Georg Stanford Brown
Brown in 1972
Born (1943-06-24) June 24, 1943 (age 80)
Havana, Cuba
Alma materLos Angeles City College
American Musical and Dramatic Academy
Occupation(s)Actor, director
(m. 1966; div. 1990)
AwardsBest Director – Drama Series
1986 Cagney & Lacey

Georg Stanford Brown (born June 24, 1943) is an American actor[1] and director, perhaps best known as one of the stars of the ABC police television series The Rookies from 1972 to 1976.[1] On the show, Brown played the character of Officer Terry Webster.

Early life and education

Brown was born in Havana, Cuba to Jamaican immigrants. Brown was seven years old when his family moved from Havana to Harlem, New York.  At 15, he formed the singing group 'The Parthenons', which had a single TV appearance shortly before breaking up.[2] Brown quit high school at 16, after being invited to do so by a few frustrated teachers. He left New York to move to Los Angeles at 17.[citation needed]

After a few years of not being sure what he wanted to do, he decided to go back to school. He passed the college entrance exam and was admitted to Los Angeles City College where he majored in Theater Arts to "take something easy".[2] He ended up really enjoying it and returned to New York to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.[3] He worked as a school janitor to pay his tuition.[4]

Early career

Brown says he feels acting is just something he "fell into".[3] Six months out of school, he appeared in Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival (now called Shakespeare in the Park), and next in The Comedians with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. His work then took him to Africa for four and a half months, Paris, then to Southern France and a chance meeting with Alex Haley who was on his way to Africa to work on a story he was writing (which turned out to be Roots).[3]


Cast photo of The Rookies. Clockwise for the top: Georg Stanford Brown (Terry Webster), Kate Jackson (Jill Danko), Gerald S. O'Loughlin (Eddie Ryker), Bruce Fairbairn (Chris Owens) and Sam Melville (Mike Danko) in 1975

During the 1960s, Brown had a variety of roles in films, including Henri Philipot in The Comedians (1967), Theon Gibson in Dayton's Devils (1968), and Dr. Willard in Bullitt (1968). His 1970s films included Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970), The Man (1972), and Wild in the Sky (1972), co-starring Brandon deWilde, as anti-war, anti-establishment guerrillas, who devise a scheme to destroy Fort Knox with an atomic bomb.

Brown later played Tom Harvey (son of Chicken George, great-grandson of Kunta Kinte, and great-grandfather of Alex Haley) in the 1977 television miniseries Roots, and 1979's Roots: The Next Generations.

In 1980, he starred in the TV movie The Night the City Screamed, and in Stir Crazy opposite Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. Later in 1984 he starred in the TV movie The Jesse Owens Story in the role of Lew Gilbert. He then went on to a supporting role in yet another miniseries North & South in 1985 as the character Garrison Grady.

In 1986, he won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for directing the final episode ("Parting Shots") in season 5 of Cagney & Lacey. His directing career continued with the television film Alone in the Neon Jungle (also known by its earlier name Command in Hell), which was network premiered by CBS on Sunday January 17, 1988.[5] It was characterized in The Washington Post by Tom Shales as 'a stupefyingly preposterous bungle, but only in its better moments',[6] while a marginally more favorable assessment praised 'cop characters that are humanized with humor and the realistically gritty feel that comes with filming on location in Pittsburgh instead of Hollywood'.[7]

Brown co-starred in the comedy sequel House Party 2 in 1991, and the Showtime television show Linc's from 1998 thru 2000. Brown also directed several second-season episodes of the television series Hill Street Blues. More recently, Brown had a recurring role on the FX drama series Nip/Tuck.[when?]

Personal life

Brown met his ex-wife, actress Tyne Daly, while at AMDA, where they both studied under Philip Burton, Richard Burton's mentor.[8] They were married for 24 years, from 1966 to 1990. They have three daughters.[citation needed]


As actor


Year Title Role Notes
1966 How to Steal a Million Waiter uncredited
1967 The Comedians Henri Philipot
1968 Dayton's Devils Theon Gibson
1968 Bullitt Dr. Willard
1970 Colossus: The Forbin Project Dr. John F. Fisher
1972 Wild in the Sky Lynch
1972 The Man Robert Wheeler
1980 Stir Crazy Rory Schultebrand
1983 Imps* Charlie segment "Unhappy Hour"
1991 House Party 2 Professor Sinclair
1994 Ava's Magical Adventure Clayton 'Clay'
2003 Cuban Blood Black Bum
2005 Shackles Warden Direct-to-Video
2015 Madea's Tough Love Mystery Man (voice role) uncredited


Year Title Role Notes
1967 Dragnet 1967 Billy Jones Episode: "The Big Problem"
1968 Judd for the Defense Harry Crews Episode: "The Ends of Justice"
1968 It Takes a Thief Bates Episode: "Hans Across the Border"
1968 The F.B.I. George Kern Episode: "The Intermediary"
1969 The Young Lawyers Ted Robinson Episode: "The Young Lawyers"
1969 Julia Adam Spencer Episode: "The Eve of Adam"
1969–70 The Bold Ones: The Lawyers Kenneth Miller / Richie Morris 2 episodes
1969–71 Mannix Sam Thomas / Brad Turner 2 episodes
1970 Here Comes the Brides Obie Brown Episode: "A Bride for Obie Brown"
1970 Ritual of Evil Larry Richmond Television Movie
1970 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Bakumba Episode: "Killer on the Loose"
1970 The Name of the Game Kajid Episode: "The Time Is Now"
1970 The Interns Hamid Episode: "Dancy"
1970–72 Medical Center Dr. Roy James 3 episodes
1972 Room 222 Jerry Episode: "And in This Corner..."
1972 Mission: Impossible Luke Jenkins Episode: "Bag Woman"
1972 Norman Corwin Presents unknown role Episode: "A Son, Come Home"
1972–76 The Rookies Officer Terry Webster series regular (93 episodes)
1976 Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway Donald Umber Television Movie
1977 Roots Tom Harvey Miniseries (2 episodes)
1979 Roots: The Next Generations Miniseries (2 episodes)
1979 Paris Donald Holmes Episode: "Dead Men Don't Kill"
1980 The Night the City Screamed Charles Neville Television Movie
1982 Police Squad! Police under the Safe Episode: "Ring of Fear (A Dangerous Assignment)"
1982 The Kid with the Broken Halo Rudy Desautel Television Movie
1983 In Defense of Kids Ben Humphries Television Movie
1984 Cagney & Lacey ADA Burke Episode: "Choices"
1984 The Jesse Owens Story Lew Gilbert Television Movie
1985 North and South, Book I Garrison Grady Miniseries (4 episodes)
1987–89 Matlock Judge Stuart Franklin / Maj. Jeffrey Hamilton 4 episodes
1988 Alone in the Neon Jungle Sgt. Clevon Jackson Television Movie
1990 Jake and the Fatman Lee Preston Episode: "Who's Sorry Now?"
1992 Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story Darwin Tolliver Television Movie
1995 Martin Reverend Watson Episode: "Love is a Beach"
1997 The Legend of Calamity Jane Additional Voices (voice role) English version; 13 episodes
1997 Malcolm & Eddie Mr. Bellamy Episode: "Roofless People"
1998 Team Knight Rider General William Simonson Episode: "The Return of Megaman"
1998 The Wild Thornberrys Kito (voice role) Episode: "Temple of Eliza"
1998–2000 Linc's Johnnie B. Goode series regular (25 episodes)
2000 Family Law Reverend Perry Episode: "Media Relations"
2000 Freedom Walter Young Episode: "Alpha Dogs"
2001 The District Preston Kembridge Episode: "Cop Hunt"
2002 Strong Medicine Admiral Thomas Carter Episode: "House Calls"
2003 The Lyon's Den Judge Ed Rossi Episode: "The Fifth"
2004 Nip/Tuck James Sutherland 4 episodes
2005 Judging Amy Detective Sanders Episode: "Dream a Little Dream"
2005 Mystery Woman Toby (uncredited) Episode 5: Mystery Woman: Vision of a Murder
2005 The Reading Room Rahim Television Movie
2012 Electric City Commander Welles (voice role) 2 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Men of Valor Roland Shephard voice role

As director


Year Title Notes
1975–76 The Rookies 4 episodes
1977 Starsky and Hutch 3 episodes
1977–79 Charlie's Angels 8 episodes
1978 The Fitzpatricks Episode: "The New Fitzpatrick"
1978 Family Episode: "Fear of Shadows"
1978 Lucan Episode: "Nightmare"
1978 Fantasy Island Episode: "Carnival/The Vaudevillians"
1979 Roots: The Next Generations Episode: "Part V (1932-1933)"
1979–80 Paris 2 episodes
1980 Tenspeed and Brown Shoe Episode: "The Millionaire's Life"
1981 Lou Grant Episode: "Violence"
1981 Palmerstown, U.S.A. Episode: "Dry Hole"
1981 Grambling's White Tiger Television Movie
1981 The Greatest American Hero Episode: "The Two-Hundred-Mile-an-Hour Fast Ball"
1981–86 Hill Street Blues 7 episodes
1982 Police Squad! Episode: "The Butler Did It (A Bird in the Hand)"
1982–86 Cagney & Lacey 5 episodes
1983 Fame Episode: "...Help from My Friends"
1983 Trauma Center Episode: "Notes About Courage"
1983 The Mississippi Episode: "The Shooting"
1984 Hardcastle and McCormick Episode: "Third Down and Twenty Years to Life"
1984 The Fall Guy Episode: "Olympic Quest"
1984 Call to Glory Episode: "Call It Courage"
1984 Magnum P.I. 2 episodes
1984–85 Miami Vice 2 episodes
1984–86 Dynasty 4 episodes
1985 Finder of Lost Loves Episode: "Deadly Silence"
1985 Hotel Episode: "Illusions"
1985 The Paper Chase Episode: "The Source"
1987 Miracle of the Heart: A Boys Town Story Television Movie
1986 Tough Cookies Episode: "The Stoolie"
1987 Vietnam War Story Episode: "The Mine"
1987 Kids Like These Television Movie
1988 Alone in the Neon Jungle Television Movie
1989 Stuck with Each Other Television Movie
1992 The Last P.O.W.? The Bobby Garwood Story Television Movie
1993 Father & Son: Dangerous Relations Television Movie
1996 Viper Episode: "On a Role"
1999 Linc's Episode: "From Here to Eternity"
2000 The Brothers Garcia Episode: "Love Me Tender"
2004 The Long Shot Television Movie
2004 Wedding Daze Television Movie
2004 Angel in the Family Television Movie
2005 Mystery Woman Episode 3: Mystery Woman: Snapshot
2005 The Reading Room Television Movie

As producer


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Kids Like These Executive Producer Television Movie
1987 Vietnam War Story Executive Producer 3 episodes
1989 Stuck with Each Other Executive Producer Television Movie
2004 The Long Shot Co-Executive Producer Television Movie


Association Year Category Nominated Work Results Ref
Directors Guild of America Awards 1982 Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series Hill Street Blues Nominated [9]
Primetime Emmy Awards 1981 Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series (for Episode: "Up In Arms") Nominated [10]
1985 Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series (for Episode: "El Capitan") Nominated [11]
1986 Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series (for Episode: "Parting Shots") Cagney & Lacey Won [12]


  1. ^ a b "Georg Stanford Brown". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-05-16.
  2. ^ a b [dead link]
  3. ^ a b c "ACTORS' DIALOGUE: Georg Stanford Brown & Kathryn Dora Brown | Backstage". Archived from the original on 2014-10-16.
  4. ^ "Fans Very Stunned by Which "Roots" Actor Has Kids with "Cagney & Lacey" Star". 30 April 2015.
  5. ^ John Tiech, Pittsburgh Film History: On Set in the Steel City (Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2012).
  6. ^ Tom Shales, 'On CBS, A Case of 'Jungle' Rot: Suzanne Pleshette, Adrift In a Ludicrous Cop Caper', The Washington Post (16 January 1988), p. B1.
  7. ^ Joan Hanauer, 'TV Movie Dud of the Year', United Press International (13 January 1988).
  8. ^ "Tyne Daly and her husband".
  9. ^ "'Hill Street Blues' leads Directors Guild nominations". UPI. February 9, 1982. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  10. ^ "Nominees/Winners". Television Academy. Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  11. ^ "Nominees/Winners". Television Academy. Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  12. ^ "Nominees/Winners". Television Academy. Retrieved 2019-10-21.