Bryan Brown

Bryan Brown

  • Highest Rated: 100% Red Dog: True Blue (2016)
  • Lowest Rated: 5% Cocktail (1988)
  • Birthday: Jun 23, 1947
  • 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

50% Palm Beach Frank 2019
96% Sweet Country Sergeant Fletcher 2018
No Score Yet Peter Rabbit With Dance Along Peter's Father 2018
57% Australia Day Actor 2017
83% David Stratton: A Cinematic Life Actor 2017
62% The Light Between Oceans Septimus Potts $12.6M 2016
16% Gods Of Egypt Osiris $31.2M 2016
100% Red Dog: True Blue Grandpa 2016
16% 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
84% Beautiful Kate Bruce Kendall 2009
55% Australia King Carney $49.5M 2008
87% 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
26% 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
80% Risk Actor 2000
60% On the Beach Julian Osborne 2000
50% Grizzly Falls Tyrone 1999
60% 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 Harry Reynolds Screenwriter 1992
No Score Yet Devlin Frank Devlin 1992
19% Blame It on the Bellboy Mike Lawton / Charlton Black 1992
No Score Yet Dead In The Water Charlie Deegan 1991
38% 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
14% Tai-Pan Dirk Struan/Tai-Pan 1986
88% F/X Rollie Tyler 1986
No Score Yet The Empty Beach Cliff Hardy 1985
21% 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 Newsfront Geoff the Editor 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

94% The Good Wife
2009-2016
Jack Copeland
  • 2012
No Score Yet Bloom
2019
Ray Reed

QUOTES FROM Bryan Brown CHARACTERS

Wrather
These little things were meant to try us, as the man said of the pigmi judge.
Wrather
It has been a great pleasure, sir.
Fisk Senior
You're very easily pleased.
Lt. Peter Hancock
A slice off a cut loaf's not missed.