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Rembrandt Brown (born March 4, 1955) was a fictional characterplayed by Cleavant Derricks on the science fiction television show Sliders. In 1994, Rembrandt was living in San Francisco. Rembrandt is a musician who was often called "The Crying Man" because he cried real tears on stage.
Rembrandt was going to make a comeback on September 27, 1994 when he was going to sing the national anthem at a San Francisco Giants baseball game. On his way to the stadium, Rembrandt was pulled into Quinn Mallory's sliding vortex along with his Cadillac. Rembrandt was the only of the original four sliders who did not choose to slide and at the beginning he strongly resented Quinn for accidentally pulling him into the vortex. However, Quinn and Rembrandt later became good friends.
Wade and Rembrandt were able to slide to Earth Prime in 1997 or 1998. However, the Kromaggs quickly took over that world and captured them. The Kromaggs threatened to send Wade to a breeder camp on another world if he didn't tell them how to find Quinn, whose independent development of sliding would allow them to invade their own homeworld, Kromagg Prime. Rembrandt didn't tell them what he didn't know, so Wade was sent to the breeder camp. A month after Wade was taken, Quinn and fellow slider Maggie Beckett freed Rembrandt from the Kromagg prison. After this experience he had strong guilty feelings towards what happened to Wade, as well as anger toward the Kromaggs.
Rembrandt is the only character who stayed in the show from the first to the last episode. He had to see the death of Maximilian Arturo as well as deal with the fates of Wade Welles and Quinn and Colin Mallory .
In the final episode, "The Seer ", Rembrandt found a biological weapon there which he intended to use against the Kromagg invaders on Earth Prime. At the same time, a psychic (who already knew a lot about the Sliders, suggesting the psychic's powers might be real) predicted that the next time the Sliders would slide they would die. Rembrandt decided to slide alone for this slide so the others (Maggie, Diana Davis, and Mallory, a non-lookalike of Quinn) would not have to risk their lives. They believed they might have altered the future predicted by the psychic by having only Rembrandt slide instead of all four of them. Alas, the seer died before he could answer them.
Rembrandt's fate and the fate of Earth Prime was to be part of a cliffhanger season finale, which turned out to be a series finale, so the cliffhanger was not resolved and the fates of Rembrandt and earth prime were never revealed.
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