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Also Known As: Tessa Brind, Smylla Brind, Tessa Brind Died: May 21, 1999
Born: March 24, 1928 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Austria Profession: actor, painter, journalist

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Thomas Wilson Brown was born in eastern Wyoming to a modern-day cowboy, and it was his father's occupation that paved the way for Brown's first role. After re-locating to New Mexico as a pre-teen, he was cast as Augie in Lawrence Kasdan's epic 1985 Western, "Silverado," thanks in large part to his horse-riding skills. Once he was planted onto casting directors' radars, a more central role in the TV Western "Louis L'Amour's Down the Long Hills" followed in 1986. But Westerns were not to be Brown's lot. He landed his best roles and gained his greatest exposure elsewhere, most definitively in 1989, when he played Little Russell Thompson, one of the shrunken victims in Disney's immense family hit "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids," with Rick Moranis. He followed up that role in 1990 co-starring with Winona Ryder and Jeff Daniels in "Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael," a dramatic comedy about the celebrity title character's anticipated arrival. On television, Brown's most substantial part was as a high school kid whose father beat him, a role that played out over the course of a late season of the vintage prime-time soap "Knots Landing." Since then, Brown's TV appearances have been spotty, among them guest spots on...

Thomas Wilson Brown was born in eastern Wyoming to a modern-day cowboy, and it was his father's occupation that paved the way for Brown's first role. After re-locating to New Mexico as a pre-teen, he was cast as Augie in Lawrence Kasdan's epic 1985 Western, "Silverado," thanks in large part to his horse-riding skills. Once he was planted onto casting directors' radars, a more central role in the TV Western "Louis L'Amour's Down the Long Hills" followed in 1986. But Westerns were not to be Brown's lot. He landed his best roles and gained his greatest exposure elsewhere, most definitively in 1989, when he played Little Russell Thompson, one of the shrunken victims in Disney's immense family hit "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids," with Rick Moranis. He followed up that role in 1990 co-starring with Winona Ryder and Jeff Daniels in "Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael," a dramatic comedy about the celebrity title character's anticipated arrival. On television, Brown's most substantial part was as a high school kid whose father beat him, a role that played out over the course of a late season of the vintage prime-time soap "Knots Landing." Since then, Brown's TV appearances have been spotty, among them guest spots on everything from the team drama "Beverly Hills, 90210" in 1993 to the procedural "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" in 2003. His dwindling film roles include a return-to-roots cameo in the 1995 Jeff Bridges-starring Western "Wild Bill" and co-starring and co-producing credits on the small 2011 thriller "The Mooring."

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Bless the Beasts & Children (1971) Mrs. Goodnenow
3.
 Rosie (1967) Edith Shaw
4.
 The Bad and the Beautiful (1953) Kay Amiel
5.
 The Basketball Fix (1951) Pat Judd
6.
 Three Husbands (1950) Mary Whittaker
7.
8.
 The Secret of St. Ives (1949) Flora Gilchrist
9.
 Big Jack (1949) Patricia Mahoney
10.
 The Heiress (1949) Maria
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Education

University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -

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husband:
Robert Allyn Franklyn. Plastic surgeon. Married and divorced in the 1950s.
husband:
Mark Sandrich Jr. Composer. Married in 1959; divorced; died of cancer in December 1995.

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father:
Nah Brind. Linguist. Held PhD.
mother:
Anna Brind. Psychologist.
father-in-law:
Mark Sandrich. Director. Helmed many of the RKO musicals starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
brother-in-law:
Jay Sandrich. Director.
son:
David Sandrich.
daughter:
Cathy Sandrich. Casting director.
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