Stephen McNally

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Stephen McNally
Stephen McNally in Split Second trailer.jpg
in Split Second (1953)
Born Horace Vincent McNally
(1911-07-29)July 29, 1911
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died June 4, 1994(1994-06-04) (aged 82)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Heart attack
Other names Horace "Stephen" McNally
Horace McNally
Occupation Lawyer-turned-actor
Years active 1942–1980
Spouse(s) Rita Wintrich (1941–1994; his death); 8 children

Stephen McNally (July 29, 1911 – June 4, 1994) was an American actor remembered mostly for his appearances in many westerns and action films. He was an attorney in the late 1930s before he pursed his passion for acting. He was a one time president of the Catholic Actors Guild.


He started his stage career using his real name Horace McNally and began appearing uncredited in many World War II-era films. In 1946, he changed his stage name to Stephen McNally and began appearing credited as both movie villains and heroes.

He played menacing roles in such films as Johnny Belinda (1948) and the James Stewart western Winchester '73 (1950). He co-starred in the Burt Lancaster film noir Criss Cross (1949). Other notable 1950s films included No Way Out (1950), Split Second (1953), and Johnny Rocco (1958).

McNally was cast in three episodes of the ABC religion anthology series Crossroads. He portrayed Monsigneur Harold Engle in "Ringside Padre" (1956) and Father Flanagan of the Boys Town orphanage in Nebraska in "Convict 1321, Age 21" (1957). In between, he was cast as United States Army General George S. Patton, Jr., in "The Patton Prayer" (also 1957).[1]

McNally also co-starred on the "Ben Courtney Story" episode of Wagon Train as a former Union soldier turned Sheriff in 1958. In 1959, he portrayed Clay Thompson, a bounty hunter, with Myron Healey as a sheriff, in the CBS western series, The Texan, starring Rory Calhoun.[2]

McNally was thereafter cast in the 1960 episode "Moment of Fear" of the CBS/Four Star Television anthology series, The DuPont Show with June Allyson, with episode co-stars Edgar Bergen and Darryl Hickman. Thereafter, he appeared in the NBC anthology series, The Barbara Stanwyck Show, and in the Darren McGavin western series, Riverboat. In 1961, he portrayed the part of Sky Blackstorm in the episode "Incident of the Blackstorms" on CBS's Rawhide.

In the 1961–62 season, McNally and Robert Harland had their own crime drama on ABC, another Four Star Production called Target: The Corruptors!. The program aired on Friday in a good time slot after the popular 77 Sunset Strip, but it failed to gain renewal for a second season. McNally played a crusading newspaper reporter in the series, with Harland was his undercover agent. During the 1970s, McNally guest starred in television programs such as Fantasy Island and James Garner's The Rockford Files and Police Story.

McNally died of a heart attack at age 82 in Beverly Hills, California.

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "Stephen McNally". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Texan". Classic Television Archive. Retrieved January 31, 2013. 

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