Veteran TV, Film and Stage Actor Graham Brown Dies; Credits Ranged From Shakespeare to ‘Sanford and Son’ to ‘Malcolm X’

Dec 20, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Graham Brown, an accomplished actor who performed at London’s Globe Theater and appeared on a number of TV shows including the NBC sitcom "Sanford & Son," has died at the age of 87, the Associated Press reports.

Brown died of pulmonary failure at the Lillian Booth Actors’ Fund Nursing Home in Englewood, N.J., according to Barbara Montgomery, who often worked on stage with Brown.

He was a founding member of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and appeared on stage with the New York-based Negro Ensemble Company, the story reports.

Brown appeared on TV shows from the 1960s through the 1990s. In addition to "Sanford & Son," where he played a school principal, he appeared in a number of "Law & Order" episodes in a variety of roles. His other TV credits included “N.Y.P.D.,” “Days of Our Lives,” “Lou Grant” and “Cagney & Lacey.”

He also had roles in feature films, including "Malcolm X," "Clockers" and "The Muppets Take Manhattan."

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