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J. Farrell MacDonald (1875–1952)

Character player, usually stern of demeanor, who appeared in hundreds of films, many of them westerns, from 1915 to 1951. He was long associated with the director John Ford. See full bio »

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 1951 Elopement
Mr. Simpson (uncredited)
 1951 Superman and the Mole-Men
Pop Shannon (as J. Farrell Macdonald)
 1951 Golden Girl
Husband (uncredited)
 1951 Here Comes the Groom
Husband on Airplane (uncredited)
 1951 Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell
Mr. Kroeger (uncredited)
 1951 The Range Rider (TV Series)
Joe Harris
- Pack Rat (1951) ... Joe Harris
 1950 Woman on the Run
Sea Captain
 1950 Hostile Country
Mr. Lane (uncredited)
 1950 Mother Didn't Tell Me
Train Conductor (uncredited)
 1950 The Daltons' Women
Stage Co. Rep. Alvin
 1950 Dakota Lil
Ellis
 1950 When Willie Comes Marching Home
Gilby - Pharmacist (uncredited)
 1949 Fighting Man of the Plains
Partridge
 1949 The Dalton Gang
Judge Price
 1949 Sand
Telegraph Operator (uncredited)
 1949 You're My Everything
Doorman (uncredited)
 1949 The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend
Sheriff Sweetser (uncredited)
 1949 Streets of San Francisco
Pop Lockhart
 1949 Law of the Barbary Coast
Sergeant O'Leary
 1948 Trouble Preferred
Apartment House Manager (uncredited)
 1948 Whispering Smith
Bill Baggs
 1948 Shep Comes Home
Sheriff Cap Weatherby
 1948 Belle Starr's Daughter
Doc Benson
 1948 When My Baby Smiles at Me
Doorman (uncredited)
 1948 Unfaithfully Yours
Stage Doorman (uncredited)
 1948 The Walls of Jericho
Bailiff (uncredited)
 1948 Fury at Furnace Creek
Pops Murphy (uncredited)
 1948 Sitting Pretty
Cop (uncredited)
 1948 Panhandle
Doc Cooper (as J.Farrell MacDonald)
 1948 If You Knew Susie
Police Sergeant (uncredited)
 1947 Christmas Eve
Policeman (uncredited)
 1947 Thunder in the Valley
McPherson, Innkeeper (uncredited)
 1947 The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
Mac - Bailiff (uncredited)
 1947 Keeper of the Bees
Postmaster
 1947 Web of Danger
Scotty MacKronish - Bus Driver
 1947 The Sin of Harold Diddlebock
Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
 1946 It's a Wonderful Life
Man Whose Grandfather Planted Tree (uncredited)
 1946 My Darling Clementine
Mac the Barman
 1946 Smoky
Jim, the Cook
 1946 Joe Palooka, Champ
Long-Count Bowman
 1946 Behind Green Lights
O'Malley - Morgue Attendant (uncredited)
 1946 Goodbye, Weeds (Short)
Gardener
 1945 Pardon My Past
Policeman (uncredited)
 1945 Pillow of Death
The Graveyard Sexton (uncredited)
 1945 Woman Who Came Back
Sheriff (as J. Farrel McDonald)
 1945 Fallen Angel
Bank Guard (uncredited)
 1945 Johnny Angel
Capt. Angel (as J. Farrell Macdonald)
 1945 The Dolly Sisters
Opera Stage Doorman (uncredited)
 1945 Nob Hill
Cabby with Katie (uncredited)
 1945 Circumstantial Evidence
Jury Foreman (uncredited)
 1945 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Carney The Junkman (uncredited)
 1945 Hangover Square
Street Vendor (uncredited)
 1944 Irish Eyes Are Smiling
Stage Doorman (uncredited)
 1944 Greenwich Village
Police Officer O'Shea (uncredited)
 1944 Shadow of Suspicion
Police Captain Mike Dolan
 1944 The Great Moment
The Priest
 1944 Follow the Leader
Clancy, Policeman
 1944 Ladies of Washington
Night Watchman (uncredited)
 1944 Pin Up Girl
Train Conductor (uncredited)
 1944 Texas Masquerade
John Martindale
 1944 The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
Sheriff (uncredited)
 1943 True to Life
Bit Role (uncredited)
 1943 Tiger Fangs
Geoffrey MacCardle
 1943 Clancy Street Boys
Police Sgt. Flanagan (as J. Farrell McDonald)
 1943 The Ape Man
Capt. O'Brien (as J. Farrel MacDonald)
 1943 Harrigan's Kid
Frank (uncredited)
 1942 The Living Ghost
Police Lt. 'Pete' Peterson
 1942 The Palm Beach Story
Officer O'Donnell (uncredited)
 1942 Bowery at Midnight
Capt. Mitchell
 1942 Phantom Killer
Police Captain
 1942 Little Tokyo, U.S.A.
Capt. Wade
 1942 One Thrilling Night
Police Sergeant Haggerty
 1942 Reap the Wild Wind
Port Captain (as J. Farrell Macdonald)
 1942 Captains of the Clouds
Dr. Neville (as J. Farrell Macdonald)
 1942 Wild Bill Hickok Rides
Judge Henry Hathaway
 1942 Private Snuffy Smith
General Rosewater
 1941 Law of the Timber
Adams
 1941 Sullivan's Travels
Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
 1941 Riders of the Timberline
Jim Kerrigan
 1941 Broadway Limited
RR Line Supt. Mulcahey (uncredited)
 1941 The Great Lie
Dr. Ferguson (as J. Farrell Macdonald)
 1941 In Old Cheyenne
Tim Casey
 1941 Meet John Doe
'Sourpuss'
 1940 Friendly Neighbors
Sheiff Potts
 1940 Knights of the Range
Cappy
 1940 Untamed
Doctor Billar
 1940 Pony Express Days (Short)
Nevada Jim (as J. Farrell McDonald)
 1940 Stagecoach War
Jeff Chapman
 1940 The Last Alarm
Jim Hadley
 1940 Prairie Law
Sheriff Jim Austin
 1940 I Take This Oath
Insp. Tim Ryan
 1940 Dark Command
Dave
 1939 The Gentleman from Arizona
Wild Bill Coburn
 1939 The Housekeeper's Daughter
Captain (uncredited)
 1939 Full Confession
Joe, Police Sergeant (uncredited)
 1939 Coast Guard
Capt. Hansen (uncredited)
 1939 Conspiracy
Captain of the Falcon
 1939 They Shall Have Music
Police Chief (uncredited)
 1939 Mickey the Kid
Sheriff J.J. Willoughby
 1939 Susannah of the Mounties
Pat O'Hannegan
 1939 Zenobia
Judge
 1939 East Side of Heaven
Doorman (uncredited)
 1939 The Lone Ranger Rides Again
Craig Dolan
 1938 Little Orphan Annie
'Pop' Corrigan
 1938 Come On, Rangers
Colonel Forbes
 1938 Gang Bullets
Chief Reardon
 1938 Submarine Patrol
CWO 'Sails' Quincannon
 1938 There Goes My Heart
Officer
 1938 The Last Express
William Barton (Detective Agency Head)
 1938 The Crowd Roars
Father Patrick Ryan
 1938 Barefoot Boy
Warden
 1938 Extortion
Coach Pearson
 1938 State Police
Charlie Wheeler (Mine Owner)
 1938 White Banners
Dr. Thompson (as J. Farrell McDonald)
 1938 My Old Kentucky Home
Mayor Jim Hopkins
 1937 Courage of the West
Buck Saunders
 1937 County Fair
Calvin Williams - Julie's Father
 1937 The Game That Kills
Joe Holland
 1937 My Dear Miss Aldrich
'Doc' Howe
 1937 Topper
Policeman (as J. Farrell McDonald)
 1937 Roaring Timber
Andrew MacKinley
 1937 Flying Fists
Bill 'One-Punch' Fagin
 1937 Slim
Pop
 1937 Slave Ship
Proprietor
 1937 Parnell
Irish Laborer (uncredited)
 1937 The Hit Parade
Sgt. O'Hara
 1937 Maid of Salem
Captain of Ship
 1937 Silent Barriers
Major Rogers (as J.Farrell Macdonald)
 1936 Mysterious Crossing
Police Chief Bullock
 1936 Show Boat
Windy
 1936 Florida Special
Captain Timothy Harrigan
 1936 Exclusive Story
Michael Devlin
 1936 Riffraff
'Brains'
 1935 Hitch Hike Lady
Judge Hale
 1935 Fighting Youth
Coach Parker
 1935 Stormy
Trinidad Dorn
 1935 Waterfront Lady
Capt. O'Brien
 1935 The Farmer Takes a Wife (uncredited)
 1935 The Irish in Us
Capt. Jackson
 1935 Danger Ahead
Harry Cromwell - City Editor
 1935 Front Page Woman
Hallohan
 1935 Shadows of the Orient
Inspector Sullivan
 1935 Our Little Girl
Mr. Tramp
 1935 Let 'em Have It
Mr. Keefer
 1935 Swellhead
Umpire
 1935 Star of Midnight
Police Inspector Doremus
 1935 The Whole Town's Talking
Prison Warden (uncredited)
 1935 Northern Frontier
Inspector
 1935 Square Shooter
Sheriff
 1935 Maybe It's Love
The Cop
 1935 Romance in Manhattan
Officer Murphy
 1935 The Best Man Wins
Captain--Harbor Patrol
 1934 Beggar's Holiday
The tramp
 1934 The Cat's-Paw
Shigley (as J. Farrell Macdonald)
 1934 She Made Her Bed
Bookmaker (uncredited)
 1934 Once to Every Woman
Flannigan
 1934 The Crime Doctor
Kemp
 1934 The Crosby Case
The Doorman- Mike Costello
 1934 Man of Two Worlds
Michael
 1933 Under Secret Orders
John Burke
 1933 Myrt and Marge
Grady
 1933 Murder on the Campus
Police Capt. Ed Kyne
 1933 I Loved a Woman
Shuster
 1933 The Power and the Glory
Mulligan
 1933 Laughing at Life
Prison Warden
 1933 Peg o' My Heart
Patrick Shamus 'Pat' O'Connell
 1933 The Working Man
Hank Davidson
 1933 The Iron Master
J.C. Stillman
 1932 The Racing Strain
Mr. Martin
 1932 No Man of Her Own
'Dickie' Collins
 1932 Me and My Gal
Pop Riley
 1932 Men Are Such Fools
Prison Warden Randolph
 1932 Pride of the Legion
Chief Scott
 1932 Heritage of the Desert
Adam Naab
 1932 The Singing Plumber (Short)
Joseph O'Brien - Maggie's Father
 1932 This Sporting Age
Jerry O'Day
 1932 70,000 Witnesses
State Coach
 1932 Hearts of Humanity
Tom O'Hara
 1932 The Phantom Express
D.J. 'Smokey' Nolan
 1932 The Thirteenth Guest
Police Capt. Ryan
 1932 The Hurricane Express
Jim Baker
 1932 The Vanishing Frontier
Waco (as J.Farrell Macdonald)
 1932 Week-End Marriage
Mr. Davis
 1932 The Strange Love of Molly Louvain
Police Sgt. J.B. Antrim (uncredited)
 1932 Scandal for Sale
Treadway
 1932 Probation
Uncle George
 1932 Steady Company
Hogan
 1932 Hotel Continental
Detective Martin
 1932 Discarded Lovers
Chief Sommers
 1931 Under 18
Pop Evans
 1931 Touchdown
Pop Stewart
 1931 The Squaw Man
Big Bill (as J. Farrell McDonald)
 1931 The Brat
Timson, the butler
 1931 Sporting Blood
MacGuire (as J. Farrell McDonald)
 1931 Stranger in Town
Scout (uncredited)
 1931 Too Young to Marry
Rev. Stump
 1931 The Millionaire
Dan Lewis
 1931 The Stolen Jools (Short)
Policeman
 1931 Woman Hungry
Buzzard
 1931 The Easiest Way
Ben
 1931 The Painted Desert
Jeff Cameron
 1931 Other Men's Women
Peg-Leg
 1930 The Truth About Youth
Colonel Graham
 1930 River's End
O'Toole
 1930 Song o' My Heart
Rafferty (as Farrell MacDonald)
 1930 Men Without Women
Costello (as Farrell Macdonald)
 1929 South Sea Rose
Hackett
 1929 Happy Days
Train Conductor
 1929 Masquerade
Joe Hickey
 1929 Masked Emotions
Will Whitten
 1929 Strong Boy
Angus McGregor
 1928 In Old Arizona
Stage Passenger (uncredited)
 1928 Riley the Cop
James 'Aloysius' Riley (as Farrell Macdonald)
 1928 4 Devils
The Clown
 1928 None But the Brave
John Craig
 1927 East Side, West Side
Pug Malone
 1927 Sunrise
The Photographer (as J. Farrell McDonald)
 1927 Paid to Love
Peter Roberts
 1927 Colleen
Mr. O'Flynn
 1927 The Cradle Snatchers
George Martin
 1927 Rich But Honest
Diamond Jim O'Grady
 1927 Love Makes 'Em Wild
W. Barden
 1927 Ankles Preferred
McGuire
 1926 The Country Beyond
Sgt. Cassidy
 1926 The Family Upstairs
Joe Heller
 1926 A Trip to Chinatown
Benjamin Strong
 1926 The Shamrock Handicap
Con O'Shea
 1926 The Dixie Merchant
Jean Paul Fippany
 1926 The First Year
Mr. Barstow
 1925 The Fighting Heart
Jerry
 1925 Thank You
Andy
 1925 Kentucky Pride
Donovan
 1925 The Lucky Horseshoe
Mack
 1925 Lightnin'
Lemuel Townsend
 1925 The Scarlet Honeymoon
Joshua Thorpe
 1925 Let Women Alone
Commodore John Gordon
 1924 The Brass Bowl
Hickey
 1924 Gerald Cranston's Lady
Rennie
 1924 The Iron Horse
Corporal Casey (as J. Farrell Macdonald)
 1924 Western Luck
'Chuck' Campbell
 1924 Mademoiselle Midnight
Duc de Moing (Prologue)
 1924 The Storm Daughter
Con Mullaney
 1924 Fair Week
Jasper Remus
 1923 Fashionable Fakers
Pat O'Donnell (aka Abdul Ishmid)
 1923 The Age of Desire
Dan Reagan
 1923 Drifting
Murphy
 1923 Racing Hearts
Silas Martin
 1923 Quicksands
Col. Patterson
 1923 While Paris Sleeps
George Morier
 1922 The Young Rajah
Amhad Beg - Prime Minister (as J. Farrell Macdonald)
 1922 Manslaughter (uncredited)
 1922 The Ghost Breaker
Sam Marcum
 1922 The Bonded Woman
Captain Gaskell
 1922 Over the Border
Peter Galbraith
 1922 Tracks
Jack Bess
 1922 The Bachelor Daddy
Joe Pelton
 1922 Come on Over
Michael Morahan
 1922 Sky High
Jim Frazer (as J. Farrel MacDonald)
 1921 Trailin'
Joseph Piotto (as J. Farrel MacDonald)
 1921 Riding with Death
Sheriff Pat Garrity
 1921 Bucking the Line
Dave Kinsey
 1921 Action
Mormon Peters
 1921 Little Miss Hawkshaw
Inspector Hahn
 1921 The Wallop
Neuces River
 1921 Desperate Youth
'Mendocino' Bill
 1921 The Freeze-Out
Bobtail McGuire
 1920 Hitchin' Posts
Joe Alabam (as J. Farrell McDonald)
 1920 The Boss of Copperhead (Short)
 1920 Backfire (Short)
 1920 Under Sentence (Short)
 1920 Two from Texas (Short)
 1920 The Path She Chose
Father
 1920 Bullet Proof
Jim Boone
 1919 Marked Men
Tom Placer McGraw
 1919 This Hero Stuff
Softnose Smith
 1919/I A Sporting Chance
Luther Ripley aka Kennedy
 1919 Trixie from Broadway
Slim Hayes
 1919 Riders of Vengeance
Buell
 1919 Charge It to Me
Officer Hennessey
 1919 A Fight for Love
The Priest (as J. Farrel McDonald)
 1919 Molly of the Follies
Swannick
 1919 Roped
Butler
 1918 Fair Enough
Chief of Police Morgan (as J. Farrel McDonald)
 1918 $5,000 Reward
Norcross
 1917 The Best Man
Undetermined Secondary Role (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1917 The Victor of the Plot (Short)
 1917 Her Heart's Desire (Short)
 1915 The Stronger Man (Short)
Cecil's First Husband
 1915 Rags
Paul Ferguson (as Joseph Farrell MacDonald)
 1915 Captain Fracasse (Short) (unconfirmed)
 1915 Felix Holt (Short)
 1915 The Heart of Maryland
Col. Thorpe
 1914 The Last Egyptian
Kara, the Last Egyptian
 1914 The Mexican's Last Raid (Short)
Bill
 1914 From Father to Son (Short)
 1914 For the Freedom of Cuba (Short)
Gen. Cuyler (as J. Francis MacDonald)
 1914 The Option (Short)
Hull
 1914 The Gambler's Oath (Short)
The Mexican
 1913 The Dread Inheritance (Short) (unconfirmed)
 1913 Back to Primitive (Short) (as J.F. McDonald)
 1913 The Calling of Louis Mona (Short)
 1913 On Burning Sands (Short)
Bill Stover
 1912 The Old Folks' Christmas (Short) (unconfirmed)
 1912 Rescued by Wireless (Short)
Gen. Miro (as Farrell MacDonald)
 1912 The Section Foreman (Short)
Edward Eagan
 1912 A Timely Repentance (Short)
Louis Nordell
 1912/II The Helping Hand (Short)
John Clinton (as Farrell MacDonald)
 1911 'Tween Two Loves (Short)
Farmer Howard
 1911 The Lineman (Short)
The Lineman
 1911 The Piece of String (Short)
 1911 The Forged Dispatch (Short)
 1911 The Lighthouse Keeper (Short)
Nat Berry - The Lighthouse Keeper
 1911 The Scarlet Letter (Short)
Undetermined Role
 1911 Sweet Memories (Short)
Secondary Role (uncredited)
 1911 The Dream (Short)
Secondary Role (uncredited)
 1911 Their First Misunderstanding (Short)
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Alternate Names:

Farrell MacDonald | J. Farrel MacDonald | J. Francis MacDonald | J.Farrell MacDonald | John Farrell MacDonald | Joseph Farrell MacDonald | Farrell Macdonald | J. Farrell Macdonald | J.Farrell Macdonald | J. Farrell McDonald | J. Farrel McDonald | J.F. McDonald

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Was the principal director of L. Frank Baum's Oz Film Manufacturing Company. See more »

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