Barton Mac (25 December 1902 – 1 January 1969) was an American actor, playwright and screenwriter. Although appeared in many classic films between 1930 and 1960 decades, it became known mainly for his role of General Martin Peterson in the television series of the sixties Jeannie.
Mac was born in Columbia (South Carolina), and studied at the Wesleyan University in Middletown (Connecticut), where he excelled as a football player. His first movie in The Quarterback (1926), role came as a result of this ability. He subsequently studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
His theatrical Broadway debut took place in 1927 with the work of Bayard Veiller The Trial of Mary Dugan. Subsequently appeared in the works of Broadway Gods of the Lighting (1928) and Subway Express (1929). That same year also intervened in The Marx Brothers The Cocoanuts film.
The first performance of Mac appeared uncredited film was in the romantic drama 1931 His Woman. The following year wrote the Rendezvous, sold to Arthur Hopkins, and represented on Broadway, playing Mac one of the roles.
Film between the 1930 and 1950 work
To Mac Rendezvous success earned him a contract with Warner Bros., calling the attention of several renowned films, directors including Fritz Lang, Michael Curtiz, William Keighley. As a result, for the remainder of the 1930s Mac worked in the film, medium with important supporting roles in productions such as The Case of the Curious Bride, G Men, The Prince and the Pauper, and the films of Fritz Lang only live once and You and Me. He was also a detective Steve McBride in many films about the fictional Torchy Blane journalist.
In the 1930s and 1940s Mac worked in several films alongside the legendary movie star Humphrey Bogart. Such performances perhaps highlights its role as Detective Dundy vs. Sam Spade Bogart in the film, John Huston the Maltese Falcon. Mac worked again with both in the 1948 film, winner of an Academy Award the treasure of Sierra Madre.
Many productions for which worked Mac in the 1940s include The Big Street, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (of Victor Fleming), Western Union (spirit of conquest) (directed by Fritz Lang), The Mummy’s Ghost (of Reginald Le Borg) and Frank Borzage The Spanish Main film. Also appeared in two Tarzan films starring Johnny Weissmuller, Tarzan and the Amazons and Tarzan and the Huntress. Among the titles that appeared in the 1950s are Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, The Glenn Miller Story and Three Violent People.
Last film performances and television
In the 1950s Mac began working regularly on television. Between 1953 and 1967 he intervened in programs such as Conflict, Lux Video Theatre, Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, Laramie, Perry Mason, The Monkees, and Gunsmoke.
In the 1960-1961 television season Mac worked regularly in the series of NBC western Outlaws, acting as the Marshal Frank Caine. Don Collier and Jock Gaynor were his co-stars. His last film appearance took place in 1961 Frank Capra Pocketful of Miracles.
In 1965 Mac was cast in the TV series Jeannie General Martin Peterson. In total participated in 35 episodes between 1965 and 1969, three of them issued after deceased actor. His character was replaced by General Schaeffer, which played Vinton Hayworth towards the end of the series.
Personal life and death
In 1939 Mac married actress Charlotte Wynters. From the 1940s until the time of his death, the actor kept a cattle ranch in Eastern Madera County, California, property which resided when not acted.
Barton Mac died of cancer on January 1, 1969 in Santa Monica, California. He was buried at the Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in Hollywood.
For his contribution to the television industry, Barton Mac received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood Boulevard 6719.
Year Film Paper Comments
1929 The Cocoanuts Bather Uncredited
1933 The Thundering Herd (damn Horde) Pruitt, Jett bodyguard Another title: Buffalo Stampede
To the Last Man Neil Stanley Another title: Law of Vengeance
1935 Black Fury (black hell) McGee
Go Into Your Dance (Casino de Paris) Duke Hutchinson Named Barton Mac Lane
Another title: Casino of now
Page Miss Glory (divine glory) Blackie Named Barton McLane
The Case of the Lucky Legs Detective Bisonette Named Barton Mac Lane
I Found Stella Parish Clifton “Cliff” Jeffords
Frisco Kid (sinister City) Spikder Burke
1936 The Walking Dead Loder
Bullets or Ballots The Kruger
1937 Ever Since Eve McCoy, plumber
San Quentin TTE. Druggin
1939 Stand Up and Fight Crowder
1940 Melody Ranch Mark Wildhack
1941 High Sierra (the last refuge) Jake Kranmer
Barnacle Bill John Kelly
Manpower Smiley Quinn
All Through the Night Marty Callahan
The Maltese Falcon Detective Dundy
1944 Cry of the Werewolf Lt. Barry Lane
1948 The treasure of Sierra Madre Pat McCormick
1949 Light network Detective Strecker
1950 Let’s Dance Larry Channock
1953 Kansas Pacific Lime Bruce
1956 Backlash (the sixth fugitive) Sergeant George Lake
1958 Girl on the Run Big Jim
The Geisha Boy Greater Ridgley
1961 Pocketful of Miracles Police Inspector Named Barton Maclane
1965 The Rounders (Los desbravadores) Tanner
1968 Buckskin Doc Raymond Another title: The Frontiersman
Year Title Paper Comments
1955 The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse Captain Hansen 1 episode
Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Chief Brooks 1 episode
1956 Cheyenne’ Storm 1 episode
The Kaiser Aluminum Hour Dan Royal 1 episode
1957 Circus Boy Nolan 1 episode
1958 Kraft Television Theatre Potter 1 episode
77 Sunset Strip Brannigan 1 episode
1959 Black Saddle General Orester Fowler 1 episode
1960 Overland Trail Jed Braddock 1 episode
1960-1960 Outlaws Marshal Frank Caine 10 episodes
1965-1969 My beautiful genius General Peterson 35 episodes
1966 The Munsters Big Roy 1 episode
1967 Hondo Markham 1 episode