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Walter Brennan

Born: July 25, 1894, Lynn, Massachusetts
Died: September 21, 1974 (age 80), Oxnard, California

Walter Andrew Brennan was a three-time Academy Award winning American actor. He is remembered as one of the premier character actors in motion picture history.

What do you know about Walter Brennan? Meet Walter in this quick quiz.

1. While working as a bank clerk, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a private in France during World War I. What was the regiment he served with?

  • 101st Field Artillery Regiment
  • 5th Cavalry Regiment
  • 82nd Airborne Regiment

2. What film did he win his first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor?

  • Come and Get It
  • Kentucky
  • The Westerner

3. Though he was hardly ever cast as the villain, notable exceptions were his roles as in the classic 1946 film My Darling Clementine opposite Henry Fonda. Who did he play?

  • Old Man Clanton
  • Old Man Earp
  • Sheriff Bidwell

4. From 1957-1963, he starred in the ABC's television series The Real McCoys, which costarred Richard Crenna, and Kathleen Nolan. The comedy about a poor Missouri family that relocated to a farm in southern California.

  • Fact or Myth

5. Brennan had a song in 1960 on Liberty Records that hit #5 on the Pop charts. What was the song?

  • "Old Rivers"
  • "Old Eyes"
  • "Country Roads"

6. In 1967, he starred in another series, in which he played a man in search of his gunfighter son, James, with his grandson, Jeff, played by Dack Rambo. What was the TV series?

  • Iron Man
  • Rifleman
  • The Guns of Will Sonnett

7. Who did he play in Howard Hawks' Rio Bravo?

  • Nadine Groot
  • Deputy Stumpy
  • James Rambo

8. In The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968), Brennan portrayed a Democratic supporter of U.S. President Grover Cleveland. Who played Brennan's son in the film?

  • Buddy Ebsen
  • Richard Crenna
  • John Wayne

9. What was the cause of Brennan's death at the age of 80?

  • Emphysema
  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease

10. Where is Walter Brennan buried?

  • San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Los Angeles, California
  • Laurel Land Memorial Park, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California

Answers

1. 101st Field Artillery Regiment

2. Come and Get It

3. Old Man Clanton

4. Myth. From 1957-1963, he starred in the ABC's television series The Real McCoys, which costarred Richard Crenna, and Kathleen Nolan. The comedy about a poor West Virginia family that relocated to a farm in southern California.

5. "Old Rivers"

6. The Guns of Will Sonnett

7. Deputy Stumpy

8. Buddy Ebsen

9. Emphysema

Angels on your pillow10. San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Los Angeles, California

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