For the British choral conductor, see Timothy Brown (Conductor).
Thomas Allen Brown (born May 24, 1937), known also as Timothy Brown and Timmy Brown, is a former professional American football player and actor.
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.
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.
Brown also served as a
color analyst for CBS NFL telecasts in 1973.
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 as Clint Cartwheel in the episode titled The Wild Wild West "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 and Zebra Force Doombeach. He also appeared in a half-dozen episodes of the first season of the television series as M*A*S*H 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. 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
, during which he sang a song of the same name. In addition, he made two guest appearances in the 1960s-1970s TV show I've Got A Secret and appeared in a Season 1 episode of Adam-12 .
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.