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This Sporting Life: A champion fullback for the Cleveland Browns from 1957 to 1965, Brown was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971. Brown never missed a game because of injury and was the all-time NFL career rushing leader when he retired.
Reel Life: Brown made his first screen appearance in the 1964 western "Rio Conchos." He had choice roles in the 1967 World War II hit "The Dirty Dozen" and the 1968 Cold War chiller "Ice Station Zebra."
In the 1970s, Brown became a mainstay of "blaxploitation" cinema, appearing in such films as "Slaughter," "Black Gunn" and "Three the Hard Way." Over the years, he' did episodic TV and appeared in such films as "The Running Man," "Mars Attacks" (far right) and Oliver Stone's "Any Given Sunday."