graham_brown.jpgENGLEWOOD, New Jersey (AP) — Graham Brown, who appeared on stage at London's Globe Theatre and on television in Sanford & Son has died in New Jersey. He was 87.

Barbara Montgomery, who often appeared with Brown on the stage and had power of attorney on his behalf, said he died Dec. 13 of pulmonary failure at the Lillian Booth Actors' Fund Nursing Home in Englewood.

Montgomery said Brown was meticulous and was a gentleman.

Brown often appeared in stage productions of the New York-based Negro Ensemble Company and was a founding member of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.

He played a school principal on the 1970s sitcom Sanford & Son and a judge on Law & Order. He also had roles in movies, including Malcolm X, Clockers and The Muppets Take Manhattan.

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