Peter Brown (1935 - 2016)

Peter Brown, an actor who was known best for his work on television Western series and soap operas, has died, according to multiple news sources. He was 80.

Brown died Tuesday. No cause of death was immediately available.

The actor co-starred on TV’s “Lawman,” which ran from 1958 to 1962, playing the young Deputy Johnny McKay alongside John Russell, who played Marshal Dan Troop. Brown co-starred on “Laredo,” which ran from 1965 to 1967. In addition to acting on many other TV Westerns, he appeared on three soap operas: “Days of Our Lives,” “The Young and the Restless,” and “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

Brown’s acting career wasn’t limited to the small screen. He appeared in more than three dozen motion pictures including “No Time for Sergeants” (1958), “Kitten With a Whip” (1964), “Chrome and Hot Leather” (1971), and “The Wedding Planner” (2001).

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Brown was born Peter Lynn Delapp Oct. 5, 1935, in New York, New York. He served in the U.S. Army with the 2nd Infantry Division, based in Alaska. While in the service, he entertained his fellow troops by writing, directing, and acting in plays. After his honorable discharge, he studied acting at the University of California at Los Angeles.

“Every actor likes to work,” he once said. “But there are different qualities of work. I’ve gone to the Philippines to make war movies in the jungles and swamps with leeches, and I’ve ridden horses playing cowboys and Indians. I’ve lots of different kinds of work, and I am grateful for all of it.”

Brown is survived by his fifth wife, Kerstin Kern; a daughter, Christie McBride; two sons, Matthew Brown and Peter Brown; and three grandchildren.

Brown was a lifelong cowboy and an avid horse lover, his family said. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the Brown family asked fans to make donations in honor of the actor's life to The Horse Shelter in New Mexico.

More information on Peter Brown’s life is available at his official fan website.

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