W. Earl Brown
Sep. 7th, 1963
Murray, Kentucky, USA
W. Earl Brown's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2005 - Kids in America
2005 - The Big White
2004 - Killer Diller
2004 - The Last Shot
2004 - The Alamo
2001 - Vanilla Sky
2000 - Dancing at the Blue Iguana
2000 - Lost Souls
1999 - Being John Malkovich
1998 - Deep Impact
1998 - There's Something About Mary
1997 - Kiss the Girls
1996 - Scream
1995 - Vampire in Brooklyn
1995 - Without Evidence
1994 - New Nightmare
1993 - Excessive Force
1992 - The Babe
1991 - Backdraft
Guest TV Roles
Robert M. Fassl
W. Earl Brown comes from a long line of bootleggers and used-car dealers--the perfect lineage for becoming an actor. After receiving his MFA from DePaul, Earl began working in the Chicago theater scene. Stage roles eventually led to film roles, and Earl moved westward. He now lives in Los Angeles with his wife (who was his high school sweetheart), his daughter and his hound dog.
W. Earl Brown (born September 7, 1963) is an American character actor who has appeared in many mainstream film and television projects. He is perhaps best known as Dan Dority on the HBO series Deadwood. He is also well known for playing Warren in the 1998 film There's Something About Mary.
Life and career
Brown was born in Murray, Kentucky, and is an alumnus of Calloway County High School. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in theater from Murray State University before going on to DePaul University in Chicago where, with his fellow classmates John C. Reilly and Gillian Anderson, Brown received his master's degree. While building his résumé in Chicago's theater scene, Brown decided to give Los Angeles a try and moved to the City of Angels where he has remained ever since.
His first major movie role came as a dialogue coach in the film Backdraft teaching actors to speak with a Chicago accent. He also had a brief appearance on-screen in the film. One of his first higher profile roles was as Cameron Diaz's mentally challenged brother Warren in There's Something About Mary.
His other film credits include Scream (1996), Being John Malkovich (1999) "Dancing at the Blue Iguana" (2000) and The Alamo (2004) among many other projects, including television appearances on Numb3rs (2006), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000), Six Feet Under (2001), Charmed (2001), and The X-Files (1993). He is also the co-founder of the country band Sacred Cowboys, performing as a vocalist and guitar player.
Brown joined the cast of the HBO western drama Deadwood as a star for the first season in 2004. The series was created by David Milch and focused on a growing town in the American West. Brown played Dan Dority a trusted henchman to ambitious criminal and bar owner Al Swearengen. Brown remained a starring cast member for all three seasons of the show. Brown joined the crew of Deadwood as a writer for the third season in 2006. He wrote the episode "A Constant Throb".
Brown has gone by the name Earl his entire life, but added his first initial to his official SAG credit to avoid confusion with Earl Boen. He is married to his high school sweetheart, with whom he has one daughter.
- Earl started the band "Sacred Cowboys" with Peter Spirer (the director of "Dunsmore"), Jeff Robertson, Stephen Quadros, Tony Cavazo, Ralph Stevens, and Mike "Rhinestone" Johnstone (who he met on the set of "Deadwood").
- Attended The Theatre School of DePaul in Chicago with classmates 'John C. Reilly (I)' (qv) and 'Gillian Anderson (I)' (qv).
- Graduated from Calloway County High School, in Murray, Kentucky.
- Graduated from Murray State University with a degree in Theater.