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'The Thorn Birds' "Luke O'Neill": Where Is Bryan Brown Now?

Rachel Ward as "Meggie" and Bryan Brown as "Luke" in "The Thorn Birds".
August 14, 2020 - 15:40 / Marion Wierl

In 1983, Bryan Brown portrayed the migrant worker "Luke O'Neill" in a very popular Australian-American television miniseries. The Thorn Birds was eventually even nominated for a Golden Globe and an Emmy, but what happened to Bryan Brown after the tremendous success of The Thorn Birds? Find out here!

Bryan Brown was born on June 23, 1947, in Panania, Australia. The actor has performed in over 80 film and television productions since the start of his career. Learn more about The Thorn Birds star "Luke O'Neill" here!

The Thorn Birds star "Luke O'Neill" 

After the big success of The Thorn Birds, the Australian actor Bryan Brown took on the leading role of "Rollie Tyler" in the thriller F/X (1986) and in the sequel F/X2 (1991). Later on, he scored roles in movies like Cocktail (1988) starring alongside Tom Cruise and Gorillas in the Mist (1988) alongside Sigourney Weaver.

After the successful 1980s, Brown started into the new decade with movies like A Perfect Murder (1991). All through the 1990s, he mostly appeared in a number of different movies for television.

Bryan Brown: Still a busy actor

In the year 2000, the Australian then convinced the critics again, however, this time with his performance in the thriller Risk, for which he was nominated for an award by the "Film Critics Circle of Australia"

In the 2000s, Bryan Brown was also featured in well-known movies like Along Came Polly (2004) and Australia (2008) as well as playing supporting roles in TV shows like The Good Wife (2012). More recently, he shot the movies Sweet Country (2017), Australia Day (2017), and Peter Rabbit (2018), in which he played the leading role each time. Brown's most recent on-screen appearance was in the television series Bloom as "Ray Reed" from 2019 to 2020. 

In real life, "Luke" actually married his co-star from The Thorn BirdsRachel Ward (62), who we all know and love as "Meggie Cleary". The couple tied the knot in 1983 and they have two daughters and a son. We wish nothing but this best for this talented couple!