Johnny Mack Brown
Johnny Mack Brown, an outstanding athlete and western movie star, was born in Dothan on September 1, 1904. Johnny Mack was one of nine children born to John Henry and Hattie McGillivray Brown. The Brown family home was located on South Saint Andrews Street, just a few blocks south of this marker. He excelled as an athlete at Dothan High School and was an All-American halfback at the University of Alabama. It was his performance during Alabama’s 1926 Rose Bowl victory over the University of Washington that propelled Alabama into the football spotlight and Johnny Mack into a Hollywood movie career.
Johnny Mack made his first film in 1927 and went on to appear in 165 movie productions, including several on television. He acted with movie greats as Mary Pickford, Mae West, Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford and others. During the years 1940-1950, he consistently ranked in the Top 10 in popularity polls of movie stars. Johnny Mack Brown is listed in the National Collegiate Football Hall of Fame, Rose Bowl Hall of Fame, Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, Alabama Stage and Screenwriters Hall of Fame, World Cowboy Gun Spinners Hall of Fame and received the Golden Boot Award from the Motion Picture & Television Fund. Johnny Mack Brown died in 1974.
Erected 2005 by Historic
Location. 31° 13.381′ N, 85° 23.446′ W. Marker is in Dothan, Alabama, in Houston County. Marker is on South St Andrews Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. The marker is on the street in front of a building with a mural of Johnny Mack Brown. Marker is in this post office area: Dothan AL 36303, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Founding of Dothan (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Poplar Head Spring (about 400 feet away); Dothan Opera House (about 500 feet away); Marvin Holman (about 500 feet away); Main Street Commercial Historic District (about 500 feet away); The Naming of Dothan (about 600 feet away); 1905 Houston County Courthouse Bell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Houston County (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dothan.
Also see . . .
1. Johnny Mack Brown - B-Westerns.com. (Submitted on March 26, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. Dothan Murals. Johnny Mack Brown Once recognized throughout the world by millions of youngsters and grown-up as the cowboy hero who always triumphed over gun-slinging villains. click to listen: (Submitted on October 17, 2011, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.)
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