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J. Farrell MacDonald ACTOR


J. Farrell MacDonald was born on April 15th, 1875 in Waterbury, Connecticut with the birth name Joseph Farrell MacDonald. Throughout his career as an actor he would add over 300 credits to his resume, many of his roles were on westerns and many under the direction of John Ford.
He began his career in entertainment as a singer in a number of minstrel shows and also worked as a stage performer touring across the United States. He made his film debut in 1911 appearing on the short, "The Scarlett Letter". From this point on he worked steadily in the silent era adding numerous credits to his resume.
Along with his career as an actor he was also given the chance to direct a number of short films, forty four in total, such as the L. Frank Baum classic "The Patchwork Girl of Oz" (1914) "The Law of Love" (1915), "Woman Without a Soul" (1915), "The Battle of Truth" (1916), "Love Under Cover" (1917) and "The Mad Stampede" (1917).
Realizing his love for working as an actor, he gave up directing and turned his focus back on the world of films. During this time he appeared on such shorts as, "Her Heart's Desire" (1917), "The Victor of the Plot" (1917), "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" (1919) starring Harry Carey and "Two from Texas" (1920) and "Under Sentence" (1920).

After working on the silent films, "The Iron Horse" (1924) starring George O'Brien, "3 Bad Men" (1926) again starring George O'Brien and "Riley the Cop" (1927), all under the direction of John Ford.  MacDonald transitioned to sound films with no issues.

Some of his more well known film roles during this time included, "Our Little Girl" (1935) starring Shirley Temple and Joel McCrea and he also appeared in a total of 14 films from the first version of "The Maltese Falcon" starring Bebe Daniels, Ricardo Cortez and Una Merkel and "The Hurricane Express" (1932) starring Tully Marshall, John Wayne and Glenn Strange. Alongside his acting, he also worked as a teacher at the University of Southern California.

In 1940 he starred alongside John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Walter Pidgeon, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Roy Rogers, Porter Hall, Joe Sawyer and Marjorie Main in the Raoul Walsh western film "The Dark Command", "My Darling Clementine" (1946) featuring an ensemble cast including Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, Victor Mature, Walter Brennan, Tim Holt, Ward Bond, Grant Withers, Alan Mowbray and John Ireland.

Later in the 40's he was cast in Frank Capra's Meet John Doe" (1941) staring ary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Walter Brennan, Edward Arnold, Spring Byington and James Gleason, Cecil B. DeMille's "Reap the Wild Wind" (1942) starring alongside John Wayne, Paulette Goddard, Ray Milland, Raymond Massey, Susan Hayward, Robert Preston, Louise Beavers and Charles Bickford, "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946) starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Travers, Ward Bond, Beulah Bondi, Gloria Grahame, Frank Faylen, Thomas Mitchell, Jimmy Hawkins, Stanley Andrews, Sheldon Leonard, H.B. Warner and Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer and "The Sin of Harold Diddlebock" (1947) starring Harold Lloyd and featuring Jimmy Conlin, Raymond Walburn, Rudy Vallee, Arline Judge, Edgar Kennedy, Franklin Pangborn, Margaret Hamilton and Lionel Stander.

Though television was still in the early stages he managed to appear in the western series "The Range Rider" starring Jock Mahoney also in 1951.

His final film roles were both in 1951 appearing on, "Elopement" starring Clifton Webb and Anne Francis and "Superman and the Mole Men" a superhero film starring George Reeves as Superman and Phyllis Coates as Lois Lane.  He married only once to actress Edith Bostwick and they had one daughter together and remained married until she passed away in 1943. He passed away on August 2nd, 1952 in Hollywood, California at the age of seventy seven. His remains are buried at the Chapel of the Pines Cemetery.


1951 Superman and the Mole-Men
1951 Elopement
1951 Golden Girl
1951 Here Comes the Groom
1951 Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell
1951 The Range Rider
1950 Woman on the Run
1950 Hostile Country
1950 Mother Didn't Tell Me
1950 The Daltons' Women
1950 When Willie Comes Marching Home
1950 Dakota Lil
1949 Fighting Man of the Plains
1949 The Dalton Gang
1949 You're My Everything
1949 The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend
1949 Streets of San Francisco
1949 Law of the Barbary Coast
1948 Trouble Preferred
1948 Whispering Smith
1948 Shep Comes Home
1948 Belle Starr's Daughter
1948 When My Baby Smiles at Me
1948 Unfaithfully Yours
1948 The Walls of Jericho
1948 Fury at Furnace Creek
1948 Sitting Pretty
1948 Panhandle
1948 If You Knew Susie
1947 Christmas Eve
1947 Thunder in the Valley
1947 The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
1947 Keeper of the Bees
1947 Web of Danger
1947 The Sin of Harold Diddlebock
1946 It's a Wonderful Life
1946 My Darling Clementine
1946 Smoky
1946 Joe Palooka, Champ
1946 Behind Green Lights
1945 Pardon My Past
1945 Pillow of Death
1945 Woman Who Came Back
1945 Fallen Angel
1945 Johnny Angel
1945 The Dolly Sisters
1945 Nob Hill
1945 Circumstantial Evidence
1945 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
1945 Hangover Square
1944 Irish Eyes Are Smiling
1944 Greenwich Village
1944 Shadow of Suspicion
1944 The Great Moment
1944 Follow the Leader
1944 Ladies of Washington
1944 Pin Up Girl
1944 Texas Masquerade
1944 The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
1943 True to Life
1943 Tiger Fangs
1943 Clancy Street Boys
1943 Harrigan's Kid
1943 The Ape Man
1942 Two Mugs from Brooklyn
1942 The Living Ghost
1942 The Palm Beach Story
1942 Bowery at Midnight
1942 Phantom Killer
1942 Little Tokyo, U.S.A.
1942 One Thrilling Night
1942 Reap the Wild Wind
1942 Captains of the Clouds
1942 Wild Bill Hickok Rides
1942 Private Snuffy Smith
1941 Law of the Timber
1941 Sullivan's Travels
1941 Riders of the Timberline
1941 Broadway Limited
1941 The Great Lie
1941 In Old Cheyenne
1941 Meet John Doe
1940 Friendly Neighbors
1940 Knights of the Range
1940 Untamed
1940 Pony Express Days
1940 Stagecoach War
1940 The Last Alarm
1940 Prairie Law
1940 I Take This Oath
1940 The Light of Western Stars
1940 The Dark Command
1939 The Gentleman from Arizona
1939 The Housekeeper's Daughter
1939 Full Confession
1939 Coast Guard
1939 Conspiracy
1939 They Shall Have Music
1939 Mickey the Kid
1939 Susannah of the Mounties
1939 Zenobia
1939 East Side of Heaven
1939 The Lone Ranger Rides Again
1938 Little Orphan Annie
1938 Come On, Rangers
1938 Gang Bullets
1938 Submarine Patrol
1938 There Goes My Heart
1938 The Last Express
1938 The Crowd Roars
1938 Barefoot Boy
1938 Numbered Woman
1938 Extortion
1938 State Police
1938 White Banners
1938 My Old Kentucky Home
1937 Courage of the West
1937 County Fair
1937 The Game That Kills
1937 My Dear Miss Aldrich
1937 Topper
1937 Roaring Timber
1937 Flying Fists
1937 Slim
1937 Slave Ship
1937 Parnell
1937 The Hit Parade
1937 Maid of Salem
1937 Silent Barriers
1936 Mysterious Crossing
1936 Show Boat
1936 Florida Special
1936 Exclusive Story
1936 Riffraff
1935 Hitch Hike Lady
1935 Fighting Youth
1935 Stormy
1935 Waterfront Lady
1935 The Farmer Takes a Wife
1935 The Irish in Us
1935 Danger Ahead
1935 Front Page Woman
1935 Shadows of the Orient
1935 The Arizonian
1935 The Healer
1935 Our Little Girl
1935 Let 'em Have It
1935 Swellhead
1935 Star of Midnight
1935 The Whole Town's Talking
1935 Northern Frontier
1935 Square Shooter
1935 Maybe It's Love
1935 Romance in Manhattan
1935 The Best Man Wins
1934 Beggar's Holiday
1934 The Cat's-Paw
1934 She Made Her Bed
1934 Once to Every Woman
1934 The Crime Doctor
1934 The Crosby Case
1934 Man of Two Worlds
1933 Under Secret Orders
1933 Myrt and Marge
1933 Murder on the Campus
1933 I Loved a Woman
1933 The Power and the Glory
1933 Laughing at Life
1933 Peg o' My Heart
1933 The Working Man
1933 The Iron Master
1932 The Racing Strain
1932 No Man of Her Own
1932 Me and My Gal
1932 Men Are Such Fools
1932 Pride of the Legion
1932 Heritage of the Desert
1932 The Singing Plumber
1932 This Sporting Age
1932 70,000 Witnesses
1932 Hearts of Humanity
1932 The Phantom Express
1932 The Thirteenth Guest
1932 The Hurricane Express
1932 The Vanishing Frontier
1932 Madame Racketeer
1932 Stranger in Town
1932 Week-End Marriage
1932 The Strange Love of Molly Louvain
1932 Scandal for Sale
1932 Probation
1932 Steady Company
1932 Hotel Continental
1932 Discarded Lovers
1931 Under 18
1931 Touchdown
1931 The Spirit of Notre Dame
1931 The Squaw Man
1931 The Brat
1931 Sporting Blood
1931 The Maltese Falcon
1931 Too Young to Marry
1931 The Millionaire
1931 The Stolen Jools
1931 Woman Hungry
1931 The Easiest Way
1931 The Painted Desert
1931 Other Men's Women
1930 The Truth About Youth
1930 River's End
1930 The Girl of the Golden West
1930 Song o' My Heart
1930 Men Without Women
1929 South Sea Rose
1929 The Painted Angel
1929 Happy Days
1929 Masquerade
1929 Masked Emotions
1929 Strong Boy
1928 In Old Arizon
1928 Riley the Cop
1928 4 Devils
1928 None But the Brave
1928 Abie's Irish Rose
1928 Bringing Up Father
1928 The Cohens and the Kellys in Paris
1927 East Side, West Side
1927 Sunrise
1927 Paid to Love
1927 Colleen
1927 The Cradle Snatchers
1927 Rich But Honest
1927 Love Makes 'Em Wild
1927 Ankles Preferred
1926 Bertha, the Sewing Machine Gir
1926 The Country Beyond
1926 The Family Upstairs
1926 The Last Frontier
1926 3 Bad Men
1926 A Trip to Chinatown
1926 The Shamrock Handicap
1926 The Dixie Merchant
1926 The First Year
1925 The Fighting Heart
1925 Thank You
1925 Kentucky Pride
1925 The Lucky Horseshoe
1925 Lightnin'
1925 The Scarlet Honeymoon
1925 Let Women Alone
1924 The Brass Bowl
1924 Gerald Cranston's Lady
1924 The Iron Horse
1924 The Signal Tower
1924 Western Luck
1924 Mademoiselle Midnight
1924 The Storm Daughter
1924 Fair Week
1923 Fashionable Faker
1923 The Age of Desire
1923 Drifting
1923 Racing Hearts
1923 Quicksands
1923 While Paris Sleeps
1922 The Young Rajah
1922 Manslaughter
1922 The Ghost Breaker
1922 The Bonded Woman
1922 Over the Border
1922 Tracks
1922 The Bachelor Daddy
1922 Come on Over
1922 Sky High
1921 Trailin'
1921 Riding with Death
1921 Bucking the Line
1921 Action
1921 Little Miss Hawksha
1921 The Wallop
1921 Desperate Youth
1921 The Freeze-Out
1920 Hitchin' Posts
1920 The Boss of Copperhead
1920 Backfire
1920 Under Sentence
1920 Two from Texas
1920 The Path She Chose
1920 Bullet Proof
1919 Marked Men
1919 This Hero Stuff
1919 The Outcasts of Poker Flat
1919 A Sporting Chance
1919 Trixie from Broadway
1919 Riders of Vengeance
1919 Charge It to Me
1919 A Fight for Love
1919 Molly of the Follies
1919 Roped
1918 Fair Enough
1918 $5,000 Reward
1917 The Best Man
1917 The Victor of the Plot
1917 Her Heart's Desire
1916 The Price of Power
1915 The Stronger Man
1915 Rags
1915 Captain Fracasse
1915 The Heart of Maryland
1914 The Last Egyptian
1914 The Mexican's Last Raid
1914 From Father to Son
1914 For the Freedom of Cuba
1914 The Option
1914 The Gambler's Oath
1913 The Dread Inheritance
1913 Back to Primitive
1913 The Calling of Louis Mona
1913 On Burning Sands
1912 The Old Folks' Christmas
1912 A Timely Repentance
1911 'Tween Two Loves
1911 The Lineman
1911 The Piece of String
1911 The Forged Dispatch
1911 The Lighthouse Keeper
1911 The Scarlet Letter 

Matinee Classics - The Ape Man starring Bela Lugosi, Louise Currie, Wallace Ford, Henry Hall, Minerva Urecal, Emil Van Horn, J. Farrell MacDonald, Wheeler Oakman, Ralph Littlefield, Jack Mulhall and Charles Jordan
Matinee Classics - Meet John Doe starring Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Arnold, Walter Brennan, Spring Byington, James Gleason, Gene Lockhart, Rod LaRocque, Irving Bacon, Regis Toomey, J. Farrell MacDonald, Warren Hymer, Harry Holman, Andrew Tombes and Pierra Watkin
Matinee Classics - The Dark Command starring Claire Trevor, John Wayne, Walter Pidgeon, Roy Rogers, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Porter Hall, Marjorie Main, Raymond Walburn, Joseph Sawyer, Helen MacKellar and J. Farrell MacDonald
Matinee Classics - Barefoot Boy starring Jackie Moran, Marcia Mae Jones, Bradley Metcalfe, Johnnie Morris, Marilyn Knowlden, Ralph Morgan, Claire Windsor, Helen MacKellar, Matty Fain, Frank Puglia, J. Farrell MacDonald, Charles D. Brown, Earle Hodgins, Roger Gray, Henry Roquemore, Hal Cooke and Terry
Matinee Classics - Clancy Street Boys starring Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, Billy Benedict, J. Farrell MacDonald, Ernest 'Sunshine Sammy' Morrison  and the Dead End Kids
Matinee Classics - Riffraff starring Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy, Una Merkel, Joseph Calleia, Victor Kilian, Mickey Rooney, J. Farrell MacDonald, Roger Imhof, Juanita Quigley, Paul Hurst, Vince Barnett, Dorothy Appleby, Judith Wood, Arthur Housman and Wade Boteler
Matinee Classics - Men Without Women starring Kenneth MacKenna, Frank Albertson, J. Farrell MacDonald, Warren Hymer, Paul Page, Walter McGrail, Stuart Erwin, George LeGuere, Charles K. Gerrard, Ben Hendricks Jr., Harry Tenbrook, Warner Richmond and John Wayne
Matinee Classics - Men Without Women starring Kenneth MacKenna, Frank Albertson, J. Farrell MacDonald, Warren Hymer, Paul Page, Walter McGrail, Stuart Erwin, George LeGuere, Charles K. Gerrard, Ben Hendricks Jr., Harry Tenbrook, Warner Richmond and John Wayne
Matinee Classics - Murder on the Campus starring Shirley Grey, Charles Starrett, J. Farrell MacDonald, Ruth Hall, Dewey Robinson, Maurice Black and Edward Van Sloan
Matinee Classics - My Darling Clementine starring Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, Victor Mature, Walter Brennan, Tim Holt, Cathy Downs, Ward Bond, Don Garner, Grant Withers, John Ireland, Alan Mowbray, Roy Roberts, Jane Darwell and J. Farrell MacDonald

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