Friday, February 10, 2006

Phil Brown: 1916 - 2006

Phil Brown, the actor best known for portraying Uncle Owen in Star Wars, passed away today. He as 90. Brown had a long and distinguished career, appearing in upwards of sixty films, including The Pink Panther Strikes Again and Superman.

Brown also helped found the Actors' Laboratory, a group that unfortunately felt the cold wrath of the HUAC during the Red Scare of the 1950s. Blacklisted, Brown moved his family to England where he continued acting on stage and on film.

After returning to the States in the 1990s, Phil decided to capitalize on his turn as Luke Skywalker's cantankerous uncle and hit the autograph circuit. One of his last major film appearances was in the award-winning 1992 biopic Chaplin.

Rest in peace, Phil. Can't tell ya what you meant to me. You were top notch.


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