Donald MacBride

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Donald MacBride
Born Donald Hugh MacBride
(1893-06-23)June 23, 1893
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died June 21, 1957(1957-06-21) (aged 63)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1914-1955
Spouse(s) Esther MacBride

Donald MacBride (June 23, 1893 – June 21, 1957) was an American character actor on stage, in films, and on television who launched his career as a teenage singer (making several recordings in 1907) in vaudeville and went on to be an actor on Broadway, where he appeared in Room Service.[1]

He appeared in nearly 140 films between 1914 and 1955. His year of birth is given variously as 1889 or 1893 in the standard reference books, but the latter seems to be the correct one as his New York Times obituary records his age as 63.[2]

MacBride was best known for his portrayal of detectives in crime films. One such role was as Sgt. Roberts in the 1941 comedy Topper Returns, starring Roland Young. He also did several slapstick roles in films with comedians such as the Marx Brothers.[3]

He had the role of Milton J. Clyde on the television version of My Friend Irma.[4]

He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and died in Los Angeles, California. Survivors included his wife and a stepson.[5]

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  1. ^ "("Donald MacBride" search results)". Playbill Vault. Playbill. Archived from the original on 3 April 2017. Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Donald M'Bride, Actor, 63, Dead: Stage, Screen and Television Performer Was Noted for Many Character Roles". The New York Times. June 23, 1957. p. 84. 
  3. ^ International Movie Database Biography, Gary Brumburgh
  4. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 730. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7. 
  5. ^ "Film, Stage, TV Actor Donald MacBride Dies". The Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Texas, Corpus Christi. Associated Press. June 24, 1957. p. 28. 

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