Walter Brennan


Actor
Walter Brennan

About

Also Known As
Walter Andrew Brennan
Birth Place
Lynn, Massachusetts, USA
Born
July 25, 1894
Died
September 21, 1974
Cause of Death
Emphysema

Biography

One of the most immediately recognizable character actors of the 20th century, Walter Brennan enjoyed a four-decade career playing colorful, often sage older men in a vast array of legendary films, including "Kentucky" (1938), "The Westerner" (1940), "To Have and Have Not" (1943) and "My Darling Clementine" (1946). Damaged vocal cords allowed him to play elderly men while still in his fo...

Photos & Videos

Rise and Shine - Title Lobby Card
The Green Promise - Movie Posters
Slightly Dangerous - Behind-the-Scenes Photo

Family & Companions

Ruth Wells
Wife
Married from 1920 until his death.

Notes

"I'm not a glamour boy, and I never get the girl. I like to play old people, because there's somehing to them. Did you ever see anybody under 30 with any real character or expression in his face?" --Walter Brennan quoted in The New York World-Telegram, June 10, 1939.

Biography

One of the most immediately recognizable character actors of the 20th century, Walter Brennan enjoyed a four-decade career playing colorful, often sage older men in a vast array of legendary films, including "Kentucky" (1938), "The Westerner" (1940), "To Have and Have Not" (1943) and "My Darling Clementine" (1946). Damaged vocal cords allowed him to play elderly men while still in his forties, which Brennan imbued with a rascally charm that made him an immediate favorite among moviegoers. After toiling in bit parts for a decade, he claimed his first Oscar as Frances Farmer's father in "Come and Get It" (1936), then repeated the feat as a curmudgeonly horse owner in "Kentucky" (1938). His third Oscar came with one of his most memorable turns as the corrupt Old West judge Roy Bean, who, in Brennan's capable hands, was equally winning and frightening in "The Westerner" (1940). He soon became a fixture of screen Westerns, including "My Darling Clementine" (1946) and "Red River" (1948), before moving to television for the popular "Real McCoys" (ABC, 1957-1962). The series extended his career for another two decades, as did films like "Rio Bravo" (1959), "How the West Was Won" (1963). Still active into his seventh decade, Brennan died in 1974, leaving behind a storied legacy of screen roles that enshrined him as one of the most memorable character actors in Hollywood history.

Born July 25, 1894 in Lynn, MA, Walter Andrew Brennan was the second of three children by engineer William John Brennan and his wife, Margaret. As a boy, he studied engineering at Rindge Technical High School in Cambridge, MA, but fell in love with acting after appearing in several school plays. After graduation, Brennan worked in vaudeville while holding down various odd jobs until 1917, when he enlisted to serve in World War I. While there, he suffered an injury to his vocal chords from exposure to mustard gas that left him with his screen trademark: a distinctively reedy, high-pitched voice that became a favorite for celebrity impersonators for decades. Following his discharge, Brennan raised pineapples in Guatemala before heading for Los Angeles, where he became involved in the real estate market. However, the crash of California land values in 1925 wiped out his earnings, forcing him to seek out work as an extra in silent features.

For the next decade, he toiled in background roles or uncredited bit parts in such films as "The Invisible Man" (1933) and "Bride of Frankenstein" (1935). More often than not, he was cast as characters years, if not decades older than his actual age, thanks in part to the loss of his teeth in a 1932 accident. Already lanky, balding and sporting his quavering voice, he could transition from younger characters to elderly codgers simply by removing his dentures. Brennan received his big break with 1935's "The Wedding Night," which was intended as a vehicle for its star, Anna Sten. However, audiences were more impressed with Brennan's comic turn as an eccentric cab driver - so much that he was soon signed to a contract with producer Samuel Goldwyn. The following year, he won the first of his Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor as Frances Farmer's widower father in "Come and Get It," a drama begun by Howard Hawks but completed by William Wyler. The win boosted him to the inner circle of Hollywood character actors, where he worked steadily with such directors as John Ford in "Three Godfathers" (1936), Fritz Lang in "Fury" (1936) and Cecil B. De Mille in "The Buccaneer" (1938), playing colorful sage advisors to the film's leads, or prickly older men who could be swayed by appealing to their better nature. In 1938, he won his second Oscar as Loretta Young's embittered uncle, who overcame his grievances towards her beau (Richard Greene) after he trained their horse to win the Kentucky Derby.

After enjoying substantive roles in "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" (1938), "The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle" (1939) and "Northwest Passage" (1940), Brennan captured his third Academy Award as Judge Roy Bean, the notorious real-life hanging judge of the American West, whose iron-fisted rule was challenged by drifter Gary Cooper in "The Westerner" (1940). Though Cooper was initially reluctant to take the part, fearing that he would be overshadowed by Brennan's performance, the two actors made for such an effective screen team that they appeared together in four subsequent films, including "Meet John Doe" (1940), "Sergeant York" (1941), which earned Cooper the Oscar and Brennan his fourth nomination, and "Pride of the Yankees" (1942). By this point, Brennan was so well-regarded by critics and audiences that he became one of the first character players to move up to a leading role, playing a fugitive who befriended young Dana Andrews in Jean Renoir's American feature debut, "Swamp Water" (1941). However, he was soon back in character parts, lending expert support as Humphrey Bogart's alcoholic sidekick in "To Have and Have Not" (1943) and stealing scenes from Bob Hope - no easy task - as a dimwitted but loyal tattooist in "The Princess and the Pirate" (1944). In 1946, he played against type as the genuinely frightening Old Man Clanton, leader of the brutish rustler family who faced down Wyatt Earp (Henry Fonda) at the O.K. Corral in "My Darling Clementine" (1946).

Brennan was a constant presence in A-picture Westerns throughout the late '40s and early '50s, giving expert turns opposite John Wayne in John Ford's "Red River" (1948) and Kirk Douglas in Raoul Walsh's "Across the Great Divide" (1951). There were occasional forays to the modern day, most notably as a sympathetic town doctor in John Sturges' "Bad Day at Black Rock" (1955), but for the most part, Brennan was as essential a part of the Hollywood Western as Monument Valley, horses and sagebrush. In 1957, he moved to television to play the patriarch of a sprawling mountain family in the comedy "The Real McCoys," which proved to be one of the more well-loved projects of his entire career. The 63-year-old Brennan found himself not only more popular than ever, but in high demand again as a character player. He reteamed with John Wayne for one of his best roles as the gimpy but determined deputy in Howard Hawks' "Rio Bravo" (1959). He even enjoyed a brief but improbably successful second career as a recording artist with the spoken word singles "Dutchman's Gold" (1960) and the maudlin "Old Rivers," which reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1962. The following year, he again played against his grandfatherly screen presence as the vicious leader of a river pirate gang in "How the West Was Won" (1963).

When "The Real McCoys" left the airwaves in 1963, he returned to series work the following year as the star of "The Tycoon" (ABC, 1964-65), a sitcom about a cantankerous millionaire with a penchant for helping those in dire financial straits. Produced by Danny Thomas and Aaron Spelling, the show failed to attract the same audience numbers as "McCoys," but did little to affect Brennan's popularity. He had remained consistently active on film since the silent era, and continued to land major supporting roles in features throughout the 1960s, including a comic version of his Old Man Clanton role in "Support Your Local Sheriff" (1969) with James Garner. In 1969, he joined fellow Western character players Chill Wills, Edgar Buchanan and Andy Devine in "The Over-the-Hill Gang" (ABC), a popular made-for-TV Western-comedy about a trio of elderly gunfighters who aid a young newspaper editor's crusade to clean up their town. It spawned a sequel, "The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again" (ABC, 1970), the following year.

In addition to his successful screen career, Brennan was one of Hollywood's wealthiest performers. He had continued to invest in real estate after his initial failure in the 1920s, including a 12,000-acre ranch in Northern California overseen by his sons Arthur and actor-producer-director Andrew. Brennan also reaped significant rewards from "The Real McCoys" through his partnership with producer Irving Pincus. But in addition to his financial status, he had also developed a reputation as one of the entertainment industry's most hawkish conservatives. In interviews, he voiced his belief that Communist forces were behind the civil rights and anti-war movements, and reportedly expressed glee on the set of his final series "The Guns of Will Sonnett" (ABC, 1967-69) upon hearing the news that Martin Luther King, Jr., had been assassinated. In 1972, he supported the presidential campaign of ultra-conservative California Congressman John Schmidt over that of Richard M. Nixon, whom he believed was too moderate a Republican. Brennan continued working into the mid-1970s, joining the cast of the failed family sitcom "To Rome with Love" (CBS, 1970-71) in its final season. He made his final screen appearance in "Smoke in the Wind" (1975) a low-budget Western co-directed by his son Andrew. He died a year before its release in theaters, succumbing to emphysema at the age of 80 on Sept. 21, 1974. At the time, he was preparing to take the lead in the Disney live-action feature "Herbie Rides Again" (1974), but proved too ill to take the assignment, which was subsequently rewritten for another venerable, well-loved performer, actress Helen Hayes.

By Paul Gaita

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Home for the Holidays (1972)
Benjamin Morgan
Two For the Money (1972)
Cody Guilford
Smoke in the Wind (1971)
The Over-the-hill Gang Rides Again (1970)
Nash Crawford
Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969)
Pa Danby
The Over-the-Hill Gang (1969)
The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968)
Grandpa Bower
Who's Minding the Mint? (1967)
Pop Gillis
The Gnome-Mobile (1967)
D. J. Mulrooney/Knobby
The Oscar (1966)
Orrin C. Quentin
Those Calloways (1965)
Alf Simes
How the West Was Won (1963)
Colonel Hawkins
Shoot Out at Big Sag (1962)
Preacher Hawker
Rio Bravo (1959)
Stumpy
The Way to the Gold (1957)
Uncle George Williams
God Is My Partner (1957)
Dr. Charles Grayson
Tammy and the Bachelor (1957)
Grandpa [John Dinwitty]
The Proud Ones (1956)
Jake
Good-Bye, My Lady (1956)
Uncle Jesse Jackson
Come Next Spring (1956)
Jeff Storys
Glory (1956)
Ned Otis
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
Doc Velie
The Far Country (1955)
Ben [Tatum]
At Gunpoint (1955)
Doc Lacey
Four Guns to the Border (1954)
Simon Bhumer
Sea of Lost Ships (1954)
Chief O'Malley
Drums Across the River (1954)
Sam Brannon
Lure of the Wilderness (1952)
Jim Harper
Return of the Texan (1952)
Grandpa Firth Crockett
The Wild Blue Yonder (1951)
Maj. Gen. Wolfe
Best of the Badmen (1951)
"Doc" Butcher
Along the Great Divide (1951)
Pop Keith
The Showdown (1950)
Capt. MacKellar
Singing Guns (1950)
Dr. Jonathan Mark
Surrender (1950)
William Howard
Curtain Call at Cactus Creek (1950)
Rimrock [Thomas, also known as Hardrock Johnson]
A Ticket to Tomahawk (1950)
Terence Sweeny
The Green Promise (1949)
Mr. Matthews
Brimstone (1949)
Pop "Brimstone" Courteen
Task Force (1949)
Pete Richard
Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! (1948)
Tony Maule
Red River (1948)
Groot Nadine
Blood on the Moon (1948)
Kris Barden
Driftwood (1947)
Murph
Nobody Lives Forever (1946)
Pop Gruber
A Stolen Life (1946)
Eben Folger
Centennial Summer (1946)
Jesse Rogers
My Darling Clementine (1946)
Old Man Clanton
Dakota (1945)
Captain Bounce
To Have and Have Not (1944)
Eddie
Home in Indiana (1944)
J. T. "Thunder" Bolt
The Princess and the Pirate (1944)
Featherhead
Slightly Dangerous (1943)
Cornelius Burden
Hangmen Also Die! (1943)
Stepan Novotny, Professor of History
The Pride of the Yankees (1943)
Sam Blake
The North Star (1943)
Karp
Stand by for Action (1943)
Chief Yeoman Henry Johnson
Sergeant York (1941)
Pastor Rossier Pile
Swamp Water (1941)
Tom Keefer
This Woman Is Mine (1941)
Captain Jonathan Thorn
Nice Girl? (1941)
Hector Titus
Meet John Doe (1941)
The "Colonel"
Rise and Shine (1941)
Grandpa
The Westerner (1940)
Judge Roy Bean
Maryland (1940)
William Stewart
Northwest Passage (1940)
They Shall Have Music (1939)
Professor Lawson
Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President (1939)
Jim [Martin], the mailman
Stanley and Livingstone (1939)
Jeff Slocum
The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939)
Walter
The Buccaneer (1938)
Ezra Peavey
Mother Carey's Chickens (1938)
Mr. [Ossian] Popham
Kentucky (1938)
Peter Goodwin
The Texans (1938)
Chuckawalla
The Cowboy and the Lady (1938)
Sugar
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938)
Muff Potter
Wild and Woolly (1937)
Gramp [Hercules] Flynn
Affairs of Cappy Ricks (1937)
Cappy Ricks
When Love Is Young (1937)
Uncle Hugo
She's Dangerous (1937)
"Ote"
These Three (1936)
Taxi driver
Paradise Valley (1936)
Famer Hiram
The Moon's Our Home (1936)
Lem
Fury (1936)
"Bugs" Meyers
Banjo on My Knee (1936)
Newt Holley
Three Godfathers (1936)
[Sam Bartow, also known as] Gus
Come and Get It (1936)
Swan Bostrom
The Wedding Night (1935)
Bill Jenkins
The Man on the Flying Trapeze (1935)
"Legs" Garnett
Seven Keys to Baldpate (1935)
Station agent
Law Beyond the Range (1935)
Abner
Barbary Coast (1935)
Old Atrocity
Lady Tubbs (1935)
Joseph
Northern Frontier (1935)
Cook
Party Wire (1935)
Paul
Metropolitan (1935)
Grandpa
Spring Tonic (1935)
Bum
Welcome Home (1935)
Walter
Public Hero No. 1 (1935)
Farmer
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Neighbor
Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935)
Milk man
I'll Tell the World (1934)
Beloved (1934)
Stuttering boarder
Good Dame (1934)
Elmer Spicer
The Prescott Kid (1934)
Stage driver
Half a Sinner (1934)
Announcer
Uncertain Lady (1934)
Gas station attendant
Whom the Gods Destroy (1934)
Clifford
Fugitive Lovers (1934)
Bus company employee
Helldorado (1934)
Pete, the waiter
The Life of Vergie Winters (1934)
Roscoe
Cheating Cheaters (1934)
Ship's steward
A Wicked Woman (1934)
Slot machine man
There's Always Tomorrow (1934)
Mechanic
Murder in the Clouds (1934)
Death on the Diamond (1934)
Hot dog vendor
Murder in the Private Car (1934)
Switchman
Riptide (1934)
Chauffeur
You Can't Buy Everything (1934)
Peanut man
Silent Men (1933)
"Coyote" Cotter
Man of Action (1933)
Summers
Sensation Hunters (1933)
Sing Sinner Sing (1933)
My Woman (1933)
Animal imitator
One Year Later (1933)
Yokel
The Phantom of the Air (1933)
The All American (1932)
Fighting for Justice (1932)
Zeke
Honeymoon Lane (1932)
Driver
Speed Madness (1932)
Joe
Law and Order (1932)
Lanky Smith
Texas Cyclone (1932)
Sheriff Lew Collins
Two Fisted Law (1932)
Deputy Sheriff Bendix
Hello Trouble (1932)
The Air Mail Mystery (1932)
Is There Justice? (1931)
Rollins
Dancing Dynamite (1931)
Neck and Neck (1931)
Hector
King of Jazz (1930)
The Shannons of Broadway (1929)
Hez
One Hysterical Night (1929)
Paul Revere
Smilin' Guns (1929)
Ranch foreman
The Long Long Trail (1929)
"Skinny" Rawlins
The Lariat Kid (1929)
Pat O'Shea
The Ballyhoo Buster (1928)
The Ridin' Rowdy (1927)
Tearin' Into Trouble (1927)
Billy Martin

Cast (Special)

A Date with Debbie (1960)
Guest
Mr. Tutt (1958)
Mr Tutt

Cast (Short)

The Perfect Tribute (1935)

Misc. Crew (Short)

Breakdowns of 1941 (1941)
Archival Footage

Life Events

1914

Enlisted in Army during WWI; promoted to colonel; served in France with the 26th Division; fell victim to poison gas attack which permanently affected his vocal chords; mustered out in 1919

1923

First film appearances as extra and stuntman at Universal (date approximate)

1927

Landed first film role in "Tearin' Into Trouble"

1932

Accident while working as a stuntman knocked out front teeth and had decisive impact on career giving him a great asset, false teeth which he removed or restored from part to part

1935

Meaty supporting role in "The Wedding Night" assured him a full-time movie career; originally had been cast in smaller role but producer Samuel Goldwyn was impressed enough to cast him in bigger part; also marked first screen collaboration with actor Gary Cooper

1936

Received first Oscar Oscar for Best Supporting Actor (initial presentation of award in this category) for Wyler and Hawks' "Come and Get It"

1938

Earned second supporting actor Oscar for David Butler's "Kentucky"

1940

Won third supporting actor Oscar for William Wyler's "The Westerner"; played Judge Roy Bean; first performer to win more than two awards and (to date) only male performer to achieve this distinction

1941

Nominated for Best Supporting Actor in "Sergeant York"; only time nominated that he failed to win; most notable screen collaboration with Gary Cooper

1944

Played Eddie, the rummy, in Howard Hawks' "To Have and Have Not"

1946

Appeared in John Ford's classic "My Darling Clementine"

1948

Had another turn for Hawks in "Red River"

1949

Final screen appearance in support of Cooper in "Task Force"

1951

Tormented Kirk Douglas with a song in Raoul Walsh's "Along the Great Divide"

1955

Played Doc in John Sturges' "Bad Day at Black Rock"

1955

Portrayed Ben Tatem in Anthony Mann's "The Far Country"

1957

Starred as Grandpa Amos McCoy on popular TV series "The Real McCoys" (ABC, 1957-1962; CBS, 1962-1963), reportedly Brennan owned fifty percent of the series

1959

Delivered tour de force performance as Stumpy in Hawks' "Rio Bravo", a culmination of the loyal, crabby old men he had played for over twenty years

Photo Collections

Rise and Shine - Title Lobby Card
Rise and Shine - Title Lobby Card
The Green Promise - Movie Posters
The Green Promise - Movie Posters
Slightly Dangerous - Behind-the-Scenes Photo
Here is a photo taken behind-the-scenes during production of Slightly Dangerous (1943), starring Lana Turner and Walter Brennan.
Slightly Dangerous - Lobby Cards
Slightly Dangerous - Lobby Cards
How the West Was Won - Program Book
Here is the souvenir Program Book sold at Roadshow engagements for the 1962 epic in Cinerama, How the West Was Won.
Rio Bravo - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Rio Bravo (1959), directed by Howard Hawks. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Drums Across the River - Publicity Stills
Drums Across the River - Publicity Stills
My Darling Clementine - Lobby Cards
Here are several Lobby Cards from John Ford's My Darling Clementine (1946), starring Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, and Victor Mature. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Fury - Scene Stills
Here are several scene stills from Fury (1936), starring Spencer Tracy and Sylvia Sidney and directed by Fritz Lang.
The Princess and the Pirate - Lobby Cards
Here are several Lobby Cards from The Princess and the Pirate (1944), starring Bob Hope and Virginia Mayo. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

Nobody Lives Forever (1946) - Mountains Of The Moon We've just left John Garfield as WWII vet and accomplished con artist Nick on a train, having reclaimed his nest-egg in New York, headed west to see what his old mentor Pop (Walter Brennan) is up to, which is more of a street hustle, Wallace Scott his mark, Jean Negulesco directing, from a W.R. Burnett novel, in Nobody Lives Forever, 1946.
Meet John Doe - Opening, Streamlined Opening titles followed by a searing exercise in newsroom house-cleaning, featuring Ann (Barbara Stanwyck) pleading with Connell (James Gleason) in Frank Capra's Meet John Doe, 1941.
Meet John Doe (1941) - What Does He Do All Day? Not yet revealed to the public, ex-minor leaguer Willoughby (Gary Cooper), a.k.a. “John Doe,” killing time on the newspaper’s dime, with pal “the colonel” (Walter Brennan), reporter Beany (Irving Bacon) playing along, and infiltrator Mike (Pat Flaherty) sowing doubt, in Frank Capra’s Meet John Doe, 1941.
Hangmen Also Die (1943) - Our LIves Becoming Forfeit For His Professor Novotny (Walter Brennan) allows himself to be arrested in a Nazi roundup in Prague, protecting Svoboda (Brian Donlevy) and panicking his wife (Nana Bryant) and daughter (Anna Lee) in Fritz Lang's Hangmen Also Die, 1943.
Hangmen Also Die (1943) - We Checked Your Story Quick series of Nazi interrogations from director Fritz Lang as Mascha (Anna Lee), the professor (Walter Brennan) and his wife (Nana Bryant) and Mrs. Dvorak (Sarah Padden) are victimized in Hangmen Also Die, 1943.
One And Only Original Genuine Family Band, The (1968) - Let's Put It Over With Grover The big number composed by Grandpa (Walter Brennan) for the 1888 re-nomination of President Grover Cleveland, performed by Buddy Ebsen, Janet Blair, Lesley-Ann Warren, Kurt Russell et al, composed by Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman, in Disney’s The One And Only, Genuine, Original Family Band, 1968.
Westerner, The (1940) - Justifiable Homicide Drifter Cole (Gary Cooper), just sentenced to hang as a horse thief by the ruthless unofficial judge and barkeep Roy Bean (Walter Brennan), plays the Lily Langtry card, early in the Samuel Goldwyn/William Wyler hit The Westerner, 1940.
Westerner, The (1940) - Law West Of The Pecos Director Williiam Wyler’s opening, with as much action as any part of the picture, with a prologue about Texas range wars and the introduction of Walter Brennan is his supporting-actor Academy Award-winning role, Trevor Burdette the villain/victim, in The Westerner, 1940, starring Gary Cooper.
How The West Was Won (1962) - In The Spirit Of Your Forefathers Trapper Rawlings (James Stewart) is planning revenge on merchant bandit Hawkins (Walter Brennan) and crew, even as he’s fleecing bible beating Prescott (Karl Malden) and his clan (Agnes Moorehead, Debbie Reynolds, Carroll Baker et al), mayhem ensuing, in director Henry Hathaway’s segment of How The West Was Won, 1962.
Story Of Vernon And Irene Castle, The - Yama Yama Man Stranded in the New Rochelle home of Dr. and Mrs. Foote (Robert Strange, Janet Beecher), vaudevillian Vernon Castle (Fred Astaire) is invited to watch daughter Irene (Ginger Rogers) perform, accompanied by family friend "Walter" (Brennan), early in The Story Of Vernon And Irene Castle, 1939.
Far Country, The (1955) - Seattle, 1896 A good stiff Anthony Mann opening, though with a different setting in 1896 Seattle, James Stewart arrives with cattle, greeted by partner Walter Brennan, disciplining the two hands (Terry Frost, Don Harvey) he didn’t kill, opening the Alaska Gold Rush Western, The Far Country, 1955.
Far Country, The (1955) - Nobody Can Tell Her Anything James Stewart as Webster, cattle man from Wyoming, with partner Walter Brennan, tangles with Ronda Castle (Ruth Roman, backed up by Steve Brodie), who’s hired him drive supplies to the gold strike in the Alaskan interior, explaining afterwards to the admiring Renee (Corinne Calvet), in The Far Country, 1955, from director Anthony Mann.

Trailer

Red River - (Re-issue Trailer) A young cowhand rebels against his rancher stepfather during a perilous cattle drive in Red River (1948), directed by Howard Hawks and starring John Wayne, Montgomery Clift and Joanne Dru.
Westerner, The (1940) -- (Original Trailer) A drifter (Gary Cooper) accused of horse stealing faces off against the notorious Judge Roy Bean (Walter Brennan).
Glory (1956) - (Original Trailer) Margaret O'Brien stars in her first film as an adult, Glory (1956), playing a young woman devoted to a racing horse.
Barbary Coast - (Re-issue trailer) A vice king's girlfriend falls for a young miner in Howard Hawks' Barbary Coast (1935) starring Edward G. Robinson, Miriam Hopkins and Joel McCrea (Telluride Film Festival honoree 1982).
Far Country, The -- (Original Trailer) Two cowboys on the road to Alaska help a wagon train in trouble in Anthony Mann's The Far Country (1955) starring James Stewart.
Sergeant York - (Re-issue Trailer) Gary Cooper won his first Best Actor Oscar portraying Sergeant York (1941), the pacifist who becomes a war hero.
Princess and the Pirate, The - (Original Trailer) A cowardly knight (Bob Hope) rescues a disguised princess from pirates.
Bride of Frankenstein - (Re-issue trailer) To save his wife, Baron Frankenstein must build a mate for his monster in Bride of Frankenstein (1935), starring Boris Karloff.
Rio Bravo - (Original Trailer) A sheriff (John Wayne) enlists a drunk (Dean Martin), a kid (Ricky Nelson) and an old man (Walter Brennan) to help him fight off a ruthless cattle baron in Rio Bravo (1959), directed by Howard Hawks.
Stolen Life, A - (Original Trailer) Bette Davis plays a nice sister and the evil twin who takes her place and her man in director Curtis Bernhardt's A Stolen Life (1948).
Stand By For Action - (Original Trailer) A haughty Harvard boy (Robert Taylor) is taken down a notch when he sees action in the Pacific in Stand By For Action (1943).
Task Force -- (Original Trailer) Gary Cooper plays a naval officer who devotes his life to the development of the aircraft carrier in Task Force (1949).

Family

William John Brennan
Father
Engineer.
Margaret Elizabeth Brennan
Mother
Arthur Michael Brennan
Son
Rancher. Managed father's ranch; born c. 1922.
Walter Andrew Brennan Jr
Son
Production assistant.
Ruth Brennan
Daughter
Married serviceman Dixon Lademan.

Companions

Ruth Wells
Wife
Married from 1920 until his death.

Bibliography

Notes

"I'm not a glamour boy, and I never get the girl. I like to play old people, because there's somehing to them. Did you ever see anybody under 30 with any real character or expression in his face?" --Walter Brennan quoted in The New York World-Telegram, June 10, 1939.