Barton MacLane

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Barton MacLane
Barton MacLane in Smart Blonde trailer.jpg
MacLane in Smart Blonde (1937)
Born (1902-12-25)December 25, 1902
Columbia, South Carolina, USA
Died January 1, 1969(1969-01-01) (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) (1899-1991)

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 was known for his role as Gen. Martin Peterson on the 1960s NBC television comedy series I Dream of Jeannie, with Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman.

Career[edit]

MacLane was born in Columbia, South Carolina on Christmas Day, 1902. He attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, where he excelled at American football. His first movie role, in The Quarterback (1926), was a result of his athletic ability. He then attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

He made his Broadway debut in 1927, playing the assistant district attorney in Bayard Veiller's The Trial of Mary Dugan. He then performed in the 1928 Broadway production of Gods of the Lighting and was part of the original cast of Subway Express as Officer Mulvaney in 1929. He appeared in the Marx Brothers' 1929 film debut The Cocoanuts. MacLane made his first credited film appearance in the 1931 romantic drama His Woman. The following year, he wrote the play Rendezvous, which he sold to Arthur Hopkins. The play was performed on Broadway, with MacLane in a featured role.[citation needed]

Film work: 1930s-1950s[edit]

The success of Rendezvous landed MacLane a contract with Warner Bros. and brought him to the attention of several renowned film directors, including Fritz Lang, Michael Curtiz, and William Keighley. As a result, throughout the remainder of the 1930s, MacLane was highly active in film, with major supporting roles in such productions as The Case of the Curious Bride, G Men, The Prince and the Pauper, and Lang's You Only Live Once and You and Me. He also played the role of detective Steve McBride in the many films involving fictional news reporter Torchy Blane.

During the 1930s and 1940s, MacLane worked alongside legendary movie star Humphrey Bogart in several films. Perhaps most notably, MacLane played Detective Dundy opposite Bogart's Sam Spade in writer/director John Huston's acclaimed, Academy Award-nominated film classic, The Maltese Falcon. MacLane again collaborated with both Bogart and Huston on the Academy Award-winning 1948 adventure film The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

MacLane's many other film credits during the 1940s include The Big Street, Victor Fleming's Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Fritz Lang's Western Union, Reginald Le Borg's The Mummy's Ghost, and Frank Borzage's The Spanish Main. He also appeared in two Tarzan films starring Johnny Weismuller, Tarzan and the Amazons and Tarzan and the Huntress. Some of MacLane's films during the 1950s include Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, The Glenn Miller Story, and Three Violent People.

As he was the regular heavy and bad guy, juveniles started using the term "Don't give me that Barton MacLane", if they felt justly or unjustly being turned off by adults or authorities, e.g. cops, teachers and so on.

Television and final films[edit]

In the 1950s, MacLane began to appear regularly on television. Between 1953 and 1967, he guest starred on such programs as Conflict, Lux Video Theatre, Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, Laramie, The Monkees, and Gunsmoke. In 1958 he played Sen. Harriman Baylor in the Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Foot-Loose Doll." In 1960 he played Eugene Norris, Perry's friend and small-town sheriff, in "The Case of the Violent Village."

During the 1960-1961 television season, MacLane was a series regular on twenty-seven episodes of NBC's western, Outlaws, in which he played Marshal Frank Caine. His costars were Don Collier and Jock Gaynor. He made his last film appearance in Frank Capra's Academy Award-nominated 1961 comedy Pocketful of Miracles.

MacLane was cast in 1965 in the recurring role of General Martin Peterson on I Dream of Jeannie. He appeared in thirty-five episodes of the series between 1965 and 1969. Three of MacLane's episodes were aired after his death. His character was replaced on later episodes of that show by Gen. Winfield Schaeffer, played by Vinton Hayworth, who died the following year. Hayworth also died before all episodes featuring his character had aired.

Death[edit]

MacLane died of double pneumonia on January 1, 1969 in Santa Monica, California.[1] He was buried in Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery. For his contribution to the television industry, Barton MacLane has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6719 Hollywood Boulevard.

Personal[edit]

Maclane played several musical instruments, including the violin, piano, and guitar. In 1939, MacLane married actress Charlotte Wynters. From the 1940s until his death, he maintained a cattle ranch in eastern Madera County, California, where he made his home when he was not acting.

Partial filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
1955 The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse Captain Hansen "The Man Nobody Wanted"
Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Chief Brooks "Two-Bit Gangster"
1956 Crossroads "The Strange Bequest"
Cheyenne Martin Storm "The Storm Riders"
The Kaiser Aluminum Hour Dan Royal "Man on the White Horse"
1957 Tales of Wells Fargo Clanton "The Target", with Kelo Henderson cast as Ike Clanton
Telephone Time Pete Devlin "Plot to Save a Boy"
Circus Boy Pinkerton Detective Nolan 1 episode, "The Tumbling Clown"
1958 Kraft Television Theatre Potter "Code of the Corner"
77 Sunset Strip Brannigan "Girl on the Run"
1959 Black Saddle General Orester Fowler "Client: Braun"
Walt Disney Presents Bob Scanlon 2 episodes: "The Robber Stallion" and "Wild Horse Revenge"
1959-1964 Perry Mason Senator Harriman Baylor, Sheriff Eugene Norris, Harold Minter, and Archer Osmond 4 episodes
1960 Walt Disney Presents Rawls Kettrick The Nine Lives of Elfego Baca miniseries, episode "Friendly Enemies at Law"
Laramie Cameron Gault "Street of Hate"
Overland Trail Big Jed Braddock "Lawyer in Petticoats"
Tightrope Vince Baron "Gangster's Daughter"
1960-1961 Outlaws Marshal Frank Caine 27 episodes
1962 Laramie Mel Bishop "The High Country"
1963 Laramie Ed Bishop "The Wedding Party"
Laramie Owen Richards "Trapped"
1965–1969 I Dream of Jeannie General Peterson 35 episodes
1966 The Munsters Big Roy "Herman Picks a Winner"
Gunsmoke Herkimer Crawford "Honor Before Justice"
1967 Gunsmoke Willard Kerner "Noose of Gold"
Hondo Markham "Hondo and the Gladiators"

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