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Filmography

1925      

Lorraine of the Lions (uncredited)

 

1927      

Blake of Scotland Yard uncredited)

 

1928      

Alias the Deacon

 

1929      

Smilin’ Guns 

The Long Long Trail 

One Hysterical Night 

 

1930      

King of Jazz 

See America Thirst

 

1931      

Scratch-As-Catch-Can

Grief Street

 

1932      

Texas Cyclone 

Law and Order

Two-Fisted Law

Horse Feathers (uncredited)

Manhattan Tower (uncredited)

 

1933      

Sensation Hunters 

My Woman (uncredited)

 

1934      

The Invisible Man (uncredited)

The Life of Vergie Winters (uncredited)

Woman Haters (uncredited)

Riptide (uncredited)

You Can’t Buy Everything (uncredited)

 

1935      

Biography of a Bachelor Girl (uncredited)

Helldorado (uncredited)

Northern Frontier 

The Mystery of Edwin Drood (uncredited)

Law Beyond the Range 

Restless Knights (uncredited)

The Wedding Night

West Point of the Air (uncredited)

Bride of Frankenstein (uncredited)

Party Wire (uncredited)

Spring Tonic (uncredited)

Lady Tubbs (uncredited)

Man on the Flying Trapeze 

Welcome Home (uncredited)

Alice Adams (scenes deleted)

We’re in the Money (uncredited)

She Couldn’t Take It (uncredited)

Barbary Coast

Metropolitan (uncredited)

Seven Keys to Baldpate

 

1936      

Three Godfathers 

These Three 

The Moon’s Our Home

Fury 

Come and Get It 

Banjo on My Knee

 

1937      

She’s Dangerous 

When Love Is Young 

Affairs of Cappy Ricks 

Wild and Woolly 

 

1938      

The Buccaneer 

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 

The Texans 

Mother Carey’s Chickens 

The Cowboy and the Lady 

Kentucky 

 

1939      

The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle 

They Shall Have Music 

Stanley and Livingstone 

Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President

 

1940      

Northwest Passage 

Maryland 

The Westerner 

Nice Girl? 

 

1941      

Meet John Doe 

Sergeant York 

This Woman Is Mine 

Swamp Water 

Rise and Shine

 

1942      

The Pride of the Yankees

Stand by for Action 

 

1943      

Hangmen Also Die 

Slightly Dangerous 

The North Star

 

1944      

Home in Indiana 

To Have and Have Not

The Princess and the Pirate 

 

1945      

Dakota 

 

1946      

A Stolen Life 

Centennial Summer 

My Darling Clementine 

Nobody Lives Forever 

 

1947      

Driftwood 

 

1948      

Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! 

Red River

Blood on the Moon 

 

1949      

The Green Promise 

Brimstone 

Task Force 

 

1950      

Singing Guns

A Ticket to Tomahawk 

Curtain Call at Cactus Creek 

The Showdown 

Surrender

 

1951      

Along the Great Divide 

Best of the Badmen 

The Wild Blue Yonder 

 

1952      

Return of the Texan 

Lure of the Wilderness 

 

1953      

Sea of Lost Ships

 

1954      

Drums Across the River 

The Far Country

Four Guns to the Border 

 

1955      

Bad Day at Black Rock 

At Gunpoint 

 

1956      

Glory 

Come Next Spring 

The Proud Ones 

Good-bye, My Lady 

 

1957      

Tammy and the Bachelor 

The Way to the Gold 

God Is My Partner 

 

1959      

Rio Bravo 

 

1962      

Shoot Out at Big Sag 

How the West Was Won 

 

1965      

Those Calloways 

 

1966      

The Oscar 

 

1967      

The Gnome-Mobile 

Who’s Minding the Mint? 

 

1968      

The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band 

 

1969      

Support Your Local Sheriff! 

The Over-the-Hill Gang

 

1970      

The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again 

 

1972      

Home for the Holidays 

Awards

Walter Brennan was the first actor to win three Academy Awards and remains the only person to have won Best Supporting Actor three times.

He was also nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for Sergeant York (1941) 

I’m not a glamour boy, and I never get the girl. I like to play old people, because there’s something to them. Did you ever see anybody under 30 with any real character or expression in his face? ~ Walter Brennan

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Biographies, Actors

Walter Brennan was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, less than two miles from his family’s home in Swampscott, Massachusetts. He was the second of three children born to Margaret Elizabeth (née Flanagan) and William John Brennan. His father was an engineer and inventor, and young Brennan also studied engineering at Rindge Technical High School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

While in school, Brennan became interested in acting. He began to perform in vaudeville at the age of 15. While working as a bank clerk, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a private with the 101st Field Artillery Regiment in France during World War I. After the war, he moved to Guatemala and grew pineapples before returning to the U.S. and settling in Los Angeles. During the early 1920s, he made a fortune in the real estate market, but lost most of his money during the 1925 real estate slump.

Finding himself penniless, Brennan began taking parts as an extra in films in 1925 and then bit parts in as many films as he could, including Texas Cyclone and Two Fisted Law with another newcomer to Hollywood, John Wayne. Brennan also had bit parts in The Invisible Man (1933), Girl Missing (1933), the Three Stooges short Woman Haters (1934), and Bride of Frankenstein (1935), in which he had a brief speaking part and also worked as a stuntman. In the 1930s, he began appearing in higher-quality films and received more substantial roles as his talent was recognized. This culminated with his receiving the first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Swan Bostrom in the period film Come and Get It (1936). Two years later, he portrayed town drunk and accused murderer Muff Potter in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Throughout his career, Brennan was frequently called upon to play characters considerably older than he was. The loss of many teeth in a 1932 accident, rapidly thinning hair, thin build, and unusual vocal intonations all made him seem older than he really was. He used these features to great effect. In many of his film roles, Brennan wore dentures; in Northwest Passage – a film set in the late 18th century – he wore a dental prosthesis which made him appear to have rotting and broken teeth. Brennan played the top-billed lead in Swamp Water (1941), the first American film by the director Jean Renoir, a drama also featuring Walter Huston and starring Dana Andrews.

In Sergeant York (1941), he played a sympathetic preacher and dry-goods store owner who advised the title character, played by