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Subject: ARCHIVE: June 21, 1957 ~DONALD MacBRIDE, Hollywood veteran character actor whose career from silent days to 1950s TV, later remembered for his by-the-book, yet befuddled police inspectors, usually ending with his classic comic slow burn in frustration, in a films like "High Sierra", "The Time of Their Lives", "The Egg and I", and "The Seven Year Itch" in a 200+ role resume, dies at 67. ...

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Date Posted: Sunday, June 21, 11:36:40am

Donald MacBride
[ Donald Hugh MacBride ]
(June 23, 1893 June 21, 1957)

American character actor on stage, in films, and on television. Born in Brooklyn, Donald MacBride's year of birth is given variously as 1889 or 1893 in the standard reference books. Later he launched his career as a teenage singer (making several recordings in 1907). An overseas veteran of World War I; he had been a member of the New York State National Guard at the time the United States entered the war; he entered active service in Brooklyn, N.Y. on June 27, 1918 and served in Company A, 53rd U. S. Pioneer Infantry Regiment. He served overseas from August 6, 1918 to February 2, 1919, and was honorably discharged on the 13th of February following. He soon after took on performing in vaudeville, and went on to be an actor on Broadway, where he appeared in the hit stage production of Allen Boretz and John Murray's "Room Service" in the 1937-38. Though he'd played bit parts in silent films into talkies, by the late 1930s Hollywood soon took notice of his talents, and moved to California.

...In film, Donald MacBride, 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 crime films. 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.

...Other early film efforts came as the 'flustered hotel manager' in "My Favorite Wife" (1940), an 'ex-con ringleader' in "High Sierra" (1941) and an Irish politico in "The Dark Horse" (1946). He appeared in nearly 140 films between 1914 and 1955. MacBride was best known for his frequent portrayal of detectives in several crime films. One such role was as Sgt. Roberts in the 1941 comedy Topper Returns, starring Roland Young. He also appeared in several slapstick roles in films with comedians such as the Marx Brothers and Abbott & Costello. He had the role of Milton J. Clyde on the television version of My Friend Irma.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and died in Los Angeles,
California of a heart ailment, and was survived by his wife Esther
(who later followed him in death in 1966), and a stepson, Jack Craddock.
MacBride was buried at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, in Culver City, CA. ...

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