William Jennings Bryant, who was one of the greatest American actors of all time, died Monday at age 94.
He was born William Joseph Bryant on January 16, 1869 in New York City.
He went on to star in films like “Mammy the Musical” and “The Wizard of Oz” before his death in 1940 at age 91.
Bryant won several Oscars including Best Actor in a Musical, Best Supporting Actor in “The Wonderful Wizard of Zorro,” and Best Supporting Actress in “Moby Dick.”
He won the Golden Globe for Best Actor for “Molly’s Funeral,” a performance he made as his younger brother in a 1971 film adaptation of the play.
His career in films peaked in 1964 with “Mudbound,” which won a Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice, and Annie Award.
He also won two Academy Awards, Best Actor and Best Director.
In addition to his career as a film actor, he also played piano and wrote music for films including “Tales of a Dangerous Mind,” “Ticket to Ride,” “The Great Escape,” “Catch Me If You Can,” and “Dirty Harry.”
In addition, he had a successful television career, including guest roles on shows like “Family Ties,” “Sesame Street,” and The Billingsley Sisters, among others.
Byrne was also a painter, and in his spare time painted the house in his home for his wife, Frances.
He had four children, two of whom are still alive.
He died in Los Angeles at age 90.