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Barton MacLane (1902–1969)

Barton MacLane graduated from Wesleyan University, where he displayed a notable aptitude for sports, in particular football and basketball. Not surprisingly, his physical prowess led to an early role in The Quarterback (1926) with Richard Dix. MacLane once commented that, as an actor, he needed to have the physical strength to tear the bad guys "... See full bio »

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The Maltese Falcon
The Maltese Falcon Lt. of Detectives Dundy
I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie General Peterson / Gen. Peterson
The Glenn Miller Story
The Glenn Miller Story General Arnold


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 1968 Buckskin
Dr. H. 'Doc' Raymond
 1968 Arizona Bushwhackers
Sheriff Grover
 1965 Town Tamer
James Fenimore Fell
 1965 The Rounders
 1964 Law of the Lawless
Big Tom Stone
 1961 Pocketful of Miracles
Police Commissioner (as Barton Maclane)
 1960 Noose for a Gunman
Carl Avery
 1960 Gunfighters of Abilene
Seth Hainline
 1958 Frontier Gun
Simon Crayle
 1958 The Geisha Boy
Maj. Ridgley
 1958 Girl on the Run
Francis J. Brannigan
 1958 Girl in the Woods
Big Jim
 1957 Naked in the Sun
 1957 Sierra Stranger
Lem Gotch
 1957 Hell's Crossroads
Pinkerton Agent Clyde O'Connell
 1956 Three Violent People
 1956 Naked Gun
Joe Barnum
 1956 The Man Is Armed
Det. Lt. Dan Coster
 1956 Wetbacks
Karl Shanks
 1956 Backlash
Sgt. George Lake
 1956 Jaguar
Steve Bailey
 1955 Last of the Desperados
Mosby, Gang Leader
 1955 Jail Busters
Captain Jenkins, Head Guard
 1955 Foxfire
Jim Mablett
 1955 The Silver Star
Henry 'Tiny' Longtree (as Barton McLane)
 1955 Treasure of Ruby Hills
'Chalk' Reynolds
 1954 Hell's Outpost
Sheriff Olson
 1954 Rails Into Laramie
Lee Graham
 1954 Jubilee Trail
Deacon Bartlett
 1954 The Glenn Miller Story
General Arnold
 1953 Jack Slade
Jules Reni
 1953 Sea of Lost Ships
Capt. Jack Matthews
 1953 Captain Scarface
Captain Scarface
 1953 Cow Country
Marvin Parker
 1953 Kansas Pacific
Cal Bruce
 1952 Thunderbirds
Sgt. Durkee
 1952 The Half-Breed
Marshal Cassidy
 1952 Bugles in the Afternoon
Capt. Myles Moylan
 1951 Drums in the Deep South
Sgt. Mac McCardle
 1951 Best of the Badmen
 1950 Bandit Queen
Jim Harden
 1950 Let's Dance
Larry Channock
 1950 Rookie Fireman
Captain Jess Henshaw
 1950 Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
Lt. John Reece
 1949 Red Light
Detective Strecker
 1948 Angel in Exile
Max Giorgio
 1948 The Walls of Jericho
Gotch McCurdy
 1948 The Dude Goes West
Texas Jack Barton
 1948 Silver River
'Banjo' Sweeney
 1948 Relentless
Tex Brandow
 1948 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
McCormick (as Barton Mac Lane)
 1947 Cheyenne
Webb Yancey
 1947 Jungle Flight
Case Hagin
 1947 Tarzan and the Huntress
Paul Weir (as Barton Maclane)
 1946 San Quentin
Nick Taylor
 1946 Santa Fe Uprising
 1946 Mysterious Intruder
Detective Taggart
 1945 The Spanish Main
Capt. Benjamin Black
 1945 Scared Stiff
George 'Deacon' Markham
 1945 Tarzan and the Amazons
Ballister (as Barton Maclane)
 1944 Gentle Annie
Sheriff Tatum
 1944 Secret Command
Red Kelly
 1944 The Mummy's Ghost
Inspector Walgreen
 1944 Marine Raiders
Sgt. Maguire
 1943 The Crime Doctor's Strangest Case
Detective Rief
 1943 Song of Texas
Jim Calvert
 1943 Bombardier
Sgt. Archie Dixon
 1943 A Gentle Gangster
Mike Hallit
 1943 Man of Courage
John Wallace
 1942 Highways by Night
Leo Bronson
 1942 The Big Street
Case Ables
 1941 All Through the Night
Marty Callahan
 1941 Wild Geese Calling
Pirate Kelly
 1941 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Sam Higgins
 1941 Manpower
Smiley Quinn
 1941 Hit the Road
James J. Ryan
 1941 Barnacle Bill
John Kelly
 1941 Western Union
Jack Slade
 1941 Come Live with Me
Barney Grogan
 1940 Melody Ranch
Mark Wildhack
 1940 The Secret Seven
Sam O'Donnell
 1940 Gangs of Chicago
Jim Ramsey
 1939 Mutiny in the Big House
Red Manson
 1939 Stand Up and Fight
 1938 The Storm
Capt. Cogswell
 1938 You and Me
Mickey Bain
 1938 Gold Is Where You Find It
Slag Martin
 1938 The Kid Comes Back
Gunner Malone
 1937 Wine, Women and Horses
Jim Turner
 1937 Born Reckless
Jim Barnes
 1937 Ever Since Eve
Al McCoy
 1937 San Quentin
Lt. Druggin
 1937 Draegerman Courage
Andrew Beaupre
 1937 You Only Live Once
Stephen Whitney
 1937 God's Country and the Woman
 1936 Jailbreak
Detective Captain Rourke
 1936 Bengal Tiger
Cliff Ballenger
 1936 Times Square Playboy
Casey, Vic's Butler / Trainer
 1936 The Walking Dead
 1935 Man of Iron
Chris Bennett
 1935 Frisco Kid
Spider Burke
 1935 I Found Stella Parish
Clifton Jeffords
 1935 Dr. Socrates
Red Bastian
 1935 The Case of the Lucky Legs
Police Chief Bisonette (as Barton Mac Lane)
 1935 Page Miss Glory
Blackie (as Barton McLane)
 1935 Stranded
 1935 Go Into Your Dance
Duke Hutchinson (as Barton Mac Lane)
 1935 'G' Men
 1935 The Case of the Curious Bride
Detective Lucas
 1935 Black Fury
 1934 The Last Round-Up
Charley Benson
 1934 All of Me
First Cop (uncredited)
 1933 Hell and High Water
Dance Hall Manager
 1933 Lone Cowboy
Policeman Baxter
 1933 Big Executive
Harry the Guide
 1933 Tillie and Gus
Commissioner McLennan
 1933 To the Last Man
Neil Stanley
 1933 Man of the Forest
Henchman Mulvey
 1933 The Thundering Herd
 1932 State's Attorney
Court Reporter (uncredited)
 1931 His Woman
Crewman (uncredited)
 1929 The Cocoanuts
Bather (uncredited)
 1926 The Quarterback
Football Player (uncredited)
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Stage: Appeared (as "Ballister") in "Hangman's Whip" on Broadway. Written by Norman Reilly Raine and Frank Butler [final Broadway credit]. Directed by Robert Bell. St. James Theatre: 24 Feb 1933-Mar 1933 (closing date unknown/11 performances). Cast: Hubert Brown (as "Basonga Chief"), Harold De Becker (as "Jakey"), Helen Flint (as "... See more »

Alternate Names:

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",


His great-grandfather Henry Joel McLane served in the Confederate 17th South Carolina Infantry in the US Civil War. See more »

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