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Thomas Brown
Born (1913-01-06)January 6, 1913
New York City, U.S.
Died June 3, 1990(1990-06-03) (aged 77)
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Lung cancer
Years active 1924–1979
Spouse(s) Natalie Draper (1937–1939)[1]
Children Chris Brown, Cathleen Brown, Tuttle Brown [2]

Thomas Edward Brown (January 6, 1913 – June 3, 1990) was an American child model, and later a film and television actor.


Brown was born Thomas Edward Brown, the son of William Harold (Harry) Brown and his wife, Marie Francis Brown, in New York City. As a child model from the age of two years, Brown posed as Buster Brown, the Arrow Collar Boy and the Buick boy.[3] Brown was educated at the New York Professional Children's School. He was carried on stage in his mother's arms when he was only six months old.

As an actor, he is probably best remembered for playing the title role in The Adventures of Smilin' Jack and as Gilbert Blythe in the 1934 version of Anne of Green Gables. Later he appeared on Gunsmoke, General Hospital and Days of Our Lives. He also had a recurring role as Lt. Rovacs in Mr. Lucky.[citation needed]

He enlisted in the US Army in World War II where in three years he rose from Private to Lieutenant serving in France as a paratrooper where he was awarded a French Croix de Guerre and a Bronze Star Medal.[4] He was promoted to Captain with the 40th Infantry Division.[5] He served during the Korean War with the 40th Infantry Division where he reached the rank of lieutenant colonel.[6] Brown died in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, aged 77.

Partial filmography

  • Queen High (1930)
  • Tom Brown of Culver (1932)
  • Hell's Highway (1932)
  • The Famous Ferguson Case (1932)
  • Laughter in Hell (1933)
  • Central Airport (1933)
  • Three-Cornered Moon (1933)
  • This Side of Heaven (1934)
  • Two Alone (1934)
  • Judge Priest (1934)
  • Anne of Green Gables (1934)
  • The Witching Hour (1934)
  • Mary Jane's Pa (1935)
  • Black Sheep (1935)
  • I'd Give My Life (1936)
  • And Sudden Death (1936)
  • Gentle Julia (1936)
  • Jim Hanvey, Detective (1937)
  • That Man's Here Again (1937)
  • Maytime (1937)
  • In Old Chicago (1937)
  • The Man Who Cried Wolf (1937)
  • Navy Blue and Gold (1937)
  • Goodbye Broadway (1938)
  • Merrily We Live (1938)
  • The Duke of West Point (1938)
  • These Glamour Girls (1939)
  • Niagara Falls (1941)
  • Three Sons o' Guns (1941) Eddie
  • There's One Born Every Minute (1942)
  • The Payoff as Guy Norris (1943)
  • Let's Get Tough! (1942)
  • Youth on Parade (1942)
  • The Adventures of Smilin' Jack (1943) serial
  • Buck Privates Come Home (1947)
  • Duke of Chicago (1949)
  • I Killed Wild Bill Hickok (1956)
  • The Quiet Gun (1957)
  • Official Detective episode: 'The People vs. Al Nikoloff" as Novak (1958)


  3. Tom Brown Dies at 75; Actor on 'Gunsmoke',; accessed April 2, 2014.
  4. p.4 Manners, Dorothy Hollywood in The Milwaukee Sentinel June 12, 1946
  5. Page 25 The Bakersfield California January 9, 1950
  6. Tom Brown at AllMovie

Further reading

  • Holmstrom, John (1996). The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995, Norwich, Michael Russell, p. 58.
  • Dye, David (1988). Child and Youth Actors: Filmography of Their Entire Careers, 1914-1985. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 1988, p. 28-29.

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