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Victor McLaglen (1886–1959)

Rambunctious British leading man (contrary to popular belief, he was of Scottish ancestry, not Irish) and later character actor primarily in American films, Victor McLaglen was a vital presence in a number of great motion pictures, especially those of director John Ford. McLaglen (pronounced Muh-clog-len, not Mack-loff-len) was the son of the ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Quiet Man
The Quiet Man Squire 'Red' Will Danaher
The Informer
The Informer Gypo Nolan
Gunga Din
Gunga Din MacChesney
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon Top Sgt. Quincannon


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 1959 Rawhide (TV Series)
Harry Wittman
- Incident of the Shambling Man (1959) ... Harry Wittman
 1958 Sea Fury
Captain Bellew
 1958 Gli italiani sono matti
Sergente O'Riley
 1958 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Mike O'Hare
- The O'Hare Story (1958) ... Mike O'Hare
 1957 The Abductors
Tom Muldoon
 1957 Studio 57 (TV Series)
 1956 Around the World in Eighty Days
Helmsman of the 'S. S. Henrietta'
 1955 Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
Big Joe
- Big Joe's Comin' Home (1955) ... Big Joe
 1955 The Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater (TV Series)
- The Marine Went to Town (1955) ... Sweeney
 1955 Bengazi
Robert Emmett Donovan
 1955 Lady Godiva of Coventry
 1955 City of Shadows
Big Tim Channing
 1955 Many Rivers to Cross
Cadmus Cherne
 1954 Trouble in the Glen
 1954 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Michael O'Reilly
- The Exposure of Michael O'Reilly (1954) ... Michael O'Reilly
 1953 Fair Wind to Java
 1952 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- Port of Call (1952)
 1951 O'Mara's Chain Miracle (Short)
Officer O'Mara
 1949 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
Top Sgt. Quincannon
 1947 The Foxes of Harrow
Captain Mike Farrell
 1947 The Michigan Kid
Curley Davis
 1947 Calendar Girl
Matthew O'Neill
 1946 Whistle Stop
 1945 Love, Honor and Goodbye
Terry O'Farrell
 1944 Roger Touhy, Gangster
Herman 'Owl' Banghart
 1944 Tampico
First Mate Fred Adamson
 1943 Forever and a Day
Archibald Spavin
 1942 China Girl
Major Bull Weed
 1940 Diamond Frontier
Terrence Regan
 1940 South of Pago Pago
Bucko Larson
 1939 Rio
 1939 Captain Fury
Blackie / Jerry Black
 1939 Ex-Champ
Tom 'Gunner' Grey
 1939 Let Freedom Ring
Chris Mulligan
 1938 We're Going to Be Rich
 1938 Battle of Broadway
Big Ben Wheeler
 1937 Ali Baba Goes to Town
Victor McLaglen - at Fictional Premiere (uncredited)
 1937 Wee Willie Winkie
Sergeant MacDuff
 1937 This Is My Affair
Jock Ramsay
 1936 Magnificent Brute
'Big Steve' Andrews (as Victor McLaglen-Academy Award Winner)
 1936 Under Two Flags
Maj. Doyle
 1936 Klondike Annie
Bull Brackett
 1935 Professional Soldier
Col. Michael Donovan
 1935 Under Pressure
Jumbo Smith
 1934 Murder at the Vanities
Bill Murdock
 1934 Wharf Angel
 1934 No More Women
 1933 Laughing at Life
Dennis P. McHale / Burke / Captain Hale
 1932 Guilty as Hell
Detective Capt. T.R. McKinley
 1932 While Paris Sleeps
Jacques Costaud
 1932 Devil's Lottery
Jem Meech
 1932 The Gay Caballero
Don Bob Harkness / El Coyote
 1931 Wicked
Scott Burrows
 1931 Dishonored
Colonel Kranau
 1930 A Devil with Women
Jerry Maxton
 1930 On the Level
Biff Williams
 1929 Hot for Paris
John Patrick Duke
 1929 Happy Days
Minstrel Show Performer
 1929 Strong Boy
Strong Boy
 1929 Captain Lash
Captain Lash
 1928 The River Pirate
Sailor Fritz
 1928 Hangman's House
Citizen Hogan
 1928 A Girl in Every Port
Spike Madden
 1928 Mother Machree
The Giant of Kilkenny
 1927 Life in Hollywood No. 5 (Short)
 1926 Beau Geste
 1926 Men of Steel
Pete Masarick
 1926 The Isle of Retribution
 1925 The Fighting Heart
Soapy Williams
 1925 Percy
Reedy Jenkins
 1925 The Hunted Woman
 1924 The Beloved Brute
Charles Hinges
 1924 The Gay Corinthian
Squire Hardcastle
 1924 The Passionate Adventure
Herb Harris
 1924 Women and Diamonds
Brian Owen
 1924 The Boatswain's Mate (Short)
Ned Travers
 1923 In the Blood
Tony Crabtree
 1923 M'Lord of the White Road
Lord Annerley / John
 1923 Woman to Woman
Nubian Slave (uncredited)
 1923 Heartstrings
Frank Wilson
 1923 The Romany
The Chief
 1922 A Sailor Tramp
The Sailor Tramp
 1922 Little Brother of God
King Kennidy
 1922 The Glorious Adventure
 1921 The Sport of Kings
Frank Rosedale
 1921 The Prey of the Dragon
Brett 'Dragon' Mercer
 1921 Corinthian Jack
Jack Halstead
 1921 Carnival
 1920 The Call of the Road
Alf Truscott
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(5/25/46) Radio: Appeared (as "Gyppo Nolan") in an "Academy Award Theater" broadcast of "The Informer". See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 2 Portrayals | 13 Articles | See more »

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Victor McLaglen-Academy Award Winner


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[about his early years] Acting never appealed to me, and I was dabbling in it solely as a means of making money. I rather felt that the greasepaint business was somewhat beneath a man who was once a reasonably useful boxer. See more »


He left home at 14 to join the British army with the intention of fighting in the Second Boer War. However, much to his disappointment, he was stationed at Windsor Castle and was later forced to leave the army when his true age was discovered. See more »

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