Walter Brennan (I) (1894–1974)

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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. He worked some in vaudeville... See full bio »

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Won 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »


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The Westerner Judge Roy Bean
Red River Nadine Groot
Rio Bravo Stumpy


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 1975 Smoke in the Wind
H. P. Kingman
 1972 Home for the Holidays (TV Movie)
Benjamin Morgan
 1972 Two for the Money (TV Movie)
Cody Guilford
 1971-1972 Alias Smith and Jones (TV Series)
Silky O'Sullivan / Gantry
- Don't Get Mad, Get Even (1972) ... Silky O'Sullivan
- 21 Days to Tenstrike (1972) ... Gantry
- The Day They Hanged Kid Curry (1971) ... Silky O'Sullivan
 1970-1971 To Rome with Love (TV Series)
Andy Pruitt
- Yankee Trader (1971) ... Andy Pruitt
- The Stray Cat (1971) ... Andy Pruitt
- Age of Life (1971) ... Andy Pruitt
- Bonsai (1971) ... Andy Pruitt
- Making the Scene (1971) ... Andy Pruitt
 1970 The Tim Conway Comedy Hour (TV Series)
- Episode #1.13 (1970) ... Various
 1970 The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again (TV Movie)
Nash Crawford
 1970 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Deputy Hawkeye
- Bad Guys and Good Girls (1970) ... Deputy Hawkeye
 1970 The Young Country (TV Movie)
Sheriff Matt Fenley
 1969 The Over-the-Hill Gang (TV Movie)
Nash Crawford
 1967-1969 The Guns of Will Sonnett (TV Series)
Will Sonnett
- Three Stand Together (1969) ... Will Sonnett
- The Man Who Killed Jim Sonnett (1969) ... Will Sonnett
- The Sodbuster (1969) ... Will Sonnett
- One Angry Juror (1969) ... Will Sonnett
- The Trial (1969) ... Will Sonnett
 1969 Support Your Local Sheriff!
Pa Danby
 1967 Who's Minding the Mint?
Pop Gillis
 1967 The Gnome-Mobile
D.J. Mulrooney / Knobby
 1966 Horatio Alger Jones (TV Movie)
 1966 The Oscar
Orrin C. Quentin
 1965 The Shooting of Dan McGrew (Short)
Narrator (voice, as Another Poetry Fan)
 1964-1965 The Tycoon (TV Series)
Walter Andrews
- Honest Man (1965) ... Walter Andrews
- A Slight Case of Merger (1965) ... Walter Andrews
- Mr. Wilson in Retirement Land (1965) ... Walter Andrews
- Kitchen Caper (1965) ... Walter Andrews
- It's All Relative (1965) ... Walter Andrews
 1965 Those Calloways
Alf Simes
 1957-1963 The Real McCoys (TV Series)
Grandpa Amos McCoy / Grandpa Amos Mccoy
- Pepino's Mama (1963) ... Grandpa Amos McCoy (credit only)
- Pals (1963) ... Grandpa Amos McCoy (credit only)
- Don't Be Nosey (1963) ... Grandpa Amos McCoy (credit only)
- The Peacemakers (1963) ... Grandpa Amos McCoy (credit only)
- The Partners (1963) ... Grandpa Amos McCoy (credit only)
 1962 How the West Was Won
Col. Jeb Hawkins
 1962 Shootout at Big Sag
'Preacher' Hawker
 1959 Rio Bravo
 1958 Colgate Theatre (TV Series)
Mr. Tutt
- Mr. Tutt (1958) ... Mr. Tutt
 1956-1957 Zane Grey Theatre (TV Series)
Sheriff John Larson / Joe
- Ride a Lonely Trail (1957) ... Sheriff John Larson
- Vengeance Canyon (1956) ... Joe
 1957 God Is My Partner
Dr. Charles Grayson
 1957 Tammy and the Bachelor
 1957 The Way to the Gold
Uncle George Williams
 1956 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
- Duffy's Man (1956) ... Duffy
 1956 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
Link Morley
- Woman's Work (1956) ... Link Morley
 1956 Ethel Barrymore Theater (TV Series)
- The Gentle Years (1956)
 1953-1956 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Simmons AKA Mr. Ears / Ezra Jenkins
- The Happy Sun (1956)
- Mr. Ears (1955) ... Simmons AKA Mr. Ears
- Lucky Thirteen (1953) ... Ezra Jenkins
 1956 The Proud Ones
 1956 Good-bye, My Lady
Uncle Jesse Jackson
 1956 Come Next Spring
Jeffrey Storys
 1956 Glory
Ned Otis
 1955 Man on a Bus (Short)
 1955 At Gunpoint
Doc Lacy
 1955 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Brush Roper (1955) ... Grandpa
 1955 Bad Day at Black Rock
Doc Velie
 1954 Four Guns to the Border
Simon Bhumer
 1954 The Far Country
Ben Tatum
 1954 Drums Across the River
Sam Brannon
 1953 Sea of Lost Ships
C.P.O 'Chief' O'Malley
 1952 Lure of the Wilderness
Jim Harper
 1952 Return of the Texan
Grandpa Firth Crockett
 1951 The Wild Blue Yonder
Maj. Gen. Wolfe
 1951 Best of the Badmen
'Doc' Butcher
 1951 Along the Great Divide
Timothy 'Pop' Keith
 1950 Surrender
Sheriff Bill Howard
 1950 The Showdown
Cap MacKellar
 1950 Curtain Call at Cactus Creek
Rimrock Thomas
 1950 A Ticket to Tomahawk
Terence Sweeny
 1950 Singing Guns
Dr. Jonathan Mark
 1949 Task Force
Pete Richard
 1949 Brimstone
Brimstone 'Pop' Courteen
 1949 The Green Promise
Mr. Matthews
 1948 Blood on the Moon
Kris Barden
 1948 Red River
Nadine Groot
 1948 Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay!
Tony Maule
 1947 Driftwood
 1946 Nobody Lives Forever
Pop Gruber
 1946 My Darling Clementine
Old Man Clanton
 1946 Centennial Summer
Jesse Rogers
 1946 A Stolen Life
Eben Folger
 1945 Dakota
Captain Bounce
 1944 The Princess and the Pirate
 1944 To Have and Have Not
 1944 Home in Indiana
J. F. 'Thunder' Bolt
 1943 The North Star
 1943 The Last Will and Testament of Tom Smith (Short)
George, Mailman
 1943 Slightly Dangerous
Cornelius Burden
 1943 Hangmen Also Die!
Prof. Stephen Novotny
 1942 Stand by for Action
Chief Yeoman Henry Johnson
 1942 The Pride of the Yankees
Sam Blake
 1941 Rise and Shine
 1941 Swamp Water
Tom Keefer
 1941 This Woman Is Mine
Captain Jonathan Thorne
 1941 Sergeant York
Pastor Rosier Pile
 1941 Meet John Doe
The 'Colonel'
 1941 Nice Girl?
Hector Titus
 1940 The Westerner
Judge Roy Bean
 1940 Maryland
William Stewart
 1940 Northwest Passage
'Hunk' Marriner
 1939 Stanley and Livingstone
Jeff Slocum
 1939 They Shall Have Music
Professor Lawson
 1938 Kentucky
Peter Goodwin
 1938 The Texans
 1938 Mother Carey's Chickens
Mr. Ossian Popham
 1938 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Muff Potter
 1938 The Buccaneer
Ezra Peavey
 1937 Wild and Woolly
Gramp 'Hercules' Flynn
 1937 Affairs of Cappy Ricks
Cappy Ricks
 1937 When Love Is Young
Uncle Hugo
 1937 She's Dangerous
Ote O'Leary
 1936 Banjo on My Knee
Newt Holley
 1936 Come and Get It
Swan Bostrom
 1936 Fury
'Bugs' Meyers
 1936 The Moon's Our Home
 1936 These Three
Taxi Driver
 1936 Three Godfathers
Sam Bartow - aka Gus
 1935 Seven Keys to Baldpate
Station Agent
 1935 Metropolitan
Grandpa (uncredited)
 1935 Barbary Coast
Old Atrocity
 1935 She Couldn't Take It
Peddler (uncredited)
 1935 We're in the Money
Wedding Witness (uncredited)
 1935 Alice Adams (scenes deleted)
 1935 The Perfect Tribute (Short)
Stone Cutter (uncredited)
 1935 Welcome Home
Walter (uncredited)
 1935 Man on the Flying Trapeze
'Legs' Garnett
 1935 Lady Tubbs
Joseph (uncredited)
 1935 Spring Tonic
Bum (uncredited)
 1935 Party Wire
Paul - Railroad Telegrapher (uncredited)
 1935 The Bride of Frankenstein
Neighbor with Ax (uncredited)
 1935 West Point of the Air
Soldier at Kelly's Wreckage (uncredited)
 1935 The Wedding Night
Bill Jenkins
 1935 Hunger Pains (Short)
Secretary to Sylvester J. Sutton Sr.
 1935 Restless Knights (Short)
Father (uncredited)
 1935 Law Beyond the Range
Abner (Pete in credits) (as Walter Brennon)
 1935 Mystery of Edwin Drood
First Gossip (uncredited)
 1935 Northern Frontier
Stuttering Cook
 1935 Brick-a-Brac (Short)
 1935 Helldorado
Pete, the Waiter (uncredited)
 1935 Biography of a Bachelor Girl
Reporter on Ship (uncredited)
 1934 The Painted Veil (scenes deleted)
 1934 The Prescott Kid
Zeke - Stage Driver
 1934 Cheating Cheaters
Ship's Telegrapher (uncredited)
 1934 There's Always Tomorrow
Mechanic (uncredited)
 1934 Tailspin Tommy
Hospital Orderly Slugged by Skeeter [Ch. 8] (uncredited)
 1934 Gridiron Flash
Diner Proprietor (uncredited)
 1934 Great Expectations
Prisoner on Ship (uncredited)
 1934 Death on the Diamond
Hot Dog Vendor (uncredited)
 1934 Gentlemen of Polish (Short)
Doorman (uncredited)
 1934 Whom the Gods Destroy
Clifford (uncredited)
 1934 Murder in the Private Car
Switchman (uncredited)
 1934 The Life of Vergie Winters
Roscoe - a Gossiper (uncredited)
 1934 Half a Sinner
Radio Announcer
 1934 Woman Haters (Short)
Train Conductor (uncredited)
 1934 Fishing for Trouble (Short)
 1934 I'll Tell the World
Otto - Bicycle Repair Man (uncredited)
 1934 Uncertain Lady
Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
 1934 Riptide
Chauffeur (uncredited)
 1934 Good Dame
Elmer Spicer (uncredited)
 1934 George White's Scandals
Hick (uncredited)
 1934 The Crosby Case
Ship's Officer (uncredited)
 1934 The Poor Rich
Dr. Johnson the Coroner (uncredited)
 1934 Radio Dough (Short)
Drunk Customer (uncredited)
 1934 Paradise Valley
Farmer Hiram
 1934 You Can't Buy Everything
Train Vendor (uncredited)
 1934 Beloved
Stuttering Boarder
 1934 Cross Country Cruise
Niagara Falls Boatman (uncredited)
 1934 Fugitive Lovers
2nd Bus Driver (uncredited)
 1933 King for a Night
Soda Jerk (uncredited)
 1933 The Invisible Man
Bicycle Owner (uncredited)
 1933 My Woman
Stuttering Animal Imitator (uncredited)
 1933 Curtain at Eight
Silent Detective (uncredited)
 1933 Saturday's Millions
Reporter (uncredited)
 1933 Ladies Must Love
Flute Player (uncredited)
 1933 Golden Harvest
Farmhand at Wedding (uncredited)
 1933 Sailors Beware! (Short)
Stuttering Thief
 1933 One Year Later
Yokel (uncredited)
 1933 Sing Sinner Sing
Henchman Riordan
 1933 Meet the Champ (Short)
Stuttering Announcer
 1933 Strange People
The Radio Repairman
 1933 The Phantom of the Air
'Skid' (uncredited)
 1933 Lilly Turner
Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted)
 1933 The Big Cage
Ticket Taker (uncredited)
 1933 Lucky Dog
Drunk #2
 1933 The Cohens and Kellys in Trouble
Bit Role (uncredited)
 1933 The Rustler's Roundup
Walt (uncredited)
 1933 Girl Missing
Joe - Garage Attendant (uncredited)
 1933 Goldie Gets Along
Stuttering Waiter (uncredited)
 1933 Parachute Jumper
Counterman at Jewel Diner (uncredited)
 1933 Man of Action
Summers - Cashier
 1933 Sensation Hunters
Stuttering Waiter
 1932 Manhattan Tower
Mechanic (uncredited)
 1932 Afraid to Talk
Protester Sign Carrier (uncredited)
 1932 Women Won't Tell
Dump Workman (uncredited)
 1932 Strange Justice
Eddie - Mechanic (uncredited)
 1932 Once in a Lifetime
Lighting Technician (uncredited)
 1932 The All-American
News Commentator at Game (uncredited)
 1932 The Fourth Horseman
Toothless Town Drunk (uncredited)
 1932 Fighting for Justice
Cowhand Fletcher (uncredited)
 1932 The Iceman's Ball (Short)
Officer Dugan
 1932 Cornered
Court Bailiff (uncredited)
 1932 Speed Madness
 1932 Hello Trouble
Texas Ranger (uncredited)
 1932 Two-Fisted Law
Deputy Sheriff Bendix
 1932 Miss Pinkerton
Police Dispatcher (uncredited)
 1932 Scandal for Sale
Newspaperman (uncredited)
 1932 The Airmail Mystery
 1932 The Impatient Maiden
Cigar Stand Proprietor (uncredited)
 1932 Texas Cyclone
Sheriff Lew Collins (as Walter Brenan)
 1932 Law and Order
Lanky Smith (uncredited)
 1932 The Unexpected Father
Sailor (uncredited)
 1931 A House Divided
Musician (uncredited)
 1931 Scratch-As-Catch-Can (Short)
 1931 Neck and Neck
 1931 Is There Justice?
 1931 Grief Street
Walt (as Arthur Brennan)
 1931 Dancing Dynamite
 1931 Honeymoon Lane
 1931 Heroes of the Flames
Bit Part [Ch. 12] (uncredited)
 1931 Many a Slip
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1931 Hello Russia (Short)
Bit Role (uncredited)
 1930 Ooh La-La (Short)
Bit Role (uncredited)
 1930 See America Thirst
Spumoni Bodyguard (uncredited)
 1930 Parlez Vous (Short)
American Soldier (uncredited)
 1930 Little Accident
Milkman (uncredited)
 1930 King of Jazz
Desk Sergeant ('Springtime') / Soldier ('All Noisy on the Eastern Front') / Waiter ('Oh! Forevermore!') / ...
 1930 Captain of the Guard
Peasant (uncredited)
 1930 Dames Ahoy
Side Show Barker (uncredited)
 1929 The Long, Long Trail
Skinny Rawlins
 1929 The Last Performance
Clown (uncredited)
 1929 One Hysterical Night
Paul Revere
 1929 Flight
Marine Pilot (uncredited)
 1929 Flying High (Short)
Kidnapper (uncredited)
 1929 His Lucky Day
Road House Thug (uncredited)
 1929 The Lariat Kid
Pat O'Shea
 1929 Smilin' Guns
Ranch Foreman
 1929 The Cohens and Kellys in Atlantic City
Man at Police Station (uncredited)
 1929 Silks and Saddles
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
 1928 The Michigan Kid
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1928 The Racket
Man on Street in Front of Barber Shop (uncredited)
 1927 Hot Heels
Pool Hall Habitant (uncredited)
 1927 Blake of Scotland Yard
Henchman (uncredited)
 1927 Alias the Deacon
Cashier at Cunningham's Rink (uncredited)
 1927 Tearin' Into Trouble
Billy Martin
 1927 Sensation Seekers
Below Deck Yacht Crewman (uncredited)
 1927 Flashing Oars (Short)
Hula Hula Hut Customer (uncredited)
 1926 The Collegians (Short)
Various Roles in Individual Episodes (uncredited)
 1926 Spangles
Lunch Counterman (uncredited)
 1926 The Ice Flood
Lumberjack (uncredited)
 1925 The Calgary Stampede
Racing Spectator in Grandstand at Rodeo (uncredited)
 1925 Lorraine of the Lions
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1925 Webs of Steel (uncredited)
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Alternate Names:

Walter Brenan | Arthur Brennan | Walter Brennen | Walter Brennon | Another Poetry Fan


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Ruth Wells Brennan  (his death)  (3 children)


William John Brennan | Margaret Elizabeth Flanagan

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I'm an American, first and last and always. I served in the trenches for nine months during World War I and I haven't regretted it until the last two or three years. It's the lefties, that's what. Everyone in this country ought to have a chance, Jew, Protestant, and . . . .. I'm sure all this trouble with the Negroes is caused by just a few of them. I've known many Negroes, many of them; they, ... See more »


Although he was known for playing "old-coot" Southerners complete with a cackling laugh and thick Southern accent, in reality he had somewhat of a New England accent, being born and raised in Massachusetts. See more »


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