Wallace MacDonald

Wallace Archibald MacDonald (5 May 1891 – 30 October 1978) was a Canadian silent film actor and film producer.

Wallace MacDonald
Wallace MacDonald 1916.jpg
Born(1891-05-05)5 May 1891
Died30 October 1978(1978-10-30) (aged 87)
Film producer
Years active1912–1959
Spouse(s)Doris May (1921-1978, his death)


MacDonald was born in Mulgrave, Nova Scotia, Canada, and attended school in Sydney, Nova Scotia.[1]

He started as a messenger boy with the Dominion Steel Company in Sydney, Nova Scotia. He later worked up to teller with the Royal Bank branch in Sydney before the bank transferred him to Vancouver, British Columbia. From there, he moved to California, where he acted on the stage before making inroads into Hollywood.[2]

MacDonald handing Norma Talmadge a bouquet in The Lady, 1925

MacDonald started as an actor in films in 1914 and starred in almost 120 motion pictures between then and 1932. He had notable roles in such films as Youth's Endearing Charm in 1916 working with Mary Miles Minter and Harry von Meter.

Late in World War I, he returned briefly to Nova Scotia to enlist in the 10th Canadian Siege Battery where he assisted in recruiting for the Canadian Army.[2][3] With the advent of sound, MacDonald's acting career diminished, and most of his roles between 1927 and 1932 went uncredited. He retired from acting in 1932 to concentrate on script writing. However, by 1937 he had recognized the potential of film production. It is in his role of producer that MacDonald is now probably best remembered. He produced well over 100 films between 1937 and 1959.

MacDonald married actress Doris May in 1921, and they remained wed until his death.[1] He died in 1978 in Santa Barbara, California.

McDonald is sometimes mistaken as a brother of actor Francis McDonald. Though they bear a physical resemblance and were born in 1891, they were born three months apart and spelled their surnames differently.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b Katchmer, George A. (2015). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland. p. 224. ISBN 978-1-4766-0905-8. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b Kerr, J. Ernest (1959). Imprint of the Maritimes. Boston: Christopher Publishing. pp. 128–9.
  3. ^ "Attestation Papers". Archived from the original on 6 October 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2009.

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