Donald MacBride

Donald Hugh MacBride (June 23, 1893 June 21, 1957) was an American character actor on stage, in films, and on television who launched his career as a teenage singer (making several recordings in 1907) in vaudeville and went on to be an actor on Broadway, where he appeared in the hit play Room Service.[1]

Donald MacBride
Donald Hugh MacBride

(1893-06-23)June 23, 1893
DiedJune 21, 1957(1957-06-21) (aged 63)
Years active1914-1955
Esther MacBride
(m. 1930; his death 1957)

He appeared in nearly 140 films between 1914 and 1955. His year of birth is given variously as 1889 or 1893 in the standard reference books.[2]

MacBride was best known for his frequent portrayal of detectives in several crime films. One such role was as Sgt. Roberts in the 1941 comedy Topper Returns, starring Roland Young. He also appeared in several slapstick roles in films with comedians such as the Marx Brothers and Abbott & Costello.[3] He had the role of Milton J. Clyde on the television version of My Friend Irma.[4]

He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and died in Los Angeles, California. Survivors included his wife and a stepson.[5]

Selected filmography


  1. "("Donald MacBride" search results)". Playbill Vault. Playbill. Archived from the original on April 3, 2017. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  2. "Donald M'Bride, Actor, 63, Dead: Stage, Screen and Television Performer Was Noted for Many Character Roles". The New York Times. June 23, 1957. p. 84.
  3. International Movie Database Biography, Gary Brumburgh
  4. Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 730. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  5. "Film, Stage, TV Actor Donald MacBride Dies". The Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Texas, Corpus Christi. Associated Press. June 24, 1957. p. 28.
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