When you hear of Grambling, Louisiana, most of the time you think instantly about Grambling State, the band and football. Ideally that is what should come to mind because they bring joy to our community. But Grambling produces so much more outside of football and the band. Jophery Brown is a prime example.
WHO IS JOPHERY BROWN?
Jophery Brown was born January 22, 1945 in Grambling, Louisiana. He attended Grambling High School and excelled at three sports. “Jap” as his friends refer to him went on to Grambling State University where he put up monstrous numbers for the baseball team at the time. Brown’s excellent career at Grambling got him a big time major league contract with the Chicago Cubs. Brown pitched in one career game September 21, 1968 with the Cubs. A torn rotator’s cup ended his career with the Chicago Cubs. After baseball, Brown took his talents to Hollywood, California and became one of the first African-American stunt men in Hollywood.
BROWN THE ACTOR
Brown’s first few gigs as an actor were some uncredited roles in Arrest and Trial(19640 and I-Spy(1965). Referencing IMDb.com, Brown has 42 credits to his name. Check out the list below and you didn’t even know it.
Emory ‘Champ’ Chambers, All-Star (3B) (as Jophery Brown)
Brown’s career as the legendary stuntman he became began in 1973. Over 30+ plus years in the game, he is credited with stunts in over 400 films and television shows. Brown had his hand in some of the biggest movies that we have all seen at some point in time. Those movies included “Scarface”, “Speed”, “Along came a Spider”, and many, many more. In his long career, Jophery has doubled legends such as Morgan Freeman, James Earl Jones, Denzel Washington, Bill Cosby, and Sidney Poiter. Brown earned some great awards such as the Taurus Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004 for his legendary career as one of the best stunt men to ever do it. Again this list is referenced from IMDb.com but should be accurate enough. Go ahead be amazed at some of the success a Grambling Native was a part of.
Prison Break (TV Series) (stunt double – 1 episode, 2006) (stunts – 1 episode, 2006)
As the Gatekeeper in the Opening Scene of “Jurassic Park”(1993)
Jophery Brown died January 11, 2014 in Newhall, California due to complications from some cancer treatment. He was 68 years old. Rest in Love from the Grambling family. You are Legend. You are #GRAMbition.
Jophery Brown is Grambling Legends Sports Hall of Fame