Barton MacLane

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Barton MacLane

from Smart Blonde (1937)
Born(1902-12-25)December 25, 1902
Columbia, South Carolina
DiedJanuary 1, 1969(1969-01-01) (aged 66)
Santa Monica, California
Other namesBarton Mac Lane
Barton Maclane
Barton McLane
OccupationActor, playwright, screenwriter
Years active1927-69
SpouseCharlotte Wynters (1939-69; his death)
 
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Barton MacLane

from Smart Blonde (1937)
Born(1902-12-25)December 25, 1902
Columbia, South Carolina
DiedJanuary 1, 1969(1969-01-01) (aged 66)
Santa Monica, California
Other namesBarton Mac Lane
Barton Maclane
Barton McLane
OccupationActor, playwright, screenwriter
Years active1927-69
SpouseCharlotte Wynters (1939-69; his death)

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 television comedy series I Dream of Jeannie.[1]

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Career

MacLane was born in Columbia, South Carolina, and 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 ability. He then attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

He made his Broadway stage 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 also 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

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

In the 1950s, MacLane began to appear regularly on television. Between 1953 and 1967, he appeared on such programs as Conflict, Lux Video Theatre, Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, Laramie, Perry Mason, The Monkees, and Gunsmoke.

During the 1960-1961 television season, MacLane was a series regular on 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 the recurring role of Gen. Martin Peterson on I Dream of Jeannie in 1965. He appeared in 35 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. Both MacLane and Hayworth died before episodes featuring their character had aired.

Personal life and death

MacLane died of double pneumonia on January 1, 1969 in Santa Monica, California.[2] 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

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 not acting.

Partial filmography

Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1955The Pepsi-Cola PlayhouseCaptain Hansen1 episode
Schlitz Playhouse of StarsChief Brooks1 episode
1956Cheyenne'Storm1 episode
The Kaiser Aluminum HourDan Royal1 episode
1957Circus BoyNolan1 episode
1958Kraft Television TheatrePotter1 episode
77 Sunset StripBrannigan1 episode
1959Black SaddleGeneral Orester Fowler1 episode
1960Overland TrailJed Braddock1 episode
1960-1960OutlawsMarshal Frank Caine10 episodes
1965–1969I Dream of JeannieGeneral Peterson35 episodes
1966The MunstersBig Roy1 episode
1967HondoMarkham1 episode

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