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Brown, Jim (1936–)

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BROWN, JIM (1936–). Football player, athlete, actor. He was born on St. Simons Island off the southern coast of Georgia. Before graduating from Manhasset High School, he earned 13 letters in football, basketball, baseball, lacrosse, and track and field. Brown played nine seasons as a fullback in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns. As Cleveland’s first round draft pick at No. 6 overall, he was voted Rookie of the Year for the 1957 season and was named MVP the following year, leading the league in rushing with 1,527 yards and 18 touchdowns. Brown never missed a game and when he retired at age 30 after the 1965 season, he had run for 12,312 yards and scored 126 touchdowns, a record unmatched at that time. He set his sights on Hollywood and went on to appear in over 30 movies, including The Dirty Dozen , 1967, and Ice Station Zebra , 1968. Brown became an action icon during the blaxploitation -era films of the early 1970s. He was a country sheriff in tick tick tick , 1970; portrayed the title character in Slaughter , 1972, and Slaughter’s Big Rip-off , 1973; and one part of a super bad trio in Three the Hard Way , 1974. During the 1980s, he had a short stint as head of Richard Pryor ’s production company, Indigo Productions, backed by Columbia Pictures, and he has spearheaded community work to help turn gang members and prison inmates into more productive members of society through his Amer-I-Can program. He returned to his football roots as a coach in the gridiron-based film, Any Given Sunday , 1999.

Filmography: Rio Conchos , 1964; The Dirty Dozen , 1967; Ice Station Zebra , 1968; Dark of the Sun , 1968; Riot , 1969; 100 Rifles , 1969; tick tick tick , 1970; El Condor , 1970; Slaughter , 1972; Slaughter’s Big Rip Off , 1973; Three the Hard Way , 1974; Fingers , 1978; One Down, Two to Go! 1982; The Running Man , 1987; I’m Gonna Git You Sucka , 1988; L. A. Vice , 1989; Original Gangstas , 1996; Mars Attacks! 1996; He Got Game , 1998; Any Given Sunday , 1999.

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