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Horace McMahon

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Horace McMahon (May 17, 1906 – August 17, 1971) was an American actor. McMahon was born in South Norwalk, Connecticut. He became interested in acting when he was a student at Fordham University School of Law. In his early career he mostly played thugs or jailbirds, but in 1949 he starred in his most acclaimed role, as Lieutenant Monaghan in the drama play Detective Story and in 1951 he reprised his character in Paramount Pictures' film version Detective Story, alongside Kirk Douglas and Eleanor Parker. McMahon also starred on television, in the ABC police series Naked City as Lt. Mike Parker, a gruff, no-nonsense, but warmhearted cop's cop, interested only in justice and doing the job according to the proper rules of the game. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for this role. In 1964, McMahon played Hank McClure, a police contact in the 13-week CBS drama series, Mr. Broadway, with Craig Stevens. He also did voice-overs for commercials, including those for Close-Up toothpaste and Armstrong tires. In 1972, a 375-seat theater named in honor of McMahon was created in the McCrory Building on Washington Street in South Norwalk, Connecticut. McMahon was married to actress Louise Campbell from 1938 until his death in 1971, when he died from a heart ailment. Their daughter, Martha McMahon, also became an actress.

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May 17, 1906 In South Norwalk, Connecticut, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Officer's Mess 1935-11-09
Latest Project:
Series Make Room for Granddaddy 1970-09-23
Known For
Poster of Mr. Broadway
Poster of Route 66
Poster of The Twilight Zone
Poster of Robert Montgomery Presents
Series Make Room for Granddaddy Unknown 1970-09-23
Movie The Detective Capt. Tom Farrell 1968-05-28
Series Batman Unknown 1966-01-12
Movie The Swinger Detective Sergeant Hooker 1966-11-13
Series Family Affair Unknown 1966-09-12
Movie Run To Daylight Narrator 1964-01-01
Series Mr. Broadway Unknown 1964-09-26
Series Jackie Gleason and His American Scene Magazine Agnes' Father 1962-09-29
Series Route 66 Unknown 1960-10-07
Movie Never Steal Anything Small O.K. Merritt 1959-02-11
Movie What Makes Sammy Run? Mike Crowley 1959-09-27
Series New York Confidential Unknown 1959-01-01
Series The Alaskans Unknown 1959-10-04
Series The Twilight Zone Bartender 1959-10-02
Series Bourbon Street Beat Unknown 1959-10-05
Series Naked City Lt. Michael 'Mike' Parker 1958-09-30
Series Bronco Unknown 1958-09-23
Series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10
Movie The Delicate Delinquent Capt. Riley 1957-06-06
Movie Beau James Prosecutor 1957-06-07
Series Sugarfoot Unknown 1957-09-17
Series The 20th Century Fox Hour Unknown 1955-10-05
Movie Blackboard Jungle Detective 1955-03-25
Movie Texas Lady Stringer Winfield 1955-11-23
Series The Lone Wolf Unknown 1954-01-01
Movie Duffy of San Quentin Pierson 1954-03-16
Series Climax! Unknown 1954-10-07
Movie Susan Slept Here Sergeant Monty Maizel 1954-07-28
Movie Abbott and Costello Go to Mars Mugsy 1953-04-06
Movie Man in the Dark Arnie 1953-04-09
Movie Fast Company 'Two Pair' Buford 1953-05-21
Movie Champ for a Day Sam Benton 1953-08-15
Series Tales of Tomorrow Unknown 1951-08-03
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Movie Detective Story Lt. Monaghan 1951-11-01
Series Robert Montgomery Presents Unknown 1950-01-30
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Series Martin Kane, Private Eye Unknown 1949-09-01
Series Lights Out Unknown 1949-07-19
Movie Joe Palooka in Fighting Mad Looie 1948-02-07
Movie Waterfront at Midnight Hank Bremmer 1948-06-25
Movie Timber Queen Rodney 1944-01-13
Movie Stage Door Canteen Horace MacMahon 1943-06-24
Movie Good Luck, Mr. Yates Truck Driver 1943-06-29
Movie Jail House Blues Swifty 1942-02-01
Movie Rookies on Parade Tiger Brannigan 1941-04-16
Movie Come Live with Me Taxi Driver 1941-01-31
Movie Lady Scarface Mullen 1941-09-26
Movie The Stork Pays Off Ears-to-the-Ground Hinkle 1941-10-05
Movie Birth of the Blues Wolf 1941-11-07
Movie Buy Me That Town Fingers Flint 1941-10-03
Movie Dr. Kildare's Strange Case J. Harold 'Fog Horn' Murphy 1940-04-12
Movie Gangs of Chicago Cry-Baby 1940-05-18
Movie The Ghost Comes Home Dave - the Nightclub Manager (uncredited) 1940-03-08
Movie Oh, Johnny, How You Can Love! 'Lefty' Hodges - Bank Robber 1940-01-01
Movie Millionaires in Prison Sylvester Odgen 'SOS' Schofield (as Horace MacMahon) 1940-07-12
Movie The Marines Fly High Sgt. Monk O'Hara 1940-03-04
Movie My Favorite Wife Truck Driver Giving Lift to Ellen (uncredited) 1940-05-17
Movie We Who Are Young Foreman 1940-07-19
Movie Dr. Kildare's Crisis Foghorn Murphy 1940-11-29
Movie The Leather Pushers Slugger Mears 1940-09-13
Movie Melody Ranch Bud Wildhack 1940-09-15
Movie Dr. Kildare Goes Home Foghorn Murphy 1940-09-06
Movie The Golden Fleecing Undetermined Secondary Role 1940-08-16
Movie Big Town Czar Punchy 1939-05-03
Movie The Gracie Allen Murder Case Gus 1939-06-02
Movie Calling Dr. Kildare Fog Horn - Taxi Driver 1939-04-28
Movie I Was a Convict Missouri Smith 1939-03-06
Movie Pride of the Navy Gloomey Kelly 1939-01-23
Movie Sergeant Madden Philadelphia 1939-03-24
Movie Rose of Washington Square Irving 1939-05-05
Movie Bachelor Mother Dance Floor Official (uncredited) 1939-06-30
Movie Laugh It Off Phil Ferrranti 1939-12-01
Movie Another Thin Man MacFay's Chauffeur 1939-11-17
Movie That's Right - You're Wrong Hood (Uncredited) 1939-11-24
Movie Sabotage Art Kruger 1939-10-13
Movie She Married a Cop Joe Nash 1939-07-11
Movie Fast Company Danny Scolado 1938-07-05
Movie Ladies in Distress 2nd Thug 1938-06-13
Movie When G-Men Step In Jennings 1938-03-16
Movie King of the Newsboys Lockjaw 1938-03-18
Movie Tenth Avenue Kid Max Hooker 1938-08-22
Movie Marie Antoinette Rabblerouser (uncredited) 1938-08-26
Movie Federal Man-Hunt Snuffy Deegan 1938-12-27
Movie Newsboys' Home Bartsch 1938-12-24
Movie Broadway Musketeers Gurk 1938-10-08
Movie Wanted by the Police Russo's Chief Henchman 1938-09-21
Movie They Gave Him a Gun Prison Inmate (uncredited) 1937-05-07
Movie Navy Blues Gateleg 1937-03-29
Movie Public Wedding Reporter 1937-07-09
Movie A Girl with Ideas Al 1937-11-01
Movie Exclusive Beak McArdle 1937-08-06
Movie The Wrong Road Blackie Clayton 1937-10-11
Movie The Officer's Mess Soldier (uncredited) 1935-11-09