Walter Brennan

1894 - 1974

The actor Walter Brennan belongs to the most successful support actors of the American film history. His intensive acted characters enriched a lot of movies and was of advantage to the stars in the end.  

He already found out during school time that he had an interest in acting and he took part in some school plays. Later he toured with little musical comedies before he went to the army in 1917.  

After the war he went to Los Angeles and took on smaller jobs for movies, among others as a stuntman. To his early movies belong the silent movies "Tearin' Into Trouble" (27), "The Ballyhoo Buster" (28), "Smilin' Guns" (29) and "One Hysterical Night" (29).

In the 30's began his rise to a popular support actor who knew how to impersonate all demanded characters on the screen. When he lost most of his teeth after an accident, this gave his an older appearance than he really was which was mirrored in his role too. 

At the beginning of the 30's you could see Walter Brennan in the movies "The King of Jazz" (30), "The Airmail Mystery" (32), "Strange People" (33), "Beloved" (34), "Half a Sinner" (34), "The Wedding Night" (35), "The Bride of Frankenstein" (35), "Barbary Coast" (35), "Three Godfathers" (36) and "She's Dangerous" (36).

With his role in the movie "Come and Get It" (36) he had his great breakthrough and got the Oscar as the best support actor.

In the following years followed countless offers, many of them for western at Gary Cooper's and John Wayne's side. Walter Brennan apeared among others in the movies "Paradise Valley" (36), "The Buccaneer" (38), "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" (38), "The Texans" (38) and finally "Kentucky" (38), for which he got his second Oscar.

At the beginning of the 40's came the height of Walter Brennan's career and he showed some of his best performances. To these performances belong surely "Northwest Passage" (40), "The Westerner" (40), for which he got his third Oscar, "Meet John Doe" (41), "Sergeant York" (41) - for which he was nominated for the Oscar for the fourth time, "Hangmen Also Die" (43), "To Have and Have Not" (44), "My Darling Clementine" (46) and "Red River" (48).

In the 50's and 60's followed other successful movies like "Surrender" (50), "Drums Across the River" (54), "Glory" (56), "Rio Bravo" (59), "How the West Was Won" (62) and "The Oscar" (66). At the same time he began a second career for the TV where he became a star in the serial "The Real McCoys" (57).

With the movie and TV productions "Support Your Local Sheriff!" (69), "Smoke in the Wind" (71) and "Alias Smith and Jones" (71) he rounded off his impressive career before he died at the age of 80.

Other movies with Walter Brennan: 
The Ridin' Rowdy (27) Hot Heels (28) The Lariat Kid (29) The Long, Long Trail (29) The Shannons of Broadway (29) Honeymoon Lane (31) Dancing Dynamite (31) A House Divided (31) Neck and Neck (31) Is There Justice? (31) Texas Cyclone (32) Two-Fisted Law (32) The All-American (32) Speed Madness (32) Man of Action (33) Goldie Gets Along (33) The Phantom of the Air (33) Sing, Sinner, Sing (33) One Year Later (33) My Woman (33) Radio Dough (34) Tailspin Tommy (34) Fishing for Trouble (34) There's Always Tomorrow (34) The Prescott Kid (34) Cheating Cheaters (34) Uncertain Lady (34) I'll Tell the World (34) Curtain at Eight (34) Northern Frontier (35) The Mystery of Edwin Drood (35) Law Beyond the Range (35) Metropolitan (35) Seven Keys to Baldpate (35) Spring Tonic (35) Man on the Flying Trapeze (35) Hunger Pains (35) Brick-a-Brac (35) These Three (36) Fury (36) The Moon's Our Home (36) Banjo on My Knee (36) When Love Is Young (37) The Affairs of Cappy Ricks (37) Wild and Woolly (37) The Cowboy and the Lady (38) Mother Carey's Chickens (38) The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (39) They Shall Have Music (39) Stanley and Livingstone (39) Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President (39) Maryland (40) This Woman Is Mine (41) Nice Girl? (41) Rise and Shine (41) Swamp Water (41) The Pride of the Yankees (42) Stand by for Action (43) The Last Will and Testament of Tom Smith (43) The North Star (43) Slightly Dangerous (43) Home in Indiana (44) The Princess and the Pirate (44) Dakota (45) A Stolen Life (46) Centennial Summer (46) Nobody Lives Forever (46) Driftwood (47) Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! (48) Blood on the Moon (48) Brimstone (49) Task Force (49) The Green Promise (49) Singing Guns (50) A Ticket to Tomahawk (50) Curtain Call at Cactus Creek (50) The Showdown (50) Along the Great Divide (51) The Wild Blue Yonder (51) Best of the Badmen (51) Return of the Texan (52) Lure of the Wilderness (52) Sea of Lost Ships (53) Serie "Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: Lucky Thirteen" (53) Light's Diamond Jubilee (54) The Far Country (54) Four Guns to the Border (54) Bad Day at Black Rock (55) At Gunpoint (55) Man On a Bus (55) Serie "Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: Mr. Ears" (55) Serie "Screen Directors Playhouse: The Bush Roper" (55) Serie "Zane Grey Theater: Vengeance Canyon" (56) Come Next Spring (56) Good-bye, My Lady (56) The Proud Ones (56) Tammy and the Bachelor (57) The Way to the Gold (57) Serie "Zane Grey Theater: Ride a Lonely Trail" (57) God Is My Partner (57) Shoot Out at Big Sag (62) Serie "The Tycoon" (64) Those Calloways" (65) The Gnome-Mobile (67) Who's Minding the Mint? (67) Serie "The Guns of Will Sonnett" (67) The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (68) The Over-the-Hill Gang (69) Serie "To Rome with Love" (69) The Young Country (70) The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again (70) Two for the Money (71) Home for the Holidays (72)