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Timothy Brown
No. 2, 22, 25     
Running back / Kick returner
Personal information
Date of birth: (1937-05-24) May 24, 1937 (age 85)
Place of birth: Richmond, Indiana, U.S.
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
College: Ball State
NFL Draft: 1959 / Round: 27 / Pick: 313
Debuted in 1959 for the Green Bay Packers
Last played in 1968 for the Baltimore Colts
Career history
* Green Bay Packers ( 1959)
Career highlights and awards
* 3× Pro Bowl selection (1962, 1965, 1966)
Stats at
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Thomas Allen Brown (born May 24, 1937), known also as Timothy Brown and Timmy Brown, is a former professional American football player and actor.

Early life

Brown was raised in Knightstown, Indiana. Brown is a 1955 graduate of Morton Memorial High School at the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Children's Home.

Football career

Brown played college football at Ball State University. As a pro (when he was known mainly as "Timmy" Brown), he played only a single game with the Green Bay Packers, eight seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and one season with the Baltimore Colts of the National Football League (NFL). His final game was Super Bowl III with the Colts.

Brown went to the Pro Bowl in 1962, 1963, and 1965. He is the only player in Philadelphia history to return a kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown, and the only Eagle (and the first of nine NFL players ever) to return two kickoffs, 90- and 93-yarders, for touchdowns in the same game.[2]

Brown also served as a color analyst for CBS NFL telecasts in 1973.

Acting career

Brown would use the name "Timothy Brown" as an actor, to make it easier to distinguish him from Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns running back who also became an actor.

Brown's acting career began while he was still an active player, with a guest appearance on the Season 3 premiere of The Wild Wild West as Clint Cartwheel in the episode titled "The Night of the Bubbling Death", which originally aired on September 8, 1967.

Following his retirement from the NFL, he became a full-time actor, appearing in such films as MASH, Nashville, Dynamite Brothers, Zebra Force and Doombeach. He also appeared in a half-dozen episodes of the first season of the M*A*S*H television series as Dr. Oliver Harmon "Spearchucker" Jones, but was dropped from the show reportedly because the producers learned there were no African American surgeons serving in Korea during the Korean War.[3] Along with Gary Burghoff, G. Wood, and Corey Fischer, he is one of only four actors who appeared in both the original MASH movie and the spin-off television series.

He made a guest appearance on I've Got A Secret, during which he sang a song of the same name. In addition, he made two guest appearances in the 1960s-1970s TV show Adam-12 and appeared in a Season 1 episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

In addition to his vocal contribution to the Nashville soundtrack, Brown also recorded with Imperial Records (Travis Music Co. & Rittenhouse Music, Inc.) "I Got Nothin' But Time" and "Silly Rumors". The songs were written by N. Meade and V. McCoy and produced and arranged by Jerry Ragavoy.


  1. Fleischman, Bill (November 20, 1990). "Tim Brown Will Become Next Addition To Eagles Honor Roll". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Interstate General Media. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
  2. "NFL Records & Fact Book – Kickoff returns". National Football League. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
  3. *Whitebols, James H. Watching M*A*S*H, Watching America: A Social History of the 1972-1983 Television Series, pg 17

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