Johnny Mack Brown

Johnny Mack Brown

Football Player + Actor
Born Sep 1, 1904

Johnny Mack Brown was an American college football player and film actor originally billed as John Mack Brown at the height of his screen career.

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1904 Birth Born on September 1, 1904.


1926 21 Years Old 1 More Event
Born and raised in Dothan, Alabama, Brown was a star of the high school football team, earning a football scholarship to the University of Alabama. Playing the halfback position on his university's Crimson Tide football team, he earned the nickname "The Dothan Antelope" and helped his team to become the 1926 NCAA Division I-A national football champions. … Read More
1927 22 Years Old His good looks and powerful physique saw him portrayed on Wheaties cereal boxes and in 1927, brought an offer for motion picture screen tests that resulted in a long and successful career in Hollywood. … Read More
1930 25 Years Old 1 More Event
He appeared in minor roles until 1930 when he was cast as the star in a Western entitled Billy the Kid and directed by King Vidor. … Read More
1931 26 Years Old Brown went on to make several more top-flight movies under the name John Mack Brown, including The Secret Six (1931) with Wallace Beery, Jean Harlow, and Clark Gable, as well as the legendary Lost Generation celebration of alcohol, The Last Flight (1931), and was being groomed by MGM as a leading man until being abruptly replaced on Laughing Sinners in 1931, with all his scenes reshot, substituting rising star Clark Gable in his place. … Read More


1953 48 Years Old When the B-Western genre dropped sharply in box office popularity, Johnny Mack Brown went into retirement in 1953. … Read More


1969 64 Years Old In 1969, Brown was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. … Read More
1974 70 Years Old Died on November 14, 1974.
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