Walter Brennan

Birth Name: Walter Andrew Brennan

Date of Birth: July 25, 1894

Place of Birth: Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, United States

Date of Death: September 21, 1974

Place of Death: Oxnard, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: Irish

Walter Brennan was an American actor and singer. He thrice won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, for Come and Get It (1936), Kentucky (1938), and The Westerner (1940).

Walter was the son of Margaret Elizabeth (Flanagan) and William John Brennan, who was an engineer and inventor. His father was born in Massachusetts, to an Irish father, and to an English-born mother, likely also of Irish descent. His mother was born in Massachusetts, to Irish parents. He was married to Ruth Caroline Wells, until his death, with whom he had three children.

Sources: Walter Brennan on the 1900 U.S. Census –
Walter Brennan on the 1920 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

3 Responses

  1. follers says:

    Ethnic, is there a picture, please?

  2. andrew says:

    son of William John Brennan and Margaret Elizabeth Flanagan. Both his parents were actually born in Massachusetts.

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