Phil Brown was born 4/30/1916 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He first appeared in the 1941 film 'I Wanted Wings'. In 1952 he help found the Actors Laboratory, and although he was not a Communist, he was blacklisted. Former actor Ronald Reagan had a role in that, as did J. Edgar Hoover.
As a result, he and his family moved to England in order to resume his acting career.
In 1977 he was cast as Owen Lars for the original Star Wars movie.
Brown died on 2/9/2006 from pneumonia.
Below is a photo of Mr. Brown that I took in Plano, TX in 1997 (you can see his wife Ginny beside him).