James Martin Brown (December 16, 1946 – January 28, 2010) passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by friends and family. James is survived by his wife Linda; son Jesse; parents James and Betty; sisters Sharon and Rita; and his brother Richard.
In a career spanning over three decades, he worked on such films as Stand By Me, When Harry Met Sally, A Few Good Men, and O Brother, Where Art Thou? Jimmy loved traveling and spent many wonderful vacations in Hawaii and Costa Rica with his family and friends. Brown” the opportunity to travel, live and love like few others have before.
In 1993, while filming The Getaway, Jimmy was called upon for what he would forever refer to as his ‘starring role.’ During an intense gun battle at the climax of the movie, it was decided that in order to lighten the tension, some comic relief should be added. When the decision was made to have a partially naked man pop out of a hotel room door into the path of lead actress Kim Basinger during a particularly intense moment, Ms. Basinger knew just the man for the job. And so Jimmy was summoned from his truck, given a bath towel, and led into the battle. The scene wound up making it into the final cut, and he always loved to brag about his almost-nude scene with Kim Basinger.
James’ family would like to thank all of his fellow Teamsters for being part of such a wonderful organization that allowed “Downtown Jimmy Brown” the opportunity to travel, live and love like few others have before.
“He was big as a mountain, solid as a rock, and the kindest friend anyone could ever have,” said Steve Nicolaides, Line Producer who worked with him on A Few Good Men, Boyz in da Hood, and Stand By Me.