Biography

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Horace McMahon (May 17, 1906 – August 17, 1971) was an American actor.

McMahon was born in South Norwalk, Connecticut. He became interested in acting when he was a student at Fordham University School of Law.

In his early career he mostly played thugs or jailbirds, but in 1949 he starred in his most acclaimed role, as Lieutenant Monaghan in the drama play Detective Story and in 1951 he reprised his character in Paramount Pictures' film version Detective Story, alongside Kirk Douglas and Eleanor Parker.

McMahon also starred on television, in the ABC police series Naked City as Lt. Mike Parker, a gruff, no-nonsense, but warmhearted cop's cop, interested only in justice and doing the job according to the proper rules of the game. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for this role.

In 1964, McMahon played Hank McClure, a police contact in the 13-week CBS drama series, Mr. Broadway, with Craig Stevens.

He also did voice-overs for commercials, including those for Close-Up toothpaste and Armstrong tires.

In 1972, a 375-seat theater named in honor of McMahon was created in the McCrory Building on Washington Street in South Norwalk, Connecticut.

McMahon was married to actress Louise Campbell from 1938 until his death in 1971, when he died from a heart ailment. Their daughter, Martha McMahon, also became an actress.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Horace McMahon (May 17, 1906 – August 17, 1971) was an American actor.

McMahon was born in South Norwalk, Connecticut. He became interested in acting when he was a student at Fordham University School of Law.

In his early career he mostly played thugs or jailbirds, but in 1949 he starred in his most acclaimed role, as Lieutenant Monaghan in the drama play Detective Story and in 1951 he reprised his character in Paramount Pictures' film version Detective Story, alongside Kirk Douglas and Eleanor Parker.

McMahon also starred on television, in the ABC police series Naked City as Lt. Mike Parker, a gruff, no-nonsense, but warmhearted cop's cop, interested only in justice and doing the job according to the proper rules of the game. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for this role.

In 1964, McMahon played Hank McClure, a police contact in the 13-week CBS drama series, Mr. Broadway, with Craig Stevens.

He also did voice-overs for commercials, including those for Close-Up toothpaste and Armstrong tires.

In 1972, a 375-seat theater named in honor of McMahon was created in the McCrory Building on Washington Street in South Norwalk, Connecticut.

McMahon was married to actress Louise Campbell from 1938 until his death in 1971, when he died from a heart ailment. Their daughter, Martha McMahon, also became an actress.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 91

Birthday 1906-05-17

Day of Death 1971-08-17

Place of Birth -

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Horace MacMahon

Acting TV ShowsMovies

Martin Kane, Private Eye (2 episodes)
1970 Make Room for Granddaddy (0 episodes)
1968 The Detective as Capt. Tom Farrell
1966 The Swinger as Detective Sergeant Hooker
1966 Family Affair (1 episode)
1966 Batman (2 episodes)
1964 Mr. Broadway (1 episode)
1964 Run To Daylight as Narrator
1962 Jackie Gleason and His American Scene Magazine (1 episode) as Agnes' Father
1960 Route 66 (1 episode)
1959 Bourbon Street Beat (1 episode)
1959 The Alaskans (1 episode)
1959 The Twilight Zone (1 episode) as Bartender
1959 What Makes Sammy Run? as Mike Crowley
1959 Never Steal Anything Small as O.K. Merritt
1959 New York Confidential (1 episode)
1958 77 Sunset Strip (1 episode)
1958 Naked City (137 episodes) as Lt. Michael 'Mike' Parker
1958 Bronco (1 episode)
1957 Sugarfoot (1 episode)
1957 Beau James as Prosecutor
1957 The Delicate Delinquent as Capt. Riley
1955 Texas Lady as Stringer Winfield
1955 The 20th Century Fox Hour (1 episode)
1955 Blackboard Jungle as Detective
1954 Climax! (1 episode)
1954 Susan Slept Here as Sergeant Monty Maizel
1954 Duffy of San Quentin as Pierson
1954 The Lone Wolf (1 episode)
1953 Champ for a Day as Sam Benton
1953 Man in the Dark as Arnie
1953 Abbott and Costello Go to Mars as Mugsy
1951 Detective Story as Lt. Monaghan
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1 episode)
1951 Tales of Tomorrow (1 episode)
1950 Lux Video Theatre (1 episode)
1950 Robert Montgomery Presents (1 episode)
1949 Lights Out (1 episode)
1948 Waterfront at Midnight as Hank Bremmer
1948 Joe Palooka in Fighting Mad as Looie
1944 Timber Queen as Rodney
1943 Good Luck, Mr. Yates as Truck Driver
1943 Stage Door Canteen as Horace MacMahon
1942 Jail House Blues as Swifty
1941 Birth of the Blues as Wolf
1941 The Stork Pays Off as Ears-to-the-Ground Hinkle
1941 Buy Me That Town as Fingers Flint
1941 Lady Scarface as Mullen
1941 Rookies on Parade as Tiger Brannigan
1941 Come Live with Me as Taxi Driver
1940 Dr. Kildare's Crisis as Foghorn Murphy
1940 Melody Ranch as Bud Wildhack
1940 The Leather Pushers as Slugger Mears
1940 Dr. Kildare Goes Home as Foghorn Murphy
1940 The Golden Fleecing as Undetermined Secondary Role
1940 We Who Are Young as Foreman
1940 Millionaires in Prison as Sylvester Odgen 'SOS' Schofield
1940 Gangs of Chicago as Cry-Baby
1940 My Favorite Wife as Truck Driver Giving Lift to Ellen
1940 Dr. Kildare's Strange Case as J. Harold 'Fog Horn' Murphy
1940 The Marines Fly High as Sgt. Monk O'Hara
1940 Oh, Johnny, How You Can Love! as 'Lefty' Hodges - Bank Robber
1939 Laugh It Off as Phil Ferrranti
1939 That's Right - You're Wrong as Hood
1939 Sabotage as Art Kruger
1939 She Married a Cop as Joe Nash
1939 Bachelor Mother as Dance Floor Official (uncredited)
1939 The Gracie Allen Murder Case as Gus
1939 Rose of Washington Square as Irving
1939 Big Town Czar as Punchy
1939 Calling Dr. Kildare as Fog Horn - Taxi Driver
1939 Sergeant Madden as Philadelphia
1939 I Was a Convict as Missouri Smith
1939 Pride of the Navy as Gloomey Kelly
1939 Another Thin Man as MacFay's Chauffeur
1938 Federal Man-Hunt as Snuffy Deegan
1938 Newsboys' Home as Bartsch
1938 Broadway Musketeers as Gurk, Vince's Henchman (as Horace MacMahon)
1938 Wanted by the Police as Russo's Chief Henchman
1938 Fast Company as Danny Scolado
1938 Ladies in Distress as 2nd Thug
1938 King of the Newsboys as Lockjaw
1938 When G-Men Step In as Jennings
1937 A Girl with Ideas as Al
1937 The Wrong Road as Blackie Clayton (as Horace MacMahon)
1937 Tenth Avenue Kid as Max Hooker
1937 Exclusive as Beak McArdle
1937 Public Wedding as Reporter
1937 They Gave Him a Gun as Prison Inmate (uncredited)
1937 Navy Blues as 'Gateleg' (as Horace MacMahon)
1935 The Officer's Mess as Soldier (uncredited)

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