In many ways the most successful and familiar character actor of American sound films and the only actor to date to win three Oscars for Best Supporting Actor, Walter Brennan attended college in Cambridge, Massachusetts, studying engineering. While in school he became interested in acting and performed in school plays...See full bio »
1936Banjo on My Knee
(performer: "With a Banjo on My Knee" 1936, "St. Louis Blues" 1914 - uncredited, "Oh! Susanna" 1848 - uncredited, "Bridal Chorus Here Comes the Bride" 1850 - uncredited, "The Stars and Stripes Forever" 1896 - uncredited, "I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover" 1927 - uncredited, "Old Folks at Home Swanee River" 1851 - uncredited, "O Tannenbaum" - uncredited, " I Wish I Was in Dixie's Land" 1860 - uncredited, "A Hot Time in the Old Town" 1896 - uncredited)
1936Come and Get It
(performer: "The Bird on Nellie's Hat" 1906 - uncredited / "Aura Lea" 1861 - uncredited)
[Advice to young actors] Go ahead and learn how to act, but don't get caught at it.
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There was some controversy over the Academy Awards Brennan won because in that period of time the rules of the Academy permitted extras to cast votes for the nominees, and Brennan, who had been an extra for some time before his more substantial roles came along, was popular among his fellow extra workers and they felt they were voting for one of their own.
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