MacDonald was born in Boston. He had one brother.
MacDonald gained early acting experience in stock theater on Long Island. He made his Broadway debut in Getting Even (1929). His other Broadway credits include Her Tin Soldier (1933) and I, Myself (1934).
MacDonald suffered a stroke while at home at age 42 and was hospitalized; later he died of a brain hemorrhage 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.
|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||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||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||Call of the Canyon||Thomas McCoy|
|1942||Flying Tigers||Blackie Bales|||
|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|||
|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|
|1949||Red Canyon||Farlane||(final film role)|
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- "Harrison in Hollywood". Lancaster Eagle-Gazette. Ohio, Lancaster. February 5, 1942. p. 6. Retrieved February 24, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "("Edmund MacDonald" search results)". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 25 February 2018. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
- Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press, USA. p. 325. ISBN 9780195076783. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
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- Schwartz, Ronald (2013). Houses of Noir: Dark Visions from Thirteen Film Studios. McFarland. p. 85. ISBN 9780786475933. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
- 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 ..."
- 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;"
- 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.
- 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 ..."
- 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
- 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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