- Category : 1894-births
- Type : ME
- Profile : 1/3 - Investigating / Martyr
- Definition : Split - Small (7,8,10,26,45)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Unexpected 2
American actor. In many ways the most successful and familiar character actor of American sound films. Brennan is one of three men to win three acting Oscars (the other two being Jack Nicholson and Daniel Day-Lewis), having won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1936, 1938 and 1940. His range was enormous. He could play sophisticated businessmen, con artists, local yokels, cowhands and military officers with apparent equal ease. An accident in 1932 cost him most of his teeth, and he most often was seen in eccentric rural parts, often playing characters much older than his actual age. His career never really declined, and in the 1950s he became an even more endearing and familiar figure in several television series, most famously The Real McCoys (1957). He died on 21 September 1974 of emphysema, a beloved figure in movies and TV, the target of countless comic impressionists, and one of the best and most prolific actors of his time.