Roscoe Lee Browne

Highest Rated: 97% Babe (1995)
Lowest Rated: 2% Epic Movie (2007)
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

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots Actor 2010
66% 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
71% 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
63% 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
No Score Yet Boston Kickout Thug 1995
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
No Score Yet Moon 44 Chairman 1990
44% Oliver & Company Francis 1988
26% Jumpin' Jack Flash Archer Lincoln 1986
47% 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
88% Twilight's Last Gleaming Forrest 1977
68% Logan's Run Box 1976
71% 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
75% The Cowboys Jebediah Nightlinger 1972
No Score Yet The Liberation of L.B. Jones Lord Byron Jones 1970
68% 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
94% The Connection J.J. Burden 1961
No Score Yet Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee Actor

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
Narrator
  • 2006
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998
Linus
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Proud Family
2001-2005
Voice
  • 2003
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
No Score Yet A Different World
1987-1993
Prof. Foster Dr. Foster
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1988
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
Dr. Steadman
  • 1990
No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
1984-1989
Dr. Hudsbeth
  • 1988
No Score Yet The Cosby Show
1984-1992
Dr. Barnabus Foster
  • 1987
  • 1986
No Score Yet Head of the Class
1986-1991
Mr. Thomas
  • 1986
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
Gloster Current
  • 1983
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
1980-1988
Carlton
  • 1983
No Score Yet Soap
1977-1981
Saunders
  • 1980
No Score Yet Maude
1972-1978
  • 1978
  • 1977
No Score Yet Starsky & Hutch
1975-1979
Godfrey
  • 1977
No Score Yet Good Times
1974-1979
  • 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 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

QUOTES FROM Roscoe Lee Browne CHARACTERS