Donald MacBride

Donald MacBride

  • Highest Rated: 100% Good News (1947)
  • Lowest Rated: 20% They Got Me Covered (1943)
  • Birthday: Jun 23, 1889
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Vaudeville, stock and Broadway actor Donald MacBride made his Hollywood debut in the 1938 Marx Brothers farce Room Service, reprising his stage role as explosive hotel manager Wagner ("Jumping Butterballs!!!") His previous film appearances had been lensed in his native New York, first at the Vitagraph studios in Flatbush, where he showed up in the Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Drew comedies of the 1910s. During the early talkie years, MacBride showed up in several one- and two-reelers, providing support to such Manhattan-based talent as Burns & Allen, Bob Hope and Shemp Howard. After Room Service, the bulldog-visaged MacBride was prominently cast in picture after picture, usually as a flustered detective. He was teamed with Alan Mowbray in a brace of 1940 RKO "B"s about a pair of shoestring theatrical producers, and was featured in four of Abbott and Costello's comedies. Among the actor's rare noncomic roles were the dying gangster boss in High Sierra (1941) and the dour insurance executive in The Killers (1946). MacBride's television work includes a season as dizzy Marie Wilson's long-suffering employer on the early-1950s TV sitcom My Friend Irma. Donald MacBride's last film role was as Tom Ewell's backslapping boss in the 1955 Billy Wilder comedy The Seven-Year Itch.

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87% The Seven Year Itch Mr. Brady 1955
No Score Yet Meet Danny Wilson Sergeant 1952
No Score Yet Sailor Beware Chief Bos'n Mate 1952
No Score Yet Two Tickets to Broadway Bus Terminal Guard 1951
No Score Yet Rhubarb Phenny 1951
No Score Yet Bowery Battalion Sgt. Herbert Frisbie 1951
No Score Yet Texas Carnival Concessionaire 1951
No Score Yet The Story of Seabiscuit George Carson 1949
100% Good News Coach Johnson 1947
No Score Yet The Egg and I Mr. Henty 1947
80% Buck Privates Come Home Police Captain 1947
No Score Yet The Brute Man Actor 1946
100% The Killers Kenyon 1946
100% The Dark Corner Policeman 1946
No Score Yet Little Giant Pullman Conductor 1946
No Score Yet The Time of Their Lives (The Ghost Steps Out) Lt. Mason 1946
No Score Yet Doll Face Lawyer 1945
No Score Yet Abbott and Costello in Hollywood Dennis Kavanaugh 1945
60% The Thin Man Goes Home Chief MacGregory 1945
No Score Yet Penthouse Rhythm Brewster 1945
No Score Yet The Doughgirls Judge Franklin 1944
No Score Yet Best Foot Forward Capt. Bradd 1943
20% They Got Me Covered Norman Mason 1943
No Score Yet A Stranger in Town Vinnie Z. Blaxton 1943
No Score Yet A Night to Remember Bolling 1942
88% The Glass Key Farr 1942
80% My Sister Eileen Officer Lonigan 1942
No Score Yet Mexican Spitfire Sees a Ghost Percy FitzPatten 1942
No Score Yet Juke Girl `Muckeye' John 1942
No Score Yet Louisiana Purchase Police Captain Whitfield 1941
No Score Yet Rise and Shine Coach Graham 1941
No Score Yet You'll Never Get Rich Top Sergeant 1941
100% Love Crazy "Pinky" Grayson 1941
100% Topper Returns Sgt. Roberts 1941
95% High Sierra Big Mac 1941
100% Here Comes Mr. Jordan Insp. Williams 1941
No Score Yet The Invisible Woman Foghorn 1940
No Score Yet Murder over New York Inspector Vance 1940
85% My Favorite Wife Hotel Clerk 1940
100% Northwest Passage Sgt. McNott 1940
No Score Yet The Saint's Double Trouble Inspector John H. Bohlen 1940
No Score Yet Michael Shayne, Private Detective Chief Painter 1940
No Score Yet Charlie Chan at Treasure Island Chief Kilvaine 1939
No Score Yet Blondie Takes a Vacation Harvey Morton 1939
No Score Yet The Gracie Allen Murder Case District Attorney Markham 1939
No Score Yet The Girl from Mexico Renner 1939
71% The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle Hotel Manager 1939
No Score Yet The Great Man Votes Iron Hat McCarthy 1939
67% Room Service Gregory Wagner 1938
96% Animal Crackers Bit Part 1930


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