Philip James Brown III died on Monday, May 28, 2018, on Martha’s Vineyard after a heroic battle with prostate cancer. He was 61.
A dreamer in the best sense of the word, warm and giving and emotional, P.J. believed life was wonderful. He found his greatest joy in spending time with his wife of 24 years, Beck, and their daughter Michaela. A summer Islander since the 1960s, P.J. was an honorary member of the Polar Bear Club, and would swim between the jetties at Inkwell Beach in Oak Bluffs come rain or shine.
Born on Staten Island, N.Y., to Philip and Eileen Brown, he grew up in Venezuela, Belgium, and New Jersey, and was a graduate of Boston College, where he discovered his love of acting. P.J. worked regionally as an actor all over the country, and was a member of the Blue Light Theatre Company, where he was directed by Joanne Woodward. He went to Broadway with Steppenwolf’s “The Grapes of Wrath,” which won a Tony Award. Beyond his many theatrical achievements, P.J. found the greatest reward was in connecting with people: “You’ll never remember the specific lines you had in a play, but you will always remember the people you laughed with backstage.”
In 2005, P.J. moved his family to Santa Monica, Calif., where he worked as an actor in TV, film, theater, and voiceover. His most recent work was narrating the “King Tut Exhibit: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh,” which will be shown around the world.
P.J. is survived by his mother, his brother Barry, sisters Suzanne, Lisa, and Victoria, and his wife and daughter. He is predeceased by his father Philip Brown Jr. and sister Kathleen.
The family requests that donations be made in P.J.’s name to the Actors Fund, actorsfund.org. Celebrations of P.J.’s life are being planned in Morristown, N.J., on July 19, and in Santa Monica, Calif., at a future date.