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Barton MacLane (Ernest Barton MacLane)

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Biography

Columbia, South Carolina, USA
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 "from limb to limb", if necessary. Ironically, it was usually Barton himself who was destined to be at the end of a hiding (when not getting shot, instead), typically as snarling henchmen, outlaws and other assorted dubious or abrasive types throughout most of his 40-year acting career. Read more...

Actor

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Character: Al Kruger

Bullets or Ballots 1936

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Character: Stephen Whitney

You Only Live Once 1937

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Character: Lt. Druggin

San Quentin 1937

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Character: Al McCoy

Ever Since Eve 1937

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Character: Mickey Bain

You and Me 1938

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Character: Slag Martin

Gold Is Where You Find It 1938

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Character: Mark Wildhack

Melody Ranch 1940

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Character: Jake Kranmer

High Sierra 1941

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Character: Smiley Quinn

Manpower 1941

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Character: Barney Grogan

Come Live with Me 1941

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Character: Case Ables

The Big Street 1942

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Character: Sgt. Archie Dixon

Bombardier 1943

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Character: Sgt. Maguire

Marine Raiders 1944

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Character: Webb Yancey

Cheyenne 1947

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Character: Sgt. Durkee

Thunderbirds 1952

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Character: Marshal Cassidy

The Half-Breed 1952

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Character: Jules Reni

Jack Slade 1953

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Character: Capt. Jack Matthews

Sea of Lost Ships 1953

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Character: Jim Mablett

Foxfire 1955

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Character: Captain Jenkins, Head Guard

Jail Busters 1955

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Character: Lt. of Detectives Dundy

The Maltese Falcon 1941

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Character: Matt Tranier

Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse 1958

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Character: Glen Callister

Conflict 1956

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Character: Actor 'The Glenn Miller Story'

AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Stewart 1980

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Character: Inspector Walgreen

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Writing