Date of Birth : Jun 23rd 1947
He began working in insurance as an actuarial student and started to act in amateur theatre performances. There he discovered his passion for acting. In 1964 Brown went to England, eventually winning minor roles at the Old Vic, and later returned to Australia where he became a member of the Genesian Theatre (Sydney), appearing in Colleen Clifford’s production of ‘A Man for All Seasons’, and later joined the Queensland Theatre Company. He made his first appearance in cinema in 1977, with a small role in The Love Letters From Teralba Road. During the next two years he played in several more Australian films.
In 1980, Brown became known to the international audiences for his performance in Breaker Morant. Although he went on playing roles in Australian productions for several years more, he appeared also in American TV mini-series, after winning popularity in the United States in A Town Like Alice (1981). For The Thorn Birds (1983), starring Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward, he was nominated for an Emmy. Several years later he starred in several films which had international success, like Tai-Pan, with Joan Chen, Gorillas in the Mist, with Sigourney Weaver, and Cocktail, with Tom Cruise.
He has been married to actress Rachel Ward since 1983. He met her while shooting the TV miniseries The Thorn Birds in the same year. Rachel and Bryan have three children, Rosie, Matilda and Joe.
Bryan Brown’s production company made the series Twisted Tales & Two Twisted; both are similar to Alfred Hitchock Presents. The second series had a unique twist in that both episodes were connected in some way and the audience had to try and spot how.