- His father and grandfather served as U.S. Congressmen from Ohio.
- Attended Northwestern University on a track scholarship as a discus thrower.
- Made his film debut in 1983 as Viking Lofgren in Bad Boys, opposite a then-unknown Sean Penn.
- Some of his best known roles include the Kurgan in Highlander, Captain Hadley in The Shawshank Redemption and Brother Justin Crowe in Carnivale.
- Does extensive voice-over work, including Mr. Krabs on SpongeBob SquarePants.
- In 2002, became chairman of the board of the Brown Publishing Company, the newspaper business started by his grandfather in 1920.
- Has two children, a daughter and a son, with his wife Jeanne Johnson.
- Clarence J. Brown Jr. — Father
- Roy Brown — Brother
- Joyce Brown — Mother
- Clarence J. Brown Sr. — Grandfather
- Jeanne Johnson — Wife
- Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, United States (BS in Speech, 1981)
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