Way Back When... 1962
In July 1962, Spencer “Brandon Jr.” Maggart was born in Darien. He is the half brother of musician Fiona Apple and is the director of several of her videos.
Maggart’s father was born Roscoe Maggart Jr., in Carthage, Tenn., and is a famous actor. His acting career began in the early 1950s, at the University of Tennessee. He sang with the Knoxville Symphony and won a coveted Grace Moore Award for further study in New York. Once in New York, he won the Theatre World Award for his performance in the musical revue, “Put it in Writing.”
He appeared as Buddy in the “Buddy and Jim” sketches with James Catusi in the first season of “Sesame Street” in 1969. In 1970, he was nominated for a Tony Award for best performance by a featured actor in a musical for his role in “Applause.”
He played Cleveland Sam in “Dressed to Kill” and Harry Stadling in the cult film “Christmas Evil,” both in 1980. In 1982, he played Garp’s wrestling coach in “The World According to Garp.”
The year Spencer “Brandon Jr.” Maggart was born in Darien.
From 1984 to 1989, Maggart starred on the groundbreaking Showtime original comedy, “Brothers,” where he played eldest brother Lou Waters. For his role on “Brothers,” Maggart was nominated for four Cable ACE awards (for Best Actor in a Comedy Series) in 1985, 1986, 1988 and 1989.
Shortly after “Brothers” ended its run, Maggart appeared as Lynn Redgrave’s brother on the short-lived, and much talked about Jackie Mason sitcom, “Chicken Soup.” In 1990, he had a notable guest turn on the Fox sitcom “Babes,” playing the ex-husband of Susan Peretz’ character, Darlene Gilbert.
Since that time, Maggart has devoted much of his time to painting and writing. His paintings have been featured on the Venice (Calif.) Art Walk. His poem “Diversity in Venice” was read at the Venice Centennial in 2005.
His first book is an autobiographical trilogy/memoir called “Papa’s Footprint.” It tells the tale of a 4-million-year-old actor and father, from Africa to Broadway and Hollywood.
Maggart is married to LuJan Maggart. They have five children, Jennifer, Spencer, Justine (now deceased), Julienne and Garett. He has two daughters, Amber and Fiona Apple, with former singer Diane McAfee.
Spencer Maggart (also known as Brandon Jr.) is now a writer/director, and Garett Maggart has been a well-known TV and movie actor for many years, at times working with Brandon on some projects. Amber is better known in show business as cabaret singer Maude Maggart, and Fiona as singer Fiona Apple.
Brandon Jr. has directed videos for Apple’s songs, “Extraordinary Machine” (2005), “Parting Gift” (2005) and “Things That Go Bump” (1997).