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Happy Birthday Walter!

On this day, in 1894, Walter Brennan was born!walter brennan2

(Regular readers know I love character actors!)

Certainly all of you remember him from ‘The McCoys’ aka ‘The Real McCoys’ 50s television show.  But he was so much more.

He was in such diverse films as The Invisible Man and Bride of Frankenstein.  He received the very first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor as Swan Bostrom in Come and Get It (1936).

And most of us remember him as the preacher in Sergeant York:   “Them’s a mess of beef critter’s, Alvin.”

He was a conservative and religious (although private regarding which variety of religion).  He died of emphysema at age 80.

While travelling in Oregon with the family (in 1986), I got to drive by his ranch.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to stop.

I’m certain it would have been cool, even though he’d passed in 1974.  I even do a passable impression of him, although my roommate tells me it’s the same as my Pepperidge Farm guy impression.

“Lilly Langtry, Lilly Langtry!  (Judge Roy Bean in the Westerner)

We miss you, Walter.

h/t Wikipedia

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I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

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14 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Walter!

  1. He was a great supporting actor, and a leading man in his own right, later in life. “It ain’t braggin’ if ya can do it.”

    Posted by Rev. Paul | July 25, 2013, 8:32 am
  2. Yep, one of the great character actors!!!

    Posted by Old NFO | July 25, 2013, 9:45 am
  3. Oh, wow. Thanks for reminding of a great actor. I don’t know the whippersnappers populating the silver screen these days.

    Posted by ProudHillbilly | July 25, 2013, 11:52 am
  4. Walter was the man, and one of my all-time favorites.

    Just think, he played supporting roles for Gary Cooper, Humphrey Bogart, and John Wayne. That’s pretty good company right there, not to mention his various stellar starring roles.

    The mold is broken, and we are the worse-off for it.

    RE: Rev.Paul…”No brag, just fact”…

    Posted by Sonolou | July 25, 2013, 2:04 pm
  5. I escorted his grand daughter while she was at the Oregon State Fair showing a horse and a dress in competition, I recall. A most memorable experience. A week at the fair with a beautiful young woman. And on the back of my Yamaha 250 Enduro to boot!

    I failed to follow up on that.

    Not my first failure, and surely not the last. But bittersweet.

    Posted by sarthurk | July 25, 2013, 10:04 pm
  6. I thought he made a great villain too, like in My Darling Clementine.

    Posted by Wilson | July 26, 2013, 10:06 pm
  7. “I’m ah dishing out free beer to everyone and anyone caught sober after sundown, is liable for arrest, for disorderly conduct and that’s my ruling!”- Walter Brennan as Judge Roy Bean,

    Posted by Justice | May 10, 2014, 5:13 am

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