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Joe E. Brown or Joseph Evans Brown was a popular name in the entertainment industry.
Joe E. Brown had an illustrious and somewhat unconventional career. He started out as a member of a circus group, before having a short stint as a baseball player, and then going on to become an actor and comedian.
Joe E. Brown was known for his comedy sketches and movies, but what set him apart from other actors was his jovial personality on screen. He had performed 'Harvey' in a theater at Bowling Green State University, which they eventually renamed the Joe E. Brown Theatre. His birthplace in Ohio has a street named in his honor, along with a park.
Joe E. Brown had an estimated net worth of $20 million.
It is not known how much Joe E. Brown made per year.
Joe E. Brown was 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) tall.
Joseph Evans Brown was born on July 28, 1891, and passed away on July 6, 1973, at the age of 81.
Joe E. Brown was born and grew up in Holgate, Ohio, the United States of America, to Anna Maria Joseph Brown and Matthias Joseph. He actually joined a circus tumbling group when he was just 10 years old.
Joe E. Brown was married to Kathryn Francis McGraw. He also shared four children with her, two sons by the names of Don Evan Brown and Joe LeRoy, and two daughters by the names of Mary Katherine Ann and Kathryn Francis. Don was a pilot in the Air Force, whereas Joe was a baseball enthusiast like his father and served as the general manager for the baseball team, The Pittsburgh Pirates.
Joe E. Brown was initially part of a circus tumbling group before moving on to play professional baseball. In fact, he was scouted by the New York Yankees and was even offered a chance to play for them, which he denied because he wanted to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. He eventually made his move to Broadway, where he made his debut with the comedy, 'Jim Jam Jems'.
Joe E. Brown started working in movies with the production house, Warner Brothers. He was a favorite amongst young audiences and appeared in 'On With The Show'. He was cast in several movies at the start of the color-television era, such as 'Hold Everything', 'Going Wild', and 'Sally'. His experience as a former baseball player came in handy in some of the roles he played. He was cast in the role of a baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals in the movie, 'Fireman, Save My Child'. The movie actor also worked with Olivia De Havilland for the movie, 'Alibi Ike', in which he also played the role of a baseball player for the Chicago Cubs. He was also a member of the cast in the movie, 'Son Of A Sailor', which also featured Thelma Todd and Jean Muir.
Joe E. Brown was one of the few comedians to have been a part of a Shakespeare film. He played the role of Francis Flute in a rendition of Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer's Night Dream'. His performance in the movie received critical acclaim from members of the film industry. The movie actor has worked with Patricia Ellis on a number of films, such as 'The Circus Clown' and 'Elmer The Great'. Joe E. Brown was also cast in the movie, 'Polo Joe', which also starred Carol Hughes.
Joe E. Brown eventually left the production house of Warner Brothers, moving on to work with David L. Loew, with whom he worked on the movie, 'When's Your Birthday?'. He was also a part of a cinematic rendition of the novel, 'Gladiator', which actually served as the inspiration behind the creation of 'Superman'.
Joe E. Brown was also a sports announcer, having made his announcing debut when WBZ broadcasted a Major League Baseball game for the first time in 1925. In fact, the sportswriters who saw him play in his earlier years as a professional baseball player, still believed that he could succeed at the top level in Major League Baseball, even at that stage. However, the radio broadcaster could not continue as the announcer for all the games in the season. He was so good at announcing games that many of sportswriters said that it was a shame he could not announce all the games of the season due to his acting commitments. He was known for his amusing style of commentary and for including interesting factoids in between his commentary.
He eventually made a return to announcing games in 1953, going on to provide commentary during the games of the New York Yankees. He was a commentator for the New York Yankees for the entire season and also hosted a pre-game and post-game show, as well as announcing the game.
Joe E. Brown was concerned regarding the conditions of troops during the Korean War and made appeals for the troops of the United Nations and the United States to get blood donations, which was actually highlighted in an episode of 'M*A*S*H'. He also played the role of Elwood Dowd in the play 'Harvey'. He performed the play in countries all over the world, such as England, Hawaii, and Canada. He also made a television appearance as the mystery guest in the show, 'What's My Line?'.
Joe E. Brown was also offered a cameo role in the movie, 'Around the World in 80 Days'. He played the role of a stationmaster in a small town. The movie actor was also included in the cast of the movie, 'Its a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World'. He played the role of an officer of the union and gave a moving speech in a riveting scene. He was also in the famous movie, 'Some Like It Hot'. This movie actually included one of the most iconic sentences spoken by Brown in his entire acting career, when he said the line, 'Well, nobody's perfect'.
Joe E. Brown was also a part of a remake of the movie, 'Show Boat', in which he played the role of Andy Hawks. He was also a part of the cast of the play based on the same movie, in which he performed numerous dance routines and received critical acclaim for his performance.
Joe E. Brown was the first person to hold the post of President at the PONY Baseball and Softball organization. After retiring from his post, he actually traveled the country telling stories of his experience with the organization since he wanted to encourage the creation of more infrastructure for young kids to be able to play baseball.
Some of the most iconic scenes in his career were in Disney cartoons such as 'Mother Goose Goes Hollywood', 'The Autograph Hound', and 'Mickey's Gala Premiere'. All of these contain a particular scene in which Brown is seen laughing with such enthusiasm that his mouth opens in a wide grin. He was the inspiration for the voices of the cartoon characters, Peter Potamus and Lippy the Lion. He also created his own comic strips in the film, 'Film Fun', in which he was also a cast member. In fact, he has given a tribute by Zack Mosley through the comic strip, 'The Adventures Of Smilin' Jack'. The character of Jack was based on Joe E. Brown, and he was portrayed as someone who did not need a mic in order to be heard over the roar of airplane engines.
Joe E. Brown has also played the role of Jimmy Wells in the movie, 'Crooks Can't Win'. The movie is based on a police officer who is removed from the force after his superior is under the false impression that he was complicit in a robbery that included his brother. He also played the role of Twisty in the movie, 'Hit Of The Show'. The movie was actually released as a silent first, with some sounds added later for effect. The movie actor was also cast in the role of Bunny in the movie, 'Take Me Home', which was also a silent movie and is now considered a lost movie. He also played the role of Sam Young in the movie, 'My Lady's Past', which follows the journey of a writer and his secretary, after his first novel becomes a success.
Joe E. Brown was also cast in the role of Jim Wilson in the movie, 'Molly And Me', which also included Belle Bennet and Alberta Vaughn. He also played the role of Hasty in the movie, 'Song Of The West'. The movie was based on a musical and followed the story of an Army Captain who is court-martialed after a misunderstanding with his Major. He also played the role of Joe Grant in the movie, 'Fireman, Save My Child', which is thought to have been preserved in the Library of Congress. Brown was also cast in the role of Rollo Smith in the movie, 'Going Wild', which is based on an individual traveling without a train ticket who is mistaken for a famous writer and pilot. The movie is also preserved in the Library of Congress.
Joe E. Brown has also played the role of Yates in the movie, 'Maybe It's Love', which is based on a college president who is in danger of losing his job until and unless the college's football team manages to win a yearly match that they have been losing for the past 12 years in a row. He was also cast in the role of Ossie Simpson in the movie, 'Broadminded', which focuses on a boy who is sent to California by his family in order to straighten himself out and ends up getting in a car accident due to his negligence. He also played the role of Joe Holt in the movie, 'You Said A Mouthful', which follows a factory worker who believes that he has designed a bathing suit that is unsinkable and tries to turn his idea into reality. The movie highlights the challenges posed by both his colleagues and his bosses once he pitches them his idea. His last movie appearance was in 'The Comedy Of Terrors', in 1963.
Joe E. Brown was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his stellar acting career. He was also awarded the Special Tony Award for his work with the touring company associated with 'Harvey'. He has also won a Golden Laurel Award in the category of Top Male Character Performance for 'Show Boat'. He has also been a recipient of the Bronze Star during World War II.
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