Horace McMahon Overview:

Character actor, Horace McMahon, was born on May 17, 1906 in South Norwalk, CT. McMahon died at the age of 65 on Aug 17, 1971 in Norwalk, CT .


American actor whose frankely homely features were seen as a variety of chisellers and sharpies until stage and film success as the hard-pressed police lieutenant in Detective Story left him equally typed as the hard-nosed but basically sympathetic sergeant or senior detective, a role he also played with great success in the TV series Naked City. Long married to lovely red-haired actress Louise Campbell (L. Weisbecker 1915-) from the Bulldog Drummond films - a true mating of Beauty and the Beast. Died from a heart ailment.

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



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Horace McMahon Quotes:

Sergeant Monty Maizel: Remember you guys, she's underage. Lay one hand on her and that's all brother.

Virgil, Mark's Gofer: Take a lot of coffee, don't ya?
Sergeant Monty Maizel: Only black. It's the cream and sugar that hurts you.

Mark Christopher: Hello there.
Sergeant Monty Maizel: Hi.
Mark Christopher: I don't think we've met.
Sergeant Monty Maizel: That's because you never saw me before.

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Before becoming an actor, McMahon went from job to job, working as clerks for a shipping company, a hat manufacturer, as a castings worker, delivering special mail, and as a soda jerk. He had a brief flirt with journalism as reporter for The South Norwalk Sentinel and was co-driver of a 'wet-wash wagon for Brophy's Laundry'. His first acting job was in winter stock while studying at Fordham Law School.

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