Olivia Brown

Olivia Margarette Brown (born April 10, 1960) is an American actress, best-known for her role as detective Trudy Joplin in the NBC crime drama series Miami Vice (1984–1989).

Olivia Brown
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Brown in 2007
Olivia Margarette Brown

(1960-04-10) April 10, 1960 (age 60)
Years active1979–present
(m. 1983; div. 1985)

James Okonkwo
RelativesSteve Brown (brother)

Life and careerEdit

Brown was born in Frankfurt, West Germany, and raised in Livonia, Michigan. Her family eventually moved to California, where she graduated from Santa Monica High School.[1][2]

Brown made her big screen debut appearing in an supporting role in the 1982 action comedy film 48 Hrs..[3] She later appeared in Streets of Fire (1984), Throw Momma from the Train (1987), Identity Crisis (1989), Man's Best Friend (1993) and All Tied Up (1994). From 1984 to 1989, she starred as Detective Trudy Joplin in the NBC crime drama series Miami Vice.[4]

Brown guest-starred on T.J. Hooker, The Love Boat, Family Matters, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Sister, Sister. She had a recurring roles on Hill Street Blues, Designing Women,[5] Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Beverly Hills, 90210, Moesha and 7th Heaven. Brown also was regular in the NBC sitcom Dear John from 1990 to 1991.[6][7]

Personal lifeEdit

Olivia was married to Mykelti Williamson for two years, from 1983 until their divorce in 1985.[8] She is currently married to James Okonkwo, with whom she has two children.

Her brother is Steve Brown, who played for the Houston Oilers of the NFL during the late 1980s.[9]


  1. ^ "Olivia Brown's Biography". www.oliviabrown.net. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  2. ^ "Olivia Brown Biography (1960?-)". www.filmreference.com.
  3. ^ Maslin, Janet (December 8, 1982). "NICK NOLTE AND EDDIE MURPHY IN '48 HOURS'". The New York Times. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  4. ^ Aitchison, Diana (March 12, 1986). "'MIAMI VICE' STAR OLIVIA BROWN HELPS RAISE $1,000 FOR CHARITY". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  5. ^ O'Connor, John J. (January 1, 1990). "Review/Television; The Birth Rate Is Rising Sharply As Networks Court Baby Boomers". The New York Times. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  6. ^ "`VICE` COP JOINS `DEAR JOHN`". Chicago Tribune. October 21, 1990. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  7. ^ Company, Johnson Publishing (February 11, 1991). "Jet". Johnson Publishing Company – via Google Books.
  8. ^ Day, Carol (January 26, 1998). "Bubba Busted". People. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  9. ^ "Bears` defensive tackle Steve McMichael noted whimsically..." Chicago Tribune. October 12, 1986. Retrieved November 18, 2016.

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