73 (passed away Dec. 25th, 2006)
May. 3rd, 1933
Barnwell, South Carolina, USA
James Brown's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2006 - Glastonbury
2002 - The New Guy
2002 - The Tuxedo
2002 - Undercover Brother
1998 - Blues Brothers 2000
1998 - Holy Man
1996 - When We Were Kings
1991 - The Commitments
1985 - Rocky IV
1983 - Doctor Detroit
1980 - The Blues Brothers
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Team Captain
Lou De Long
Hostage Negotiator (Voiced)
Himself - Musical Guest
- Insisted on using the title Mr. or Ms. for everyone in his band. He felt it was a sign of respect if people called each other by their proper title.
- His wife, Adrienne Rodriguez, charged him 4 times with felony assault. She died of heart failure following plastic surgery.
- He served 26 months in prison for leading police on a high speed chase in Georgia in 1988.
- A life-size bronze statue of Brown was unveiled in his honor by the Reverend 'Al Sharpton' (qv) in Augusta, east Georgia. The statue was supposed to be unveiled in May 2004, for Brown's 71st birthday, but the city postponed the ceremony because the entertainer was facing domestic violence charges for pushing and threatening his wife, 'Tommy Rae Brown' (qv) [7 May 2005].
- (11 June 2001) Son, with girlfriend 'Tommy Rae Brown' (qv), James Brown II, was born.
- In live shows, Brown would sometimes add the "I got ya" lyric in a song when he caught a musician making a mistake.
- In 1991, the Techno group L.A. Style released a highly irreverent and controversial single entitled "James Brown Is Dead". There were two songs quickly made in response: "James Brown Is Still Alive" by Holy Noise, and "Who the F*** Is James Brown?" by Traumatic Stress.
- (January 1998) Released from hospital following treatment for addiction to painkillers.