Appeared (as "Matt') in "The Tree" on Broadway. Drama. Written by Richard Maibaum
. Directed by Robert Rossen
[earliest Broadway credit]. Park Lane Theatre: 12 Apr 1932-Apr 1932 (closing date unknown/7 performances). Cast: William Bonelli
(as "Ames"), Laura Bowman (as "Miriam"), James J. Coyle (as "Blake"), Alexander Cross (as "...
Barton Mac Lane | Barton Maclane | Barton McLane
6' 1" (1.85 m)
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[on being cast so often as "heavies"] I don't think it's my face--at least I don't think I look like a heel . . . I suppose the real reason I was originally cast as a villain is because I'm a big man. You'll notice villains are usually brawny, a fact which explains the slang term "the heavy",
Because he so effectively and frequently played heavies, teenagers in the 1940s and 1950s who felt put upon by authorities would say "Don't give me that Barton MacLane".