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Also Known As: Died: January 1, 1969
Born: December 25, 1902 Cause of Death: pneumonia
Birth Place: Columbia, South Carolina, USA Profession: Cast ... actor
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Barton MacLane was a prolific film actor, making over 140 film appearances from the early 1930s to the late 1960s, but he is perhaps best known as General Peterson from the classic 1960s sitcom "I Dream of Jeannie." MacLane moved from theater to film in the early 1930s, playing a series of predominantly tough guy roles over the course of the decade. In 1938, he had the lead part in the crime drama "Prison Break." In 1941, he played the supporting part of Sam Higgins in the Spencer Tracy and Ingrid Bergman-starring sci-fi horror film, "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." In 1941, MacLane landed a supporting role in the classic film noir mystery "The Maltese Falcon," starring Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade. Later that decade, in 1948, MacLane worked with Bogart again, in a classic of another genre, the adventure-western film "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre." In 1954, MacLane appeared in an altogether different genre, with a supporting part in the James Stewart-starring biopic "The Glenn Miller Story." On TV, MacLane took a lead part in the 1960 western "Outlaws," and later in the decade appeared on two episodes of "Gunsmoke." But his most lasting pop-cultural legacy began in 1965, as the frequently befuddled General Peterson, Major Anthony Nelson's (Larry Hagman) boss on "I Dream of Jeannie," which starred Barbara Eden. MacLane passed away from cancer at age 69.

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Source: Wikipedia The Internet Encyclopedia The Film Encyclopedia by Ephraim Katz

Barton MacLane (December 25, 1902—January 1, 1969) was an American actor. Born in Columbia, South Carolina, he went to Wesleyan University, where he was an exceptional American football player. His first movie role, The Quarterback (1926), was a result of his ability. He then went to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and afterwards he performed on Broadway and had small roles in films. In 1932, he wrote the play Rendezvous. He sold it to Arthur Hopkins, and its success got him a contract with Warner Bros.. He appeared in some 200 films, mainly at Warner Bros. most often as a heavy, typically portraying a gangster bully or mean western outlaw. On television, he is best known for the role of General Peterson on I Dream of Jeannie. Because of his death, late episodes of that show have (instead) General Schaeffer, played by Vinton Hayworth. In 1939 he married actress Charlotte Wynters. From the 1940s until his death, he maintained a cattle ranch in eastern Madera County, California, where he made his home when not acting. He died on January 1, 1969, in Santa Monica, California. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6719 Hollywood Boulevard.

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