— Reb Brown, any movieReb Brown is a former American football player who later went on to become an actor known for his roles in various low budget action movies. He is most famous for his role as David Ryder in Space Mutiny which was featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000.He seems to have only two settings as an actor. On one hand, you have the emotionally sappy everyman Reb Brown who just wants a normal life (as caretaker of his mentally handicapped friend in Cage, a soldier telling a little Vietnamese boy about Disneyland in Strike Commando, or a wandering artist who just wants to see America in Captain America (1979)). Then you have the Reb Brown who breaks loose and BLOWS SHIT UP! Its not uncommon to see both performances in the exact same movie.A popular subject on The Spoony Experiment. Though he loves poking fun at the films, Noah "Spoony" Antwiler has said that he really does love Reb as an actor and thinks he could have been one of the big action stars if only he'd had better roles.
Movies starring Reb Brown
- Yor: The Hunter from the Future
- Made for TV Movie: Captain America and its sequel, Captain America II: Death Too Soon
- Space Mutiny
- Strike Commando
- Uncommon Valor
- Mercenary Fighters
- Cage II: The Arena Of Death
- Howling II: Stirba: Werewolf Bitch
- Last Flight To Hell
- Night Claws (most recent film)
- Death of a Soldier
Tropes associated with Red Brown and his characters:
- Bond One-Liner: After pinning an enemy soldier to a wall with a thrown knife: "Don't move." A running joke on The Spoony Experiment has Spoony repeatedly pointing out that Reb's characters always follow up a major kill with unremarkable non sequiturs rather than bad-ass one-liners."These Russian dentists... they do good work."
- The Danza:
- As Reb Gustafson in the Miami Vice episode "Viking Bikers from Hell" .
- Oddly inverted in Last Flight to Hell, where "Reb" is the name of co-star Chuck Connors' character.
- Jerk Jock: One of his first roles was in the B-horror movie Ssssssss! He plays a football player with severe anger issues who runs afoul of a Mad Scientist with a collection of venomous snakes, one of which he introduces to Reb while he's showering. Cue the Oh Crap! and the manly screaming.
- More Dakka: In Robowar, he and his team (the Big Ass Motherfuckers) fire randomly into the woods... every six minutes or so. It happens again in some of the other films, like Strike Commando and Mercenary Fighters.
- Playing Against Type:
- He's known for playing Screaming Warrior type guys, but in Death Of A Soldier he plays Eddie Leonski, the Brownout Strangler, in a much more quiet but definitely insane role that's definitely less screamy more flatout insanity, and in the film Night Claws, where he plays a quiet, small town sheriff.
- His two Captain America films are easily the most mellow portrayal the character has ever had, not raising his voice once.
- Reclusive Artist: According to IMDB, it's been 13 years since he's been on-screen, until 2012 where he returned with the direct-to-DVD horror film Night Claws.
- Romance on the Set: Reb met and fell in love with his wife Cissie Cameron on the set of Space Mutiny.
- Screaming Warrior: Reb's signature move is to unleash a primal scream at a climactic moment. Strangely, his scream is unusually high-pitched and shrill for a beefy action star. It's anyone's guess why, but it works.
- Shouting Shooter: The GOD of this trope.Spoony: There really is no middle ground in Reb Brown's acting, is there? He's either barely awake or HOWLING LIKE A BERSERKER!
- Testosterone Poisoning: