Charles Brown



Born: circa. 1946
Talladega, Alabama, USA

Died: January 8, 2004
Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Charles Brown, a two time Tony Award nominee died Jan. 8, 2004, at his home in Cleveland, OH, according to friends and loved ones. Mr. Brown, 57, was Tony-nominated as Best Actor (Play) for Home in 1980 and Best Featured Actor (Play) for King Hedley II in 2001. He received the Drama Desk Award in 2001.

"Charlie" was born in Alabama and raised in Cleveland. He came to New York in the 1970s and joined the Negro Ensemble Company and was a member for 17 years.

Mr. Brown created roles in two Pulitzer Prize winning plays, A Soldier's Play and Fences, and in Neil Simon's Rumors on Broadway, as well as Broadway productions of The Mighty Gents, The Poison Tree and The First Breeze of Summer.

Off-Broadway, he appeared as an original cast member in John Guare's A Few Stout Individuals and Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen's The Exonerated.

His television credits include "Kojak," The Cosby Show," "Law and Order," "Law and Order SVU," "The Equalizer" and "Here and Now."

According to his King Hedley II bio, he received his theatrical preparation at Howard University, Cleveland's Karamu House and Robert Hooks' Black Repertory Company in Washington, DC.

He is survived by his wife Renee Lescook Brown, his stepdaughter Dominique Stewart, three granddaughters and his long time friend and companion Lynda Gravatt.

A celebration of the life of Charles Brown will be held 1-3 PM at The Signature Theater, 555 W. 42nd St. on Feb. 9.



Playbill Cover - King Hedley II King Hedley II
May 1, 2001 - Jul. 1, 2001
Elmore Performer
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - Rumors Rumors
Nov. 17, 1988 - Feb. 24, 1990
Welch Performer
Playbill Cover - Fences Fences
Mar. 26, 1987 - Jun. 26, 1988
Lyons Performer
Playbill Cover - Home Home
May 7, 1980 - Jan. 4, 1981
Cephus Miles Performer
Playbill Cover - The Mighty Gents The Mighty Gents
Apr. 16, 1978 - Apr. 23, 1978
Braxton Standby
    Father Standby
    Frankie Standby
Playbill Cover - The Poison Tree The Poison Tree
Jan. 8, 1976 - Jan. 11, 1976
Officer Lloyd Performer
    Bobby Foster Understudy
Playbill Cover - The First Breeze of Summer The First Breeze of Summer
Jun. 10, 1975 - Jul. 19, 1975
Nate Edwards Performer

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Drama Desk Award

Year Category Production Winner/Nominee
1980 Outstanding Actor in a Play Home Nominee

Tony Award

Year Category Production Winner/Nominee
2001 Featured Actor in a Play King Hedley II Nominee
1980 Actor in a Play Home Nominee
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