The Crown’s third season just concluded, but fans are already looking ahead to the fourth and final season coming soon to Netflix. All 10 episodes are set to be released , but who will join the cast this time around? The Crown has featured an array of historic figures over the course of its three seasons including Queen Elizabeth II herself, as played by Claire Foy and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret, also played by Olivia Colman in later seasons. Today’s latest casting news was revealed on Twitter when actor Clancy Brown tweeted that he would be portraying former president Lyndon B. Clancy Brown Crowns It Off As Lyndon B. Johnson In The Crown!
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A short history lesson
Lyndon B. Johnson was the president of the United States following Kennedy and was sworn in as president on November 22, 1963, just two hours after Kennedy’s assassination. He was a member of the Democratic Party and succeeded to the presidency from Vice President John F. Kennedy following his death. His tenure in office included both the height of the Civil Rights Movement and significant escalation of American involvement in the Vietnam War. Johnson has been ranked by historians as one of the top five presidents for civil rights, which include Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Harry S Truman and Johnson himself (just kidding). His work with passage of legislation such as Medicare, Medicaid and many others have had a lasting effect not only on social security but also health care in America today.
Clancy Brown played the president of the United States in The Crown TV series, following Kennedy’s death. After acting for thirty years, he has been known for many roles including Wargames and Highlander 2: The Quickening. He is also known for voicing the character of Mr. Krabs in Spongebob Squarepants from 1999-present and made his directorial debut with the film The Haunting Of Molly Hartley in 2008.
His role in ‘The Crown’
The Crown TV series is a Netflix original that stars Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II and Matt Smith as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The show is about the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940’s until the current day, with brief glimpses into the future following her life and marriage to Prince Philip. There are plenty of famous faces you’ll recognize too, including John Lithgow as Winston Churchill, Jeremy Northam as Anthony Eden and Michael Gambon as Harold Macmillan.
Final thoughts on the best Lyndon B. Johnson representation yet
Lyndon B. Johnson is one of the most important and influential presidents in American history, but he’s also a very complex character who often frustrates viewers with his indecisiveness and political maneuvering. Clancy Brown as LBJ is a perfect fit for the role because he captures LBJ’s contradictions and reflects our mixed feelings about him as a president.
A sneak peek at Season 4
We get to see what happens when a president loses their direction and is left rudderless for too long by losing their predecessor. But we also see that this new president’s strength of character is deep, and his drive to help the nation heal is unstoppable. Clancy Brown as Lyndon B. Johnson in The Crown makes for one of the most compelling characters on TV today, and it’s an honor to watch him create history.
Episode 5: Dear Mrs. Kennedy
In Episode 5, Clancy Brown as Lyndon B. Johnson shows the audience that he’s not a man to be trifled with, even at his most vulnerable moments. He is seen in his bedroom, reading aloud from a letter that John F. Kennedy had written to him and is clearly moved by it. His wife urges him to move on, but he refuses until he has finished reading the entire letter, not stopping until all of its words are spoken aloud and out loud to the world.
Episode 6: Beryl
Brown’s portrayal of the 37th president of the United States is so uncanny that it’s hard to tell if he was an actor playing Johnson or actually was LBJ himself. But, more importantly, it’s a testament to how well the actor captures his mannerisms and speech patterns that he could make such a convincing impersonation of him on screen, even though he only has around 10 minutes of screen time in this episode.
Episode 9: Smoke and Mirrors
The season finale was a fitting end to the series with many twists and turns in the plot line. I am so happy that they did not use British actors to fill the roles of US Presidents and First Ladies, it would have been too confusing for viewers who are not versed in British accents, it would have been hard to understand what was being said between characters like Jackie Kennedy or Marilyn Monroe; this way we can focus on the dialogue and actions of these iconic figures.
Frequently asked questions
Who is Clancy Brown?
Clancy Brown is best known for his role as the villainous Sheriff Charles Tipton in the popular series The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. and as the voice of Mr. Krabs on SpongeBob SquarePants. He has also starred in numerous other roles including Lex Luthor in Superman: The Animated Series and Zeddemore in Ghostbusters II, among others.
Who plays Lyndon B Johnson in the Crown?
Lyndon B. Johnson was the president of the United States following Kennedy, who was shot and killed in 1963. He took office on November 22, 1963 and passed away October 2, 1973 from a heart attack at age 66. Lyndon is played by American actor Clancy Brown in season 3 of The Crown
Who is Lyndon B Johnson in House of cards?
Lyndon Baines Johnson, often referred to as LBJ or simply LBJ, was the 36th President of the United States and a pivotal figure in American history for his role in passing both the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He is portrayed by Clancy Brown on House of Cards in Season 3.
Was LBJ on the Whitest Kids U’Know Johnson?
I know, I know, it’s a weird question. But I couldn’t help but wonder if LBJ was on the Whitest Kids U’Know when he was young? After all, they were a sketch comedy group that mostly performed live in the early 2000’s and covered topics like politics, race, pop culture, and other things that are relevant to today. It might not have been so strange for LBJ to have been in the group considering he is an actor as well as politician after all…