Roscoe Lee Browne

Roscoe Lee Browne, a multi-talented actor of dignified bearing and stentorian voice, died April 11, 2007, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, The New York Times reported. He was 81 and lived in Los Angeles. The cause was cancer. Mr. Browne had a reserved, commanding presence and a rich, velvety baritone voice that demanded attention. (It comes as no surprise that he was once a teacher.) He often used these attributes for powerful dramatic effect, as in August Wilson's Two Trains Running, in which he played the philosophizing, yarn-spinning retiree Holloway. He was nominated for a Tony Award as Best Featured Actor in a Play in 1992 for the portrayal—his last great stage work.

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  • Born: May 2, 1925 in Woodbury, New Jersey
  • Death: Apr 11, 2007 in Los Angeles, California


Outer Critics Circle
1992 Outstanding Actor in a Play Two Trains Running Nominee
Tony Award
1992 Featured Actor in a Play Two Trains Running Nominee