Pierre Lind de Lappe (October 5, 1935 – March 21, 2016), known professionally as Peter Brown, was an American actor. He portrayed Deputy Johnny McKay opposite John Russell as Marshal Dan Troop in the 1958 to 1962 ABC-Warner Brothers western television series Lawman and Texas Ranger Chad Cooper on NBC's Laredo from 1965 to 1967.
Pierre Lind de Lappe
October 5, 1935
New York City, U.S.
|Died||March 21, 2016 (aged 80)|
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of California, Los Angeles|
(m. 1958; div. 1960)
(m. 1964; div. 1971)
Liliane Alice Yvette Safargy
(m. 1971; div. 1974)
Mary Kathleen Gauba
(m. 1986; div. 1999)
Brown was born on October 5, 1935, in New York City. His mother, Mina Reaume, was a stage and radio actress, playing the "Dragon Lady" on the Terry and the Pirates radio serial. He had an older brother, Phillip, and two younger half brothers, Paul and Michael. Peter took the name Brown from his stepfather, Albert Brown.
During his United States Army service in Alaska with the 2nd Infantry Division, Brown became involved in writing, directing and acting in plays to entertain the other troops. Upon his discharge, Brown studied Drama at the University of California, Los Angeles and soon was appearing in plays and on NBC Matinee Theatre.
He supported himself by working in a gasoline station on the Sunset Strip. One night a man paid for his purchase with a credit card reading "Jack L. Warner". Brown asked the customer whether he was one of the Warner Brothers, the man replied "I'm the last one left".
As a contract player for Warner Brothers, Brown appeared in the theatrical film Darby's Rangers (1958) with James Garner and Stuart Whitman. He also appeared in the 1962 films Merrill's Marauders, which was co-written and directed by Samuel Fuller starring Jeff Chandler, and Red Nightmare with Jack Kelly.
Though his role in Onionhead was cut from the completed film, the producer Julius Schermer hired him for Deputy Johnny McKay in Lawman, an important part secondary to John Russell as Marshal Dan Troop, that lasted from 1958 to 1962. Brown was the last surviving member of the series.
Brown appeared in dozens of other television shows and did several crossovers with other western series as Johnny McKay, including Maverick, in the 1961 episode "Hadley's Hunters". He also appeared on Maverick playing different characters in the 1957 episode "Point Blank" (as Clay Semple) and "Stage West", playing a villain named Rip Fallon.
In 1957 Brown appeared as Clay Conover in Cheyenne in the episode "Top Hand." In 1958 he appeared as Billy Younger in Cheyenne in the episode "Ghost of the Cimarron." In the Cheyenne episode "Renegades" (1958), Brown portrayed 17-year-old Jed Wayne, who enlists in the United States Army after his father is killed in an attack by Comanche renegades.
Brown twice guest-starred in another ABC/WB western, Colt .45, with Wayde Preston. He appeared as Dave in "The Peacemaker" or "Judgment Day", the series premiere in 1957. That same season, he was cast as Jimmy Benedict in the episode "Young Gun".
After his contract with Warner Brothers lapsed, Brown made two films for Walt Disney Studios, including Summer Magic with Hayley Mills and Burl Ives. He appeared in other television series too, such as Redigo, starring Richard Egan as a New Mexico rancher. He contracted to Universal Pictures for the 1965 NBC Western television series Laredo, set on the Mexican border in and about Laredo, Texas.
Brown also appeared on several soap operas. On Days of Our Lives, he played Dr. Greg Peters from 1972-1979 who was involved in a romance with Amanda Howard (Mary Frann). He was Laurie Brooks' attorney, Robert Laurence, on The Young and the Restless (1981-1982) when she was on trial for the murder of her former mother-in-law, Vanessa Prentiss. He would return briefly to "Y&R" in between soap stints in the late 1980s.
Brown replaced John Shearin as Roger Forbes on Loving during its early days, but was written out after only a couple of months. From 1986-1987, he played Charles Sanders, former ambassador to Mendorra, on One Life to Live The character had a heart attack and died on the evening of his wedding to Lee Halpern. He subsequently played Blake Hayes on The Bold and the Beautiful, the ex-husband of Dr. Taylor Hamilton Hayes.
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Brown was married five times. His wives were:
- Diane Jergens, an actress; they wed on August 6, 1958, and divorced in June 1960.
- Sandy Edmundson, a fashion model; they wed on May 26, 1964, and divorced in March 1971.
- Liliane Alice Yvette Safargy, a fashion model; they wed on November 14, 1971, and divorced in September 1974.
- Mary Kathleen Gauba, a tennis player; they wed on November 29, 1986, and divorced in 1999.
- Kerstin Kern; they wed on September 6, 2008.
Brown had three children as follows:
- Matthew by his second wife Sandy Edmundson.
- Joshua, by Amber Karlson, with whom Brown lived from 1974 until 1979.
- Christi, by Merle Pertile.
Brown's brother, Phil, worked as an NBC Television West Coast operations coordinator in Burbank, California.
|1957||The Story of Esther Costello||Boy||Uncredited|
|1957||Sayonara||2nd MP||Voice, Uncredited|
|1957||Freedom and You||Bill Martin||Edited to half an hour and rereleased in 1962 as Red Nightmare|
|1958||Darby's Rangers||Pvt. / Cpl. Rollo Burns|
|1958||Too Much, Too Soon||Young Nightcl||Uncredited|
|1958||Violent Road||Marine Corporal||Uncredited|
|1958||No Time for Sergeants||Radio Disc Jockey||Voice, Uncredited|
|1959||Westbound||Army Sentry Outside Tent||Voice, Uncredited|
|1959||The Young Philadelphians||Airline Ticket Agent / Elevator Operator||Voice, Uncredited|
|1959||The FBI Story||FBI Agent at Hearting||Voice, Uncredited|
|1963||Summer Magic||Tom Hamilton|
|1964||A Tiger Walks||Vern Goodman|
|1964||Ride the Wild Surf||Chase Colton|
|1964||Kitten with a Whip||Ron|
|1968||Three Guns for Texas||Texas Ranger Chad Cooper||Episodes of Laredo TV series made into a feature film|
|1969||Backtrack||Texas Ranger Chad Cooper||Episodes of Laredo TV series made into a feature film|
|1970||Eagles Attack at Dawn||Abie||Israeli film|
|1971||Chrome and Hot Leather||Al|
|1972||Piranha, Piranha||Jim Pendrake|
|1973||Gentle Savage||-||Executive producer|
|1974||Foxy Brown||Stevie Elias|
|1974||Memory of Us||Winston|
|1974||Act of Vengeance||Jack|
|1982||The Concrete Jungle||Danny|
|1986||The Aurora Encounter||Sheriff|
|1995||Fists of Iron||Max|
|1997||Asylum||Dr. Frank Meyers|
|2001||The Wedding Planner||Justice|
|2004||Land of the Free?||Sen. Jacobs|
|2004||Hollywood, It's a Dog's Life||Hank O'Hara|
|2005||Three Bad Men||Tom Noland|
|2005||Hell to Pay||Johnny Behan||(final film role)|
|1957||Colt .45||Jimmy Benedict / Dave||2 episodes|
|1957–1960||Maverick||Deputy Johnny McKay / Rip Fallon in the episode: "Stage West"/ Chris Semple||3 episodes|
|1957–1962||Cheyenne||Ross Andrews-Pocketful Of Stars ... Billy Younger [Ep:"Ghost of the Cimarron"]
Jed Wayne [Ep: Renegades] Clay Conover - [Ep: Top Hand] (4 episodes)
|1958–1959||Sugarfoot||Deputy Johnny McKay / Davey Reeder||2 episodes|
|1958–1962||Lawman||Deputy Johnny McKay||156 episodes|
|1962||Hawaiian Eye||Teo||Episode: "Lalama Lady"|
|1962||77 Sunset Strip||Trace Morgan / Timmy Ellison||2 episodes|
|1963||The Gallant Men||Lt. Hodges||Episode: "The Bridge"|
|1963||The Alfred Hitchcock Hour||Det. Philip Reardon / Ed||2 episodes|
|1963||Redigo||Johnny Porter||Episode: "The Blooded Bull"|
|1963–1964||Wagon Train||Ben Campbell / Aaron Balfour / Benedict O'Brien||3 episodes|
|1964||Kraft Suspense Theatre||Chris Forrester / Lieutenant Ben Hollister||2 episodes|
|1964–1967||The Virginian||Tom Conlan / Chad Cooper / Craig Ryan||3 episodes|
|1965–1967||Laredo||Chad Cooper||56 episodes, three of which are a credit only. Credited as Chad Cooper/Prince Lazlo in "A Prince of a Ranger" (1966)|
|1967||The Danny Thomas Hour||Eddie Kimble||Episode: "The Enemy"|
|1969||The Best Years||Dempster||Made-for-television movie|
|1969||Mod Squad||Lou Franklin||Episode: "The Debt"|
|1970||Hunters Are for Killing||Raymond Pera||Made-for-television movie|
|1970||The Most Deadly Game||Scott Norton||Episode: "War Games"|
|1971||My Three Sons||Mike Turley||Episode: "The Love God"|
|1971||Dan August||Fred Bowers||Episode: "The Manufactured Man"|
|1971||Mission: Impossible||Johnny Brown||Episode: "Blind"|
|1971||O'Hara, U.S. Treasury||S.A. Bart Herron||Episode: "Operation: Spread"|
|1972||Medical Center||Dr. Musante||Episode: "Deadlock"|
|1972||The Bob Newhart Show||Stan Conners||Episode: "Tennis, Emily?"|
|1972–1978||Days of Our Lives||Dr. Greg Peters||10 episodes|
|1973||The Magician||Ray Weaver||Episode: "The Vanishing Lady"|
|1974||Police Story||Chuck / Lloyd||2 episodes|
|1975||Marcus Welby, M.D.||Mike Ross||Episode: "The Covenant"|
|1975||Matt Helm||Episode: "Dead Men Talk", Episode: "Murder on Ice"|
|1975||Police Woman||Paul Monarch||Episode: "Above and Beyond"|
|1977||The Streets of San Francisco||Officer Brady||Episode: "One Last Trick"|
|1977||Quincy M.E.||Bondine - College Football Coast||Episode: "Main Man"|
|1978||Wonder Woman||Inspector Tim Bolt||Episode: "Hot Wheels"|
|1978||Charlie's Angels||Mark Correll||Episode: "Angels Ahoy"|
|1978||Vega$||Richie||Episode: "The Pageant"|
|1978||The Eddie Capra Mysteries||Episode: "Breakout to Murder"|
|1978||Flying High||Richard||Episode: "Brides and Grooms"|
|1979||Salvage 1||Bill Kelly||Episode: "Salvage" (pilot)|
|1979||Project U.F.O.||Steve Rollins||Episode: "Sighting 4026: The Atlantic Queen Incident"|
|1979||California Fever||Woods||Episode: "Beach Wars"|
|1980||The Dukes of Hazzard||Floyd Baker||Episode: "Officer Daisy Duke"|
|1980||Top of the Hill||McCain||Made-for-television movie|
|1980||The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything||Bodyguard||Made-for-television movie|
|1981||Fantasy Island||Patrick O'Herlihy||Episode: "Elizabeth's Baby/The Artist and the Lady"|
|1981||The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo||Hijacker Thompson||Episode: "Airsick - 1981"|
|1982||Dallas||Tom Flintoff||Episode: "Denial"|
|1982||Magnum, P.I.||Robert Brighton||Episode: "Heal Thyself"|
|1983||Hart to Hart||Ray Martin / Dr. Scott||Episode: "As the Hart Turns"|
|1983||T.J. Hooker||Lt. Drummer||2 episodes|
|1983||Manimal||Carl McGhan||Episode: "High Stakes"|
|1984||Whiz Kids||Androv||Episode: "Father's Day"|
|1984||Cover Up||Mark Reynolds||Pilot episode|
|1984||The Fall Guy||Episode: "San Francisco Caper"|
|1984||Riptide||Fred Cushing||Episode: "Peter Pan Is Alive and Well"|
|1984–1986||Simon & Simon||Manny Crobett / FBI Agent Frank Kenniman||2 episodes|
|1985||Crazy Like a Fox||Episode: "Till Death Do Us Part"|
|1985||Knight Rider||Episode: "Knight Behind Bars"|
|1986||Airwolf||Herb Waldron||Episode: "Little Wolf"|
|1986||The A-Team||Episode: "The Theory of Revolution"|
|1986–1987||One Life to Live||Charles Sanders, III||Featured Role|
|1988||Ohara||Austin Snyder||Episode: "Last Year's Model"|
|1988||Aaron's Way||Coach Grady||Episode: "New Patterns"|
|1988||1st & Ten: The Championship||Mal Hutchins||Episode: "Caught in the Draft"|
|1989–1991||The Young and the Restless||Robert Laurence||6 episodes|
|1990||Baywatch||Bucky||Episode: "Shark Derby"|
|1991–1992||The Bold and the Beautiful||Blake Hayes||30 episodes|
|1992||Wings||Dr. Lasker||Episode: "Noses Off"|
|1994||One West Waikiki||Mr. Dineheart||Episode: "Along Came a Spider"|
|1997||Babylon 5||Minister||Episode: "Intersections in Real Time"|
|2000||JAG||Bill Layton||Episode: "Real Deal SEAL"|
|2001||Disney's California Adventure TV Special||Made-for-television movie|
- Rosenberg, Eli (March 25, 2016). "Peter Brown, Star in TV Westerns and Soap Opera, Dies at 80". The New York Times. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
- Thomas, Bob (February 8, 1959). "Peter Brown Major Reason 'Lawman' Show Popular". Ocala Star-Banner. p. 11. Retrieved July 14, 2012.
- "Peter Brown Biography". Official Peter Brown Fan Site. Archived from the original on 2007-08-20.
- Aaker, Everett (2017). Television Western Players, 1960-1975: A Biographical Dictionary. McFarland & Company. p. 70. ISBN 978-1476662503.