Barton MacLane

Screenwriter / Playwright | * 12/25/1902 († 66, 01/01/1969) | Columbia, South Carolina (United States of America (USA))
Barton MacLane (December 25, 1902 – January 1, 1969) was an American actor, playwright, and screenwriter. Although he appeared in many classic films from the 1930s through the 1960s, he became best-known for his role as General Martin Peterson on the 1960s NBC television comedy series I Dream of Jeannie, with Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman. ()

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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Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Western | Crime

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Movies with Barton MacLane as Actor(145)

as Himself (archive footage)1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage
as Dr. H. 'Doc' Raymond1968 Buckskin
as Sheriff Grover1968 Arizona Bushwhackers
as Tanner1965 The Rounders
as James Fell1965 Town Tamer
as Big Tom Stone1964 Law of the Lawless
as Police Commissioner (as Barton Maclane)1961 Pocketful of Miracles
as Carl Avery1960 Noose for a Gunman
as Francis J. Brannigan1958 Girl on the Run
as Simon Crayle1958 Frontier Gun
as Major Ridgley1958 The Geisha Boy
as Big Jim1958 Girl in the Woods
as Wilson1957 Naked In The Sun
as Clyde O'Connell1957 Hell's Crossroads
as Lem Gotch1957 Sierra Stranger
as Det. Lt. Dan Coster1956 The Man Is Armed
as Steve Bailey1956 Jaguar
as Sgt. George Lake1956 Backlash
as Karl Shanks1956 Wetbacks
as Joe Barnum1956 Naked Gun
as Henry 'Tiny' Longtree1955 The Silver Star
as Mosby, Gang Leader1955 Last of the Desperados
as Jim Mablett1955 Foxfire
as Captain Jenkins, Head Guard1955 Jail Busters
as Chalk Reynolds1955 Treasure Of Ruby Hills
as Gen. Hap Arnold, USAAF1954 The Glenn Miller Story
as Sheriff Olson1954 Hell's Outpost
as Lee Graham1954 Rails Into Laramie
as Deacon Bartlett1954 Jubilee Trail
as Marvin Parker1953 Cow Country
as Jules Reni1953 Jack Slade
as Cal Bruce1953 Kansas Pacific
as Capt. Jack Matthews1953 Sea of Lost Ships
as Captain Scarface1953 Captain Scarface
as Capt. Myles Moylan1952 Bugles in the Afternoon
as Marshal Cassidy1952 The Half-Breed
as Sgt. Durkee1952 Thunderbirds
as Joad1951 Best of the Badmen
as Sgt. Mac McCardle1951 Drums in the Deep South
as Larry Channock1950 Let's Dance
as Lieutenant John Reece1950 Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
as Sheriff Jim Harden1950 The Bandit Queen
as Detective Strecker1949 Red Light
as 'Banjo' Sweeney1948 Silver River
as Rufus J. "Gotch" McCurdy1948 The Walls of Jericho
as Tex Brandow1948 Relentless
as Texas Jack Barton1948 The Dude Goes West
as Capt. Tarnowski1948 Unknown Island
as Max Giorgio1948 Angel in Exile
as Webb Yancey1947 Cheyenne
as Case Hagin1947 Jungle Flight
as Paul Weir1947 Tarzan and the Huntress
as Nick Taylor1946 San Quentin
as Detective Taggart1946 Mysterious Intruder
as Crawford1946 Santa Fe Uprising
as George 'Deacon' Markham1945 Scared Stiff
as Ballister1945 Tarzan and the Amazons
as Capt. Benjamin Black1945 The Spanish Main
as Sgt. Maguire1944 Marine Raiders
as Red Kelly1944 Secret Command
as Inspector Walgreen1944 The Mummy's Ghost
as Sheriff Tatum1944 Gentle Annie
as Lt. Barry Lane1944 Cry of the Werewolf
as Carl Hurst1944 Nabonga
as John Wallace1943 Man of Courage
as Sgt. Archie Dixon1943 Bombardier
as Jim Calvert1943 Song of Texas
as John Tate1943 The Underdog
as Leo Bronson1942 Highways by Night
as Case Ables1942 The Big Street
as Marty Callahan1942 All Through the Night
as Sam Higgins1941 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
as Det. Lt. Dundy1941 The Maltese Falcon
as Barney Grogan1941 Come Live with Me
as Jack Slade1941 Western Union
as Pirate Kelly1941 Wild Geese Calling
as Jake Kranmer1941 High Sierra
as John Kelly1941 Barnacle Bill
as James J. Ryan1941 Hit the Road
as Smiley Quinn1941 Manpower
as Mark Wildhack1940 Melody Ranch
as Jim Ramsey1940 Gangs of Chicago
as Blackie Drew1940 Men Without Souls
as Phil Daley1939 Big Town Czar
as Det. Lt. Steve 'Mac' McBride1939 Torchy Blane in Chinatown
as Steve McBride1939 Torchy Runs for Mayor
as Red Manson1939 Mutiny in the Big House
as Ace King1939 I Was a Convict
as Crowder1939 Stand Up and Fight
as Joaquin Shannon1938 Prison Break
as Gunner Malone1938 The Kid Comes Back
as Mickey Bain1938 You and Me
as Lt. Steve McBride1938 Blondes at Work
as Detective Steve McBride1938 Torchy Gets Her Man
as Slag Martin1938 Gold Is Where You Find It
as Capt. Cogswell1938 The Storm
as Steve McBride1937 Smart Blonde
as Al McCoy1937 Ever Since Eve
as Stephen Whitney1937 You Only Live Once
as Andrew Beaupre1937 Draegerman Courage
as Steve McBride1937 Fly Away Baby
as Lt. Steve 'Stevie' MacBride1937 The Adventurous Blonde
as John Canty1937 The Prince and the Pauper
as Jim Barnes1937 Born Reckless
as himself1937 Breakdowns of 1937
as Jim Turner1937 Wine, Women and Horses
as Lt. Druggin1937 San Quentin
as himself1936 Breakdowns of 1936
as Cliff Ballenger1936 Bengal Tiger
as Loder1936 The Walking Dead
as Detective Captain Rourke1936 Jailbreak
as Al Kruger1936 Bullets or Ballots
as Al Stone1936 Ceiling Zero
as Casey (Vic's Butler/Trainer)1936 Times Square Playboy
as Duke Hutchinson1935 Go Into Your Dance
as Spikder Burke1935 Frisco Kid
as Collins1935 'G' Men
as McGee1935 Black Fury
as Detective Lucas1935 The Case of the Curious Bride
as Red Bastian1935 Dr. Socrates
as Sharkey1935 Stranded
as Chris Bennett1935 Man of Iron
as Clifton Jeffords1935 I Found Stella Parish
as Blackie (as Barton McLane)1935 Page Miss Glory
as Himself (uncredited)1935 A Dream Comes True
as Charley Benson1934 The Last Round-up
as First Cop1934 All of Me
as Henchman Pruitt1933 The Thundering Herd
as Mulvey1933 Man of the Forest
as Neil Stanley1933 To the Last Man
as Commissioner McLennan1933 Tillie and Gus
as Harry the Guide1933 Big Executive
as Cafe Customer1931 The Gigolo Racket
as Detective with Handcuffs1931 Crimes Square
as Crewman1931 His Woman
as Football Player (uncredited)1926 The Quarterback

TV Shows/Series with Barton MacLane as Actor(15)

Movies with Barton MacLane as Crew(2)

Writing/Screenplay1943 Man of Courage
Writing/Story1943 Man of Courage

Full Name: Barton MacLane
Born: Thursday, 12/25 1902 (December) in Columbia, South Carolina (United States of America (USA))
Died: Wednesday, 01/01 1969 (January) in Santa Monica (aged: 66)
Zodiac sign: Capricorn (Chinese zodiac sign: Tiger)
Educated at: Wesleyan University, American Academy of Dramatic Arts
Employer: Warner Bros.
Other names for Barton MacLane (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Ernest Barton MacLane"
"Barton Mac Lane"
"Barton McLane"
Barton MacLane frequently works together with these people:
Joseph Crehan (18x, Actor)
Hal B. Wallis (16x, Crew)
Addison Richards (15x, Actor)
Jack L. Warner (15x, Crew)
Pat O’Brien (13x, Actor)
Humphrey Bogart (11x, Actor)
Glenda Farrell (11x, Actress)
Joe King (11x, Actor)
James Cagney (10x, Actor)
Ward Bond (10x, Actor)
Edward Keane (10x, Actor)
Barry Kelley (8x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:4000, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 06/05/2021