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Barton MacLane

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Biography

MacLane in 1961

Source: Wikipedia

Barton MacLane was an American actor, playwright, and screenwriter, who as a young adult was much more interested in sports than acting.MacLane excelled at football as a college student, and his skills as a star player earned him his first movie role, in The Quarterback (1926). MacLane's experience filming inspired him to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts to train to become a professional actor.

After performing in a handfull Broadway shows during the late 1920s, MacLane decided to write a play of his own. The play was called Rendezvous, and it became a great success on Broadway, with MacLane in a featured role. MacLane’s performance in Rendezvous landed him a contract with Warner Bros.

Throughout the remainder of the 1930s, MacLane was highly active in film, with major supporting roles several popular movies. Some of his most famous movie performances include his role as detective Steve McBride in a series of films involving fictional news reporter Torchy Blane as well as his work alongside legendary movie star Humphrey Bogart in both The Maltese Falcon and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

In the 1950s and 60s, MacLane appeared regularly on various television programs, including his performance as a series regular on NBC's western, Outlaws, in which he played Marshal Frank Caine. In 1965, MacLane was cast in the hit television show, I Dream of Jeannie, as General Martin Peterson, the role for which his is best known. MacLane continued to perform as a part of the I Dream of Jeannie cast until his death from cancer in 1969.

Fact file

  • Born: December 25, 1902 Columbia, South Carolina, USA
  • Died: January 1, 1969 (aged 66) Santa Monica, California, USA
  • Cause of death: Double pneumonia
  • Resting place: Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in North Hollywood
  • Other names: Barton Mac Lane Barton Maclane Barton McLane
  • Alma mater: Wesleyan University American Academy of Dramatic Arts
  • Occupation: Actor, playwright, screenwriter
  • Years active: 1927-1969
  • Spouse(s): Charlotte Wynters MacLane (1939-1969, his death)

Read more about Barton MacLane at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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