Society of the Old West

From early westward expansion through the early 20th Century.

Judge Roy Bean, Old Man Clanton and Amos McCoy. Walter Brennan played them all. The Westerner, My Darling Clementine, The Real McCoys are just a few of the nearly 240 roles Walter appeared in. He had roles in over 50 Westerns. Some of those noteable pictures included Red River and Rio Bravo when he starred with John Wayne. Who can ever forget the "Grumpy" cook on that trail drive in Red River?. Or that "gimp" that Stumpy had in Rio Bravo plus he had a helluva arm when it came to tossing dynamite?

Brennan won three Oscars for Supporting actor. He was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage museum in 1970. In addition to acting he was musically inclined too. His song Old River, released in 1962, topped out on the billboard charts at number 5.

Walter Brennan was born on July 25, 1894.


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Comment by Carbine on July 28, 2011 at 7:14pm
 Thanks to Y'all responses I've learned a few things I didn't know beforehand about Walter Brennan. I read awhile back that one of the movie directors asked Walter to remove his dentures during filming because he wanted that distinctive voice and look Walter was well known for. Could have been for Red River or Rio Bravo but I don't remember for sure. Maybe one of you  know the answer. Might have been John Wayne himself that asked that of Walt.
Comment by dirtrider on July 27, 2011 at 7:50am

Mr. Brennan's accomplishments include:


The Real McCoy's, The Guns of Will Sonnett; The Over-the-Hill Gang,; The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again; The Young Country; Support Your Local Sheriff!; How the West Was Won; Shoot Out at Big Sag; Rio Bravo; Drums Across the River; The Toughest Man in Arizona; Return of the Texan; The Showdown; Singing Guns; Curtain Call at Cactus Creek ;Red River ;Driftwood; My Darling Clementine; Dakota; Hangmen Also Die; The Westerner; The Texans; The Cowboy and the Lady; Banjo on My Knee; Helldorado; Law Beyond the Range (1935) ;Northern Frontier (1935) ;The Prescott Kid (1934);Rustler's Roundup (1933) ;Two-Fisted Law (1932) ;Law and Order (1932);Texas Cyclone (1932);Long, Long Trail, The (1929) ;Lariat Kid, The (1929); Smilin' Guns (1929);Ballyhoo Buster, The (1928) ;Ridin' Rowdy, The (1927) and others. Walter Brennan died Sep 21, 1974.

Comment by dirtrider on July 26, 2011 at 7:06am
You're absolutely correct on that one Wesley.  Pat Buttram, Dennis Weaver, and others,ad infinitum made the show complete for us.  Now the new ones have degenerated into junk.
Comment by dirtrider on July 25, 2011 at 5:49am
Ooopss, fergot ta mention,,,,,,,,, gotta turn up the you tube volume.  Then you can adjust the pc.
Comment by Carbine on July 24, 2011 at 8:54pm
Been awhile since I heard that song. You really have to turn up the volume on this link! But the pictures get the message across nonetheless. Thanks Milt.
Comment by dirtrider on July 24, 2011 at 7:36pm

A link with slide show for all Walter Brennan fans..... like Joe & I

Comment by dirtrider on July 24, 2011 at 7:27pm

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