Kevin Brownlow

Kevin Brownlow

Actor, Director, Writer


Kevin Brownlow is a multi-award winning British film director, historian, author, and archivist. He was born in London, England in 1938. He attended the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, and there discovered his passion for film. After leaving school, he began working as a film editor at age 16.

In 1958, at the age of 20, Brownlow made his directorial debut with the documentary short film ‘Look at Life’. This was followed by other short documentaries such as ‘The Elusive Pimpernel’ and ‘It Happened Here’. In 1965, he wrote, directed, and produced his first feature film, ‘Winston Churchill - The Valiant Years’.

In the 1970s, Brownlow became involved in the preservation and restoration of silent films. He worked closely with the British Film Institute to restore and preserve films from the silent era. In 1979, he founded the film restoration company Photoplay Productions. He was also involved in the preservation and restoration of the films of Abel Gance.

In 1980, Brownlow was awarded an Oscar for his documentary ‘Hollywood’. The film was a documentary about the history of Hollywood and its stars. It was also awarded a BAFTA, and received critical acclaim. He was also awarded an Emmy for his documentary ‘The Unknown File’.

In the 1990s, Brownlow wrote and directed the television series ‘Hollywood: A Celebration of the American Silent Film’. The series was nominated for several awards, including an Emmy. In 2000, he was awarded a BAFTA for his lifetime contribution to film restoration.

In 2004, Brownlow was awarded the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. This award is given to honor a person’s “outstanding achievement in producing films”.

In 2010, Brownlow was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and a Fellow of the British Film Institute. His work has been recognized and honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and the American Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Throughout his career, Brownlow has been an advocate for film preservation and restoration. He is considered one of the most influential figures in the


June 2, 1938

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