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Date of Birth 7 May 1908Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Date of Death 2 September 1951Los Angeles, California, USA  (cerebral hemorrhage)
Birth NameEdmund Francis MacDonald
Nickname Eddie
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Edmund MacDonald was born on May 7, 1908 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Edmund Francis MacDonald. He was an actor, known for Detour (1945), Flying Tigers (1942) and Destry Rides Again (1939). He was married to Augusta. He died on September 2, 1951 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

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Augusta (? - 2 September 1951) (his death)

Trivia (11)

Had a good mug for film noir. He played the ill-fated motorist who picks up hitchhiker Tom Neal in the classic "B" Detour (1945) and played the corrupt DA in Shoot to Kill (1947).
Once under contract to 20th Century-Fox in the early 1940s, his best role for Fox was his role as Sgt. Hippo in the Laurel & Hardy comedy Great Guns (1941).
Had a pilot's license and was trained to be a flight instructor.
According to Laura Wagner, in her article on Edmund in Films of the Golden Age, Summer 2015, Issue 381, Edmund loved motorcycles. Was in several accidents, one in which severed the top of one of his fingers.
With a strong stage background, he made his Broadway debut in "Getting Even" in 1929.
Suffered a stroke while at home at age 42 and hospitalized; later died of a brain hemorrhage at the Veterans' Administration Hospital in Los Angeles.
Served in the Army during WWII.
Boston-born support on radio and in "B" pictures with dark, menacing good looks and equipped with sliver mustache. He played cads and other tough-talking Brooklyn-styled characters in his two-decade career.
His mother, Agnes, was one of the founders of Motion Picture Mothers, Inc. in 1939.
Was survived by his parents and his wife and was interred at Los Angeles National Cemetery.
Of Irish parentage, he had one brother.

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