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Donald MacBride

Personal information
Birth nameDonald Hugh MacBride
Birth dateJune 23, 1889
Place of birthBrooklyn, New York, USA
Date of deathJune 21, 1957(age 67)
Death placeLos Angeles, California, USA
SpouseEsther MacBride

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Donald MacBride (June 23, 1889 - June 21, 1957) was an American character actor on stage, in films and on TV who launched his career as a teenage singer (making several recordings in 1907) in vaudeville and went on to be an actor on Broadway. 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, but the latter seems to be the correct one as his "New York Times" obituary records his age as 63.

MacBride was best known for his portrayal of detectives in crime films. Famously he would react to bad or disturbing news with a slowly grimacing expression that earned him the nickname "slow burn McBride". He also did several slapstick roles in films with comedians such as the Marx Brothers.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and died in Los Angeles, California.

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