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.

Selected filmography


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