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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 8, 2019 - 10:06 / Marion Wierl

In 1983, Bryan Brown portrayed the migrant worker "Luke O'Neill" in the 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.

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 next to Tom Cruise and Gorillas in the Mist (1988) alongside Sigourney Weaver.

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

Rachel Ward Husband Bryan Brown
Rachel Ward and her husband Bryan Brown

Bryan Brown: Still a busy actor

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

In the 2000's, 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.

Bryan Brown as "Luke O'Neill" in "The Thorn Birds"
Bryan Brown in The Thorn Birds.

In real life, Luke actually married his co-star from The Thorn BirdsRachel Ward (60), who we all know and love as  "Meggie Cleary". The couple tied the knot in 1983 and they have two daughters and a son.