Gravel-voiced character actor Barton MacLane was one of Hollywood’s most enduring screen villains.
During a 35-year career spanning 150 films, he portrayed bad-guy characters in western, crime and adventure movies. Only rarely did he portray a sympathetic character, and then usually in the same gruff manner that marked his portraits of villains.
Contracted to Warner Bros. for many years, his screen credits include “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” “San Quentin,” “The Prince and the Pauper,” “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye,” “Bugles in the Afternoon,” “Sea of Lost Ships” and “Thunderbirds.”
In addition to movie roles, he also appeared in a number of stage productions including one he wrote himself, “Black John.” He also was seen in numerous TV roles including in “I Dream of Jeannie.”
MacLane was a graduate of Wesleyan University and later attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He began his film career in 1933 with the role of a football player in “Quarterback,” which starred Richard Dix. He was married to actress Charlotte Wynters.