Graham Brown
Graham Brown
Graham Brown appears as a school principal in the "Sanford and Son" episode "Julio and Sister and Nephew" in Season 4.
Vital Information
Gender: Male
Birthname: Robert Brown
Born: (1924-10-24)October 24, 1924
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
Died December 13, 2011(2011-12-13) (aged 87)
Deathplace: Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Years active: 1963-2001
Family/Personal information
Related to: 1 daughter and grandson
Character/series involvement
Appeared on/
Involved with:
Sanford and Son
Episodes appeared in: "Julio and Sister and Nephew" in Season 4
Character(s) played: Roberto's School Principal
Sanford and Son retro Wiki Script

Graham Brown (October 24, 1924 – December 13, 2011) was perhaps best known for his work in the theatre.[1]

Biography Edit

Born Robert Brown in New York City, Graham is best known for his work on the stage. He attended Howard University, where he earned a BA in theater. He also studied method acting at the Actors Studio in New York. He began his career as a Shakespearean actor at the Guthrie Theater where he appeared in productions like Hamlet and Richard III.[2] Brown was an original member of Negro Ensemble Company (NEC) and played in many NEC productions like: Malcochon by Derek Walcott, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men by Lonnie Elder III, District Line and The River Niger both by Joseph A Walker. He was part of the original cast of controversial play Song of the Lusitanian Bogey by Peter Weiss which toured Europe and was subject to a riot in a London theatre in August 1968. Graham Brown was often cast as professional and/or highly educated people such as doctors and clergymen.

One of Graham's best remembered roles was as "Jared Philibert", the 50-year-old patriarch of a Caribbean-American family in Steve Carter's critically acclaimed play, Nevis Mountain Dew. He originated the role in NEC's Off-Broadway production and reprised the role in the West Coast premiere of the play. For the latter he received a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for his performance.[3]

Selected creditsEdit


Year Production Role Theatre(s) Notes
1963 Hamlet Horatio Minnesota Theater Company
1968 Weekend Dr. Hampton Broadhurst Theatre
The Man in the Glass Booth Sam Royale Theatre
1971 Behold! Cometh the Vanderkellans Dr. Vanderkellans Theatre de Lys
1972 The River Niger Dr. Dudley Stanton St. Mark's Playhouse
1975 Black Picture Show Norman Vivian Beaumont Theater
1976 Eden Joseph Barton St. Mark's Playhouse
Theatre de Lys
Transferred to Theatre de Lys on May 14, 1976.
Kings Tiresias in "Oedipus" Alvin Theatre
1978 Nevis Mountain Dew< Jared Philibert St. Mark's Playhouse
1980 Lagrima del Diablo Archbishop Stephen Emmanuel Pontiflax St. Mark's Playhouse
1981 Nevis Mountain Dew Jared Philibert Los Angeles Actors Theatre Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, Lead Performance
1985 Ceremonies in Dark Old Men William Jenkins Theatre Four
1989 The Talented Tenth Father/
Sam Griggs
Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I


Year Film Role Notes
1984 The Muppets Take Manhattan Mr. Wrightson
1989 Bloodhounds of Broadway Dr. Frischer
1992 Malcolm X Dr. Payson
1994 Blues in C Bucky Webb
1995 Clockers Mr. Herman Brown


  1. 'Sanford & Son' actor Graham Brown dies in NJ, AP article for, 2011-12-13, first accessed 2011-12-17.
  2. Hill, Anthony D. (2009). Historical dictionary of African American theater. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 0810855348. |pages=60–61|coauthors=Douglas Q. Barnett}}
  3. 1980-1989 Awards, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, United States, accessed 2009-11-24.

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