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Bryan Brown

Highest Rated:   100% Sweet Country (2017)
Lowest Rated:   5% Cocktail (1988)
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Birthplace:   Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
With his rugged, everyman exterior and quick wit, Aussie actor Bryan Brown has made an undeniable mark in the world of cinema with unforgettable roles in such efforts as Bruce Beresford's Breaker Morant (1980), the innovative action thriller F/X, and the bottle slingin' bartender drama Cocktail (1988). Although public misconception may be that Brown abandoned the Land Down Under for a film career in Hollywood, the lifelong Australian resident remains true to his homeland despite his status as a popular international film star. A former insurance salesman who was bitten by the acting bug early on, the Sydney native soon found stage work in both his hometown as well as London. His film debut as a lovelorn, mentally ill man in The Love Letters From Teralba Road (1977) soon followed, and after gaining positive critical notice for his performance, Brown appeared in minor capacity in such films as Phillip Noyce's Newsfront and Bruce Beresford's Money Movers before his breakout turn as a supporting player in the searing war drama Breaker Morant. His star on the rise in the early '80s, Brown subsequently appeared in the prison drama Stir before turning up in the acclaimed miniseries The Thorn Birds (1983). The musical drama Give My Regards to Broad Street proved a surprising gem to Paul McCartney and Brown fans alike the following year, and with the release of F/X in 1986, Brown became a bankable international star. The film's innovative use of special effects as a means to drive the plot, combined with a smart script and Brown's natural charisma, resulted in a modest hit that spawned both a sequel and a television series (albeit without him). After taking the lead in Tai-Pan (1986) and returning to Australia for the relationship drama The Good Wife (1987), Brown took his biggest Hollywood role to date as a veteran bartender opposite Tom Cruise in Cocktail. Although Brown would have little chance to truly shine opposite the Hollywood heavy, he did manage to steal a few scenes and have fun with the role. Shifting gears entirely for Gorillas in the Mist that same year, Brown was once again offered the opportunity to shine in the role of a National Geographic photographer who falls for primate researcher Dian Fossey Sigourney Weaver. Despite the fact that Brown's '80s momentum may not have carried into the '90s as strongly as fans might have hoped, those who did seek out his films found him still very much at the top of his game. From Nicolas Roeg's existential drama Full Body Massage (1995) to the intensely personal Dead Heart (1996), his performances were consistently thought provoking. After expanding his resumé to include producer credits with the 1991 F/X sequel, Brown did his best to bring stories to the screen that he found personally compelling. His association both in front of and behind the scenes of Twisted Tales (a sort of Down Under Twilight Zone meets The X-Files) helped to maintain his high profile in Australia, and, in 1999, Brown appeared opposite hot-Aussie export Heath Ledger in the comedy drama Two Hands. After more starring roles that year, Brown appeared in the sleeper drama Risk and the nuclear drama On the Beach (both 2000). Having been a youngster in 1960 Australia, the retro-gangster comedy Dirty Deeds had special appeal to Brown, and his turn as a Sydney-based crime syndicate leader who draws the ire of a fearsome Chicago crime family offered a fun take of the gangster-chic trend. Although Brown would threaten to take a break from acting following Dirty Deeds, it wasn't long before he was back in front of the cameras for the Ben Stiller comedy Along Came Polly Captured (2004).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
100% Sweet Country
  • Actor
2017
38% Australia Day
  • Actor
2017
80% David Stratton: A Cinematic Life
  • Actor
2017
59% The Light Between Oceans
  • Septimus Potts
$12.6M 2016
15% Gods Of Egypt
  • Osiris
$31.2M 2016
100% Red Dog: True Blue
  • Grandpa
2016
14% Kill Me Three Times
  • Bruce Jones
2015
No Score Yet An Accidental Soldier
  • Captain Foster
2013
No Score Yet The Darkside
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Love Birds
  • Dr. Buster
2011
No Score Yet Limbo
  • Actor
2010
50% The Living Wake
  • Frank
$12.6k 2010
83% Beautiful Kate
  • Bruce Kendall
2009
55% Australia
  • King Carney
$49.5M 2008
85% Dean Spanley (My Talks with Dean Spanley)
  • Wrather
2008
45% Cactus
  • Rosco
2008
No Score Yet The Poseidon Adventure
  • Jeffrey Eric Anderson
2005
No Score Yet Spring Break Shark Attack
  • Joel Gately
2005
No Score Yet Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman
  • Hal Thorne
2004
25% Along Came Polly
  • Leland Van Lew
$87.9M 2004
No Score Yet Footsteps
  • Eddie Bruno
2003
64% Negocios Sucios
  • Producer
  • Barry Ryan
2002
No Score Yet Styx
  • Art
2001
No Score Yet Newsfront
  • Geoff the Editor
2001
80% Risk
  • Actor
2000
60% On the Beach
  • Julian Osborne
2000
50% Grizzly Falls
  • Tyrone
1999
No Score Yet Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Casper Hastings
1999
67% Two Hands
  • Pando
1999
No Score Yet On the Border
  • Barry Montana
1998
No Score Yet Tracked (Dogboys) (Dog Boys)
  • Captain Robert Brown
1998
No Score Yet Still Twisted
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  • Ned Land
1997
No Score Yet Dead Heart
  • Ray Lorkin
1996
No Score Yet Full Body Massage
  • Fitch
1995
No Score Yet The Last Hit
  • Michael Grant
1993
No Score Yet Age of Treason
  • Falco
1993
No Score Yet Sweet Talker
  • Screenwriter
  • Harry Reynolds
1992
No Score Yet Devlin
  • Frank Devlin
1992
20% Blame It on the Bellboy
  • Mike Lawton / Charlton Black
1992
No Score Yet Dead In The Water
  • Charlie Deegan
1991
33% F/X 2: The Deadly Art of Illusion
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Roland "Rollie" Tyler
1991
No Score Yet Blood Oath (Prisoners of the Sun)
  • Captain Cooper
1990
83% Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey
  • Bob Campbell
1988
5% Cocktail
  • Doug Coughlin
1988
No Score Yet The Shiralee
  • Macauley
1988
No Score Yet The Good Wife
  • Sonny Hills
1987
No Score Yet Rebel
  • Tiger
1986
20% Tai-Pan
  • Dirk Struan/Tai-Pan
1986
86% F/X
  • Rollie Tyler
1986
No Score Yet The Empty Beach
  • Cliff Hardy
1985
23% Give My Regards to Broad Street
  • Steve
  • Director
1984
No Score Yet Kim
  • Mahbub Ali
1984
No Score Yet Parker
  • David Parker
1984
No Score Yet Far East
  • Morgan Keefe
1982
No Score Yet Winter of Our Dreams
  • Rob
1982
No Score Yet A Town Like Alice
  • Actor
1981
100% 'Breaker' Morant
  • Lt. Peter Handcock
1980
No Score Yet Blood Money
  • Brian Shields
1980
No Score Yet The Odd Angry Shot
  • Rogers
1979
No Score Yet Palm Beach
  • Paul Kite
1979
100% The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith
  • Shearer
1978
No Score Yet Irishman
  • Eric Haywood
1978
No Score Yet Money Movers
  • Brian Jackson
1978
No Score Yet Weekend of Shadows
  • Bennett
1977

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
96% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Jack Copeland
  • 2012

Quotes from Bryan Brown's Characters