Monday, February 10, 2020



Roger Smith said...

Johnny Mack Brown was a gridiron star halfback for the Crimson Tide of Alabama. His image on Wheaties boxes won him a contract with MGM. He co-starred with Mary Pickford in her first talkie, for which she won Best Actress. His film appeal was rising, landing him top billing next to Joan Crawford and above that of Wallace Beery. But the meteoric rise of Clark Gable saw MGM eclipse Brown, giving the best roles to Gable. Brown went on to immense stardom in B-Westerns, racking up over 160 movies. His one marriage lasted 48 years until his death of heart failure in 1974, at age 70. His ashes rest at Forest Lawn Glendale.