Western Stars of the Past: Johnny Mack Brown

Johnny Mack Brown was born on September 1, 1904 in Dothan Alabama. He was an All America running back for the University of Alabama in the 20’s and was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1957.

He had been a featured actor in movies with the leading females stars of that time such as Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford but is best known for his westerns.

By 1935 Brown appeared almost exclusively in western films until his last movie Apache Uprising in 1965. His popularity extended to appearing in a series of Johnny Mack Brown comic books.

He died of heart failure on November 14,1974 at the age of 70 due to heart failure.

For those wanting to read more about Johnny Mack Brown this link will take you to one of the most extensive websites I have seen on the internet for anyone. It includes many photos.



Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

4 thoughts on “Western Stars of the Past: Johnny Mack Brown”

  1. i saw Johnny Mack Brown at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus in 1957. By then, he had gotten pretty heavy. He was touring with Tommy Scott’s Wild West Show. He rode out on a plug horse, got off and began spinning his sixgun. Each time, he caught it, he fired a round. We gathered around to meet him and I got one of his spent cartridges along with his autograph. I was the only one who did. He did not have any photos to pass out. I still have his signature in my autograph book along with the blank cartridge. His daughter sent me a photo of her as a little girl along with him and his hrose, Rebel.

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