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Walter Brennan
Birth: Jul. 25, 1894
Lynn
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Sep. 21, 1974
Oxnard
Ventura County
California, USA

Actor. The only man to win three Best Supporting Actor Oscar awards, Walter Brennan was probably the most successful character actor in American film. While attending college in Cambridge, Massachusetts, studying to be an engineer, Brennan became interested in theatre and appeared in school plays. He worked some in vaudeville and also held various jobs such as a bank clerk and lumberjack. He toured with small musical comedy companies before entering the military in 1917. After World War I, he went to Guatemala to raise pineapples, and then moved to Los Angeles, where he speculated in real estate. He entered pictures as an extra beginning in 1923, then did some work as a stuntman. With his wiry frame, thinning hair, lost teeth and weary expression, which made him look older than he really was, he eventually landed supporting roles in numerous features and short subjects between 1927 and 1938. The first of his three Oscars was for his role in Come and Get It (1936), which was the first Best Supporting Oscar ever awarded. He would win the award again in 1938 in Kentucky and again in 1940 in a particularly vivid performance as Judge Roy Bean in The Westerner. He was also nominated for his performance in Sergeant York (1941). Brennan displayed his range in dozens of roles, most effectively in Westerns. He appeared with John Wayne in Red River (1948) and Rio Bravo (1959) and was a memorable Ike Clanton in My Darling Clementine (1946). Among his more than 100 feature films were The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938), The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939), Meet John Doe (1941), The Pride of the Yankees (1942), To Have and Have Not (1944), Bad Day at Black Rock (1955), How the West Was Won (1962), and The Gnome Mobile (1967). Brennan also starred in three TV series, including “The Real McCoys,” which ran for six seasons, “Tycoon” and “The Guns of Will Sonnett.” He even had a hit record, the spoken/sung, “Old Rivers”, which first charted on April 7, 1962, spent 11 weeks on the Billboard charts, and peaked at number 5. This lead to several albums of similar material and three other top 100 singles. (bio by: Craig Johnson) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Ruth Caroline Wells Brennan (1897 - 1997)*
 
 Children:
  Ruth Caroline Brennan Lademan (1924 - 2004)*
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Emphysema
 
Burial:
San Fernando Mission Cemetery
Mission Hills
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Section D, Lot 445, Grave 8
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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-Anonymous
 Added: Aug. 14, 2014
YOU WERE THOUGHT OF TODAY BY A FAN WHO HAS WATCHED YOUR PERFORMANCES WITH GREAT ADMIRATION. REST IN PEACE IN THE WARMTH AND LIGHT OF HEAVEN
-Anonymous
 Added: Aug. 14, 2014
RIP One of the very best.
- Tom Carroll
 Added: Aug. 9, 2014
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