Peter Brown, known for his roles on ABC’s western series Lawman and NBC’s Laredo, died Monday at his home in Phoenix, AZ. A family friend announced Brown’s death on Twitter. He was 80.
Brown appeared in dozens of television shows throughout his decades long career, but is best known as Deputy Johnny McKay in ABC’s Lawman (1958-1962), and as Texas Ranger Chad Cooper on NBC’s Laredo (1965-1967). He also did crossovers with other western series as Johnny McKay, including Maverick, in the 1961 episode “Hadley’s Hunters.”
Born in New York City, Brown became involved in writing, directing and acting in plays to entertain the troops during his service in the U.S. Army 2nd Infantry Division. He later went on to appear in films including Red Nightmare and Darby’s Rangers as a contract player for Warner Bros. He also later appeared in Disney’s Summer Magic. His most recent film credit was Hell To Pay in 2005.
In the 1970s he appeared in several soap operas, including Days Of Our Lives in which he played Dr. Greg Peters from 1982-1979, and Young and the Restless as attorney Robert Laurence, along with One Life To Live and Bold and the Beautiful.