Barton MacLane

Birthday:
12/25/1902
Place of birth:
Columbia, South Carolina, USA:
Biography:
Barton MacLane graduated from Wesleyan University, where he displayed a notable aptitude for sports, in particular football and basketball. Not surprisingly, his physical prowess led to an early role in The Quarterback (1926) with Richard Dix. MacLane once commented that, as an actor, he needed to have the physical strength to tear the bad guys "from limb to limb", if necessary. Ironically, it was usually Barton himself who was destined to be at the end of a hiding (when not getting shot, instead), typically as snarling henchmen, outlaws and other assorted dubious or abrasive types throughout most of his 40-year acting career. In fact, Barton became so typecast that his name was for a time used proverbially, to generally describe a shouting, hard-nosed ruffian. After training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, MacLane joined a stock company in Brooklyn. In 1927 he had his first part on Broadway, a brief moment as an assistant district attorney, in the melodrama "The Trial of Mary Dugan". He then played a small featured role as a police officer in "Subway Express" (1929-30), a drama enacted in the interior of a subway car. In mid-1932 MacLane tried his hand at writing his own starring vehicle for the stage, entitled "Rendezvous". While the play closed after just 21 performances, it led to a contract with Warner Brothers. Barton had already appeared in bit roles for Paramount at their Astoria Studios, including The Marx Brothers' debut film The Cocoanuts (1929). He portrayed mobster Brad Collins in 'G' Men (1935) (with James Cagney), which set the tone for most of his future assignments. Brawny, with squinty eyes and a rasping voice, MacLane was the ideal surly tough guy, particularly suitable for westerns and the type of films noir Warner Brothers excelled at. He was often cast as cops, be they bent or honest. Some of his most representative performances include gangster Al Kruger in Bullets or Ballots (1936), which won him some of the best critical notices of his career; outlaw Jack Slade in Western Union (1941); crooked construction boss Pat McCormick, who gets beaten up by Humphrey Bogart and Tim Holt over past-due wages in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948); hard-nosed cops Detective Dundy in The Maltese Falcon (1941) and Lt. Reece in Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950). MacLane, on loan to Universal, also had a starring role in Prison Break (1938) as an innocent tuna fisherman who is framed for murder. He was prominent as a tough but sympathetic cop, foil to sleuthing girl reporter Glenda Farrell in the "Torchy Blaine" series of the mid- to late 1930s. In the 1960s Barton began to cultivate a good-guy image as Marshal Frank Caine in the NBC western series Outlaws (1960) as well as showing up in a small recurring role as Air Force Gen. Martin Peterson in I Dream of Jeannie (1965). Barton was married to the actress Charlotte Wynters, who appeared with him in six of his films. When not on the set, the couple spent time on their 2000-acre cattle ranch in Madera County, California. For his work in television, Barton has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Credits

Bogart: The Untold Story (1997)
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (1983)
as Himself (archive footage)
It's Showtime (1976)
Buckskin (1968)
as Dr. H. 'Doc' Raymond
Arizona Bushwhackers (1968)
as Sheriff Grover
Town Tamer (1965)
as James Fell
The Rounders (1965)
as Tanner
Law of the Lawless (1964)
as Big Tom Stone
Pocketful of Miracles (1961)
as Police Commissioner
Noose for a Gunman (1960)
as Carl Avery
Gunfighters of Abilene (1960)
as Seth
The Geisha Boy (1958)
as Major Ridgley
Frontier Gun (1958)
as Simon Crayle
Girl on the Run (1958)
as Francis J. Brannigan
Girl in the Woods (1958)
as Big Jim
Naked In The Sun (1957)
as Wilson
Sierra Stranger (1957)
as Lem Gotch
Hell's Crossroads (1957)
as Clyde O'Connell
Three Violent People (1956)
as Yates
Naked Gun (1956)
as Joe Barnum
The Man Is Armed (1956)
as Det. Lt. Dan Coster
Wetbacks (1956)
as Karl Shanks
Backlash (1956)
as Sgt. George Lake
Jaguar (1956)
as Steve Bailey
Last of the Desperados (1955)
as Mosby, Gang Leader
Jail Busters (1955)
as Captain Jenkins
Foxfire (1955)
as Jim Mablett
The Silver Star (1955)
as Henry 'Tiny' Longtree
Treasure Of Ruby Hills (1955)
as Chalk Reynolds
Hell's Outpost (1954)
as Sheriff Olson
Jubilee Trail (1954)
as Deacon Bartlett
Rails Into Laramie (1954)
as Lee Graham
The Glenn Miller Story (1954)
as General Arnold
Jack Slade (1953)
as Jules Reni
Sea of Lost Ships (1953)
as Capt. Jack Matthews
Captain Scarface (1953)
as Captain Scarface
Cow Country (1953)
as Marvin Parker
Kansas Pacific (1953)
as Cal Bruce
Thunderbirds (1952)
as Sgt. Durkee
The Half-Breed (1952)
as Marshal Cassidy
Bugles in the Afternoon (1952)
as Capt. Myles Moylan
Drums in the Deep South (1951)
as Sgt. Mac McCardle
Best of the Badmen (1951)
as Joad
The Bandit Queen (1950)
as Sheriff Jim Harden
Let's Dance (1950)
as Larry Channock
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950)
as Lieutenant John Reece
Red Light (1949)
as Detective Strecker
The Walls of Jericho (1948)
as Rufus J. "Gotch" McCurdy
Angel in Exile (1948)
as Max Giorgio
Unknown Island (1948)
as Capt. Tarnowski
Relentless (1948)
as Tex Brandow
The Dude Goes West (1948)
as Texas Jack Barton
Silver River (1948)
as 'Banjo' Sweeney
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
as Pat McCormick
Jungle Flight (1947)
as Case Hagin
Cheyenne (1947)
as Webb Yancey
Tarzan and the Huntress (1947)
as Paul Weir
San Quentin (1946)
as Nick Taylor
Santa Fe Uprising (1946)
as Crawford
Mysterious Intruder (1946)
as Detective Taggart
The Spanish Main (1945)
as Capt. Benjamin Black
Scared Stiff (1945)
as George 'Deacon' Markham
Tarzan and the Amazons (1945)
as Ballister
Gentle Annie (1944)
as Sheriff Tatum
Cry of the Werewolf (1944)
as Lt. Barry Lane
Secret Command (1944)
as Red Kelly
Marine Raiders (1944)
as Sgt. Maguire
The Mummy's Ghost (1944)
as Inspector Walgreen
Nabonga (1944)
as Carl Hurst
The Crime Doctor’s Strangest Case (1943)
as Detective Rief
The Underdog (1943)
as John Tate
Song of Texas (1943)
as Jim Calvert
Bombardier (1943)
as Archie Dixon
Man of Courage (1943)
as John Wallace
Highways by Night (1942)
as Leo Bronson
The Big Street (1942)
as Case Ables
All Through the Night (1942)
as Marty Callahan
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
as Det. Lt. Dundy
Wild Geese Calling (1941)
as Pirate Kelly
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
as Sam Higgins
Manpower (1941)
as Smiley Quinn
Hit the Road (1941)
as James J. Ryan
Barnacle Bill (1941)
as John Kelly
Western Union (1941)
as Jack Slade
Come Live with Me (1941)
as Barney Grogan
High Sierra (1941)
as Jake Kranmer
Melody Ranch (1940)
as Mark Wildhack
Men Without Souls (1940)
as Blackie Drew
Gangs of Chicago (1940)
as Jim Ramsey
Breakdowns of 1939 (1940)
as Himself
Mutiny in the Big House (1939)
as Red Manson
Torchy Runs for Mayor (1939)
as Steve McBride
Big Town Czar (1939)
as Phil Daley
I Was a Convict (1939)
as Ace King
Torchy Blane in Chinatown (1939)
as Det. Lt. Steve 'Mac' McBride
Stand Up and Fight (1939)
as Crowder
Torchy Gets Her Man (1938)
as Detective Steve McBride
The Storm (1938)
as Captain Cogswell
Prison Break (1938)
as Joaquin Shannon
You and Me (1938)
as Mickey Bain
Gold Is Where You Find It (1938)
as Slag Martin
The Kid Comes Back (1938)
as Gunner Malone
Blondes at Work (1938)
as Lt. Steve McBride
The Adventurous Blonde (1937)
as Det. Lt. Steve McBride
Wine, Women and Horses (1937)
as Jim Turner
Ever Since Eve (1937)
as Al McCoy
Born Reckless (1937)
as Jim Barnes
Fly Away Baby (1937)
as Steve McBride
San Quentin (1937)
as Lt. Druggin
Draegerman Courage (1937)
as Andrew Beaupre
The Prince and the Pauper (1937)
as John Canty
You Only Live Once (1937)
as Stephen Whitney
Breakdowns of 1937 (1937)
as Himself
God's Country and the Woman (1937)
as Bullhead
Smart Blonde (1937)
as Steve McBride
Breakdowns of 1936 (1936)
as Himself
Jailbreak (1936)
as Detective Captain Rourke
Bengal Tiger (1936)
as Cliff Ballenger
Bullets or Ballots (1936)
as Al Kruger
Times Square Playboy (1936)
as Casey (Vic's Butler/Trainer)
The Walking Dead (1936)
as Loder
Ceiling Zero (1936)
as Al Stone
A Dream Comes True (1935)
as Himself (uncredited)
Man of Iron (1935)
as Chris Bennett
Frisco Kid (1935)
as Spikder Burke
I Found Stella Parish (1935)
as Clifton Jeffords
Dr. Socrates (1935)
as Red Bastian
The Case of the Lucky Legs (1935)
as Bisonette
Page Miss Glory (1935)
as Blackie
Stranded (1935)
as Sharkey
Black Fury (1935)
as McGee
'G' Men (1935)
as Brad Collins
Go Into Your Dance (1935)
as Duke Hutchinson
The Case of the Curious Bride (1935)
as Detective Lucas
The Last Round-up (1934)
as Charley Benson
All of Me (1934)
as First Cop
Big Executive (1933)
as Harry the Guide
Tillie and Gus (1933)
as Commissioner McLennan
To the Last Man (1933)
as Neil Stanley
Man of the Forest (1933)
as Mulvey
Let's Dance (1933)
The Thundering Herd (1933)
as Henchman Pruitt
His Woman (1931)
as Crewman
The Gigolo Racket (1931)
as Cafe Customer
Crimes Square (1931)
as Detective with Handcuffs
The Quarterback (1926)
as Football Player (uncredited)

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