Donald MacBride Biography

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York
Wiki Biography: Best known for his work in slapstick comedy and detective whodunits, character actor Donald MacBride lent his serious, craggy mug and determined professionalism to scores of 30s and 40s crimers. Born in Brooklyn, he first appeared on the vaudeville and Broadway stages as a teenage singer in such shows as "George White's Scandals" and "Room Service." Taking a chance on Hollywood, he appeared in a few silents, then returned full time to films again in the 30s with a variety of interesting parts in over 100 comedies and dramas. These included the movie version of Room Service (1938) with the Marx Brothers, the flustered hotel manager in My Favorite Wife (1940), an ex-con and ringleader in High Sierra (1941) and an Irish politico in The Dark Horse (1946). However, his real prowess was playing by-the-book police inspectors and, while looking slightly less capable when at odds with a Charlie Chan, a Michael Shayne, or the Saint, he came off much more capable on his own in tracking down such hardened criminals as The Creeper. In the 50s he turned to TV as well, until his death in 1957.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Room Service 1938 Comedy
Northwest Passage Sgt. McNott 1940 Action
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Misleading Lady 1932 Comedy
Room Service 1938 Comedy
Twelve Crowded Hours 1939 Action, Adventure, Crime
High Sierra Big Mac 1941 0, Game Show, Comedy
Here Comes Mr. Jordan 1941 Fantasy, Comedy, Romance
Louisiana Purchase 1941 Comedy, Musical
My Sister Eileen 1942 Comedy
The Glass Key Farr 1942 Crime, Drama
A Stranger in Town 1943
Best Foot Forward 1943 Musical, Comedy
The Thin Man Goes Home 1945 0, Game Show
Little Giant 1946 Comedy
The Time of Their Lives 1946 Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
The Egg and I 1947 0
Buck Privates Come Home 1947 Comedy
Rhubarb 1952 Comedy, Family, Sport
The Seven Year Itch 1955 Comedy, Romance
The Invisible Woman 2013 0, Biography