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Known Credits: 126

Birthday: 1902-12-25

Day of Death: 1969-01-01

Place of Birth: -

Adult Actor: False

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Also Known As

  • Ernest Barton MacLane

Barton MacLane

Biography

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. In fact, Barton became so typecast, that his name was for a time used proverbially, to generally describe a shouting, hard-nosed ruffian.

After training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, MacLane joined a stock company in Brooklyn. In 1927 he had his first part on Broadway, a brief moment as an assistant district attorney, in the melodrama "The Trial of Mary Dugan". He then played a small featured role as a police officer in "Subway Express" (1929-30), a drama enacted in the interior of a subway car. In mid-1932 MacLane tried his hand at writing his own starring vehicle for the stage, entitled "Rendezvous". While the play closed after just 21 performances, it led to a contract with Warner Brothers.

Barton had already appeared in bit roles for Paramount at their Astoria Studios, including The Marx Brothers

' debut film The Cocoanuts (1929). He portrayed mobster Brad Collins in 'G' Men (1935) (with James Cagney), which set the tone for most of his future assignments. Brawny, with squinty eyes and a rasping voice, MacLane was the ideal surly tough guy, particularly suitable for westerns and the type of films noir Warner Brothers excelled at. He was often cast as cops, be they bent or honest. Some of his most representative performances include gangster Al Kruger in Bullets or Ballots (1936), which won him some of the best critical notices of his career; outlaw Jack Slade in Western Union (1941); crooked construction boss Pat McCormick, who gets beaten up by Humphrey Bogart and Tim Holt over past-due wages in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948); hard-nosed cops Detective Dundy in The Maltese Falcon (1941) and Lt. Reece in Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950). MacLane, on loan to Universal, also had a starring role in Prison Break (1938) as an innocent tuna fisherman who is framed for murder. He was prominent as a tough but sympathetic cop, foil to sleuthing girl reporter Glenda Farrell in the "Torchy Blaine" series of the mid- to late 1930s. In the 1960s Barton began to cultivate a good-guy image as Marshal Frank Caine in the NBC western series Outlaws (1960) as well as showing up in a small recurring role as Air Force Gen. Martin Peterson in I Dream of Jeannie (1965).

Barton was married to the actress Charlotte Wynters, who appeared with him in six of his films. When not on the set, the couple spent time on their 2000-acre cattle ranch in Madera County, California. For his work in television, Barton has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Acting
1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage as Himself (archive footage)
1968 Buckskin as Dr. H. 'Doc' Raymond
1968 Arizona Bushwhackers as Sheriff Grover
1967 Hondo - (1 episode)
1966 The Monkees - (1 episode)
1965 I Dream of Jeannie - (27 episodes)
1965 Town Tamer as James Fell
1965 The Rounders as Tanner
1964 The Munsters - (1 episode)
1964 Law of the Lawless
1961 Pocketful of Miracles as Police Commissioner (as Barton Maclane)
1960 The Outlaws - (50 episodes)
1960 Noose for a Gunman as Carl Avery
1960 Gunfighters of Abilene as Seth
1959 The Geisha Boy as Major Ridgley
1959 Tightrope - (1 episode)
1958 Girl on the Run as Francis J. Brannigan
1958 77 Sunset Strip - (1 episode)
1958 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse - (2 episodes)
1957 Perry Mason - (4 episodes)
1957 Naked In The Sun as Wilson
1957 Sierra Stranger as Lem Gotch
1957 Hell's Crossroads as Clyde O'Connell
1956 Naked Gun as Joe Barnum
1956 The Man Is Armed as Det. Lt. Dan Coster
1956 Wire Service - (1 episode)
1956 Backlash as Sgt. George Lake
1956 Telephone Time - (1 episode)
1956 Wetbacks as Karl Shanks
1955 Cheyenne - (1 episode)
1955 Jail Busters as Captain Jenkins, Head Guard
1955 Gunsmoke - (2 episodes)
1955 Foxfire as Jim Mablett
1955 Treasure Of Ruby Hills as Chalk Reynolds
1954 Studio 57 - (1 episode)
1954 The Whistler - (1 episode)
1954 Rails Into Laramie as Lee Graham
1954 The Glenn Miller Story as Gen. Hap Arnold, USAAF
1953 Jack Slade as Jules Reni
1953 Captain Scarface as Captain Scarface
1953 Cow Country as Marvin Parker
1953 Kansas Pacific as Cal Bruce
1952 The Half-Breed as Marshal Cassidy
1952 Bugles in the Afternoon as Capt. Myles Moylan
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars - (1 episode)
1951 Drums in the Deep South as Sgt. Mac McCardle
1951 Best of the Badmen as Joad
1950 The Bandit Queen
1950 Let's Dance as Larry Channock
1950 Lux Video Theatre - (2 episodes)
1950 Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye as Lt. John Reece
1949 Red Light as Detective Strecker
1948 The Walls of Jericho as Gotch McCurdy
1948 Angel in Exile
1948 Unknown Island as Capt. Tarnowski
1948 Relentless
1948 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre as Pat McCormick
1948 The Dude Goes West as Texas Jack Barton
1947 Jungle Flight as Case Hagin
1947 Cheyenne as Webb Yancey
1947 Tarzan and the Huntress as Paul Weir
1946 San Quentin as Nick Taylor
1946 Santa Fe Uprising as Crawford
1946 Mysterious Intruder as Detective Taggart
1945 The Spanish Main as Capt. Benjamin Black
1945 Scared Stiff as George 'Deacon' Markham
1945 Tarzan and the Amazons as Ballister
1944 Cry of the Werewolf as Lt. Barry Lane
1944 Secret Command as Red Kelly
1944 Marine Raiders as Sgt. Maguire
1944 The Mummy's Ghost as Inspector Walgreen
1944 Nabonga as Carl Hurst
1943 Crime Doctor’s Strangest Case as Detective Rief
1943 The Underdog as John Tate
1943 Song of Texas as Jim Calvert
1943 Bombardier as Sgt. Archie Dixon
1943 Man of Courage as John Wallace
1942 Highways by Night as Leo Bronson
1942 The Big Street as Case Ables
1941 All Through the Night as Marty Callahan
1941 The Maltese Falcon as Det. Lt. Dundy
1941 Manpower as Smiley Quinn
1941 Wild Geese Calling as Pirate Kelly
1941 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as Sam Higgins
1941 Barnacle Bill as John Kelly
1941 Western Union as Jack Slade
1941 Come Live with Me as Barney Grogan
1941 High Sierra as Jake Kranmer
1940 Melody Ranch as Mark Wildhack
1940 Men Without Souls as Blackie Drew
1939 Torchy Runs for Mayor as Steve McBride
1939 Torchy Blane in Chinatown as Det. Lt. Steve 'Mac' McBride
1939 Stand Up and Fight as Crowder
1938 Torchy Gets Her Man as Detective Steve McBride
1938 Prison Break as Joaquin Shannon
1938 You and Me as Mickey Bain
1938 Gold Is Where You Find It as Slag Martin
1938 Blondes at Work as Lt. Steve McBride
1937 The Adventurous Blonde as Lt. Steve 'Stevie' MacBride
1937 Wine, Women and Horses as Jim Turner
1937 San Quentin as Lt. Druggin
1937 Ever Since Eve as Al McCoy
1937 Born Reckless as Jim Barnes
1937 Fly Away Baby as Steve McBride
1937 The Prince and the Pauper as John Canty
1937 You Only Live Once as Stephen Whitney
1937 God's Country and the Woman as Bullhead
1937 Smart Blonde as Steve McBride
1936 Bullets or Ballots as Al Kruger
1936 Times Square Playboy as Casey (Vic's Butler/Trainer)
1936 The Walking Dead as Loder
1936 Ceiling Zero as Al Stone
1935 Frisco Kid as Spikder Burke
1935 I Found Stella Parish as Clifton Jeffords
1935 Dr. Socrates as Red Bastian
1935 The Case of the Lucky Legs as Bisonette
1935 Page Miss Glory as Blackie (as Barton McLane)
1935 Stranded as Sharkey
1935 Black Fury as McGee
1935 Go Into Your Dance as Duke Hutchinson
1934 The Last Round-up as Charley Benson
1933 Tillie and Gus as Commissioner McLennan
1933 To the Last Man as Neil Stanley
1933 Man of the Forest as Mulvey
1933 The Thundering Herd as Henchman Pruitt
1931 His Woman as Crewman
Writing
1943 Man of Courage … Story
1943 Man of Courage … Screenplay