Johnny Mack Brown soared from All-American football player at the University of Alabama to star of numerous western films.
Brown had a sensational career as a halfback for the Crimson Tide and reached his peak as a senior in the 1926 Rose Bowl game when he caught touchdown passes of 61 and 30 yards as Alabama defeated Washington 20-19.
One of the football player's first films, “Slide, Kelly, Slide” (1927), was about baseball. He went on to act opposite silent films stars such as Mary Pickford and Greta Garbo and then made a smooth transition to talking pictures.
He made the western epic “Billy the Kid” for MGM and later, for Universal, a series of westerns including “Range Justice,” “Western Renegades,” “West of El Dorado” and “Law of the Range.”