George Macready Overview:

Character actor, George Macready, was born George Peabody Macready Jr. on Aug 29, 1899 in Providence, RI. Macready died at the age of 73 on Jul 2, 1973 in Los Angeles, CA .


George Macready was noted as one of America's most distinctive villains -- a blond, blue-eyed death's head of a man with an aristocratic sneer on the upper lip. Macready created a whole range of polished, distinguished nasties and scoundrels, nearly all with a civilized veneer (1946, Gilda, 1964, Dead Ringer). He died from emphysema just after retirement.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



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George Macready Quotes:

Harry Wharton: Have you forgotten? I promised to show you my new house. The drawing room especially will interest you. It has a beamed ceiling. You know, you hang things from beams.

Johnny Allegro: You should have let me brought my gun.
Morgan Vallin: Don't improvise. You'll be told what to do.
Johnny Allegro: [Seeing armed guards unloading heavy cases] Is that the dough that stocks the mutual windows?
Morgan Vallin: Could be.

Gaston de Montrevel: It would be quite a romantic idea - an aristocrat who becomes a Robin Hood!

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He claimed (probably correctly and truthfully) to be a descendant of the great 19th-century Shakespearean actor William Macready.

The scar on Macready's right cheek was the result of a car accident during his college days. According to his son Michael Macready, George and some fraternity brothers were riding in a Model T Ford when they hit an icy patch on the road. They struck a telephone pole, and George went through the windshield. His friends could find only one doctor in the vicinity, who happened to be a veterinarian. George did get his cheek stitched, but he also ended up with scarlet fever, apparently because the veterinarian didn't wash up properly.

Odd coincidence: In Macready's movie debut in Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942), he plays a schoolteacher. His first lines include the words "I'm writing a novel myself." In his final movie, The Return of Count Yorga (1971), - he portrays a professor. His final line is, "You haven't read my book!".

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