Johnny Mack Brown (1904 – 1974)

SIZE
20' Long by 11' High

COMPLETION DATE
September 1993

ARTIST NAME
Susan Tooke

TALKING POINTS

  • Johnny Mack Brown, born and raised in Dothan, Alabama was once regarded throughout the world by millions as a movie star cowboy hero.
  • The Brown family lived at 513 South St. Andrews Street, just 4 blocks from this mural.
  • Johnny Mack Brown graduated from the University of Alabama in 1926, where he was an All- American halfback on the football team.
  • He is also enshrined in the National Football Hall of Fame.
  • After winning the pennant, he then parlayed his good looks and athletic ability into a Hollywood career that would span more than 40 years, and included roles in 168 movies and television series.
  • Johnny Mack Brown died in California in 1974, but his legend lives on in the Wiregrass.

Johnny Mack Brown was once recognized throughout the world by millions of youngsters and grownups as the cowboy hero who always triumphed over gun-slinging villains.

Johnny Mack was born and raised in Dothan, Alabama. He attended public schools and graduated in 1922 from Dothan High School, when it was located on Burdeshaw Street. The Brown family lived at 513 South St. Andrews Street, just four blocks from the site of this mural. His father owned a family clothing store located on East Main Street.

In 1926, Johnny Mack Brown graduated from the University of Alabama, where he was an All-American halfback on the football team. He made the winning touchdown when the University played in the World Series in the Rose Bowl in California, cinching the pennant for the University. He is also enshrined in the National Football Hall of Fame.

After winning the pennant, he then parlayed his good looks and athletic ability into a Hollywood career that would span more than 40 years, and included roles in 168 movies and television series. He starred with such Hollywood greats as Greta Garbo, Mary Pickford, Joan Crawford, Marion Davies and Mae West, as well as John Wayne, Tex Ritter, Wallace Beery and Rod Cameron.

Johnny Mack Brown died in California in 1974, but his legend lives on in the Wiregrass.