Thomas Martell Brimm (Cutler)
Brimm is an international artist, who first appeared on stage in New Orleans,
at the age of nine, in his preacher, teacher, and bandleader father’s
minstrel shows. A member of Joseph Papp’s Black and Hispanic Shakespeare
Company he began his acting career on stage in San Francisco where he co-starred
with Howard Hessman in Jack Gelber’s “The Connection.”
He has performed on the legitimate stage in 45 productions, toured throughout
America, Africa, Europe, Brazil, Haiti, and Venezuela as an actor, director,
His Broadway credits include “The Iceman Cometh” with Jason Robards, and “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” with Theresa Merritt. Off-Broadway, he created the roles of: ‘Doug Jenkins’ in “Ahead of the Hitter” at the Triangle Theatre, ‘Mank’ in Rochelle Owens’ “Beclech” at the Gate Theatre, ‘Jake’ in “Hunter” at the Actor’s Studio, ‘Sam’
in Athol Fugard’s “Nongogo” at the Manhattan Theatre Club, ‘Samson’ in Elaine Jackson’s “Cockfight” at the American Place Theatre, ‘Dude’ in “On The Lock-In”,
‘The Farmer’ in Tsaki Shanga’s Adaptation of “Mother Courage” and Shakespeare & Chaucer in “Cities In Besique” at Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival / Public Theatre, ‘Doug’ in Horton Foote’s “Dividing the Estate” at Princeton’s McCarter Theatre.
Thomas toured 12 European countries as ‘Big Daddy’ in “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof,”
17 states as ‘Parker’ in Lonnie Elder’s “Ceremonies In Dark Old Men,” and 35 colleges as ‘Elijah Muhammad’ in “When The Chickens Come Home To Roost.” In New York City, Thomas served as Artistic Director for Hospital Audiences, Cell Block Theatre. And he also served as Artistic Director for Theatre Of The Streets, which he established in Manhattan’s East Village with a grant from Pulitzer Prize winner, Charles Fuller, Jr. (“A Soldier’s Play”). As Artistic Director for The American Drama Group Europe in Munich, Germany, he directed American Classics in Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden, Norway, and the Virgin Islands.
Invited by David Langston Smyrl to join him in a writing-acting team at Gil Noble’s ABC TV show, “Like It Is” they wrote and performed four mini-dramas, directed by Thomas. Thomas Martell Brimm has written four plays for the stage. He recorded albums of his music for Richie Havens at MGM and for John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin. On television, he was featured in the movies, “A Simple Justice” with James Avery, Samuel L. Jackson, “The Temptations,” “Johnny Bull” with Jason Robards,
and the NBC After School Special, “Second Chances” with S. Epatha Merkerson.
In addition to voice-overs, his commercials include one for Mountain Dew that ran
on television in the USA, Europe, and on the Internet, and the longest running McDonald’s commercial, a take off on Abbott and Costello’s “Whose On First.”
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