Walter Brennan as Grandpa Amos
on "The Real McCoys"
Brennan worked in movies for decades before he became famous, but the idea of a "young Walter Brennan" remains all but unimaginable to most of us. Born in 1894, Brennan was already working in silent movies in his early 30s, and he had a distinguished early career. But he became a household name when he broke through in 1957 — at age 63 —as Grandpa Amos on "The Real McCoys" — which included an appearance by Brennan and his TV family at the Iverson Movie Ranch in the pilot.
previous blog entry that you can find here.
Brennan in "The Westerner" (1940)
Brennan already had three Oscars by the time he launched his TV career, having won three times for supporting roles (the only actor to do so) — for "Come and Get It" (1936), "Kentucky" (1938) and "The Westerner" (1940). He wasn't exactly "OLD old" in his film roles of that era ... but he was already "playing old." He just had that kind of look.
With Audie Murphy in "Drums Across the River" (1954)
He worked his way into his share of movies shot at the Iverson Movie Ranch in the course of his career — among them, "Drums Across the River" (1954) and "Support Your Local Sheriff" (1969).
Sphinx behind the actors.
Hole in the Wall section of Iverson can be seen in the background.
Cyril Delevanti ... I posted about him here
Here are a few examples of Walter Brennan's work, available from Amazon ...