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Person Facts

Known Credits: 118

Birthday: 1894-07-25

Day of Death: 1974-09-21

Place of Birth: Lynn, Massachusetts, USA

Adult Actor: False

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Also Known As

  • Walter Andrew Brennan

Walter Brennan

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.

Acting
1972 Home for the Holidays as Benjamin Morgan
1972 Two for the Money as Cody Guilford
1971 Alias Smith and Jones - (3 episodes)
1970 The Over The Hill Gang Rides Again as Nash Crawford
1970 The Young Country as Sheriff Matt Fenley
1969 The Over-the-Hill Gang as Nash Crawford
1969 Support Your Local Sheriff as Pa Danby
1969 The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour - (2 episodes)
1968 The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band as Grandpa Bower
1967 Who's Minding The Mint? as Pop Gillis
1967 The Guns of Will Sonnett - (51 episodes)
1967 The Gnome-Mobile as D.J. Mulrooney
1966 The Oscar as Quentin
1965 Those Calloways as Alf Simes
1962 How the West Was Won as Col. Jeb Hawkins
1959 Rio Bravo as Stumpy
1957 The Real McCoys - (224 episodes) as Grandpa Amos McCoy
1957 Tammy and the Bachelor as John Dinwitty
1956 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show - (1 episode)
1956 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater - (2 episodes)
1956 The Proud Ones as Jake
1956 Good-bye, My Lady as Uncle Jesse Jackson
1956 Goodbye, My Lady
1956 Come Next Spring as Jeffrey Storys
1956 Glory as Ned Otis
1955 At Gunpoint as Bob Dennis
1955 Bad Day at Black Rock as Doc T.R. Velie Jr.
1954 Four Guns to the Border as Simon Bhumer
1954 The Far Country as Ben Tatum
1954 Drums Across the River as Sam Brannon
1952 Cavalcade of America - (1 episode)
1952 This Is Your Life - (1 episode)
1952 Lure of the Wilderness as Jim Harper
1952 Return of the Texan as Grandpa Firth Crockett
1951 The Wild Blue Yonder as Maj. Gen. Wolfe
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars - (3 episodes)
1951 Best of the Badmen as 'Doc' Butcher
1951 Along the Great Divide as Timothy 'Pop' Keith
1950 The Showdown as Cap MacKellar
1950 Curtain Call at Cactus Creek
1950 A Ticket to Tomahawk as Terence Sweeny
1950 Singing Guns as Dr. Jonathan Mark
1950 Surrender as Sheriff Bill Howard
1949 Task Force as Pete Richard
1949 Brimstone as Pop Courteen
1949 The Green Promise as Mr. Matthews
1948 Blood on the Moon as Kris Barden
1948 Red River as 'Groot' Nadine
1948 Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! as Tony Maule
1947 Driftwood as Murph
1946 My Darling Clementine as Old Man Clanton
1946 Nobody Lives Forever as Pop Gruber
1946 Centennial Summer as Jesse Rogers
1946 A Stolen Life as Eben Folger
1945 Dakota as Capt. Bounce of the Riverbird
1944 The Princess and the Pirate as Featherhead
1944 To Have and Have Not as Eddie
1944 Home in Indiana as J.F. "Thunder" Bolt
1943 Slightly Dangerous as Cornelius Burden
1943 Hangmen Also Die! as Prof. Stephen Novotny
1943 The North Star as Karp
1942 Stand by for Action as Chief Yeoman Henry Johnson
1942 The Pride of the Yankees as Sam Blake
1941 Rise and Shine as Grandpa
1941 Swamp Water as Tom Keefer
1941 Sergeant York as Pastor Rosier Pile
1941 Meet John Doe as The Colonel
1941 Nice Girl? as Hector Titus
1940 The Westerner as Judge Roy Bean
1940 Maryland as William Stewart
1940 Northwest Passage as 'Hunk' Marriner
1939 They Shall Have Music as Professor Lawson
1939 Stanley and Livingstone as Jeff Slocum
1939 The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle as Walter
1938 Kentucky as Peter Goodwin
1938 The Cowboy and the Lady as Sugar
1938 The Texans as Chuckawalla
1938 Mother Carey's Chickens as Ossian Popham
1938 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer as Muff Potter
1938 The Buccaneer as Ezra Peavey
1937 Affairs of Cappy Ricks as Cappy Ricks
1937 She's Dangerous as Ote O'Leary
1936 Banjo On My Knee as Newt Holley
1936 Come and Get It as Swan Bostrom
1936 Fury as 'Bugs' Meyers
1936 The Moon's Our Home as Lem
1936 These Three as Taxi Driver
1936 Three Godfathers as Gus
1935 Seven Keys To Baldpate as Station Agent
1935 Metropolitan as Grandpa
1935 Barbary Coast as Old Atrocity
1935 We're in the Money as Wedding Witness (uncredited)
1935 Man on the Flying Trapeze as 'Legs' Garnett
1935 Lady Tubbs as Joseph
1935 The Wedding Night as Bill Jenkins
1934 There's Always Tomorrow as Auto mechanic
1934 Gridiron Flash as Proprietor of Java Joe's
1934 Woman Haters as Train Conductor
1934 Radio Dough
1934 Cross Country Cruise as Niagara Falls Boatman
1933 My Woman as Man Who Does Animal Sounds
1933 One Year Later as Man Chuckling at Train Station
1933 Girl Missing as Joe
1932 Manhattan Tower as Mechanic (uncredited)
1932 Miss Pinkerton as Police Dispatcher (uncredited)
1932 Two-Fisted Law as Deputy Sheriff Bendix
1932 Scandal for Sale as Newspaperman
1932 Law and Order as Lanky Smith (uncredited)
1931 Grief Street as Walt
1930 Dames Ahoy as Side Show Barker
1929 Flight as Marine Pilot
1929 The Academy Awards - (5 episodes)
1928 The Michigan Kid as Minor Role (uncredited)
1927 Sensation Seekers as Below Deck Yacht Crewman
1925 Lorraine of the Lions
1900 The Three Stooges - (2 episodes)
1900 The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again - (0 episodes)
1900 The Tycoon - (0 episodes)