Three-time Oscar winner and country musician Walter Brennan was born in Swampscott, MA, on July 25, 1894. A veteran of the First World War, Brennan began acting professionally in 1929. He received his first Oscar for his supporting role in Howard Hawks' [RoviLink="VW"]Come and Get It, and two more followed for 1938's [RoviLink="VW"]Kentucky and 1940s [RoviLink="VW"]The Westerner. By the time he took a popular role as Grampa Amos McCoy on the TV show [RoviLink="VW"]The McCoys in the late '50s, he had over 100 film credits to his name. His recording career was at its most prolific during the early '60s. A duet with Billy Vaughn, "Dutchman's Gold," was his first chart hit. Three more -- "Old Rivers," "Houdini," and "Mama Sang Me a Song" -- registered two years later. He passed away in 1974, due to emphysema, on the 21st of September. ~ Andy KellmanPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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