- W. Earl Brown
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Film, television actor
W. Earl Brown (born
September 7, 1963) is an American character actorwho has appeared in many mainstream filmand televisionprojects. He is perhaps best known as Dan Dority on the HBOseries "Deadwood".
Brown was born in
Murray, Kentuckyand is an alumnus of Calloway County High School. He graduated with a bachelor's degreein theaterfrom Murray State Universitybefore going on to DePaul Universityin Chicagowhere, with his fellow classmates John C. Reillyand Gillian Anderson, Brown received his master's degree. While building his résuméin Chicago's theater scene, Brown decided to give Los Angelesa 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 vocalistand guitarplayer.
In addition to playing
Al Swearengen's trusted henchmanDority 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 schoolsweetheart, with whom he has one daughter.
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