“Forgotten Hollywood”- Athlete, Activist, Actor…

Posted on May 20, 2023 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

“`Jim Brown was an all-pro football player, a civil rights activist and actor. He played for the Cleveland Browns from 1957 through 1965. Considered  the greatest running backs of all time, as well as one of the finest players in NFL history. He remains widely considered one of the greatest lacrosse players of all time.                                                      JIM BROWN –>

“`Brown was one of few athletes, and among the most prominent African Americans, to speak on racial issues as the civil rights movement was growing in the 1950s.  His participation with fellow activists, Malcom X, Muhammed Ali and Sam Cooke, was chronicled in Amazon Prime’s, One Night in Miami. Perceiving Brown and outspoken Black athletes as a threat,  the F. B. I. monitored Brown and his colleagues.

“`While still playing football, Brown began pursuing an acting career. His first role was in the western, Rio Concho.  He was joined by many of his Cleveland teammates at the premiere. His next part became his signature performance. The Dirty Dozen boasted an all-star cast, including Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan and Charles Bronson.  In 100 Rifles, he had a inter-racial love scene with Raquel Welch. And Brown appeared in Ice Station Zebra. On television, he guest-starred in I Spy, Police Story, CHiPS, T. J. Hooker, Knight Rider and The A-Team.

“`Brown posed nude for the September, 1974 issue of Playgirl magazine,  and was one of the rare celebrities to allow full-frontal nude photos to be used. He also worked as a color analyst on NFL telecasts for CBS in 1978, teaming with Vin Scully and George Allen. Brown’s gridiron career led to his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971.  ESPN SportsCentury in 1999 ranked him fourth among their Fifty Greatest Atheletes of the 20th Century, trailing only Muhammed Ali, Babe Ruth and Michael Jordan.

“`Jim Brown was eighty-seven.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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