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MacLane in 1961
December 25, 1902|
Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.
|Died||January 1, 1969
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Double pneumonia|
|Resting place||Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in North Hollywood|
|Other names||Barton Mac Lane
|Alma mater||Wesleyan University
American Academy of Dramatic Arts
|Occupation||Actor, playwright, screenwriter|
|Spouse(s)||Charlotte Wynters MacLane (m. 1939; his death 1969)|
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.
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 Lightning 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.
Film work: 1930s-1950s
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, opposite Glenda Farrell in seven of the nine films featuring the fictional newspaper reporter Torchy Blane.
During the 1930s and 1940s, MacLane worked alongside Humphrey Bogart in several films. He played Lieutenant Dundy opposite Bogart's Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon, writer/director John Huston's acclaimed film noir based upon Dashiell Hammett's novel. 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 Weissmuller, 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
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." In 1964 he played Archer Osmond in "The Case of the Ruinous Road".
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.:802 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.
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.
MacLane died of double pneumonia on New Year's Day, 1969 in Santa Monica, California. He was buried in Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery. His survivors included his wife, an adopted daughter, and a grandchild.
- The Cocoanuts (1929)
- The Thundering Herd (1933)
- To the Last Man (1933)
- Man of the Forest (1933)
- Black Fury (1935)
- Go Into Your Dance (1935)
- G Men (1935)
- Page Miss Glory (1935)
- The Case of the Lucky Legs (1935)
- Dr. Socrates (1935)
- I Found Stella Parish (1935)
- Frisco Kid (1935)
- Times Square Playboy (1936)
- The Walking Dead (1936)
- Bullets or Ballots (1936)
- Bengal Tiger (1936)
- Ever Since Eve (1937)
- San Quentin (1937)
- Smart Blonde (1937)
- The Prince and the Pauper (1937)
- Fly-Away Baby (1937)
- The Adventurous Blonde (1937)
- Blondes at Work (1938)
- Prison Break (1938)
- Torchy Gets Her Man (1938)
- Torchy Blane in Chinatown (1939)
- Torchy Runs for Mayor (1939)
- Stand Up and Fight (1939)
- Melody Ranch (1940)
- Men Without Souls (1940)
- High Sierra (1941)
- Barnacle Bill (1941)
- Hit the Road (1941)
- Come Live with Me (1941)
- Manpower (1941)
- The Maltese Falcon (1941)
- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
- All Through the Night (1942)
- A Gentle Gangster (1943)
- Bombardier (1943)
- Cry of the Werewolf (1944)
- The Mummy's Ghost (1944)
- Marine Raiders (1944)
- San Quentin (1946)
- Mysterious Intruder (1946)
- The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
- Unknown Island (1948)
- Red Light (1949)
- Let's Dance (1950)
- Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950)
- The Bandit Queen (1950)
- Drums in the Deep South (1951)
- The Half-Breed (1951)
- Kansas Pacific (1953)
- Captain Scarface (1953)
- Treasure of Ruby Hills (1955)
- Backlash (1956)
- The Man is Armed (1956)
- Hell's Crossroads (1957)
- Girl on the Run (1958)
- Girl in the Woods (1958)
- The Geisha Boy (1958)
- Frontier Gun (1959)
- Pocketful of Miracles (1961)
- The Rounders (1965)
- Arizona Bushwhackers (1968)
- Buckskin (1968)
|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"|
|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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