Walter Brennan

Born Jul 25, 1894

Walter Brennan was an American actor. Brennan won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor on three separate occasions, which is currently the record for most Oscar wins by a male actor, tied with Jack Nicholson.

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1894 Birth Born on July 25, 1894.


1920 25 Years Old In 1920, Brennan wed the former Ruth Caroline Wells (December 8, 1897 - January 12, 1997), the daughter of Arthur George Wells (1867–1930) and Jane Young Brown Wells (1872–1944). … Read More


1925 30 Years Old Finding himself broke, he began taking extra parts 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. … Read More
1932 37 Years Old Throughout his career, Brennan was frequently called upon to play characters considerably older than he was in real life. 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. … Read More


1936 41 Years Old …  Brennan is one of three men to win three acting Oscars (the other two being Jack Nicholson and Daniel Day-Lewis), having won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1936, 1938, and 1940. … Read More
1942 47 Years Old In 1942, he played reporter Sam Blake, who befriended and encouraged Lou Gehrig (also played by Cooper) in Pride of the Yankees. … Read More


1953 58 Years Old Brennan appeared in several other movies and television programs, usually as an eccentric "old timer" or "prospector". Prior to the launching of The Real McCoys, Brennan appeared as himself as a musical judge in the 1953-1954 ABC series Jukebox Jury.


1957 - 1964 3 More Events
1967 72 Years Old In 1967, he starred in another ABC series, The Guns of Will Sonnett, as an older man in search of his gunfighter son, James Sonnett, with his grandson, Jeff, played by Dack Rambo.
1968 73 Years Old …  Andy Brennan, son of Walter, was on the set of The Guns of Will Sonnett when his father heard the news of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1968. … Read More
1969 74 Years Old After the series went off the air in 1969, Brennan continued working in both television and feature films. … Read More
1970 75 Years Old 1 More Event
From 1970 to 1971, he was a regular on the CBS sitcom To Rome with Love, with John Forsythe. … Read More
1972 77 Years Old In 1972, he supported the presidential campaign of conservative California Congressman John Schmitz over that of Richard Nixon, who he believed was too moderate. … Read More
1974 80 Years Old He built the Indian Lodge Motel, a movie theater, and a variety store in Joseph, and continued going there between film roles until his death in 1974 at the age of 80. … Read More
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