Walter Brennan Biography

Place of Birth: Swampscott, Massachusetts
Height: 5' 11" (1.80 m)
Wiki Biography: In many ways the most successful and familiar character actor of American sound films and the only actor to date to win three Oscars for Best Supporting Actor, Walter Brennan attended college in Cambridge, Massachusetts, studying engineering. While in school he became interested in acting and performed in school plays. He worked some in vaudeville and also in various jobs such as clerking in a bank and as a lumberjack. He toured in small musical comedy companies before entering the military in 1917. After his war service he went to Guatemala and raised pineapples, then migrated to Los Angeles, where he speculated in real estate. A few jobs as a film extra came his way beginning in 1923, then some work as a stuntman. He eventually achieved speaking roles, going from bit parts to substantial supporting parts in scores of features and short subjects between 1927 and 1938. In 1936 his role in Come and Get It (1936) won him the very first Best Supporting Actor Academy Award. He would win it twice more in the decade, and be nominated for a fourth. His range was enormous. He could play sophisticated businessmen, con artists, local yokels, cowhands and military officers with apparent equal ease. An accident in 1932 cost him most of his teeth, and he most often was seen in eccentric rural parts, often playing characters much older than his actual age. His career never really declined, and in the 1950s he became an even more endearing and familiar figure in several television series, most famously "The Real McCoys" (1957). He died in 1974 of emphysema, a beloved figure in movies and TV, the target of countless comic impressionists, and one of the best and most prolific actors of his time.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Westerner Judge Roy Bean 1940 Drama
Northwest Passage 'Hunk' Marriner 1940 Action
The Real McCoys Grandpa Amos McCoy 1960 - 1961 Comedy
The Guns of Will Sonnett Will Sonnett 1967
Barbary Coast Old Atrocity 1975 - 1976 Adventure
How the West Was Won Col. Jeb Hawkins 1979 Fantasy
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Texas Cyclone 1932
Two-Fisted Law 1932 Action, Romance
Baby Face 1933 Drama
The Wedding Night 1935 Drama, Romance
Man on the Flying Trapeze 1935 Comedy
Alice Adams 1935 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Barbary Coast Old Atrocity 1935 Adventure, Drama, Romance
These Three 1936 0
Three Godfathers 1936
Come and Get It Swan Bostrom 1937 Drama
The Cowboy and the Lady 1938 Biography, 0
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Muff Potter 1938 Family, Adventure
The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle 1939 Musical, Romance
Stanley and Livingstone 1939 Adventure, Drama, History
The Westerner Judge Roy Bean 1940 0, Fantasy, Biography
Northwest Passage Hunk Marriner 1940
Meet John Doe 1941 Biography, 0
Sergeant York Pastor Rosier Pile 1941 Action, Drama
Swamp Water 1942 Drama
Hangmen Also Die 1943 Thriller
Home in Indiana J.P. "Thunder" Bolt 1944
Dakota Captain Bounce 1945
To Have and Have Not Eddie 1945 Adventure, Romance, Thriller
The North Star 1945 Drama, Musical, Romance
The Princess and the Pirate Featherhead 1945 Adventure, Comedy, Romance
My Darling Clementine Old Man Clanton 1946 0
Nobody Lives Forever Pop Gruber 1946
Red River Nadine Groot 1948 Fantasy, 0
Task Force Pete Richard 1949
A Ticket to Tomahawk 1950 Comedy, Music
Along the Great Divide 1951 Adventure, Romance
The Far Country 1954 0, Biography, Fantasy
Bad Day at Black Rock Doc Velie 1955 Comedy, 0, Fantasy
Blood on the Moon Kris Barden 1956
Come Next Spring Jeff Storys 1956
Good-bye, My Lady 1956 Drama
Tammy and the Bachelor 1957 Musical, Romance
Rio Bravo Stumpy 1959 Romance, Drama
How the West Was Won Col. Jeb Hawkins 1962 0, Fantasy
The Oscar 1966 Drama
Who's Minding The Mint? Pop Gillis 1967 0
The Gnome-Mobile 1967 Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Support Your Local Sheriff! Pa Danby 1969 Comedy
The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band 1969 Comedy, Drama, Family