Robert Brown (born Robin Adair MacKenzie Brown; November 17, 1926) is a television actor who was most active in the 1960s and 1970s.
Brown was born in Trenton, New Jersey. He served in the United States Navy during the last half of World War II.
Brown guest-starred on numerous television programs. He was cast in the role of Peter Coll in the two-part episode “The Mad Dog Coll Story” of the NBC series The Lawless Years, which was transmitted on July 28 and August 4, 1961. He made three guest appearances on Perry Mason: as Frank Sykes in the 1960 episode “The Case of the Larcenous Lady”, as Goring Gilbert in the 1963 episode “The Case of the Reluctant Model” (both of which were as the murderer) and as Tracey Walcott in the 1964 episode “The Case of the Sleepy Slayer”. He also appeared once on Bewitched, playing the role of the come-alive Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial statue in “Darrin on a Pedestal” which aired on October 22, 1970.
Brown had a starring role as the charismatic, fast-talking Jason Bolt in the 1968–70 ABC series Here Come the Brides, with costars Joan Blondell, David Soul, Bobby Sherman, Bridget Hanley and Mark Lenard. He also starred as Carter Primus in the 1971–72 syndicated sea adventure series Primus.
In 1962, he was cast as a reverend in an episode of the NBC western series Bonanza (“Blessed Are They”). Brown appeared as both of the two beings alternating in the character of Lazarus on the Star Trek episode “The Alternative Factor” (1967), being cast at the last minute when John Drew Barrymore failed to appear for shooting. His only feature film credits are the Science fiction film The Flame Barrier and the horror film Tower of London (1962). In 1975 Brown co-starred in the “Columbo” episode ‘Playback’.
Brown was a close friend of Carroll O’Connor and appeared in an episode of O’Connor’s series Archie Bunker’s Place in 1979 and an episode of In the Heat of the Night titled “Poor Relations,” which aired in 1994. He was not known to have done any on-camera work since that time.
According to TV producer Perry Lafferty, Brown was initially cast to play Steve McGarrett in the original Hawaii Five-O, but was replaced at the last minute by Jack Lord when producer Leonard Freeman decided Brown was not right for the role.
Brown has done voiceover work for radio and television. He is also a writer working on short stories and a novel.