Wren T. Brown

Wren T. Brown

actor, producer, director

Wren T. Brown was born on Jun 11, 1964 in USA. Wren T. Brown's big-screen debut came with Hollywood Shuffle directed by Robert Townsend in 1987, strarring Picketer #2. Wren T. Brown is known for Half & Half directed by Ellen Gittelsohn, Essence Atkins stars as Dee Dee Thorne and Rachel True as Mona Thorne. The upcoming new movie Wren T. Brown plays is Beyond the Lights which will be released on Nov 14, 2014.

A versatile actor with a deep melodious voice, Wren T. Brown is a fourth-generation Angeleno, and also a fourth-generation theatrical. He is very proud to be in his fourth decade as an actor, producer and director. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Brown is descended from a long line of talented performers, including his father, jazz trumpeter Troy Brown Jr., his paternal grandmother, Bertha McElroy (a dancer at the Cotton Club NYC), and his paternal grandfather, actor-comedian Troy Brown Sr. (5th black actor in Screen Actors Guild). His maternal grandmother, Ruth Givens, was a torch singer and dancer (Cotton Club Los Angeles and movies) and his maternal grandfather, Lee Young Sr., was the first black staff musician in Hollywood (Columbia Pictures 1946) and the drummer and musical director for Nat King Cole. His great-grandfather, Willis Handy Young, was a multi-instrumentalist, teacher and owner of his own Vaudeville troupe at the turn of the 20th century (The New Orleans Strutters).Among Brown's film appearances are: "Beyond the Lights," "Waiting to Exhale," "Heart and Souls," "Under Siege 2: Dark Territory," "The Dinner," "Hollywood Shuffle," "Biker Boyz," "The Importance of Being Earnest," "Midnight Clear" and David Mamet's "Edmond." On television, Brown co-starred as Whoopi Goldberg's brother and comic foil in NBC's "Whoopi" and was a regular in "Flipper: The New Adventures," as well as CBS's "Bless This House." He has also guest-starred or recurred on: "The West Wing," "The Practice," "Touched by an Angel," "Frasier," "Seinfeld," "Charmed," "Star Trek: Voyager," "Eli Stone," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Women's Murder Club," "Everybody Hates Chris," "The Game," "Half & Half" and also starred opposite John Larroquette in Hallmark's "McBride: Tune in for Murder." Recently, Brown has been seen in the award-winning Amazon series, "Transparent" and "Dear White People," "Being Mary Jane," "Grey's Anatomy" (recurring), and as the voice of Virgil Simpson, Homer's Black ancestor on "The Simpsons." Brown will next be seen in the film "Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story" and appears now in Seth MacFarlane's hit sci-fi Hulu series "The Orville: New Horizons" reprising his role of Moclan leader Ambassador Rechik.Some of his theatre credits include: Shakespeare's "As You Like It" (Drama-Logue Award winner), "On Borrowed Time," "Burning Hope," his NAACP Image Award-nominated performance in "Jeffrey's Plan" and, The Public Theatre's "The Gospel at Colonus" at the Delacorte (Sept 2018).Brown has appeared in over 100 commercials and a broad range of voice-over and spoken-word projects including being tapped by multiple Grammy award winner, pianist Billy Childs to recite the classic Langston Hughes poem "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" on Childs' Grammy Award-nominated album "I've Known Rivers." He narrated The History Channel's "U.S.S. Constellation: Battling For Freedom," The Learning Channel series "Scene of the Crime," and "E! True Hollywood Story" on the life of Diana Ross. He also voiced Disney's Br'er Rabbit for various projects and can currently be heard narrating Laurence Fishburne's "Bronzeville," a 1940s-era Chicago podcast.In his directorial debut, Brown directed over thirty-five actors and actresses in their performances in "Inspired By... The Bible Experience," winner of the 2007 Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year in which he also narrated the book of Matthew. In April 2018, Brown made his theatre directing debut on the Lone Tree Arts Center (Colorado) stage, with August Wilson's cultural classic "Fences." In 1999, Brown made his debut as a producer with the critically acclaimed feature film, "Boesman & Lena" starring Danny Glover and Angela Bassett, followed by Dianne Reeves' concert film of her Grammy Award-winning CD, "In the Moment: Live in Concert." He has produced an array of short films featuring new directors. In 2019 Brown directed "Lady Day at The Emerson Bar & Grill" at Long Beach's International City Theatre and subsequently directed it at Ebony Repertory Theatre in 2020, at the Solvang Festival Theater, in Solvang, CA and at freeFall Theatre in St. Petersburg, Florida in 2021. He most recently directed two productions of "Blues in the Night" in 2021.In 2007, Brown founded Ebony Repertory Theatre (ERT), the first African-American professional Equity theatre company in Los Angeles history where he serves as its producing artistic director from inception to the institution's now-15-year anniversary. ERT, under Brown's leadership, has produced Ovation Award- and NAACP Theatre Award-winning productions of "Two Trains Running,""Crowns,""A Raisin In the Sun," "Fraternity," "Robeson," "The Gospel at Colonus," of which the Los Angeles Times wrote "Theater at its most healing, electrifying and transcendent, 'Colonus' demands attendance" and the hit musical, "Five Guys Named Moe,"which the Los Angeles Times reviewed as "...one of the more entertaining experiences available to humanity..." Brown periodically conducts a six-week entertainment industry seminar through the ERT Performance Lab entitled, "Purpose, Passion & Possibility" as well as being an active cultural/motivational lecturer.Brown formerly served on the board of Antioch University, Los Angeles, the Screen Actors Guild, the Friends of Washington Preparatory High School, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and the Charles R. Drew University.

  • Birthday

    Jun 11, 1964
  • Place of Birth

    Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Also known

    Wren Brown

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