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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 1 September 1904Dothan, Alabama, USA
Date of Death 14 November 1974Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA  (cardiac condition)
Nickname The Dothan Antelope
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

An All-American halfback while attending the University of Alabama, Johnny Mack Brown chose the silver screen over the green grass of the football field when he graduated. Signed to a contract with MGM in 1926, Brown debuted in Slide, Kelly, Slide (1927) with William Haines in a film about - baseball. This was followed by The Bugle Call (1927), which starred the fading Jackie Coogan. In 1928 he appeared in the last Norma Shearer silent film, A Lady of Chance (1928). After that, he worked with Greta Garbo, Marion Davies and Mary Pickford. His muscular good looks only carried him so far in films, however, and by 1930 he had yet to find his place. At MGM Clark Gable was taking the roles that Brown was up for, so he went into a western for director King Vidor, Billy the Kid (1930). While Vidor did not want him for the part to begin with, the picture was successful; however, Brown's career at MGM soon ended. By 1933 he was still making westerns, but they were for low-rung studios like Mascot. More westerns at even lower-rung Supreme Pictures followed, as well as serials like Wild West Days (1937) at Universal. In 1943 Brown took his boots over to Monogram Pictures, where he made over 60 westerns. He started off as "Nevada Jack McKenzie" in the Rough Riders series, but the name soon changed to Johnny. As with most of the early cowboy stars, he was a hero to millions of young children and consistently among the top ten money-makers in westerns from 1942-50. The bubble burst, though, just as it did for Allan Lane, in 1953, as the days of the "B" western came to an end.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

Spouse (1)

Frances Cornelia 'Connie' Foster (12 June 1926 - 14 November 1974) (his death) (4 children)

Trivia (11)

Interred at Forest Lawn (Glendale), Glendale, California, USA, in the Court of Freedom, Columbarium of Heavenly Peace.
Daughters: Jane Harriet (died 1997), Cynthia, Sally and son John Lachlan (Locky).
In his westerns, his horse was named Rebel.
Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1957.
There is a film festival every year in his honor in Dothan, Alabama.
Inducted into the State of Alabama Stage & Screen Hall of Fame in 2004.
Inducted into the World Cowboy Gunspinning Hall of Fame in 2003.
Inducted into the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum's Hall of Great Western Performers in 2008.
Inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 2000.
Inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1969.
Received the Motion Picture & Television Fund's Golden Boot Award in 2004 (in memoriam award).

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