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Brent Briscoe
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Born (1961-05-21)May 21, 1961
Died October 18, 2017(2017-10-18) (aged 56)
Occupation Actor, writer
Years active 1991–2017

Brent Briscoe (May 21, 1961 – October 18, 2017) was an American character actor and screenwriter. He was best known for his role as JJ on Parks and Recreation (2011-2015).

Early life

Briscoe was born in Moberly, Missouri. After completing his education at the University of Missouri, Briscoe launched his career as a theater actor.


He then segued into screenwriting and acting in feature films. He moved to Los Angeles permanently after working with Billy Bob Thornton on Sling Blade. He also frequently worked with Mark Fauser, who was his college roommate.


Briscoe was hospitalized in October 2017 after suffering a fall. It led to internal bleeding and heart complications that resulted in his death on October 18, 2017, at the age of 56.

Filmography as actor

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Ghost Brigade Raider #2
1996 Sling Blade 'Scooter' Hodges
1997 U Turn Boyd
1998 Another Day in Paradise Clem
Break Up County Sheriff #2
A Simple Plan Lou Chambers
1999 The Minus Man Chief of Police
The Thirteenth Year John 'Big John' Wheatley Television film
Crazy in Alabama Jury Foreman, Voice of Chester Vinson
The Green Mile Bill Dodge
Man on the Moon Heavyset Technician
2000 Beautiful Lurdy
2001 Double Take Junior Barnes
Madison Tony Steinhardt
Driven 'Crusher'
Say It Isn't So Detective Vic Vetter
Mulholland Drive Detective Neal Domgaard
The Majestic Sheriff Cecil Coleman
2002 It's All About You Bathroom Patron
Waking up in Reno Russell Whitehead
Journey of Redemption Badge
2003 The Big Empty Dan
2004 Spider-Man 2 Garbageman
2005 Twitches Painter TV movie
House The Farmer Episode: "Three Stories"
2006 Bon Cop, Bad Cop Judd
Bachelor Party Vegas Mel 'Big Gut Mel' Video
2007 The Messengers Plume
In the Valley of Elah Detective Hodge
Mr. Woodcock Barber #2
Home of the Giants Prock
Randy and the Mob Griff Postell
National Treasure: Book of Secrets Michael O'Laughlen
2008 Crazy Doug Johnson
Black Crescent Moon Earl
Yes Man Homeless Guy
2009 The Smell of Success Shotgun Farmer
The Grind Brent B.
Extract Phil
2010 The Killer Inside Me Bum / The Stranger / Visitor
Bloodworth Coble
Dirty Girl Officer Perry
2011–2015 Parks and Recreation JJ Recurring role
2012 Jayne Mansfield's Car Bobby
The Dark Knight Rises Veteran Cop
Born Wild Kyle Rich
Ambush at Dark Canyon Morgan Heinz
2013 Beneath Mundy
2013-2014 Hell on Wheels Jimmy 'Two Squaws' Guest role
2014 Zombeavers Winston Gregorson
Atlas Shrugged Part III: Who Is John Galt? Dispatcher
Hello, My Name Is Frank Puggis Tripp
2015 Justified Luther Kent Episode: "Noblesse Oblige"
2016 Term Life Officer Murphy
2017 Twin Peaks Detective Dave Macklay Recurring role
2017 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Matthew Langdon Last role
Episode: "Crime & Punishment"

Filmography as writer

  • Evening Shade (2 episodes, 1994)
  • The Right to Remain Silent (1996) (teleplay)
  • Waking Up in Reno (2002)
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