For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday April 15, 2007 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 48 words Type of Material: Correction
Browne obituary: An obituary of actor Roscoe Lee Browne that appeared in Thursday's California section said he won the 1951 world championship in the 800-yard dash. According to USA Track and Field, he was the national Amateur Athletic Union indoor champion at 1,000 yards in 1950 and 1951.
Having contributed his substantial talents to many genres, Roscoe Lee Browne established himself as one of the great actors of the 20th century.
Most of the performances are very good, especially Wayne and the boys that make up most of the cast. Probably the best acting in the film was accomplished by Roscoe Lee Browne, who creates a completely believable, three-dimensional character. Sarah Cunningham is very good as Wil’s wife Annie, but Slim Pickens gives us nothing more than his usual self as local bar owner Anse Peterson and Colleen Dewhurst has a short, wasted performance as Kate Collingwood, the Madam of a traveling cathouse. The most disappointing performance, unfortunately, is Bruce Dern whose sneering, one-note villain is almost laughable.
Roscoe Lee Browne was born on May 2, 1922 in Woodbury, New Jersey. He was the fourth son of a Baptist minister, Sylvanus S. Browne, and his wife Lovie Browne. He first attended historically black Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, where he became a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity and graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1946.