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Walter Brennan

Actor / Character Actor / Songwriter | * 07/25/1894 († 80, 09/21/1974) | Lynn, Massachusetts (United States of America (USA))
Walter Andrew Brennan (July 25, 1894 – September 21, 1974) was an American actor and singer. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performances in Come and Get It (1936), Kentucky (1938), and The Westerner (1940), making him one of only three male actors to win three Academy Awards (the other two are Jack Nicholson and Daniel Day-Lewis). Brennan was also nominated for his performance in Sergeant York (1941). Other noteworthy performances were in To Have and Have Not (1944), My Darling Clementine (1946), Red River (1948), and Rio Bravo (1959). ()
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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.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | Romance / Love

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Awards & Nominations for Walter Brennan

3x Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame 4x Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

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Movies with Walter Brennan as Actor(179)

as (archive footage)2000 Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs
as Self (archive footage)1997 The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender
as 'Stumpy' (archive footage)1993 La Classe américaine
as H. P. Kingman1975 Smoke In The Wind
as Benjamin Morgan1974 Home for the Holidays
as Cody Guilford1972 Two for the Money
as Sheriff Matt Fenley1970 The Young Country
as Nash Crawford1969 The Over-the-Hill Gang
as Self (archival footage)1968 The Movie Orgy
as D.J. Mulrooney1967 The Gnome-Mobile
as Pop Gillis1967 Who's Minding The Mint?
as Quentin1966 The Oscar
as Alf Simes1965 Those Calloways
as 'Preacher' Hawker1962 Shoot Out At Big Sag
as Jeb Hawkins1962 How the West Was Won
as Stumpy1959 Rio Bravo
as Dr. Charles Grayson1957 God Is My Partner
as John Dinwitty1957 Tammy and the Bachelor
as Jake1956 The Proud Ones
as Uncle Jesse Jackson1956 Good-bye, My Lady
as Jeffrey Storys1956 Come Next Spring
as Ned Otis1956 Glory
as Saul1955 Man On A Bus
as Doc Lacy1955 At Gunpoint
as Doc T.R. Velie Jr.1955 Bad Day at Black Rock
as Ben Tatum1954 The Far Country
as Simon Bhumer1954 Four Guns to the Border
as Sam Brannon1954 Drums Across the River
as C.P.O 'Chief' O'Malley1953 Sea of Lost Ships
as Grandpa Firth Crockett1952 Return of the Texan
as Jim Harper1952 Lure of the Wilderness
as 'Doc' Butcher1951 Best of the Badmen
as Maj. Gen. Wolfe1951 The Wild Blue Yonder
as Timothy 'Pop' Keith1951 Along the Great Divide
as Cap MacKellar1950 The Showdown
as Dr. Jonathan Mark1950 Singing Guns
as Sheriff Bill Howard1950 Surrender
as Terence Sweeny1950 A Ticket to Tomahawk
as Mr. Matthews1949 The Green Promise
as Pop Courteen1949 Brimstone
as Pete Richard1949 Task Force
as Kris Barden1948 Blood on the Moon
as 'Groot' Nadine1948 Red River
as Tony Maule1948 Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay!
as Murph1947 Driftwood
as Old Man Clanton1946 My Darling Clementine
as Pop Gruber1946 Nobody Lives Forever
as Eben Folger1946 A Stolen Life
as Jesse Rogers1946 Centennial Summer
as Capt. Bounce of the Riverbird1945 Dakota
as Featherhead1944 The Princess and the Pirate
as J. F. 'Thunder' Bolt1944 Home in Indiana
as Karp1943 The North Star
as Prof. Stephen Novotny1943 Hangmen Also Die!
as Cornelius Burden1943 Slightly Dangerous
as Sam Blake1942 The Pride of the Yankees
as Chief Yeoman Henry Johnson1942 Stand by for Action
as Pastor Rosier Pile1941 Sergeant York
as Tom Keefer1941 Swamp Water
as The Colonel1941 Meet John Doe
as Grandpa1941 Rise and Shine
as Hector Titus1941 Nice Girl?
as Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)1941 Breakdowns of 1941
as Captain Jonathan Thorne1941 This Woman Is Mine
as William Stewart1940 Maryland
as Judge Roy Bean1940 The Westerner
as 'Hunk' Marriner1940 Northwest Passage
as Jeff Slocum1939 Stanley and Livingstone
as Professor Lawson1939 They Shall Have Music
as Ezra Peavey1938 The Buccaneer
as Muff Potter1938 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
as Peter Goodwin1938 Kentucky
as Chuckawalla1938 The Texans
as Ossian Popham1938 Mother Carey's Chickens
as 'Oats'1937 She's Dangerous
as Cappy Ricks1937 Affairs of Cappy Ricks
as Uncle Hugo1937 When Love Is Young
as Gramp 'Hercules' Flynn1937 Wild and Woolly
as Taxi Driver1936 These Three
as Swan Bostrom1936 Come and Get It
as Gus1936 Three Godfathers
as Newt Holley1936 Banjo on My Knee
as Bugs Meyers1936 Fury
as Peddler1935 She Couldn't Take It
as Reporter on Ship (uncredited)1935 Biography of a Bachelor Girl
as Old Atrocity1935 Barbary Coast
as Peasant (uncredited)1935 The Bride of Frankenstein
as Lem1935 Brick-a-Brac
as Station Agent1935 Seven Keys to Baldpate
as Bill Jenkins1935 The Wedding Night
as Stuttering Cook1935 Northern Frontier
as Joseph1935 Lady Tubbs
as Soldier at Kelly's Wreckage1935 West Point of the Air
as Grandpa1935 Metropolitan
as First Gossip (uncredited)1935 Mystery of Edwin Drood
as Wedding Witness (uncredited)1935 We're in the Money
as 'Legs' Garnett1935 Man on the Flying Trapeze
as Stone Cutter (uncredited)1935 The Perfect Tribute
as Paul - Railroad Telegrapher (uncredited)1935 Party Wire
as 2nd Bus Driver (uncredited)1934 Fugitive Lovers
as Radio Announcer1934 Half a Sinner
as Otto - Bicycle Repair Man1934 I'll Tell the World
as Clifford (uncredited)1934 Whom the Gods Destroy
as Prisoner on Ship1934 Great Expectations
as Hot Dog Vendor1934 Death on the Diamond
as Dr. Johnson the Coroner (uncredited)1934 The Poor Rich
as Niagara Falls Boatman (Uncredited)1934 Cross Country Cruise
as Hick (uncredited)1934 George White's Scandals
as Chauffeur (uncredited)1934 Riptide
as Roscoe (uncredited)1934 The Life of Vergie Winters
as Train Conductor1934 Woman Haters
as Auto mechanic1934 There's Always Tomorrow
as Stuttering Boarder1934 Beloved
as Switchman (uncredited)1934 Murder in the Private Car
as Elmer Spicer1934 Good Dame
as Proprietor of Java Joe's1934 Gridiron Flash
as Bicycle Owner (uncredited)1933 The Invisible Man
as The Radio Repairman1933 Strange People
as Drunk #21933 Lucky Dog
as Joe, Garage Attendant (Uncredited)1933 Girl Missing
as Counterman at Jewel Diner (uncredited)1933 Parachute Jumper
as Ticket Taker1933 The Big Cage
as Man Chuckling at Train Station1933 One Year Later
as 'Skid' (uncredited)1933 The Phantom of the Air
as Stuttering Thief1933 Sailor Beware!
as Cashier Summers1933 Man Of Action
as Auditioning Man Who Does Animal Sounds (Uncredited)1933 My Woman
as Silent Detective1933 Curtain at Eight
as Soda Jerk1933 King for a Night
as Reporter1933 Saturday's Millions
as Stuttering Waiter1933 Sensation Hunters
as Stuttering Waiter1933 Goldie Gets Along
as Farmhand at Wedding (uncredited)1933 Golden Harvest
as Police Dispatcher (uncredited)1932 Miss Pinkerton
as Sheriff Lew Collins1932 Texas Cyclone
as Deputy Sheriff Bendix1932 Two-Fisted Law
as Mechanic (uncredited)1932 Manhattan Tower
as Lighting Technician (uncredited)1932 Once in a Lifetime
as Protester Sign Carrier (uncredited)1932 Afraid to Talk
as Lanky Smith (uncredited)1932 Law and Order
as Joe1932 Speed Madness
as Newspaperman1932 Scandal for Sale
as Court Bailiff (uncredited)1932 Cornered
as Man in Junkyard1932 Women Won't Tell
as News Commentator at Game (uncredited)1932 The All-American
as Holly1932 The Airmail Mystery
as Hector1931 Neck and Neck
as Walt1931 Grief Street
as Musician1931 A House Divided
as Milkman (uncredited)1930 Little Accident
as Side Show Barker1930 Dames Ahoy
as Desk Sergeant ('Springtime') / Soldier ('All Noisy on the Eastern Front') / Waiter ('Oh! Forevermore1930 King of Jazz
as Clown (uncredited)1929 The Last Performance
as Skinny Rawlins1929 The Long, Long Trail
as Paul Revere1929 One Hysterical Night
as Marine Pilot1929 Flight
as Minor Role (uncredited)1928 The Michigan Kid
as Billy Martin1927 Tearin' Into Trouble
as Below Deck Yacht Crewman1927 Sensation Seekers

TV Shows/Series with Walter Brennan as Actor(11)


Full Name: Walter Brennan
Born: Wednesday, 07/25 1894 (July) in Lynn, Massachusetts (United States of America (USA))
Died: Saturday, 09/21 1974 (September) in Oxnard (aged: 80)
Zodiac sign: Leo (Chinese zodiac sign: Horse)
Languages: English (EN, native language)
Educated at: Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
Record Label: Dot Records
Other names for Walter Brennan (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Walter Andrew Brennan"
Walter Brennan frequently works together with these people:
Carl Laemmle Jr. (16x, Crew)
Howard Hawks (12x, Crew)
Ward Bond (12x, Actor)
John Wayne (11x, Actor)
Richard Thorpe (11x, Crew)
Andy Devine (11x, Actor)
Alfred Newman (11x, Crew)
Thomas Little (11x, Crew)
Stanley Andrews (10x, Actor)
Samuel Goldwyn (10x, Crew)
George Irving (10x, Actor)
Cesar Romero (7x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:9774, Added: 05/06/2018, Last updated: 11/12/2021