Wally Brown

Wally Brown (October 9, 1904[2] – November 13, 1961) was an American actor, comedian, and longtime comic partner of Alan Carney.

Wally Brown
BornOctober 9, 1904
DiedNovember 13, 1961 (aged 57)
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
OccupationActor/Comedian
Years active1930s–61
Spouse(s)Mildred Brown (his death) (2 children)[1]

Life and career

Stage

Wally was born in Malden, Massachusetts, and for years performed as a vaudevillian.

Film

Brown began his film career in 1942 in Hollywood at RKO Radio Pictures with the film Petticoat Larceny. When RKO decided to emulate the comedy team Abbott and Costello, he was paired with Alan Carney, creating "Brown & Carney."

The duo premiered with the military comedies Adventures of a Rookie and its sequel, Rookies in Burma. Out of their eight films together, one of the most notable was Zombies on Broadway co-starring Bela Lugosi, a semi-sequel to Val Lewton's I Walked With a Zombie. Brown and Carney's contracts were terminated in 1946, after which they pursued solo careers. In the 1940s-'50s, both appeared in various roles for Leslie Goodwins films. They reunited in 1961 in Disney's The Absent-Minded Professor.

Brown was later teamed with Tim Ryan in the Columbia Pictures short film French Fried Frolic in 1949. He was also teamed with Jack Kirkwood in four RKO Pictures short films in 1950 and 1951.

Along with Alan Carney, Brown was going to be given a role in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) but died not long before filming began.[3]

Television

In 1953, Brown had billing over an unknown Paul Newman in the fourth-season premiere episode of The Web, titled "One for the Road."[4]

He made several guest appearances on Perry Mason, including in the role of murderer Harry Mitchell in the 1958 episode "The Case of the Gilded Lily." Wally Brown had also been a regular cast member in television shows like I Married Joan, Cimarron City, and Daniel Boone.

Wally's last years were filled with guest appearances in television, his last one in My Three Sons.

Radio

Wally served as a regular on The Abbott and Costello Show.

Filmography

See also

Further reading

  • Terrace, Vincent. Radio Programs, 1924-1984. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1999. ISBN 0-7864-0351-9

References

  1. ^ http://www.nndb.com/people/203/000243471/
  2. ^ IMDB states his birthday is October 8, while more search results (minus Wikipedia) indicate his birthday as October 9.
  3. ^ "Trivia / It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World". TV Tropes. redshift. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  4. ^ "CTVA - The Classic TV Archive. The Web (1950-54)". Retrieved 27 May 2018.

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