Ian MacDonald (actor)

Ian MacDonald (born Ulva Pippy,[1] June 28, 1914 – April 11, 1978) was an American actor and producer during the 1940s and 1950s. He is perhaps best known as villain Frank Miller in High Noon (1952).

Ian MacDonald
in High Noon (1952)
Ulva Pippy

(1914-06-28)June 28, 1914
DiedApril 11, 1978(1978-04-11) (aged 63)
Resting placeMontana
Years active1931–1960
Spouse(s)Shirley Kannegaard (1967-1978, his death)
Parent(s)Rev. William Pippy
Sarah MacDonald Pippy

Early years

MacDonald was the son of Rev. William Pippy and Sarah MacDonald Pippy. He attended schools in Helena, Montana, and developed an interest in acting while he was a student at Helena High School. He continued acting at Intermountain College in Helena, from which he graduated in 1934.[1]

He taught school for two years in Marysville before he moved to Hollywood, after which he washed dishes at a YMCA and studied drama at the Pasadena Community Playhouse.[1]

Military service

MacDonald served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II. He entered on July 13, 1942, and was discharged on April 15, 1946, reaching the rank of captain.[1]


On May 7, 1957, MacDonald played Dull Knife, a Cheyenne chief, in the episode "Dull Knife Strikes for Freedom" on the ABC/Desilu western television series, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, with Hugh O'Brian in the title role as deputy marshal Wyatt Earp. In the story line Dull Knife leads his Indians from their reservation in Oklahoma Territory to their previously promised homeland in Montana.[2] McDonald also played the uncredited colonel in the movie Battleground (1949) who delivered the "Nuts" reply to the German officers demanding that the American forces surrender.

Personal life

On June 17, 1967, in Santa Monica, California, MacDonald married Shirley Kannegaard, a nurse whom he met when he was a patient at Fort Harrison Veterans Hospital. They remained wed until his death.[1]


On April 11, 1978, MacDonald died at his home in Bozeman, Montana, at age 63.[1]

Selected filmography


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