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Walter Andrew Brennan (Lynn (Massachusetts)25 July 1894 - OxnardCaliforniaseptember 21, 1974) was an American actor.

Already during his school time Walter was interested in acting and played in various school designs. After his school days he had several jobs before going into the army in 1917. After his experiences in the first world war, he wandered about the world after its IDF. Eventually he settled in Los Angeles, where he acquired a fortune in the real estate market.

After the stock market crash of 1929 he lost nearly all his money and he rolled in the film world. First as an extra and stuntman, later more and more as an actor. He gradually got more and more text and eventually he got recognition for his work through a Academy Award for Best Actor in an Supporting Role for his role in Come and Get It (1936). This price gave up two sequels: for Kentucky in 1939 and in 1941 for The Westerner. In 1942 followed another Oscar nomination for his role in Sergeant York. He was a versatile actor, who was able to play a variety of characters. Of a successful businessman and soldier to taxi driver and cowboy. He also played many characters which is much older than his own age.

Although he after his last Oscar nomination has received no major prices more, he always remained to work as an actor. From the beginning of the 1950s, he was also becoming more common to see in television series. His most notable role is that of grandfather Amos McCoy during 223 installments in the series The Real McCoys(1957-1963).

Brennan died on september 21, 1974, at the age of 80 to a serious lung disease.

Trivia[Edit]Edit

  • He is together with Jack NicholsonMeryl Streep and Daniel Day-Lewis the only actor who has won three Oscars. It should be noted that Nicholson got two of the three prices for Best male lead, the third was for Best Supporting Actor. The same is true of Streep, while Lewis got all three for Best male lead. Brennan received the award for Best Supporting Actor all times.
  • Brennan married Ruth Wells (8-12-1897-12-01-1997) in 1920;
  • Together they had three children: a daughter (Ruth Brennan) and two sons (Arthur Wells ' Mike ' Andy Brennan and Brennan);
  • He was also successful as a singer: Brennan had a hit in 1962 with Old Rivers ;

Partial filmography[Edit]Edit

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Predecessor:

No

Academy Award for best supporting actor

1936 for Come and Get It

Successor:

Joseph Schildkraut for The Life of Emile Zola


Predecessor:

Joseph Schildkraut for The Life of Emile Zola

Academy Award for best supporting actor

1938 for Kentucky

Successor:

Thomas Mitchell for Stagecoach


Predecessor:

Thomas Mitchell for Stagecoach

Academy Award for best supporting actor

1940 for The Westerner

Successor:

Donald Crisp for How Green Was My Valley

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