Walter Brennan (July 25, 1894 – September 21, 1974) was a three-time Academy Award winning American actor. He is remembered as one of the premier character actors in motion picture history
He is often remembered for one of his best performances, as Judge Roy Bean, in The Westerner, it stars Gary Cooper as fictional interloper Cole Harden. This 1940 film directed by William Wyler led to him winning his record-setting third Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
In the 1941 Sergeant York, he played a sympathetic preacher and dry goods store owner who advised the title character played by Gary Cooper. He was particularly skilled in playing the hero's sidekick or as the "grumpy old man" in a picture. Cooper also won his first Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as the title character.
He remains the only person to have won three Best Supporting Actor awards.