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Barton MacLane

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.


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Born:
Dec 25, 1902
Movie/TV Credits:
145
First Appeared:
In the movie His Woman 1931-11-20
Latest Project:
Movie Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage 1983-02-25
Known For
Poster of Naked In The Sun
Poster of The Underdog
Poster of Man of Courage
Poster of The Kid Comes Back
Filmography

Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (1983)

Documentary Comedy
Movie
as Himself (archive footage)
7 1 votes

Arizona Bushwhackers (1968)

Western
Movie
as Sheriff Grover
3 1 votes

Buckskin (1968)

Western
Movie
as Dr. H. 'Doc' Raymond
2 1 votes

Hondo (1967)

Western
Series
as Unknown

The Monkees (1966)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6.7 10 votes

Town Tamer (1965)

Western Action
Movie
as James Fell
3.7 3 votes

The Rounders (1965)

Comedy Western
Movie
as Tanner
5.4 6 votes

I Dream of Jeannie (1965)

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7 40 votes

Law of the Lawless (1964)

Western
Movie
7 1 votes

The Munsters (1964)

Comedy Drama Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as Unknown
7 38 votes

Pocketful of Miracles (1961)

Comedy Drama
Movie
as Police Commissioner (as Barton Maclane)
7.2 20 votes

Gunfighters of Abilene (1960)

Western
Movie
as Seth
5 1 votes

The Outlaws (1960)

Western Drama
Series
as Marshal Frank Caine

Noose for a Gunman (1960)

Western
Movie
as Carl Avery
6 2 votes

Tightrope (1959)

Drama Crime
Series
as Unknown

Girl on the Run (1958)

Movie
as Francis J. Brannigan

Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1958)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

77 Sunset Strip (1958)

Drama Crime
Series
as Unknown
7.8 6 votes

The Geisha Boy (1958)

Comedy
Movie
as Major Ridgley
7.2 16 votes

Hell's Crossroads (1957)

Western
Movie
as Clyde O'Connell

Sierra Stranger (1957)

Movie
as Lem Gotch
6 1 votes

Perry Mason (1957)

Mystery Drama Crime Family
Series
as Unknown
7.9 23 votes

Naked In The Sun (1957)

Movie
as Wilson

Telephone Time (1956)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6 1 votes

Jaguar (1956)

Romance Adventure Drama Mystery
Movie
as Steve Bailey

Wetbacks (1956)

Drama Crime
Movie
as Karl Shanks

Backlash (1956)

Western Romance Mystery
Movie
as Sgt. George Lake
6.5 10 votes

Wire Service (1956)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Naked Gun (1956)

Western
Movie
as Joe Barnum
3.3 3 votes

The Man Is Armed (1956)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Det. Lt. Dan Coster
5.3 2 votes

Foxfire (1955)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Jim Mablett
6 1 votes

Treasure Of Ruby Hills (1955)

Movie
as Chalk Reynolds

Gunsmoke (1955)

Western Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.7 19 votes

Jail Busters (1955)

Comedy
Movie
as Captain Jenkins, Head Guard
6 2 votes

Cheyenne (1955)

Action & Adventure Western
Series
as Unknown
7.5 4 votes

Rails Into Laramie (1954)

Western
Movie
as Lee Graham
5 1 votes

Jubilee Trail (1954)

Western
Movie
as Deacon Bartlett
3.3 2 votes

The Glenn Miller Story (1954)

History Drama Music
Movie
as Gen. Hap Arnold, USAAF
6.3 25 votes

Studio 57 (1954)

Series
as Unknown

The Whistler (1954)

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as Unknown

Hell's Outpost (1954)

Movie
as Sheriff Olson

Kansas Pacific (1953)

Western Action
Movie
as Cal Bruce
3.8 4 votes

Cow Country (1953)

Western
Movie
as Marvin Parker
3.3 2 votes

Jack Slade (1953)

Western
Movie
as Jules Reni
6 1 votes

Captain Scarface (1953)

Action Drama Romance
Movie
as Captain Scarface
4.8 2 votes

Bugles in the Afternoon (1952)

Western
Movie
as Capt. Myles Moylan
4 3 votes

The Half-Breed (1952)

Western
Movie
as Marshal Cassidy

Best of the Badmen (1951)

Western
Movie
as Joad
6.5 4 votes

Drums in the Deep South (1951)

Western Action Drama History
Movie
as Sgt. Mac McCardle
5 1 votes

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951)

Drama Comedy
Series
as Unknown

Lux Video Theatre (1950)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950)

Action Thriller Crime
Movie
as Lt. John Reece
5.7 7 votes

The Bandit Queen (1950)

Western Adventure
Movie
as Sheriff Jim Harden

Let's Dance (1950)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Larry Channock
6.3 3 votes

Red Light (1949)

Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Detective Strecker
5.4 5 votes

Silver River (1948)

Drama Romance Western
Movie
as 'Banjo' Sweeney
6.1 4 votes

The Dude Goes West (1948)

Western Comedy
Movie
as Texas Jack Barton

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Action Adventure Drama Western
Movie
as Pat McCormick
7.9 247 votes

Angel in Exile (1948)

Drama Romance Western
Movie
as Max Giorgio
5.3 2 votes

Relentless (1948)

Western
Movie
as Tex Brandow
6 1 votes

The Walls of Jericho (1948)

Movie
as Rufus J. "Gotch" McCurdy
7.8 2 votes

Unknown Island (1948)

Science Fiction
Movie
as Capt. Tarnowski
4.8 6 votes

Tarzan and the Huntress (1947)

Adventure
Movie
as Paul Weir
5.3 6 votes

Jungle Flight (1947)

Adventure
Movie
as Case Hagin
6.5 1 votes

Cheyenne (1947)

Western
Movie
as Webb Yancey

Mysterious Intruder (1946)

Mystery Crime
Movie
as Detective Taggart
4.8 5 votes

Santa Fe Uprising (1946)

Western
Movie
as Crawford

San Quentin (1946)

Crime
Movie
as Nick Taylor
5 1 votes

Scared Stiff (1945)

Comedy Horror Mystery
Movie
as George 'Deacon' Markham

Tarzan and the Amazons (1945)

Action Adventure Romance
Movie
as Ballister
4.6 5 votes

The Spanish Main (1945)

Adventure Drama Romance
Movie
as Capt. Benjamin Black
4.8 5 votes

The Mummy's Ghost (1944)

Horror
Movie
as Inspector Walgreen
6.9 9 votes

Nabonga (1944)

Adventure
Movie
as Carl Hurst
3 2 votes

Marine Raiders (1944)

Romance War Drama Action
Movie
as Sgt. Maguire
8 2 votes

Cry of the Werewolf (1944)

Horror
Movie
as Lt. Barry Lane
3.9 4 votes

Secret Command (1944)

Action War Drama
Movie
as Red Kelly

Gentle Annie (1944)

Western Romance
Movie
as Sheriff Tatum

Bombardier (1943)

Drama War
Movie
as Sgt. Archie Dixon
5.3 3 votes

Song of Texas (1943)

Action Western
Movie
as Jim Calvert

Man of Courage (1943)

Crime Drama
Movie
as John Wallace
4 2 votes

Crime Doctor’s Strangest Case (1943)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Detective Rief
6 1 votes

The Underdog (1943)

War Drama
Movie
as John Tate

The Big Street (1942)

Romance Drama
Movie
as Case Ables

Highways by Night (1942)

Adventure Comedy Crime Romance
Movie
as Leo Bronson
6 1 votes

Barnacle Bill (1941)

Comedy Drama
Movie
as John Kelly

Western Union (1941)

Western
Movie
as Jack Slade
5.3 16 votes

Come Live with Me (1941)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Barney Grogan
7 1 votes

Hit the Road (1941)

Crime Comedy
Movie
as James J. Ryan

High Sierra (1941)

Adventure Drama Thriller Crime
Movie
as Jake Kranmer
6.9 56 votes

Manpower (1941)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Smiley Quinn
7.2 5 votes

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Mystery Crime Thriller
Movie
as Det. Lt. Dundy
7.8 358 votes

All Through the Night (1941)

Comedy Crime Drama Thriller War
Movie
as Marty Callahan
6.1 6 votes

Wild Geese Calling (1941)

Drama
Movie
as Pirate Kelly
5.5 1 votes

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)

Drama Horror Science Fiction
Movie
as Sam Higgins
6.6 31 votes

Gangs of Chicago (1940)

Drama Crime
Movie
as Jim Ramsey

Men Without Souls (1940)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Blackie Drew

Melody Ranch (1940)

Western
Movie
as Mark Wildhack
5 1 votes

I Was a Convict (1939)

Drama Crime
Movie
as Ace King

Stand Up and Fight (1939)

Drama History Romance Western
Movie
as Crowder

Torchy Blane in Chinatown (1939)

Action Comedy Crime
Movie
as Det. Lt. Steve 'Mac' McBride
6 1 votes

Torchy Runs for Mayor (1939)

Action Adventure Comedy
Movie
as Steve McBride
5.7 3 votes

Mutiny in the Big House (1939)

Drama Crime
Movie
as Red Manson

Gold Is Where You Find It (1938)

Drama History Romance Western
Movie
as Slag Martin
8.5 2 votes

Blondes at Work (1938)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Lt. Steve McBride
6.5 1 votes

The Kid Comes Back (1938)

Drama Comedy
Movie
as Gunner Malone

You and Me (1938)

Drama Crime
Movie
as Mickey Bain
8.4 5 votes

Torchy Gets Her Man (1938)

Comedy Crime Mystery
Movie
as Detective Steve McBride
6.5 1 votes

Prison Break (1938)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Joaquin Shannon
4 1 votes

The Prince and the Pauper (1937)

Adventure Drama Family Fantasy
Movie
as John Canty
6.6 6 votes

You Only Live Once (1937)

Crime Drama Romance
Movie
as Stephen Whitney
7.2 24 votes

Smart Blonde (1937)

Drama Mystery Crime
Movie
as Steve McBride
6.8 2 votes

Draegerman Courage (1937)

Drama
Movie
as Andrew Beaupre

God's Country and the Woman (1937)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Bullhead

Wine, Women and Horses (1937)

Drama
Movie
as Jim Turner

San Quentin (1937)

Action Drama
Movie
as Lt. Druggin
6.3 4 votes

The Adventurous Blonde (1937)

Romance Comedy Mystery
Movie
as Lt. Steve 'Stevie' MacBride

Ever Since Eve (1937)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Al McCoy
3.6 4 votes

Born Reckless (1937)

Adventure Crime
Movie
as Jim Barnes
5.3 2 votes

Fly Away Baby (1937)

Adventure Comedy Drama
Movie
as Steve McBride
6.5 1 votes

The Walking Dead (1936)

Crime Horror Science Fiction
Movie
as Loder
6.6 13 votes

Ceiling Zero (1936)

Adventure Drama Romance
Movie
as Al Stone
7.3 3 votes

Times Square Playboy (1936)

Movie
as Casey (Vic's Butler/Trainer)

Bullets or Ballots (1936)

Crime Drama Thriller
Movie
as Al Kruger
6.4 9 votes

Breakdowns of 1936 (1936)

Comedy
Movie
as Himself

Jailbreak (1936)

Drama
Movie
as Detective Captain Rourke

Bengal Tiger (1936)

Romance Action Adventure Drama
Movie
as Cliff Ballenger

Black Fury (1935)

Crime Drama Romance
Movie
as McGee
7 1 votes

G-Men (1935)

Action Adventure Crime Drama
Movie
as Collins
5.8 13 votes

The Case of the Curious Bride (1935)

Comedy Crime Drama Mystery
Movie
as Detective Lucas
5.3 2 votes

Stranded (1935)

Romance Drama
Movie
as Sharkey

Go Into Your Dance (1935)

Music Drama
Movie
as Duke Hutchinson
9 1 votes

Dr. Socrates (1935)

Crime
Movie
as Red Bastian

Man of Iron (1935)

Drama
Movie
as Chris Bennett
4 1 votes

Frisco Kid (1935)

Adventure Romance
Movie
as Spikder Burke
7.7 3 votes

I Found Stella Parish (1935)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Clifton Jeffords

The Case of the Lucky Legs (1935)

Mystery Comedy Crime
Movie
as Bisonette

Page Miss Glory (1935)

Comedy Music Romance
Movie
as Blackie (as Barton McLane)
6 1 votes

All of Me (1934)

Drama
Movie
as First Cop

The Last Round-up (1934)

Western
Movie
as Charley Benson

Let's Dance (1933)

Comedy
Movie

The Thundering Herd (1933)

Western
Movie
as Henchman Pruitt
2 2 votes

Man of the Forest (1933)

Action Western
Movie
as Mulvey

To the Last Man (1933)

Romance Western
Movie
as Neil Stanley
3.7 3 votes

Tillie and Gus (1933)

Movie
as Commissioner McLennan
7 1 votes

His Woman (1931)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Crewman