Walter Brennan
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Walter Brennan
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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The coach played piano and trumpet - Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
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A: My favorite movie of all time was "Northwest Passage" with Spencer Tracey and Walter Brennan. Q: What was the last thing you made by hand? A: Last thing I made by hand was a dog house. Q: When was the last time you were on a stage?
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Lines from classic westerns - CanadaEast.com
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Judge Roy Bean (Walter Brennan) admonishes, "Don't spill that liquor, son. It eats right through the bar." Here's an exchange between Trampas (Walter Huston) and The Virginian (Gary Cooper) from The Virginian (1946): "When I want to know anything from
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DAILY WEB DUMP: Lookin' You Square in the Big Eye - fox4kc.com
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(Via The Daily What) If Walter Brennan and Junior Samples had a love child... (Via Everything is Terrible) Jerry Springer was once the mayor of Cincinnati. That fact doesn't have much to do with this video, but then again there's nothing in the known
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Primus' Les Claypool On His Lyrics, Getting Back Together With His Old ... - Prefixmag
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I'ma big fan of character actors- my favorite guys are Slim Pickens, Walter Brennan, Strother Martin, and Lee Van Cleef. When I see these guys come up on screen in various films, and a lot of times you'll just stumble upon them, I get excited
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Chris Treadway: Comic mystery offered by the Masquers - Oakland Tribune
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(Look for Walter Brennan, Hoagy Carmichael and Sheldon Leonard in the cast as well.) A $5 donation gets you entrance to the ship. The quartet Just Cream, a tribute to the British blues revival of the 1960s as led by Eric Clapton and the band Cream,
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Ask 411 Movies for 08.22.11: Any Day You Read This Column is a Happy Day! - 411mania.com
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His brothers and father (Walter Brennan) try to bust him out to no avail. Jake (Elam) becomes a reluctant deputy. McCullough becomes involved with Prudence (Joan Hackett), daughter of the mayor (Morgan). I like this movie better, because it's more
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Debbie Reynolds Movie Schedule: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, DIVORCE AMERICAN STYLE - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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Cast: Debbie Reynolds, Leslie Nielsen, Walter Brennan. C-89 mins, Letterbox Format. 2:00 PM THE MATING GAME (1959) A tax agent falls for a farm girl whose father he's investigating. Dir: George Marshall. Cast: Debbie Reynolds, Tony Randall,
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Jackson train bound for Durango, Colo. - Amador Ledger-Dispatch
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The movie, released in 1950, was shot over a six-week period in the San Juan Mountains in Colorado, and starred Anne Baxter, Dan Dailey, Rory Calhoun, Walter Brennan, Arthur Hunnicutt, and a then-unknown starlet named Marilyn Monroe as a dance hall
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Jon Polito talks The Last Godfather - Monsters and Critics.com
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I enjoy character actors like Walter Brennan and Charles Laughton and Burl Ives. I could only aspire to be these guys. Especially Burl Ives, he was in East of Eden, he was Big Daddy. He was brilliant and untouchable. M&C: You have worked steadily since
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Cowboys & Interviews: Harrison Ford Isn't Riding Into the Sunset Just Yet - Film School Rejects
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It certainly is a new kind of role for Ford – the kind of role Walter Brennan might feel more comfortable in – but it suits that rugged elder statesman sensibility just fine. There's a maturity to his trademark gruffness. After all, this is the same
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"Crossroads" - A.V. Club DC
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He even launches into Nathaniel Sr.'s old Walter Brennan impersonation, but if Nate is amused by David's flash of humor, he doesn't show it. Instead, he dips back into the melancholy that we saw in “The Mood,” mourning the wit of Nathaniel that he
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Today's Birthdays - Sports Radio ESPN 1420
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Academy Award-winning actor Walter Brennan. (Born 1894) He won Oscars for the films "Come and Get It," "Kentucky" and "The Westerner." Emmy Award-winning actress Estelle Getty is 85. (Born 1923) She won her Emmy for her work on the sitcom "Golden Girls
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Kevin Costner: Actor talks baseball, Aspen and playing music - Denver Post
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I loved Walter Brennan (as a sportswriter) in that movie. I loved the scenes with "tangle foot." I like the romantic storyline of that move. Sure, it is corny now, but it's a great story and there is a lot of heart in that movie
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Movies on TV, Today & Tonight - Regina Leader-Post
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(39) 2 The Green Promise Walter Brennan. Stubborn farmer nearly ruins his land and family. (1 hr.30 mins.) (100) 3 The Road Viggo Mortensen. A father and son wander through a post-apocalyptic world. (2 hrs.) (101) >>> The Young Victoria Emily Blunt
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In Praise of Voldemort and Snape: Why Ralph Fiennes and Alan Rickman Are the ... - New Republic
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But he was blessed by joining an age of superb supporting actors—Walter Brennan, Thomas Mitchell, Peter Lorre, Thelma Ritter, Mercedes McCambridge, Beulah Bondi. Those players thrived because the movies believed in supporting figures in life
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'Rango,' 'Miral' DVD reviews - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com
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The film pays homage to at least two deceased actors who embodied the western genre: Walter Brennan and Pat Buttram. Extras listed on Blu-ray include 10 deleted scenes, a picture-in-picture storyboard reel, a behind-the-scenes featurette and an
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Yukon boy's death renews ATV regulation debate - CBC.ca
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But Walter Brennan, manager of Yukon's Motor Vehicles Branch, disagreed. He said ATVs and snowmobiles must be licensed before they can be used on a highway, and such vehicles cannot be operated by anyone under the age of 16. Since 2004, the Canadian
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Why is the talented Ray Stevens not in the Country Music Hall of Fame? - Examiner.com
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He doesn't do that many anymore but at one time he would do impressions of actors such as John Wayne, Walter Brennan, and George “Gabby” Hayes. Singers like Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and of course, the world-famous disc jockey, Wolfman Jack,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Walter Brennan
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1974
    Age 79
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Some of Brennan's family continue to live in the area. Brennan was politically conservative. In 1963 and 1964, Brennan joined fellow actors William Lundigan, Chill Wills, and Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. in making appearances on behalf of U.S. Senator Barry M. Goldwater, the Republican nominee in the campaign against U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson. In 1964, Brennan spoke at "Project Prayer" rally attended by 2,500 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The gathering, which was hosted by Anthony Eisley, a star of the former Hawaiian Eye series on ABC, sought to flood the United States Congress with letters in support of school prayer, following two decisions in 1962 and 1963 of the United States Supreme Court which struck down the practice of enforced prayer in public schools as in conflict with the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
  • 1972
    Age 77
    In 1972, he supported the presidential campaign of conservative California Congressman John Schmitz over that of Richard Nixon, who he believed was too moderate.
    More Details Hide Details He was also a member of the John Birch Society. Upon his death from emphysema at the age of 80 in Oxnard in Ventura County, Brennan's remains were interred at San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Los Angeles.
  • 1970
    Age 75
    In 1970, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, where his photograph hangs prominently.
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    From 1970 to 1971, he was a regular on the CBS sitcom To Rome with Love, with John Forsythe.
    More Details Hide Details This was Brennan's last television program as a member of the permanent cast. Film historians and critics have long regarded Brennan as one of the finest character actors in motion picture history. While the roles he was adept at playing were extremely diverse, he is probably best remembered for his portrayals in movie Westerns, such as Judge Roy Bean in The Westerner, trail hand Nadine Groot in Red River, and Deputy Stumpy in Rio Bravo, the last two directed by Howard Hawks. He was the first actor to win three Academy Awards and remains the only person to have won three Best Supporting Actor awards. However, even he remained somewhat embarrassed as to how he won the awards. In the early years of the Academy Awards, extras were given the right to vote. Brennan was popular with the Union of Film Extras, and since their numbers were overwhelming, he won each time he was nominated. His third win led to the disenfranchisement of the Extras Union from Oscar voting.
  • 1969
    Age 74
    After the series went off the air in 1969, Brennan continued working in both television and feature films.
    More Details Hide Details He received top billing over Pat O'Brien in the TV movie The Over-the-Hill Gang (1969) and Fred Astaire in The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again the following year.
  • 1968
    Age 73
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Andy Brennan debunks the urban legend that Walter Brennan reportedly expressed glee and danced a jig on the set upon hearing the news.
  • 1967
    Age 72
    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.
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  • 1964
    Age 69
    Brennan starred as wealthy executive Walter Andrews, derived from his real name, in the short-lived 1964 - 1965 ABC series The Tycoon, with Van Williams.
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  • 1959
    Age 64
    He appeared as an extremely cantankerous sidekick with John Wayne and Dean Martin in Howard Hawks' 1959 western Rio Bravo and also co-starred with James Garner a decade later in Support Your Local Sheriff!, playing the ruthless head of the villainous Danby family.
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  • 1957
    Age 62
    On May 30, 1957, he guest starred on NBC's The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford.
    More Details Hide Details He also made a few recordings, the most popular being "Old Rivers" about an eccentric but much-beloved farmer; it was released as a single in 1962 by Liberty Records with "The Epic Ride Of John H. Glenn" on the flip side, and peaked at number five in the U.S. Billboard charts. In his music, Brennan sometimes worked with Allen "Puddler" Harris, a Louisiana native who was a member of the original Ricky Nelson Band.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1953
    Age 58
    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.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1942
    Age 47
    In 1942, he played reporter Sam Blake, who befriended and encouraged Lou Gehrig (also played by Cooper) in Pride of the Yankees.
    More Details Hide Details He was particularly skilled in playing the sidekick to the protagonist or as the "grumpy old man" in films such as To Have and Have Not (1944), the Humphrey Bogart vehicle which introduced Lauren Bacall. Though he was hardly ever cast as the villain, notable exceptions were his roles as Judge Roy Bean in The Westerner (1940) with Gary Cooper, for which he won his third best supporting actor Academy Award, 'Old Man' Clanton in My Darling Clementine (1946) opposite Henry Fonda, and the murderous Colonel Jeb Hawkins in the James Stewart episode of the Cinerama production, How the West Was Won (1962). From 1957 - 1963, he starred in the ABC television series The Real McCoys, a situation comedy about a poor West Virginia family that relocated to a farm in Southern California. After five years on ABC, The Real McCoys switched to CBS for a final season. Brennan joined with the series creator, Irving Pincus, to form Brennan-Westgate Productions. The series was co-produced with Danny Thomas's Marterto Productions, and also featured Richard Crenna, Kathleen Nolan, Lydia Reed, and Michael Winkelman.
  • 1936
    Age 41
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Walter Andrew Brennan was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, less than two miles from his family's home in Swampscott. He was the second of three children born to William John Brennan (September 2, 1868 in Malden, Massachusetts, - August 17, 1936 in Pasadena, California) and the former Margaret Elizabeth Flanagan (June 4, 1869 in Charlestown, Massachusetts - February 1, 1955, also in Pasadena. His parents were both of Irish descent. The elder Brennan was an engineer and inventor, and young Walter studied engineering at Rindge Technical High School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. While in school, Brennan became interested in acting and began to perform in vaudeville at the age of 15. While working as a bank clerk, he enlisted in the United States Army and served as a private with the 101st Field Artillery Regiment in France during World War I. Following the war, he moved to Guatemala and raised pineapples before settling in Los Angeles. During the 1920s, he made a fortune in the real estate market, but he lost most of his money during the Great Depression.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1932
    Age 37
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 special dental prosthesis which made him appear to have rotting and broken teeth. For director Jean Renoir's first American film, Brennan played the top-billed lead in Swamp Water (1941), a drama also featuring Walter Huston and starring Dana Andrews. In Sergeant York (also 1941), he played a sympathetic preacher and dry-goods store owner who advised the title character, played by Gary Cooper. Brennan and Cooper appeared in six films together.
  • 1925
    Age 30
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 enjoyed a brief speaking part, and also worked as a stunt man. 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.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1920
    Age 25
    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).
    More Details Hide Details The Brennans had a daughter, Ruth Caroline Brennan Lademan (September 22, 1924 - October 27, 1997). Her husband, Dixon McCully Lademan (1924–2003), was a captain in the United States Navy in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. One of Brennan's grandsons was Frank Dixon Lademan (1958–2010). The two Brennan sons are both apparently living. Arthur Mike Brennan (born 1921) and his wife, Florence Irene Brennan (born 1925) live in Joseph, named for Chief Joseph, located in Wallowa County in the northeastern corner of Oregon. Brennan's other son is Walter Andrew Brennan Jr. (Andy) (born 1923) missing. In 1940, Brennan purchased the 12,000-acre Lightning Creek Ranch 20 miles south of Joseph, Oregon.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1894
    Born
    Born on July 25, 1894.
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