(1922-2007) Roscoe Lee Browne was an American character actor and director known for his rich voice and dignified bearing. He resisted playing stereotypically black roles, instead performing in several productions with New York City’s Shakespeare Festival Theater, Leland Hayward’s satirical NBC series That Was the Week That Was, and a poetry performance tour of the United States in addition to his work in television and film. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Series for his work on ABC’s Barney Miller. In 1986, he won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series for his work on NBC’s The Cosby Show.

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Performed at The Grand – January 1996


is an American actor whose career spans more than seven decades. He has been described as “one of America’s most distinguished and versatile” actors for his performances in film, theater and television, and “one of the greatest actors in American history”. His rich and dynamic voice is recognized easily by multiple generations.

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Performed at The Grand – October 2007


(David Adkins) is an American actor and stand-up comedian, best known for his offbeat but clean approach to humor. Comedy Central ranks him one of the “100 Greatest Standups of All Time.”  His ability to react spontaneously to audiences in the middle of a routine is fascinating to observe.

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Performed at The Grand – October 2012, March 2012, April 2013, July 2015