awards & nominations

Sergeant York (1941)

Walter Brennan as "Pastor Rosier Pile"

Prize-winning Tennessee marksman Alvin York (Gary Cooper), a recent convert to Christianity, finds himself torn between his non-violent beliefs and his desire to serve his country when recruited to fight in World War I. Kindly Major Buxton (Stanley Ridges) convinces York to engage in battle, where the pacifist's prowess with a rifle earns him honors as he continues to struggle with his decision to kill. Howard Hawks directs this adaptation of the real York's memoirs.

Academy Award (1941)NominatedActor in a Supporting Role

The Westerner (1940)

Walter Brennan as "Judge Roy Bean"

Accused of stealing horses, drifter Cole Harden (Gary Cooper) finds himself before the infamous Judge Roy Bean (Walter Brennan). Aware of the judge's affection for actress Lily Langtree (Lilian Bond), Cole claims to know her and thus receives a suspended sentence. Soon after, Cole falls for an attractive homesteader (Doris Davenport) whose father (Fred Stone) is indirectly killed by Bean's henchmen. Looking for revenge, Cole tracks the judge to a theater where Langtree is set to perform.

Academy Award (1940)WonActor in a Supporting Role

Kentucky (1938)

Walter Brennan as "Peter Goodwin"

When John Dillon steals horses from Thad Goodwin's farm, Thad is killed in front of his young grandson, Peter. Over 70 years later, Peter (Walter Brennan) has relayed the story to his family, who vicariously carries the grudge. Dillon's grandson, Jack (Richard Greene), tries to make good on the promise of a horse his father had made to Peter's daughter, Sally (Loretta Young), but when she discovers Jack's lineage, she finds trusting his intentions difficult.

Academy Award (1938)WonActor