Roscoe Lee Browne

Mostly Credited As: Roscoe Lee Browne
Birth Name: Roscoe Lee Browne
Date Of Birth: May 02, 1925 (Age 81)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Woodbury, New Jersey
Date Of Death: April 11, 2007
Cause Of Death: Cancer (Los Angeles, CA)

Roscoe Lee Browne

Roscoe Lee Browne was born the son of a Baptist minister in Woodbury, N.J. in 1925. Browne graduated from, and later taught both Literature and French, at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, a historically black college.

A world champion track star, he competed in the early 1950's, setting a world record for the 800-meter run in Paris in 1951, and winning the 880-yard run in the 1952 Millrose Games. It was later that same decade, while working in the wine import business that he made the decision to turn his full attention to acting. One of his early roles was in 1956 in a production of Julius Caesar in the New York Shakespeare Festival. He continued appearing on stage throughout the 1960's in productions of Jean Genet's play The Blacks, and The Ballad of the Sad Cafe. In 1965 he won an award for his portrayal of a rebellious slave in the off-Broadway "Benito Cereno.

In the 1960's and 1970's he made the transition from stage to film and television. He appeared in the groundbreaking Black Like Me in 1964, the 1969 Alfred Hitchcock film Topaz and in 1972's The Cowboys with John Wayne. He also made several guest appearances on television that allowed him to show his full range as an actor. In comedies he appeared on shows like All In The Family, Sanford & Son, and Soap, while also showing his acting chops in dramas like Mannix and The Streets Of San Francisco. He even appeared in the television series based on the films series Planet Of The Apes. In 1986 he won an Emmy for a guest role as "Professor Foster" on The Cosby Show. And he earned a new legion of fans with his warm hearted narration of the 1995 children's movie Babe.

Sadly his career as an actor, athlete, teacher and poet came to an end Wednesday, April 11th, 2007, when he lost a long battle with cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light (1987)As: Merklynn, Reekon -- [Voice]
Miss Winslow and Son (1979)As: Harold Neistadter
Soap (1977)As: Saunders (S04)
McCoy (1975)As: Gideon Gibbs
Episode Cast Credits 

Will & Grace (1998) 
  The Newlydreads 07x06: (Oct/21/2004) As Linus 

Static Shock (2000) 
  Out of Africa 04x03: (Jan/31/2004) Voiced  Dr. Anakye 
  Static in Africa 03x03: (Feb/08/2003) Voiced  Dr. Anakye 

Law & Order (1990) 
  Identity 14x06: (Nov/05/2003) As Aaron Miller 
  Consultation 03x10: (Dec/09/1992) As Sir Idris Balewa 

The Shield (2002) 
  Throwaway 01x09: (May/07/2002) As Bryce Wyms 

ER (1994) 
  Rites of Spring 05x19: (Apr/29/1999) As Rev. Matthew Lynn 

The Wild Thornberrys (1998) 
  The Dragon and the Professor 01x20: (Mar/30/1999) Voiced  Komodo Dragon 

Spider-Man (1994) (1994) 
  Spider Wars (2): Farewell, Spider-Man 05x13: (Jan/31/1998) Voiced  Kingpin 
  Spider Wars (1): I Really, Really Hate Clones 05x12: (Jan/31/1998) Voiced  Kingpin 
  Six Forgotten Warriors (5): The Price of Heroism 05x06: (Oct/17/1997) Voiced  Kingpin 
  Six Forgotten Warriors (4): The Six Fight Again 05x05: (Oct/10/1997) Voiced  Kingpin 

New York Undercover (1994) 
  Bad Blood 02x15: (Jan/18/1996) As Dr. Johnson 

Batman: The Animated Series (1992) 
  Time Out Of Joint 03x05: (Oct/08/1994) Voiced  Dr. Wataki 

seaQuest DSV (1993) 
  Greed for a Pirate's Dream 01x15: (Jan/16/1994) As Dr. Raleigh Young 
  The Devil's Window 01x02: (Sep/19/1993) As Dr. Raleigh Young 

A Different World (1987) 
  Do the Write Thing 05x21: (Apr/02/1992) As Professor Barnabus Foster 
  Almost Working Girl 05x04: (Oct/10/1991) As Professor Barnabus Foster 
  All's Fair 02x09: (Dec/15/1988) As Professor Barnabus Foster 
  Speech Therapy 01x18: (Mar/10/1988) As Professor Barnabus Foster 

Baby Talk (1991) 
  Star is Newborn 01x02: (Mar/15/1991) Voiced  Baby Roscoe Miller 

Columbo (1971) 
  Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo 09x04: (Mar/31/1990) As Dr. Steadman 

Falcon Crest (1981) 
  Last Dance 07x28: (May/06/1988) As Rosemont 
  As Tears Go By 07x27: (Apr/29/1988) As Rosemont 
  Telling Tales 07x26: (Apr/22/1988) As Rosemont 
  Key to Angela 07x24: (Apr/08/1988) As Rosemont 

Highway to Heaven (1984) 
  Time in a Bottle 04x15: (Jan/20/1988) As Dr. Hudsbeth, [Co-Guest Stars]
  Country Doctor 04x14: (Jan/13/1988) As Dr. Hudsbeth 

The Cosby Show (1984) 
  Shakespeare 04x05: (Oct/22/1987) As Dr. Barnabus Foster 
  The Card Game 02x23: (Apr/10/1986) As Dr. Barnabus Foster 

227 (1985) 
  Men's Club 03x01: (Sep/26/1987) As Albert Henry 

The Emmy Awards (1949) 
  The 38th Annual Emmy Awards 38x01: (Sep/21/1986) As Winner: Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series (for 'The Cosby Show': episode 'The Card Game') 

Blacke's Magic (1986) 
  Death Goes to the Movies 01x05: (Jan/29/1986) As Ryan Desmond 

Magnum, P.I. (1980) 
  Of Sound Mind 03x13: (Jan/06/1983) As Carlton 

Benson (1979) 
  Just Friends 01x14: (Jan/03/1980) As Howard Walker 

Meeting of Minds (1977) 
  Empress Tz'u-hsi/Cesare Beccaria/Frederick Douglass/Marquis de Sade, Part 2 02x04: (Mar/27/1978) As Frederick Douglass 
  Empress Tz'u-hsi/Cesare Beccaria/Frederick Douglass/Marquis de Sade, Part 1 02x03: (Mar/20/1978) As Frederick Douglass 

Maude (1972) 
  Mr. Butterfield's Return 06x20: (Mar/11/1978) As Mr. Butterfield 
  Victoria's Boyfriend 06x04: (Oct/03/1977) As Mr. Butterfield 

Starsky & Hutch (1975) 
  Starsky & Hutch on Playboy Island (a.k.a. Murder on Voodoo Island) (2) 03x02: (Sep/17/1977) As Inspector Amedeaus Godfrey 
  Starsky & Hutch on Playboy Island (a.k.a. Murder on Voodoo Island) (1) 03x01: (Sep/17/1977) As Inspector Amedeaus Godfrey 

Barney Miller (1975) 
  Escape Artist 01x11: (Apr/10/1975) As Charlie Jeffers 

Planet of the Apes (1974) 
  Tomorrow's Tide 01x06: (Oct/18/1974) As Hurton 

Good Times (1974) 
  God's Business is Good Business 01x04: (Mar/01/1974) As Reverend Sam 

The Flip Wilson Show (1970) 
  Anthony Newley, Jack Klugman, Roscoe Lee Browne, Franklin Ajaye 04x13: (Dec/27/1973) As Himself 
  Roscoe Lee Browne, Andy Griffith, Curtis Mayfield 03x16: (Jan/11/1973) As Himself 
  Don Adams, The Staple Singers, Roscoe Lee Browne 03x08: (Nov/09/1972) As Himself 

All in the Family (1971) 
  Archie in the Hospital (aka Archie Goes to the Hospital) 03x15: (Jan/06/1973) As Jean Duval 
  The Elevator Story 02x14: (Jan/01/1972) As Hugh Victor Thompson III 

The Streets of San Francisco (1972) 
  A Trout in the Milk 01x14: (Jan/06/1973) As Yale Courtland Dancy 

Sanford and Son (1972) 
  Jealousy 02x04: (Oct/06/1972) As Osgood Wilcox 

Bonanza (1959) 
  He Was Only Seven 13x22: (Mar/05/1972) As Joshua 

The Name of the Game (1968) 
  The Time is Now 03x06: (Oct/23/1970) As Dean Marshall 

The Outcasts (US) (1968) 
  Gideon 01x18: (Feb/24/1969) As Gideon 

The Invaders (1967) 
  The Vise 02x22: (Feb/20/1968) As Arnold Warren 

Mannix (1967) 
  Deadfall (2) 01x18: (Jan/27/1968) As Dr. Andrew Josephus 
  Deadfall (1) 01x17: (Jan/20/1968) As Dr. Andrew Josephus 
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Before his career in acting, he taught Literature and French at Lincoln University.

A former world-class athlete, he set a world's record in Paris for the 800-meter run in 1951.

Appeared in two different films based upon the Robert Louis Stevenson novel "Treasure Island", Muppet Treasure Island and Treasure Planet.

Provided narration for radio commercials for the telephone company AT&T.

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