heckle TV
Impromptu Eugène Delacroix
The Pope Must Die Doctor
1992 Van der Valk Inspector Rep TV
Alien 3 Francis Aaron ("85")
The Crying Game Dave
Ruth Rendell Mysteries Peter Mullin TV
1993 Undercover Blues Leamington
Between the Lines D.A.C. John Convey TV
Wayne's World 2 Del Preston
1994 Don't Get Me Started Larry Swift
Requiem Apache Mick TV Film
1995 Devil's Advocate Demagio TV Film
1996 A Touch of Frost Captain Carlisle TV
Dalziel and Pascoe Sam Connon TV
Karaoke Peter Beasley TV
Cold Lazarus Peter Beasley TV
1997 The Place of the Dead Sgt Bob Mann TV Film
Ivanhoe Prince John TV Mini-Series
Jonathan Creek Roy Pilgrim TV
Amistad Lieutenant Gedley
1998 Up 'n' Under Phil
A Respectable Trade Dr. Hadley TV Mini-Series
1999 Peak Practice Stephen Westwood TV
The Last Train Jonathan Geddes TV
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace Ric Olié
Cleopatra Guevarius TV Mini-Series
Extremely Dangerous Joe Connor TV
2000 Lexx Duke TV
New Year's Day Mr. Diamond
Lock, Stock... Miami Vice TV
2001 NCS: Manhunt Ray du Barriatte TV Film
The Grimleys Frankie Fate TV
Waking the Dead Mike Coleman TV
Last Run Simon
Mean Machine Burton
2002 NCS: Manhunt Ray du Barriatte TV
A Tribute to the Likely Lads Gary TV Film
The Final Curtain Timothy (Channel Controller)
2003 The Agency Andrei Kachan TV
I'll Be There Digger
2004 Exorcist: The Beginning Sergeant Major
Lawless Phil Howell TV Film
2005 Big Dippers Dave TV Film
Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist Sergeant Major
Puritan Mickey Conway
Stoned Gysin
Nighty Night Jacques TV
Spooks Paul Seymour TV
Coronation Street Barney TV
2006 Cattle Drive Truesdale TV
Eragon Psychic Twins Additional Scene
Modern Toss TV
2007 Cold Blood Bob Massum TV Film
Flood Mel's Dad
Life on Mars Frank Morgan TV
Straightheads Jamie
The Contractor Jeremy Collins Direct-to-Video Film
Cape Wrath Wintersgill TV
Nearly Famous Dominic Soloman TV
2008 Caught in the Act Joep
2009 The Boat That Rocked DJ Bob
2010 The Guards Sutton TV Film
Mission London Detective Collway
The Kid Gordon Peters
Sus Karn
Huge
Copelia Hathaway Short
2010–2013 Him & Her Nigel TV
2011 The Trigger Gamekeeper Short
Killing Bono Leo
Dark Tide Brady
2012 I, Anna George Stone
Tower Block Neville
2013 Stoker Sheriff Howard
Jack the Giant Slayer General Entin
2015 Agent Carter Dr. Fennhoff / Ivchenko 4 episodes
The Blacklist Roger Hobbs "The Longevity Initiative"
Legends Terrence Graves 10 episodes
Hard Tide Gaz
2016 Reg Bob Clay TV Movie

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Ralph Brown Biography (1957–)". filmreference.com. 
  2. ^ "BBC One: Reg". BBC Online. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Brown, Joe (December 6, 1988). "The Washington Post". "Sanctuary: Worthy but Unresolved". 
  4. ^ Greer, Ann (January 1, 1989). "American Theatre Magazine". "Rap Musical About D.C's Homeless, Ralph Brown's Sanctuary crosses the Atlantic". 
  5. ^ Brown, Joe (March 22, 1989). "The Washington Post". "Arena Top Hayes Nominee, Local Theater Awards Contenders Announced". 

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