a name to call: roscoe lee brown

actor and poet roscoe lee brown has passed away. now, i can’t say that i know his career back and forth, but i do remember the deep voiced humor and familiarity he brought to his “professor foster” schooling dr. huxtable in pinochle on the cosby show. i like to think that even as his character hooked theo and cockroach into the shakespearean tongue (when they couldn’t get a grasp on julius caeser, remember that?!), that he also made shakespeare’s writings more interesting to me as well. i mean, when you put that voice to a thing, there couldn’t be many things that wouldn’t sound powerful and meaningful.

i haven’t been able to find much information about his passing yet. when i do, i will update the post.

Actor Roscoe Lee Browne Dies in LA
April 11, 2007 – 9:44pm
Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Actor Roscoe Lee Browne, whose rich voice and dignified bearing brought him an Emmy Award and a Tony nomination, has died. He was 81. Browne died early Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after a long battle with cancer, said Alan Nierob, a spokesman for the family. Browne’s career included classic theater to TV cartoons. He also was a poet and a former world-class athlete.

His deep, cultured voice was heard narrating the 1995 hit movie “Babe.” On screen, his character often was smart, cynical and well-educated, whether a congressman, a judge or a butler.
Born to a Baptist minister in Woodbury, N.J., Browne graduated from historically black Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, where he later returned to teach comparative literature and French. He also was a track star, winning a 1951 world championship in the 800-yard dash.

Browne was selling wine for an import company when he decided to become a full-time actor in 1956 and had roles that year in the inaugural season of the New York Shakespeare Festival in a production of “Julius Caesar.” In 1961, he starred in an English-language version of Jean Genet’s play “The Blacks.” (source)


~ by Anayah on April 12, 2007.

5 Responses to “a name to call: roscoe lee brown”

  1. I just saw Roscoe Lee Browne’s last performance in the new Lifetime television series “Life on the Side”. The ending of the show was very moving for me and even more so when I saw that the whole episode was dedicated to him. I hadn’t realized that he had passed until I saw the dedication. Goodbye Roscoe, you will be missed.

  2. i had no idea that he was in that series. the advertisements for it had me avoiding it like the plague. perhaps i’ll try to catch the first episode now. thanks herb!

  3. A very inspiring and well known actor will be sadly missed. We have truley been blessed by his work through the years and that wounderful voice of his. We your fans love and miss YOU ,Mr. R.L Browne.

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