Roscoe Lee Browne earned a master’s degree and began teach French and comparative literature. In 1951, he won the world championship in the 800-yard dash. This lead to a change in profession and in 1956 the decision to become an actor. With no training his voice and presence lead to a role in the newly formed New York Shakespeare Festival.
Roscoe Lee Browne began working on and off-Broadway until 1966 when he left the theater until 1983. By the end of the 60s he was making regular appearances in film. His roles ranged dramatic such as Hitchcock’s Topaz (1969), comedies like Dear God (1996), and blackplotations films such as the squeal to Super Fly (1972) – Super Fly T.N.T. (1973). Of course he was great in one of my favorites – The Cowboys (1972).
He was also a mainstay in 70s television on shows such as All in the Family and Good Times. He also replaced Robert Guillaume as the butler Benson on Soap (1977). He died of cancer on April 11, 2007.