Peter Brown (actor)
Brown as Deputy Johnny McKay in the television series Lawman (1959)
|Born||Pierre Lind de Lappe
October 5, 1935
New York City, New York, USA
|Died||March 21, 2016 (aged 80)
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
|Cause of death||Parkinson’s disease|
|Alma mater||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Occupation||Film and television actor|
Pierre Lind de Lappe, known as Peter Brown (October 5, 1935 – March 21, 2016), was an American actor best known for his four-year role as young Deputy Johnny McKay opposite John Russell as Marshal Dan Troop in the 1958 to 1962 ABC/Warner Brothers western television series, Lawman and as Texas Ranger Chad Cooper on NBC‘s Laredofrom 1965 to 1967.
Brown was born in New York City. His mother, Mina Reaume, was a stage and radio actress, playing the “Dragon Lady” on the Terry and the Pirates radio serial. He had an older brother, Phillip, and two younger half brothers, Paul and Michael. Peter took the name Brown from his stepfather, Albert Brown.
During his United States Army service in Alaska with the 2nd Infantry Division (United States), Brown became involved in writing, directing and acting in plays to entertain the other troops. Upon his discharge, Brown studied Drama at theUniversity of California, Los Angeles and soon was appearing in plays and on NBC Matinee Theatre. Brown also supported himself by working in a gasoline station on the Sunset Strip. One night a man paid for his purchase with a credit card reading “Jack L. Warner“. Brown asked the customer whether he was one of the Warner Brothers, the man replied “I’m the last one left”. The next day Brown was offered a screen test at the studio.
As a contract player for Warner Brothers, Brown appeared in the films Red Nightmare and Darby’s Rangers. Though his role in Onionhead was cut from the completed film, the producer Julius Schermer hired him for Deputy Johnny McKay in Lawman, an important part that lasted from 1958 to 1962. Brown was the last surviving member of the series. Brown also appeared in the 1962 film, Merrill’s Marauders.
Brown appeared in dozens of other television shows and did several crossovers with other western series as Johnny McKay, including Maverick, in the 1961 episode “Hadley’s Hunters,” featuring Jack Kelly as Bart Maverick, along with a host of characters from other Warner Brothers. westerns, including Cheyenne (Clint Walker), Bronco (Ty Hardin), andSugarfoot (Will Hutchins). In the Cheyenne episode “Renegades” (1958), Brown at twenty-two was cast as 17-year-old Jed Wayne, who enlists in the United States Army after his father is killed in an attack by Comanche renegades. Olive Sturgess played Kathy Donovan, who takes an interest in young Wayne and is the daughter of the fort commander, Colonel Ralph Donovan (Bartlett Robinson), who distrusts the Indians. The episode also focuses on the spirit and endurance of Wayne’s mortally lame horse and the wisdom of the Comanche chief, Little Elk (Steve Darrell).
Brown twice guest-starred in another ABC/WB western, Colt .45, with Wayde Preston. He appeared as Dave with Andrew Duggan and Bob Steele, who were cast as Jim Rexford and Sergeant Granger respectively in “The Peacemaker” or “Judgment Day”, the series premiere in 1957. Thereafter that same season, he was cast as Jimmy Benedict opposite Charles Bronson as the outlaw Danny Arnold in the episode “Young Gun”. In the story line, Benedict, who wants to make a name for himself, challenges Arnold to a gunfight.
After his contract with Warner Brothers lapsed, Brown made two films for Walt Disney Studios, including Summer Magic with Hayley Mills and Burl Ives. He appeared in other television series too, such as Redigo, starring Richard Egan as a New Mexico rancher. He contracted to Universal Pictures for the 1965 NBC western television series Laredo, set on the Mexican border in and about Laredo, Texas.
Brown began the 1970s in exploitation films such as Foxy Brown, Chrome and Hot Leather, and Rape Squad and many soap operas. On Days of Our Lives, he played Dr. Greg Peters from 1972-1979 who was involved in a romance with Amanda Howard (Mary Frann). He was Laurie Brooks’ attorney, Robert Laurence, onThe Young and the Restless (1981-1982) when she was on trial for the murder of her former mother-in-law, Vanessa Prentiss. After the storyline ended, he romanced Laurie’s sister, Leslie Brooks, but that ended when his wife Claire came out of a long comatose state. He would return briefly to “Y&R” in between soap stints in the late 1980s. Peter replaced John Shearin as Roger Forbes on Loving during its early days, but was written out after only a couple of months. From 1986-1987, he played Charles Sanders, former ambassador to Mendora on One Life to Live whose family briefly dominated the front-burner of the soap. His character memorably had a heart attack and died on the evening of his wedding to Lee Halpern. Later on, he played Blake Hayes on The Bold and the Beautiful, the ex-husband of Dr. Taylor Forrester. He continued to perform in various American television guest-star roles.
Brown was married five times. His wives were:
- Diane Jergens, an actress; they wed on 6 August 1958 and divorced in June 1960.
- Sandy Edmundson, a fashion model; they wed on 26 May 1964 and divorced in March 1971. They had one son, Matthew (born 1965).
- Liliane Alice Yvette Safargy, a fashion model; they wed on 14 November 1971 and divorced in September 1974.
- Mary Kathleen Gauba, a tennis player; they wed on 29 November 1986 and divorced in 1999.
- Kerstin Kern; they wed on 6 September 2008 and the marriage lasted until his death
Brown had a son, Joshua (born 1977), by Amber Karlson, with whom he lived from 1974 until 1979.
Brown had a daughter, Christi (born in 1961), by Merle Pertile.
Brown’s brother, Phil, worked as an NBC Television West Coast operations coordinator in Burbank, California.
|1957||The Story of Esther Costello||Swimmer||Uncredited|
|1957||Sayonara||2nd MP||Uncredited voice|
|1958||Darby’s Rangers||Pvt. / Cpl. Rollo Burns|
|1958||Too Much, Too Soon||Young Nightclub Patron||Uncredited|
|1958||Violent Road||Marine Corporal||Uncredited|
|1958||No Time for Sergeants||Radio Disc Jockey||Uncredited voice|
|1959||Westbound||Army Sentry Outside Tent||Uncredited voice|
|1962||Red Nightmare||Bill Martin||Short film|
|1963||Summer Magic||Tom Hamilton|
|1964||A Tiger Walks||Vern Goodman|
|1964||Ride the Wild Surf||Chase Colton|
|1964||Kitten with a Whip||Ron|
|1970||Attack at Dawn||Abie|
|1971||Chrome and Hot Leather||Al|
|1972||Piranha, Piranha||Jim Pendrake|
|1973||Gentle Savage||–||Executive producer|
|1974||Foxy Brown||Steve Elias|
|1974||Memory of Us||Winston|
|1974||Act of Vengeance||Jack|
|1982||The Concrete Jungle||Danny|
|1986||The Aurora Encounter||Sheriff|
|1995||Fists of Iron||Max|