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Kenneth MacDonald

Kenneth MacDonald

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1901-09-08 · Deathday: 1972-05-05 (70 years old) · Gender: Male

85 Movies · 3 TV shows

Also Known As: Kenneth MacDonald (I)

Biography

Kenneth MacDonald (born Kenneth Dollins; September 8, 1901 – May 5, 1972) was an American film actor. Born in Portland, Indiana, MacDonald made more than 220 film and television appearances between 1931 and 1970. His name is sometimes seen as Kenneth McDonald.

Career

MacDonald began his career as a stage actor. In 1923 he appeared in his first feature film, Slow as Lightning. He came to Hollywood in the early 1930s, where he played small roles in low-budget, independent productions. In 1939 Kenneth MacDonald was signed by Columbia Pictures for the studio's Charles Starrett westerns. MacDonald perfected a cool, debonair demeanor, which usually masked an evil side as a con man, outlaw, or thief. His speaking voice was rich and well modulated, often being gentle and ominous at the same time, in the Boris Karloff manner. Also, like Karloff, he seldom raised his voice, making his characters both dominant and dangerous. This quality made MacDonald an effective villain in Columbia's adventure serials (like Mandrake the Magician and The Phantom). He was also adept at playing sympathetic roles, usually as calm authority figures (police official, prison psychiatrist, judges, etc.). Actors in Columbia's stock company almost always worked in the studio's two-reel comedy shorts as well as features and serials, but Kenneth MacDonald did not join the short-subject fraternity until 1945, when he appeared opposite comedy stars Gus Schilling and Richard Lane. He is probably best known today for his work with The Three Stooges. MacDonald developed a flair for comedy, and he made memorable appearances in Stooge comedies including Monkey Businessmen, Hold That Lion!, Crime on Their Hands, Punchy Cowpunchers, and Loose Loot. Beginning in 1953, the comedy in the Columbia shorts became even more physical under producer-director Jules White, and MacDonald obligingly got plastered with pies, fruit, and other missiles. He also returned to Columbia's serial unit, which was then filming low-budget remakes of his older serials using much of the original footage; MacDonald appeared in new scenes to match his old ones. He left the Columbia shorts department in 1955. Television. MacDonald was a frequent guest star from 1951 to 1953, mostly as a sheriff, in the syndicate television series, The Range Rider, with Jock Mahoney and Dick Jones. He appeared in a 1949 episode (8) and a 1955 episode (173) of The Lone Ranger. He had a recurring role (32 episodes) as Judge Carter on CBS's Perry Mason between 1957 and 1966. He appeared six times as Colonel Parker in the ABC western series Colt .45. In 1960 MacDonald appeared as Duggan on the TV western Laramie in the episode titled "Duel at Parkinson Town.". He also appeared in a number of episodes of the TV western Bat Masterson, including with Gene Barry & Diane Cannon in “The Price of Paradise” (1961). MacDonald still appeared occasionally in motion pictures, including a bit role as Jerry Lewis's father in the 1961 feature, The Ladies' Man, and as a member of the court martial board in The Caine Mutiny (1954).

Personal Life

MacDonald was born in Manchester, Lancashire, the son of Scottish heavyweight wrestling champion Bill MacDonald, who died of kidney failure at the age of 43, when Kenneth was 13. He attended St Anthony's preparatory school in Stony Stratford, Buckinghamshire, and went on to St Bernardine's Franciscan College in Buckingham, where he took part in school productions, notably The Business of Good Government, in which he played Herod, and Arsenic and Old Lace. Ken left school at eighteen to help support his mother Emily. He took a job at a Kellogg's cornflakes factory. During night shifts he would perform Hamlet and other Shakespeare plays that he had learned at school, earning the nickname "Hamlet". MacDonald met his wife Sheila while he was appearing in panto in Crewe in 1976. She was the costume designer at the time. They had two children: William (born 1986) and Charlotte (born 1989).

Movies & TV shows

1967.

1 Movie

1961.

1 Movie

1960.

1 Movie

1957.

3 TV shows

1956.

4 Movies

1955.

4 Movies

1954.

3 Movies

1953.

4 Movies

1952.

4 Movies

1951.

3 Movies

1950.

5 Movies

1949.

3 Movies

1948.

2 Movies

1947.

2 Movies

1946.

1 Movie

1945.

4 Movies

1944.

6 Movies

1943.

4 Movies

1942.

8 Movies

1941.

7 Movies

1940.

8 Movies

1939.

6 Movies

1935.

1 Movie

1933.

1 Movie

1932.

1 Movie

1923.

1 Movie
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