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Donald MacBride



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet You'll Never Get Rich
  • Top Sergeant
1998
86% 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
No Score Yet Good News
  • Coach Johnson
1947
No Score Yet The Egg and I
  • Mr. Henty
1947
No Score Yet 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 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
86% The Glass Key
  • Farr
1942
No Score Yet 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
100% Love Crazy
  • "Pinky" Grayson
1941
100% Topper Returns
  • Sgt. Roberts
1941
94% 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
67% The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle
  • Hotel Manager
1939
No Score Yet The Great Man Votes
  • Iron Hat McCarthy
1939
64% Room Service
  • Gregory Wagner
1938
96% Animal Crackers
  • Bit Part
1930

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