Former vaudevillian, legit producer
Stephen Harris Brown, a former vaudevillian who later produced numerous plays on both coasts, died Jan. 13 in La Jolla of pneumonia, after suffering a stroke three years ago. He was 95.
Brown, a graduate of Pilsbury Military Academy in Owattona, Minn., joined an actors group that traveled to Washington state, where he began his vaudeville career.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps from 1942 until 1945.
Following the war, Brown performed in legit shows across the country, including “Inspector General” in Los Angeles and the Broadway and Chicago runs of “Galileo,” which starred Charles Laughton.
He also essayed roles in the films “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” “Hans Christian Anderson” and “Somebody Loves Me.”
Brown also produced more than 25 plays, including “Night of the Iguana,” “The Firebrand” and “Beckett.”
Preceded in death by his wife of 25 years, Marion Vencill, Brown is survived by two nieces, two nephews and his longtime companion, Andrew R. Kennedy.