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  • BIRTH 21/08/1891
  • DEATH 18/09/1968
  • Country United States
  • SHOWS 5
  • MOVIES 23

Francis McDonald

Francis McDonald (August 22, 1891 – September 18, 1968) was an American actor whose career spanned 52 years.

McDonald's started acting professionally in stock theater with the Forepaugh Stock Company in Cincinnati. Following eight months with it, he worked one season with a stock company in Seattle, after which he performed for three seasons with a troupe in San Diego and Honolulu. He concluded his tenure in stock theater as juvenile leading man with the American Stock Company in Spokane, Washington.

By 1913 McDonald began to perform in the rapidly expanding film industry, initially working for Marion Leonard's Monopole Company in Hollywood. He was cast in over 280 films between 1913 and 1965, including The Temptress in 1926 with Greta Garbo. After he was designated "Hollywood's Prettiest Man," McDonald sought a tougher image by shaving his mustache and seeking roles of villains.

McDonald was one of Cecil B. DeMille's favorite character actors.[citation needed] DeMille gave him credited supporting roles in six of his films: The Plainsman (1936), The Buccaneer (1938), Union Pacific (1939), North West Mounted Police (1940), Samson and Delilah (1949), and The Ten Commandments (1956).

Francis McDonald

Shows (5)

Wanted: Dead or Alive
Wanted: Dead or Alive
Juan Hernandez / Liveryman
Perry Mason
Perry Mason
Capt. Noble / Peg-Leg Jasper / Walter 'Salty' Sims
The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger
Wade Tanner
The Virginian
The Virginian
Saul Weintraub / Storekeeper
General Electric Theater
General Electric Theater
Pecos Kid

Movies (23)

The Plainsman
The Plainsman
A River Gambler
Morocco
Morocco
Sergeant Tatoche
The Sea Hawk
The Sea Hawk
Kroner
Rancho Notorious
Rancho Notorious
Harbin
Samson and Delilah
Samson and Delilah
Story Teller
North West Mounted Police
North West Mounted Police
Louis Riel
Bad Day at Black Rock
Bad Day at Black Rock
Tall - White-haired Cafe Lounger (uncredited)
The Guns of Fort Petticoat
The Guns of Fort Petticoat
Col. Chivington's Aide (uncredited)
Union Pacific
Union Pacific
Gen. Dodge
Zorro's Black Whip
Zorro's Black Whip
Dan Hammond
Strange Confession
Strange Confession
Hernandez
The Temptress
The Temptress
Timoteo
Battling Butler
Battling Butler
Alfred 'Battling' Butler
The Perils of Pauline
The Perils of Pauline
Western Saloon Set Heavy
Pawnee
Pawnee
Uncle Tip Alden (as Francis J. McDonald)
Night Train to Memphis
Night Train to Memphis
Doctor
The Bandits of Corsica
The Bandits of Corsica
Grisha
Fort Massacre
Fort Massacre
Piute Man
The Prisoner of Shark Island
The Prisoner of Shark Island
John Wilkes Booth
Red Mountain
Red Mountain
Marshal Roberts
The Raiders
The Raiders
Mr. John Cummings
Panhandle
Panhandle
Crump
The Stranger Wore a Gun
The Stranger Wore a Gun
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