William F. Brown II

Title: Artist, Writer

Location: Westport, Connecticut, United States

William F. Brown II, Artist and Writer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of artistry.

Mr. Brown became involved with his profession while attending a prep school in his younger years. After realizing that he was able to make a profit on his drawings, he submitted his artwork to the publication King Feature Syndicate. He received payment for the submission, which inspired him to sell his creations to other magazines. Furthermore, he pursued a formal education at Princeton University earning a Bachelor of Arts with cum laude honors in psychology in 1950. Consequently, he briefly worked as a staff writer at Look Magazine from 1950 to 1951, later becoming a talent agent for MCA for two years. During this time, he served in the United States Army achieving the rank of 1st Lieutenant, between 1951 and 1952.

Soon thereafter, Mr. Brown contributed as an agency television producer at BBDO between 1954 and 1962. He continued his freelance endeavors, serving as a writer and artists for a number of productions including Julius Monk, That Was the Week That Was, The Jackie Gleason Show, The Wiz, and the Max Liebman Spectaculars, between 1962 and 1975. Mr. Brown also contributed as an illustrator to numerous books and articles, as well as cartoons to popular magazines. The highlight of his career was receiving a Tony nomination in 1975 for his book, The Wiz. In addition to his Tony nomination, he was proud to have received the Drama Desk Award from the Drama Desk organization in 1975. Throughout his memorable life and career, Mr. Brown maintained affiliation with the American Society of Composers, the National Cartoonist Society, the Writers Guild of America, the Dramatists Guild, Artists and Writers, and Theatre Artists Workshop, until his death in 2019. An exceptional Marquis listee, he has been featured in editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Entertainment, Who’s Who in the East, and Who’s Who in the World.

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