Donald MacBride Overview:

Character actor, Donald MacBride, was born Donald Hugh MacBride on Jun 23, 1889 in Brooklyn, NY. MacBride died at the age of 68 on Jun 21, 1957 in Los Angeles, CA .


American actor, often seen as truculent policemen, exasperated editors or bamboozled store managers. Born in Brooklyn, he was a teenage singer in vaudeville, before coming to Hollywood to make silent comedies. He made his career in the theatre for more than 20 years after 1917, until the re-creation of his part as the hotel manager in Room Service, in the Marx Brothers' film version of the stage play, brought him back to film for a trip that lasted 15 years.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).



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Insp. Vance: [Exasperated at the size of the lineup] I never knew there were so many Hindus in New York!

Nick Arden: I came here with my wife... hum... my bride really. Now my wife, not my bride... my wife... Why should I bore you with details?
Hotel clerk: I won't be bored.
Nick Arden: Listen, it's just simple as A B C.
Hotel clerk: Don't tell me you got someone in B?

Gregory Wagner: Jumping butterballs!

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Donald MacBride Facts
According to a January 1909 Victor Records catalog, boy soprano Donald Hugh MacBride is pictured with an announcement of his first 78 release.

His last film was The Seven Year Itch (1955).

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