Sean McClory

Séan Joseph McClory (8 March 1924 – 10 December 2003) was an Irish actor whose career spanned six decades and included well over 100 films and television series. He was sometimes billed as Shawn McGlory or Sean McGlory.[1]

Sean McClory
Sean McClory 1975.JPG
McClory in 1975
Born(1924-03-08)8 March 1924
Died10 December 2003(2003-12-10) (aged 79)
Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California, US
Other namesShawn McGlory
Sean McGlory
Years active1947–1993
Known forFilm Bandolero
Notable work
film "The Rogues March (1952) with Richard Greene
Spouse(s)Sue Alexander (? - 1979, her death)
Peggy Webber (1983–2003, his death)

Early yearsEdit

McClory was born Séan Joseph McClory on 8 March 1924 in Dublin, Ireland,[1] but spent his early life in County Galway.[citation needed] He was the son of Hugh Patrick McClory, an architect and civil engineer, and Mary Margaret (née Ball), a model.[1] He was not related to Kevin McClory.[citation needed]

McClory studied St. Ignatius Jesuit College and at the National University of Ireland Medical School. He served in the Irish Army Medical Corps during World War II.[2]



McClory began his career on stage, specializing in comedy at the Abbey Theatre.[1] On Broadway, McClory portrayed Rory Commons in The King of Friday's Men (1951).[3] His acting in regional theater included Dial "M" for Murder (1955) at the Sombrero Playhouse in Arizona[4] and Shadow of a Gunman (1984) with the California Artists Repertory Theatre.[5] He also acted in a summer theater in La Jolla, California.[6]


Jack Votion, a representative of RKO Pictures who was based in Europe, discovered McClory performing at the Abby Theatre,[6] after which McClory went to Hollywood in 1947 and began acting in films. His work included the role of an Irish policeman in Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome and Dick Tracy's Dilemma. He was part of the John Ford Stock Company, appearing in the Ford productions What Price Glory, The Long Gray Line, The Quiet Man, and Cheyenne Autumn.[1] McClory portrayed a ringmaster in Ring of Fear (1954)[7] and a chauffeur in the comedy My Chauffeur (1986).[8]


On television, McClory portrayed Captain Clary on the NBC adventure series Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers,[9]:1051 Pat McShane on the CBS crime drama Kate McShane,[9]:557 Myles on the CBS adventure series Bring 'Em Back Alive,[9] and Jack McGivern on NBC's western television series, The Californians.[9]:153

In 1958, McClory was cast as Ted O'Malley in the episode "Short Haul" of the CBS crime drama, Richard Diamond, Private Detective, starring David Janssen.[citation needed]

McClory appeared twice in the 1960 NBC western series, Overland Trail, starring William Bendix and Doug McClure. He was a guest star in the syndicated western series, Pony Express and in 1960 on ABC's western drama, The Man from Blackhawk, starring Robert Rockwell as a roving insurance investigator. Another 1960 role was as Quinn in "Talent for Danger" on the ABC adventure series, The Islanders, set in the South Pacific. In 1960 and 1961, McClory appeared in the episodes, "Heads, You Lose" and "Appointment at Tara-Bi", of another ABC series, Adventures in Paradise, starring Gardner McKay. McClory was a guest star in episodes of the television Western The Rifleman, "Knight Errant" (1961) and "I Take This Woman" (1962), playing an Irish romantic rival to star Chuck Connors' lead character of Lucas McCain.[10]

McClory appeared as Jaimie MacDonald in the 1963 episode "Commando" of the CBS anthology series, GE True, hosted by Jack Webb. He was cast thereafter in a second-season episode of Irwin Allen's CBS science fiction series Lost in Space called "The Astral Traveller", as a Scottish bagpiping "ghost" named Hamish. He made several guest appearances on Perry Mason, including the 1961 episode, "The Case of the Malicious Mariner", the defendant in the 1962 episode, "The Case of the Unsuitable Uncle," and the title character and husband of the defendant in "The Case of the Scandalous Sculptor." McClory made two appearances on NBC's Bonanza, as Mark Connors in the 1962 episode "The Tall Stranger" and as Professor James Aloysuis McCarthy in the 1963 comedic episode "Hoss and the Leprechauns".

In 1965, McClory was cast as the poet Joaquin Miller, first poet laureate of California, in the episode "Magic Locket" of the syndicated western series, Death Valley Days, hosted by Ronald W. Reagan.[citation needed] In a later Death Valley Days episode, "Talk to Me Charley", McClory played gold prospector Charley Gentry.

Sean played Scott Winters in CBS's Mannix episode "Then the Drink Takes the Man", first aired on 30 December 1967.

Other activitiesEdit

When McClory had no acting jobs, he turned to other employment, including washing dishes, driving trucks, working at a gold mine on the California-Nevada border and sailing around the world. At one point, he sold his blood to obtain money for food and drinks.[6]

Personal life and deathEdit

McClory was married four times. His third marriage, to Sue Alexander, ended with her death in 1979.[2] He married actress Peggy Webber.[11] in 1983, and they were still married when he died.[2] On 10 December 2003, McClory died of a heart condition[1] at his home in Hollywood Hills, California.[11]




  1. ^ a b c d e f Matheson, Sue. The John Ford Encyclopedia. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 209. ISBN 978-1-5381-0382-1. Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "Sean McClory". Films of the Golden Age (101): 74–75. Summer 2020.
  3. ^ "Sean McClory". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 13 January 2021. Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  4. ^ Cutts, Anson B. (1 March 1955). "Thrills And Chills Grip Audience". Arizona Republic. Arizona, Phoenix. p. 2. Retrieved 13 January 2021 – via
  5. ^ Koehler, Robert (20 September 1984). "The accent is on acting in 'Shadow of a Gunman'". The Los Angeles Times. p. Part VI - 5. Retrieved 13 January 2021 – via
  6. ^ a b c Giannettino, Pete (22 November 1953). "Sean McClory, Star Making Film at Deming, Has Packed Lot of Living in Eight Years". Albuquerque Journal. p. 37. Retrieved 14 January 2021 – via
  7. ^ "Danger Marks Filming of 'Ring of Fear'". The Morning Call. New Jersey, Paterson. 24 August 1954. p. 13. Retrieved 13 January 2021 – via
  8. ^ Price, Michael H. (25 January 1986). "'My Chauffeur' hits occasional bump along the way". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. p. 29. Retrieved 13 January 2021 – via
  9. ^ a b c d Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 137. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
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  11. ^ a b "Sean McClory, 79; Irish-Born Actor in Movies, on TV Shows". The Los Angeles Times. 13 December 2003. p. B 20. Retrieved 14 January 2021 – via

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