81 (passed away Apr. 11th, 2007)
May. 2nd, 1925
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Roscoe Lee Browne (May 2, 1925 – April 11, 2007) was an American actor and director, known for his rich voice and dignified bearing.
Biography Browne was the fourth son of a Baptist minister, Sylvanus S. Browne, and his wife Lovie (née Lovie Lee Usher). Born in Woodbury, New Jersey, Browne first attended historically black Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, where he became a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity and graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1946. He undertook postgraduate work at Middlebury College in Vermont, Columbia University in New York City, and at the University of Florence in Italy. Also an outstanding middle-distance runner, Browne won the Amateur Athletic Union 1,000-yard national indoor championship in 1949. He occasionally returned to Lincoln University between 1946 to 1952 to instruct classes in comparative literature, French, and English. Upon leaving academia he earned a living for several years selling wine for Schenley Import Corporation. Despite his limited amateur acting experience, in 1956 he stunned guests at a party – among them opera singer Leontyne Price – when he announced his intention to quit his secure job with Schenley to become a full-time professional actor.
Death Browne died of stomach cancer in Los Angeles on April 11, 2007, aged 81. He was remembered for his contributions in a New York Times encomium by Frank Crohn, President of The Edna St. Vincent Millay Society:
- Began his acting career on the New York stage.
- Was nominated for Broadway's 1992 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for 'August Wilson' (qv)'s "Two Trains Running."
- Set a world's record in 1951 at Paris for the 800-meter run.
- Has appeared with 'Steven Hill (I)' (qv) in two different, completely unrelated productions in which Hill played the New York County District Attorney: _Legal Eagles (1986)_ (qv) and the _"Law & Order" (1990)_ (qv) episode "Consultation".
- Before turning to acting, Browne taught literature and French at Lincoln University.
- Ever the wry quipster, he was once told by a director that his speech sounded "white", to which he responded, "We had a white maid".
- Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Actors Branch).