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W. Earl Brown

As a rule, W. Earl Brown does not usually speak of himself in the third-person. However, the Internet Movie Database will not accept biographical information written in the first person, therefore:W Earl Brown was born and raised in western Kentucky. Realizing early in life that he had aversion to manual labor, he knew that farming life was not for him. The first theater he ever attended was on his grandparents' front porch, where, in following family tradition, they would entertain themselves after a day's work with songs and stories. He was much better suited to that part of Kentucky farm life rather than the fields and barns.In high school, Earl was actively involved, and quite successful, in forensic competition where his coach fired a competitive spirit and taught his students the value of hard work and sacrifice. It was during those years, Earl's love of movies blossomed and he first had the dream of working in films; however, at the point in his life such an idea seemed impossible to achieve. The first in his family to go to college, Earl took an acting class on a whim at Murray State University and it was in that class that he found his Calling. He began performing in numerous productions on campus. It was in a production of "That Championship Season" in 1983 that he first had the experience of craft being elevated to art, and due to that, he was hooked.Earl received his MFA from DePaul University's Theatre School in 1989. After graduation, he performed in numerous plays around Chicago. His first job on a film set was teaching dialect on Backdraft (1991). Not long after that, his performance in "A View From the Bridge" at the Steppenwolf Theatre catapulted his career as an actor into television and film. He landed numerous roles and within a couple of years had hit the proverbial glass ceiling. In 1993, he relocated to Los Angeles and started over.Wes Craven was an early supporter of Earl's; he cast him in New Nightmare (1994), A Vampire in Brooklyn (1995) and the role of "Kenny" in the classic, Scream (1996). Two years after the success of Scream, Earl played "Warren", Cameron Diaz's mentally challenged brother, in There's Something About Mary (1998). Among his many other film credits are the highly regarded films: Being John Malkovich (1999), The Master (2012), The Sessions (2012), and Wild (2014).On television, Earl has guest starred in many series, including: Luck (2011), Seinfeld (1995), American Horror Story (2011), Justified (2009), X-Files (2002), Six Feet Under (2001), and NYPD Blue (2000 & 2005). Among the TV movies he has been involved with, was the starring role in VH1's Meatloaf: To Hell and Back (2000). He is probably best known for playing "Dan Dority" in HBO's Deadwood (2003). During the second season, the show's creator, David Milch, invited him to join the writing staff. In 2007, Earl earned a WGA nomination for writing on a drama series and a SAG nomination for best drama ensemble acting. Establishing himself on a show as critically lauded as Deadwood opened doors for other writing projects, including the Sony release, Bloodworth (2011), which Earl wrote and produced.In addition to his television and film work, Earl co-starred in Sony's The Last Of Us, 2013 Video Game Of The Year. He also writes music and records with Sacred Cowboys, an LA based Americana band.One other thing of note, because W. Earl Brown gets asked it often and it seems as hoity-toity as speaking of himself in the third person: The "W" was added to his name upon joining the Screen Actors Guild. The guild has a rule that two actors can have the same name, he was told that there was an "Earl Brown" and a "William Brown", hence he became W. Earl Brown (a name he remembered from the label of an Elvis Presley record)... Then when his recording work in Sacred Cowboys necessitated his joining the songwriter's rights association, ASCAP, (where songwriter W. Earl Brown was represented) he had to become "William Earl Brown." It's confusing - he knows.


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Born:
Sep 7, 1963 In Murray, Kentucky, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
44
First Appeared:
In the series Murder, She Wrote 1984-09-30
Latest Project:
Series American Crime 2015-03-05

2 nominations.

Known For
Poster of True Detective
Poster of American Horror Story
Poster of Justified
Poster of Psych
Filmography
American Crime Tom Carlin 2015-03-05
True Detective Detective Teague Dixon 5 episodes, 2015 2014-01-12
Ground Floor Unknown 2013
Bates Motel Unknown 2013-03-18
Rogue Charlie 2013-04-03
Rectify Unknown 2013-04-22
Chicago Fire Unknown 2012
Longmire Unknown 2012-06-03
Luck Unknown 2012-01-29
Perception Unknown 2012-07-09
Major Crimes Unknown 2012-08-13
Breakout Kings Unknown 2011-03-06
American Horror Story Unknown 2011-10-05
Justified Unknown 2010-03-16
Miami Medical Unknown 2010-04-02
Hawthorne Unknown 2009-06-16
The Mentalist Unknown 2008-09-23
Burn Notice Unknown 2007-06-28
Standoff Unknown 2006
Psych Unknown 2006-07-07
Numb3rs Unknown 2005
Grey's Anatomy Unknown 2005-03-27
Deadwood Dan Dority 36 episodes, 2004-2006 2004-03-21
Cold Case Unknown 2003-09-28
CSI: Miami Unknown 2002-09-23
Wolf Lake Unknown 2001
Six Feet Under Unknown 2001-06-03
FreakyLinks Unknown 2000-10-06
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown 2000-10-06
Angel Unknown 1999-10-05
Martial Law Unknown 1998-09-26
Charmed Unknown 1998-10-07
Smart Guy Unknown 1997-03-26
Profiler Unknown 1996-09-21
Nowhere Man Unknown 1995-08-28
Caroline in the City Unknown 1995-09-21
Ellen Unknown 1994-03-29
Chicago Hope Unknown 1994-09-18
The Untouchables Unknown 1993-09-01
The X-Files Unknown 1993-09-10
Diagnosis Murder Unknown 1993-10-29
NYPD Blue Unknown 1993-09-21
Seinfeld Unknown 1989-07-05
Murder, She Wrote Unknown 1984-09-30