Earl Jolly Brown

Earl Jolly Brown Biography

Earl Jolly Brown as Whisper

Edwin Earl “Jolly” Brown was an accomplished American actor, known for his versatile talent and extensive work in film and television.

Born on October 18, 1939, Brown lived a full life and left an enduring legacy in the entertainment industry after appearing in the 1973 Bond film Live and Let Die.

This was his most recognizable role, playing Dr Kananga’s butler and henchman Whisper, a in the iconic James Bond film.


Brown was equally talented in other films, making his presence felt with memorable performances in Black Belt Jones, Truck Turner and Linda Lovelace for President. He was also part of the acclaimed film, Beverly Hills Cop, alongside Eddie Murphy.

Aside from his work in films, Earl Jolly Brown was also a seasoned actor in television, bringing his distinct personality to popular shows like Perry Mason, The Odd Couple, and Laverne and Shirley.

Unfortunately, Brown passed away on August 26, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Nevertheless, he remains one of the most memorable characters of the James Bond franchise, and his work continues to be enjoyed and appreciated by audiences around the world.