W. Earl Brown

W. Earl Brown

Infobox actor


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birthdate = Birth date and age|1963|9|7|mf=y
birthplace = city-state|Murray|Kentucky
occupation = Film, television actor

W. Earl Brown (born September 7, 1963) is an American character actor who has appeared in many mainstream film and television projects. He is perhaps best known as Dan Dority on the HBO series "Deadwood".

Brown was born in Murray, Kentucky and is an alumnus of Calloway County High School. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in theater from Murray State University before going on to DePaul University in Chicago where, with his fellow classmates John C. Reilly and Gillian Anderson, Brown received his master's degree. While building his résumé in Chicago's theater scene, Brown decided to give Los Angeles a try and moved to the City of Angels where he has remained ever since.

His first major movie role came as a dialogue coach in the film "Backdraft", ironically teaching actors to speak with a Chicago accent. He also had a brief appearance on-screen in the film. One of his first higher profile roles was as Cameron Diaz's mentally challenged brother Warren in "There's Something About Mary".

His other film credits include "Scream (1996)", "Being John Malkovich (1999)" and "The Alamo (2004)" among many other projects, including television appearances on "Numb3rs" (2006), " (2000)", "Six Feet Under (2001)", "Charmed (2001)", and "The X-Files (1993)". He is also the co-founder of the country band "Sacred Cowboys", performing as a vocalist and guitar player.

In addition to playing Al Swearengen's trusted henchman Dority on "Deadwood", Brown also wrote an episode, 'A Constant Throb' Episode 10 Season 3.

Brown has gone by the name Earl his entire life, but added his first initial to his official SAG credit to avoid confusion with Earl Boen. He is married to his high school sweetheart, with whom he has one daughter.

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