Edmund MacDonald

Edmund Francis MacDonald (May 7, 1908 in Boston – September 2, 1951)[1] was an American actor.

Early yearsEdit

MacDonald was born in Boston. He had one brother.[1]


MacDonald gained early acting experience in stock theater on Long Island.[2] He made his Broadway debut in Getting Even (1929). His other Broadway credits include Her Tin Soldier (1933) and I, Myself (1934).[3]

In 1938, he was a regular on Hollywood Showcase, an old-time radio variety show.[4]

MacDonald worked primarily as a character actor in B films.[5] He appeared in films such as Call of the Canyon 1942, The Mantrap 1943, and Detour 1945. His last film was Red Canyon in 1949.[6][7][8]


MacDonald suffered a stroke while at home at age 42 and was hospitalized; later he died of a brain hemorrhage[9] at the Veterans' Administration Hospital in Los Angeles. Was survived by his parents and his wife, Augusta, and was interred at Los Angeles National Cemetery.


Year Title Role Notes
1934 Enlighten Thy Daughter Gerald Winthrop
1938 Prison Break Chris Nelson
1939 I Stole a Million First Cop Uncredited
1939 Coast Guard Lt. Thompson
1939 Destry Rides Again Rockwell
1940 The Invisible Man Returns Miner at Radcliffe Colliery Uncredited
1940 Black Friday Frank Miller
1940 Sailor's Lady Barnacle
1940 Manhattan Heartbeat Spike
1940 Brigham Young Elder
1940 The Bride Wore Crutches Dick Williams
1940 Yesterday's Heroes Tex Jones
1940 The Gay Caballero Joe Turner
1940 Trail of the Vigilantes Ed Wheeler Uncredited
1941 Nice Girl? Captain Uncredited
1941 Texas Comstock
1941 Great Guns Hippo (with Laurel and Hardy)
1942 Castle in the Desert Walter Hartford
1942 To the Shores of Tripoli Butch Burke
1942 The Strange Case of Doctor Rx Det. Capt. Bill Hurd
1942 Whispering Ghosts Jerry Gilpin
1942 Timber Pierre Lacour
1942 Call of the Canyon Thomas McCoy
1942 Flying Tigers Blackie Bales [10][11]
1942 Who Done It? 'Murder at Midnight' Announcer Uncredited
1942 Heart of the Golden West Ross Lambert
1942 Madame Spy Lt. Cmdr. Bill Drake
1943 Hi'ya, Chum Terry Barton
1943 Sherlock Holmes in Washington Detective Lt. Grogan
1943 Hangmen Also Die! Dr. Pillar
1943 The Mantrap Assistant District Attorney Knox George Sherman crime thriller
1943 Corvette K-225 Lt. LeBlanc Uncredited
1944 Timber Queen Joe Birsdell
1944 Sailor's Holiday Fred Baxter
1944 The Story of Dr. Wassell Rear Admiral's Aide Uncredited
1944 Roger Touhy, Gangster FBI Agent Uncredited
1945 The Lady Confesses Lucky Brandon
1945 Incendiary Blonde Charlie Vettori Uncredited
1945 Hold That Blonde Slasher
1945 Detour Charles Haskell Jr, the driver who picks up Tom Neal [12]
1946 They Made Me a Killer Jack Conley aka Chance
1946 The Mysterious Mr. M Anthony Waldron, the original villain
1947 Shoot to Kill Lawrence Dale
1947 Blondie's Anniversary Bob Burley
1948 That Lady in Ermine Captain Novak Uncredited
1948 Black Eagle Si
1949 Red Canyon Farlane (final film role)


  1. ^ a b Wagner, Laura (Summer 2015). "Edmund MacDonald: Menacing Looks". Films of the Golden Age (81): 63–64.
  2. ^ "Harrison in Hollywood". Lancaster Eagle-Gazette. Ohio, Lancaster. February 5, 1942. p. 6. Retrieved February 24, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  
  3. ^ "("Edmund MacDonald" search results)". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 25 February 2018. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  4. ^ Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press, USA. p. 325. ISBN 9780195076783. Retrieved 25 February 2018. Edmund MacDonald actor.
  5. ^ Schwartz, Ronald (2013). Houses of Noir: Dark Visions from Thirteen Film Studios. McFarland. p. 85. ISBN 9780786475933. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  6. ^ IMDB
  7. ^ On the Air:The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio - John Dunning - 1998 Page 470 "CAST: Edmund MacDonald as Inspector Burke early 1945; William Gargan thereafter. Eddie Marr as Detective Nolan. ANNOUNCER: Larry Keating. WRITERDIRECTOR: Lew Lansworth. Murder Will Out followed the Ellery Queen formula to a ..."
  8. ^ R. Haydock Deerstalker!: Holmes and Watson on screen - 1978 Page 136 -"The others in the cast included Henry Daniell as William Easter, one of Stanley's henchmen; John Archer as Lieutenant Peter Merriam, Nancy's boyfriend; Edmund MacDonald as Detective -Lieutenant Grogan of the Washington police;"
  9. ^ Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. (2 volume set). McFarland. p. 463. ISBN 9780786479924. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  10. ^ Reel Men at War: Masculinity and the American War Film - Page 23 Ralph Donald, Karen MacDonald - 2011 "After listening to Woody brag about his latest exploit in shooting down a Japanese plane, another pilot, Blackie (Edmund MacDonald), a normally quiet individual, finally blurts out, “How does it feel to be a one-man team? You aren't the first ..."
  11. ^ Three Bad Men: John Ford, John Wayne, Ward Bond - Page 133 Scott Allen Nollen - 2013 "John Ford, John Wayne, Ward Bond Scott Allen Nollen ... Wayne plays Jim Gordon, leader ofa group ofpilots fighting in China, who is persuaded to join the “ Flying Tigers,” a squadron commanded by reformed drunk Blackie Bales ( Edmund
  12. ^ Noir Movies Facts, Figures & Fun - Page 45 John Grant - 2005 "Detour dir Edgar G. Ulmer, 1945 Tom Neal is hitchhiking to Hollywood to join his girlfriend when picked up by driver Edmund MacDonald, who tells of a female hitchhiker who recently resisted his advances. Neal takes a turn at driving, then "

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