Roscoe Lee Browne

Roscoe Lee Browne

Highest Rated: 97% Babe (1995)

Lowest Rated: 0% Moon 44 (1990)

Birthday: May 2, 1925

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



67% Smiley Face Roscoe Lee Browne 2007
2% Epic Movie Narrator $39.7M 2007
11% 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
51% 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
75% 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
77% The Cowboys Jebediah Nightlinger 1972
67% The Liberation of L.B. Jones Lord Byron Jones 1970
71% 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


No Score Yet Independent Lens
Narrator 2006
No Score Yet Will & Grace
Linus 2004
No Score Yet The Proud Family
Voice 2003
No Score Yet Law & Order
Aaron Miller Balewa Sir Idris Balewa 2003
No Score Yet The Wild Thornberrys
Voice 2000
No Score Yet ER
Rev. Matthew Lynn 1999
50% Hope Island
Judge Bradley 1999
No Score Yet A Different World
Prof. Foster Dr. Foster 1992
No Score Yet Columbo
Dr. Steadman 1990
No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
Dr. Hudsbeth 1988
No Score Yet The Cosby Show
Dr. Barnabus Foster 1987
No Score Yet Head of the Class
Mr. Thomas 1986
No Score Yet American Playhouse
Gloster Current 1983
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
Carlton 1983
No Score Yet Soap
Saunders 1981
No Score Yet Maude
No Score Yet Starsky & Hutch
Godfrey 1977
No Score Yet Good Times
No Score Yet Barney Miller
Escape Artist 1975
No Score Yet The Flip Wilson Show
Guest 1973
No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco
No Score Yet All in the Family
Duval Thompson 1973
No Score Yet Bonanza
Joshua 1972
No Score Yet Sanford and Son
Wilcox 1972


Narrator says: This is the story of four orphans brought together by fate. They didn't know it yet. But there was something really greater in store for them .... something epic.

Roscoe Lee Browne says: This is the story of how of how a person got from point A to point Z. Some call it fate, others chance. But whatever you call it, it sure is an interesting thing to ponder, don't you think?

Captain Amelia says: I'm Captain Amelia. Late of a few run-ins with the Procyon Armada, nasty business, but I won't bore you with my scars. You've met my first officer, Mr. Arrow? Sterling, tough, dependable, honest, brave and true.

Mr. Arrow says: Please, Captain.

Captain Amelia says: Oh shut up, Arrow. You know I don't mean a word of it.

Jebediah Nightlinger says: [the boys are acting innocent, while scheming to steal a bottle of whiskey] Boys are always guilty of something nasty. What could it be this time, I wonder?

Jebediah Nightlinger says: [praying to God before he's about to hanged by Asa Watts and his gang] I regret trifling with married women. I'm thoroughly ashamed at cheating at cards. I deplore my occasional departures from the truth. Forgive me for taking your name in vain, my Saturday drunkenness, my Sunday sloth. Above all, forgive me for the men I've killed in anger [eyes shifting to Asa Watts] ... and those I am about to.

Jebediah Nightlinger says: [referring to the madam Kate Collingwood's offer of sexual favor] Well, I have the inclination, the maturity, and the wherewithal... but unfortunately, I don't have the time.

Archer Lincoln says: Do you know what a pawn is?

Terry Doolittle says: Yeah, it's a shrimp!!!

Terry Doolittle says: Yeah, it's a shrimp!

Archer Lincoln says: That's a p r a w n.

Georgette says: [shouts while the others are sneaking] OW! I broke a nail!

Francis says: Oh, balderdash...

Tito says: [get right up in Francis's face] What'you call my woman?

Francis says: Isn't it rather dangerous to use one's entire vocabulary in one sentence?