in Sea Devils (1937)
|Born||Victor Andrew de Bier Everleigh McLaglen
10 December 1886
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England, UK
|Died||7 November 1959
Newport Beach, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Enid Lamont (1919-1942)
Suzanne M. Brueggeman (1943-1948)
Margaret Pumphrey (1948-1959)
Victor Andrew de Bier Everleigh McLaglen (10 December 1886 – 7 November 1959) was an English boxer and World War I veteran who became a successful film actor. Towards the end of his life he was naturalised as a U.S. citizen.
McLaglen was born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. His father, later a bishop of the Free Protestant Episcopal Church of England, moved the family to South Africa when McLaglen was a child. He had eight brothers and a sister. Four of his brothers also became actors: Arthur (1888–1972), an actor and sculptor, and Clifford (1892–1978), Cyril (1899–1987) and Kenneth (circa 1901-1979). Other siblings included Frederick (b. circa 1882), Sydney (b. circa 1884), Lewis (b. circa 1889), and a sister, Lily (b. circa 1893). Another brother, Leopold McLaglen, who appeared in one film, gained notoriety prior to World War I as a showman and self-proclaimed World Jujutsu Champion, who authored a book on the subject.
He left home at fourteen to join the British Army with the intention of fighting in the Second Boer War. However, much to his chagrin, he was stationed at Windsor Castle with the Life Guards and was later forced to leave the army when his true age was discovered.
Four years later, he moved to Canada, where he earned a living as a wrestler and heavyweight boxer, with several notable wins in the ring. One of his most famous fights was against Heavyweight Champion Jack Johnson, in a 6 round exhibition bout. This was Johnson's first bout since winning the heavyweight title from Tommy Burns. Between bouts, McLaglen toured with a circus, which offered $25 to anyone who could go three rounds with him. He returned to Britain in 1913 and during World War I served as a Captain (acting) with the 10th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, part of The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (Queen's and Royal Hampshires). Later he claimed to have served with the Royal Irish Fusiliers. He served for a time as military Provost Marshal for the city of Baghdad. He also continued boxing, and was named Heavyweight Champion of the British Army in 1918. After the war, he began taking roles in British silent films.
McLaglen's career took a surprise turn in the 1920s, when he moved to Hollywood. He became a popular character actor, with a particular knack for playing drunks. He also usually played Irishmen, leading many film fans to mistakenly assume he was Irish rather than English. McLaglen played one of the titular Unholy Three in Lon Chaney, Sr.'s original silent version of the macabre crime drama. The highlight of his career was an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in The Informer (1935), based on a novel by Liam O'Flaherty; Frank Tashlin's 1938 cartoon Have You Got Any Castles? features a caricature of McLaglen emerging from the novel and literally informing someone about some shady characters. Arguably his most famous film remains Gunga Din (1939) with Cary Grant and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., an adventure epic loosely based on Rudyard Kipling's poem and partially remade decades later as Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984). McLaglen was nominated again, this time for Best Supporting Actor for his role opposite John Wayne in The Quiet Man (1952). He was especially popular with director John Ford, who frequently included McLaglen in his films, often as comedy relief. Toward the end of his career, McLaglen made several guest appearances on television, particularly in Western series such as Have Gun, Will Travel and Rawhide. The episodes of those series in which McLaglen guest-starred were both directed by his son, Andrew V. McLaglen, who later was a film director frequently directing John Wayne.
Victor McLaglen was the elder brother of the actor Cyril McLaglen.
Victor McLaglen was married three times. His first marriage was to Enid Lamont in 1919. The couple had one daughter, Sheila, and one son, Andrew. Andrew McLaglen was a television and film director. He was also the father of Victor McLaglen's grandchildren, Mary and Josh. Mary and Josh McLaglen are both film producers and directors. Sheila's daughter, Gwyneth Horder-Payton, is a television director. Enid Lamont McLaglen died in 1942 as a result of a horse riding accident.
Victor McLaglen married twice more. His second marriage was to Suzanne M. Brueggeman. That marriage lasted from 1943 until 1948. His third and final marriage was to Margaret Pumphrey, whom he married in 1948. He remained married to Margaret, a Seattle socialite, until his death of a heart attack in 1959. He had by that time become a naturalized U.S. citizen. He was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.
|1920||The Call of the Road||Alf Truscott|
|1921||Corinthian Jack||Jack Halstead|
|1921||The Sport of Kings||Frank Rosedale|
|1921||The Prey of the Dragon||Brett 'Dragon' Mercer|
|1922||The Glorious Adventure||Bulfinch|
|1922||A Romance of Old Baghdad||Miski|
|1922||The Crimson Circle|
|1922||A Sailor Tramp||The Sailor Tramp|
|1922||Little Brother of God||King Kennidy|
|1923||Woman to Woman||Nubian slave||uncredited|
|1923||M'Lord of the White Road||Lord Annerley/John|
|1923||In the Blood||Tony Crabtree|
|1923||The Romany||The Chief|
|1924||The Passionate Adventure||Herb Harris|
|1924||The Beloved Brute||Charles Hinges|
|1924||The Gay Corinthian||Squire Hardcastle|
|1924||The Boatswain's Mate||Ned Travers|
|1924||Women and Diamonds||Brian Owen|
|1925||The Fighting Heart||Soapy Williams|
|1925||Winds of Chance||Poleon Doret|
|1925||The Hunted Woman||Quade|
|1925||The Unholy Three||Hercules, the strongman|
|1926||Men of Steel||Pete Masarick|
|1926||The Isle of Retribution||Doomsdorf|
|1926||What Price Glory?||Capt. Flagg|
|1927||The Loves of Carmen||Escamillo|
|1928||The River Pirate||Sailor Fritz|
|1928||A Girl in Every Port||Spike Madden|
|1928||Mother Machree||The Giant of Kilkenny (Terence O'Dowd)|
|1928||Hangman's House||Citizen Denis Hogan|
|1929||Hot for Paris||John Patrick Duke|
|1929||The Cock-Eyed World||Top Sergeant Flagg|
|1929||Strong Boy||Strong Boy|
|1929||Captain Lash||Captain Lash|
|1929||The Black Watch||Capt. Donald Gordon King|
|1930||A Devil with Women||Jerry Maxton|
|1930||On the Level||Biff Williams|
|1931||Annabelle's Affairs||John Rawson aka Hefly Jack|
|1931||Women of All Nations||Capt ain Jim Flagg|
|1931||The Stolen Jools||Sergeant Flagg|
|1931||Three Rogues||Bull Stanley|
|1932||Rackety Rax||'Knucks' McGloin|
|1932||Guilty as Hell||Detective Capt. T.R. McKinley|
|1932||While Paris Sleeps||Jacques Costaud|
|1932||Devil's Lottery||Jem Meech|
|1932||The Gay Caballero||Don Bob Harkness aka El Coyote|
|1933||Hot Pepper||Jim Flagg|
|1933||Dick Turpin||Dick Turpin|
|1933||Laughing at Life||Dennis P. McHale aka Burke aka Captain Hale|
|1934||The Captain Hates the Sea||Schulte|
|1934||No More Women||Forty-Fathoms|
|1934||The Lost Patrol||The Sergeant|
|1934||Murder at the Vanities||Police Lt. Bill Murdock|
|1935||Professional Soldier||Michael Donovan|
|1935||The Great Hotel Murder||Andrew W. 'Andy' McCabe|
|1935||Under Pressure||Jumbo Smith|
|1935||The Informer||Gypo Nolan||Academy Award for Best Actor|
|1936||Magnificent Brute||'Big Steve' Andrews||as Victor McLaglen - Academy Award Winner|
|1936||Under Two Flags||J.C. Doyle|
|1936||Klondike Annie||Bull Brackett|
|1937||This Is My Affair||Jock Ramsay|
|1937||Nancy Steele Is Missing!||Dannie O'Neill|
|1937||Sea Devils||CPO William 'Medals' Malone|
|1937||Wee Willie Winkie||Sgt. Donald MacDuff|
|1938||We're Going to Be Rich||Dobbie|
|1938||Battle of Broadway||Big Ben Wheeler|
|1938||Devil's Party||Marty Malone|
|1939||The Big Guy||Warden Bill Whitlock|
|1939||Captain Fury||Jerry Black aka Blackie|
|1939||Ex-Champ||Tom 'Gunner' Grey|
|1939||Pacific Liner||J.B. 'Crusher' McKay, Chief Engineer|
|1939||Gunga Din||Sgt. 'Mac' MacChesney|
|1939||Let Freedom Ring||Chris Mulligan|
|1940||Diamond Frontier||Terrence Regan|
|1940||South of Pago Pago||Bucko Larson|
|1941||Broadway Limited||Maurice 'Mike' Monohan|
|1942||Powder Town||Jeems O'Shea|
|1942||Call Out the Marines||Sgt. Jimmy McGinnis|
|1942||China Girl||Major Weed|
|1943||Forever and a Day||Archibald Spavin (hotel doorman)|
|1944||The Princess and the Pirate||Captain Barrett ak The Hook|
|1944||Roger Touhy, Gangster||Herman 'Owl' Banghart|
|1945||Love, Honor and Goodbye||Terry O'Farrell|
|1945||Rough, Tough and Ready||Owen McCare|
|1947||The Foxes of Harrow||Captain Mike Farrell|
|1947||The Michigan Kid||Curley|
|1947||Calendar Girl||Matthew O'Neil|
|1948||Fort Apache||Sgt. Festus Mulcahy|
|1949||She Wore a Yellow Ribbon||Top Sgt. Quincannon|
|1950||Rio Grande||Sgt. Maj. Timothy Quincannon|
|1952||The Quiet Man||Squire 'Red' Will Danaher||Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|1953||Fair Wind to Java||O'Brien|
|1954||Trouble in the Glen||Parlan|
|1955||Bengazi||Robert Emmett Donovan|
|1955||City of Shadows||Big Tim Channing|
|1955||Many Rivers to Cross||Mr. Cadmus Cherne|
|1955||Lady Godiva of Coventry||Grimald|
|1956||Around the World in 80 Days||Helmsman of the 'Henrietta'|
|1957||The Abductors||Tom Muldoon|
|1958||Gli Italiani sono matti|
|1958||Sea Fury||Captain Bellew|
- Obituary Variety, 11 November 1959, page 79.
- Victor McLaglen’s father – new revelations
- Victor McLaglen, Query. Great War Forum. Invisionzone.com. 19 March 2006.
- "The Science of Jiujitsu". Journal of Non-lethal Combatives. December 2002.
- Noble, Graham. Early Ju-jutsu: The Challenges. Dragon-Tsunami.org.
- Victor McLaglen. Cyber Boxing Zone.
- Victor McLaglen myth?. Great War Forum. Invisionzone.com. 26 September 2005.
- Time Magazine, Milestones
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Victor McLaglen|
- "Milestones.". Time Magazine. 27 December 1948. Retrieved 19 January 2010.
- Victor McLaglen at the Internet Movie Database
- McLaglen's Record at Cyber Boxing Zone
- Photographs of Victor McLaglen