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Horace McMahon (1906–1971)

Born in 1906, Connecticut-born character actor Horace McMahon fell easily into his career while pursuing a law career at Fordham University. A former news reporter, his dark, streetwise mug and attitude proved perfect for playing assorted New York characters -- thugs, cabbies, henchmen, bouncers -- in a slew of late 30s and 40s crime yarns, often ... See full bio »

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Naked City
Naked City Lt. Mike Parker / Lt. Michael 'Mike' Parker / Det Lt. Michael 'Mike' Parker / Det. Lt. Michael 'Mike' Parker / Chief / Det. Lt. Mike Parker
Detective Story
Detective Story Lt. Monaghan
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 1968 The Detective
 1959 Never Steal Anything Small
O. K. Merritt
 1957 Beau James
 1957 The Delicate Delinquent
Police Captain Riley
 1955 Texas Lady
Stringer Winfield
 1955 My Sister Eileen
Police Officer Lonigan
 1955 Blackboard Jungle
 1954 Susan Slept Here
Sergeant Monty Maizel
 1954 Duffy of San Quentin
 1953 Champ for a Day
Sam Benton
 1953 Fast Company
'Two Pair' Buford
 1953 Man in the Dark
 1948 The Return of October
Big Louie (uncredited)
 1948 Waterfront at Midnight
Hank Bremmer
 1948 Smart Woman
Lefty (uncredited)
 1946 13 Rue Madeleine
Burglary Instructor (scenes deleted)
 1944 Roger Touhy, Gangster
Maxie Sharkey (uncredited)
 1944 The Navy Way
Sailor Saxon (uncredited)
 1944 Timber Queen
 1943 Dangerous Blondes
Hoodlum (uncredited)
 1943 Good Luck, Mr. Yates
Truck Driver (uncredited)
 1943 Stage Door Canteen
Horace MacMahon (as Horace MacMahon)
 1942 Jail House Blues
 1941 Birth of the Blues
Wolf (as Horace MacMahon)
 1941 The Stork Pays Off
Ears-to-the-Ground Hinkle
 1941 Buy Me That Town
Fingers Flint
 1941 Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day
Jarod 'Foghorn' Murphy (uncredited)
 1941 Lady Scarface
Mullen (as Horace MacMahon)
 1941 Rookies on Parade
Tiger Brannigan
 1941 Come Live with Me
Taxi Driver (as Horace MacMahon)
 1940 Dr. Kildare's Crisis
Foghorn Murphy (as Horace MacMahon)
 1940 Melody Ranch
Bud Wildhack (as Horace MacMahon)
 1940 The Bride Wore Crutches
 1940 The Leather Pushers
Slugger Mears
 1940 Dr. Kildare Goes Home
Foghorn Murphy (uncredited)
 1940 Margie
 1940 The Golden Fleecing
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
 1940 We Who Are Young
Foreman (as Horace MacMahon)
 1940 Millionaires in Prison
Sylvester Odgen 'SOS' Schofield (as Horace MacMahon)
 1940 Gangs of Chicago
 1940 My Favorite Wife
Truck Driver Giving Lift to Ellen (uncredited)
 1940 Dr. Kildare's Strange Case
J. Harold 'Fog Horn' Murphy (as Horace MacMahon)
 1940 The Ghost Comes Home
Dave - the Nightclub Manager (uncredited)
 1940 The Marines Fly High
Sgt. Monk O'Hara
 1940 Oh, Johnny, How You Can Love!
'Lefty' Hodges - Bank Robber
 1939 Laugh It Off
Phil Ferrranti
 1939 That's Right - You're Wrong
Hood (uncredited)
 1939 Another Thin Man
MacFay's Chauffeur (uncredited)
 1939 Sabotage
Art Kruger (as Horace MacMahon)
 1939 Quick Millions
Floyd 'Bat' Douglas
 1939 She Married a Cop
Joe Nash
 1939 Bachelor Mother
Dance Floor Official (uncredited)
 1939 6,000 Enemies
Prisoner Boxcar (uncredited)
 1939 The Gracie Allen Murder Case
Gus (uncredited)
 1939 Rose of Washington Square
Irving (as Horace MacMahon)
 1939 Big Town Czar
 1939 Calling Dr. Kildare
Fog Horn - Taxi Driver (uncredited)
 1939 For Love or Money
Dead Eyes
 1939 Sergeant Madden
Philadelphia (as Horace MacMahon)
 1939 I Was a Convict
Missouri Smith
 1939 Pride of the Navy
Gloomey Kelly
 1939 Pirates of the Skies
Henchman Artie (uncredited)
 1938 Federal Man-Hunt
Snuffy Deegan
 1938 Newsboys' Home
 1938 Secrets of a Nurse
Larry Carson
 1938 Broadway Musketeers
Gurk, Vince's Henchman (as Horace MacMahon)
 1938 Wanted by the Police
Russo's Chief Henchman (unconfirmed)
 1938 I Am the Law
Prisoner (uncredited)
 1938 10th Ave Kid
Max Hooker
 1938 The Crowd Roars
Rocky Simpson (uncredited)
 1938 Marie Antoinette
Rabblerouser (uncredited)
 1938 Fast Company
Danny Scolado (as Horace MacMahon)
 1938 Ladies in Distress
2nd Thug
 1938 King of the Newsboys
 1938 When G-Men Step In
 1937 Paid to Dance
 1937 The Last Gangster
Limpy (uncredited)
 1937 A Girl with Ideas
 1937 The Wrong Road
Blackie Clayton (as Horace MacMahon)
 1937 Bad Guy
Malone the Informer (uncredited)
 1937 Exclusive
Beak McArdle
 1937 Public Wedding
Reporter (as Horace MacMahon)
 1937 Kid Galahad
Reporter at Press Conference (uncredited)
 1937 They Gave Him a Gun
Prison Inmate (uncredited)
 1937 Navy Blues
Gateleg (as Horace MacMahon)
 1936 Bulldog Edition
Horace Boyd (uncredited)
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Other Works:

Man Bites Dog (1933). Farce. Written by Don Lochbiler and Arthur Barton (also director). Lyceum Theatre: 25 Apr 1933- May 1933 (closing date unknown/7 performances). As "McIntosh." Cast included: Jay Adler, Don Beddoe, Gertrude Flynn, Victor Kilian, Owen Martin, Millard Mitchell, Dennie Moore, Raymond Walburn, Charles Walton. See more »

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Horace MacMahon


5' 11" (1.8 m)

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Before becoming an actor, McMahon went from job to job, working as clerks for a shipping company, a hat manufacturer, as a castings worker, delivering special mail, and as a soda jerk. He had a brief flirt with journalism as reporter for The South Norwalk Sentinel and was co-driver of a 'wet-wash wagon for Brophy's Laundry'. His first acting job was in winter stock while studying at Fordham Law ... See more »

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