Horace McMahon (1906–1971)

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Born in 1906, Connecticut-born character actor Horace McMahon fell easily into his career while pursuing a law career at Fordham University. A former news reporter, his dark, streetwise mug and attitude proved perfect for playing assorted New York characters -- thugs, cabbies, henchmen, bouncers -- in a slew of late 30s and 40s crime yarns, often ... See full bio »

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Known For

Detective Story Lt. Monaghan
Naked City Lt. Mike Parker / Det Lt. Michael 'Mike' Parker / Lt. Michael 'Mike' Parker / Det. Lt. Michael 'Mike' Parker / Chief
Susan Slept Here Sergeant Monty Maizel


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 1969 Family Affair (TV Series)
Mr. McAlister
- A Lesson for Grown-Ups (1969) ... Mr. McAlister
 1968 My Three Sons (TV Series)
- Casanova O'Casey (1968) ... Joe
 1968 The Detective
 1967 Batman (TV Series)
Glu Gluten
- The Sport of Penguins (1967) ... Glu Gluten (uncredited)
 1966 Hawk (TV Series)
Anton Bick
- Ulysses and the Republic (1966) ... Anton Bick
 1966 The Swinger
Detective Sergeant Hooker
 1965 For the People (TV Series)
Warden Herrick
- The Right to Kill (1965) ... Warden Herrick
 1964 Mr. Broadway (TV Series)
Hank McClure
- Pay Now, Die Later (1964) ... Hank McClure
- Something to Sing About (1964) ... Hank McClure
- Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones (1964) ... Hank McClure
- Bad Little Rich Girl (1964) ... Hank McClure
- Smelling Like a Rose (1964) ... Hank McClure
 1964 The Defenders (TV Series)
District Attorney
- Hollow Triumph (1964) ... District Attorney
 1963-1964 Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine (TV Series)
Agnes' Father
- Episode #2.21 (1964) ... Agnes' Father
- Episode #2.11 (1963) ... Agnes' Father
- Episode #2.10 (1963) ... Agnes' Father
- Episode #2.4 (1963) ... Agnes' Father
- Episode #2.2 (1963) ... Agnes' Father
 1963 Route 66 (TV Series)
Harry Fenton
- Where Are the Sounds of Celli Brahms? (1963) ... Harry Fenton
 1958-1963 Naked City (TV Series)
Lt. Mike Parker / Det Lt. Michael 'Mike' Parker / Lt. Michael 'Mike' Parker / ...
- Barefoot on a Bed of Coals (1963) ... Det Lt. Michael 'Mike' Parker
- Golden Lads and Girls (1963) ... Det Lt. Michael 'Mike' Parker
- One, Two, Three, Rita Rakahowski (1963) ... Lt. Mike Parker
- The S.S. American Dream (1963) ... Lt. Mike Parker
- Color Schemes Like Never Before (1963) ... Lt. Mike Parker
 1960 Bronco (TV Series)
Marshal Tom Merrick
- End of a Rope (1960) ... Marshal Tom Merrick
 1960 Bourbon Street Beat (TV Series)
George Talbot
- Wagon Show (1960) ... George Talbot
 1960 Sugarfoot (TV Series)
Cornelius Cameron
- The Captive Locomotive (1960) ... Cornelius Cameron
 1960 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
- Mr. Bevis (1960) ... Bartender
 1960 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Ed Silva
- Sierra (1960) ... Ed Silva
 1960 The Alaskans (TV Series)
Tim Carstairs
- Counterblow (1960) ... Tim Carstairs
 1959 New York Confidential (TV Series)
- Crossed Eyed Camera (1959) ... Canelli
 1959 Play of the Week (TV Series)
- Crime of Passion (1959) ... Georges
 1959 Sunday Showcase (TV Series)
Mike Crowley
- What Makes Sammy Run?: Part 2 (1959) ... Mike Crowley (as Horace MacMahon)
- What Makes Sammy Run?: Part 1 (1959) ... Mike Crowley (as Horace MacMahon)
 1959 Never Steal Anything Small
O. K. Merritt
 1955-1958 The Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
Detective Sullivan / Pappy Morgan
- Bilko's Big Woman Hunt (1958) ... Detective Sullivan
- The Reunion (1955) ... Pappy Morgan
 1958 Suspicion (TV Series)
Captain Grogan
- Death Watch (1958) ... Captain Grogan
 1957 Undercurrent (TV Series)
Lt. Harmon
- Front Page Father (1957) ... Lt. Harmon
 1957 Beau James
 1957 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Rick Vega
- Threat to a Happy Ending (1957) ... Rick Vega
 1957 The Delicate Delinquent
Police Captain Riley
 1957 Father Knows Best (TV Series)
Bick Norton
- Trip to Hillsborough (1957) ... Bick Norton
 1952-1956 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Lieutenant John Harmon / Gibson / Lieutenant Waldo / ...
- Front Page Father (1956) ... Lieutenant John Harmon (as Horace MacMahon)
- The Stars Don't Shine (1955) ... Gibson (as Horace MacMahon)
- The Ming Lama (1953) ... Lieutenant Waldo
- To Any Soldier (1953) ... (as Horace MacMahon)
- Edge of the Law (1952) ... Benny Grew
 1956 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
- The Misfortunes of Mr. Minihan (1956) ... (as Horace MacMahon)
 1956 Joe & Mabel (TV Series)
- The Line-Up (1956)
 1956 Star Tonight (TV Series)
Tin Roof
- Faith and Patience (1956) ... Tin Roof (as Horace MacMahon)
 1955 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
- The Man Who Caught the Ball at Coogan's Bluff (1955) ... (as Horace MacMahon)
 1955 Texas Lady
Stringer Winfield
 1955 Damon Runyon Theater (TV Series)
Swifty Stone
- Situation Wanted (1955) ... Swifty Stone
 1955 My Sister Eileen
Police Officer Lonigan
 1955 Treasury Men in Action (TV Series)
- The Case of the Deadly Dilemma (1955) ... Joe (uncredited)
 1955 Blackboard Jungle
 1955 Ponds Theater (TV Series)
- The Cornered Man (1955) ... (as Horace MacMahon)
 1954 The Lone Wolf (TV Series)
Detective Stillman
- The Avalanche Story (a.k.a. The Reno Story) (1954) ... Detective Stillman
 1954 Climax! (TV Series)
- The Long Goodbye (1954) ... Detective
 1954 Waterfront (TV Series)
Max Hodge
- Sunken Treasure (1954) ... Max Hodge
 1954 Susan Slept Here
Sergeant Monty Maizel
 1954 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Pearl Street Incident (1954) ... (as Horace MacMahon)
 1954 Duffy of San Quentin
 1954 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Bad Streak (1954) ... Chick
 1953 The Motorola Television Hour (TV Series)
- At Ease (1953)
 1953 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Member of Bar Association
- The Nervous Tenor's Audition (1953) ... Member of Bar Association (uncredited)
 1953 The Danny Thomas Show (TV Series)
- Uncle Daddy (1953) ... Horace
 1953 Champ for a Day
Sam Benton
 1953 Fast Company
'Two Pair' Buford
 1953 Man in the Dark
 1953 Our Miss Brooks (TV Series)
Joe Phillips
- The Honest Burglar (1953) ... Joe Phillips
 1952 Tales of Tomorrow (TV Series)
- Black Planet (1952) ... (as Horace MacMahon)
 1952 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Capt. Hodges
- Kelly (1952) ... Capt. Hodges
 1950-1951 Martin Kane (TV Series)
Capt. Willis
- Peanut Dopey (1951) ... Capt. Willis
- Murder on Ice (1950) ... Capt. Willis
 1951 Detective Story
Lt. Monaghan
 1950 Star Time (TV Series) (1950)
 1950 Lights Out (TV Series)
- The Ides of April (1950) ... (as Horace MacMahon)
 1948 The Return of October
Big Louie (uncredited)
 1948 Waterfront at Midnight
Hank Bremmer
 1948 Smart Woman
Lefty (uncredited)
 1946 13 Rue Madeleine
Burglary Instructor (scenes deleted)
 1944 Roger Touhy, Gangster
Maxie Sharkey (uncredited)
 1944 The Navy Way
Sailor Saxon (uncredited)
 1944 Timber Queen
 1943 Dangerous Blondes
Hoodlum (uncredited)
 1943 Good Luck, Mr. Yates
Truck Driver (uncredited)
 1943 Stage Door Canteen
Horace MacMahon (as Horace MacMahon)
 1942 Jail House Blues
 1941 Birth of the Blues
Wolf (as Horace MacMahon)
 1941 The Stork Pays Off
'Ears-to-the-Ground' Hinkle
 1941 Buy Me That Town
Fingers Flint
 1941 Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day
Jarod 'Foghorn' Murphy (uncredited)
 1941 Lady Scarface
Mullen (as Horace MacMahon)
 1941 Rookies on Parade
Tiger Brannigan
 1941 Come Live with Me
Taxi Driver (as Horace MacMahon)
 1940 Dr. Kildare's Crisis
Foghorn Murphy (as Horace MacMahon)
 1940 Melody Ranch
Bud Wildhack (as Horace MacMahon)
 1940 Margie
 1940 The Bride Wore Crutches
 1940 The Leather Pushers
Slugger Mears
 1940 Dr. Kildare Goes Home
Foghorn Murphy (uncredited)
 1940 The Golden Fleecing
Process Server (uncredited)
 1940 We Who Are Young
Foreman (as Horace MacMahon)
 1940 Millionaires in Prison
Sylvester Odgen 'SOS' Schofield (as Horace MacMahon)
 1940 Gangs of Chicago
 1940 My Favorite Wife
Truck Driver Giving Lift to Ellen (uncredited)
 1940 Dr. Kildare's Strange Case
J. Harold 'Fog Horn' Murphy (as Horace MacMahon)
 1940 The Ghost Comes Home
Dave - the Nightclub Manager (uncredited)
 1940 The Marines Fly High
Sgt. Monk O'Hara
 1940 Oh, Johnny, How You Can Love!
'Lefty' Hodges - Bank Robber
 1939 Laugh It Off
Phil Ferrranti
 1939 That's Right - You're Wrong
Hood (uncredited)
 1939 Another Thin Man
MacFay's Chauffeur (uncredited)
 1939 Sabotage
Art Kruger (as Horace MacMahon)
 1939 Quick Millions
Floyd 'Bat' Douglas
 1939 She Married a Cop
Joe Nash
 1939 Bachelor Mother
Dance Floor Official (uncredited)
 1939 6,000 Enemies
Prisoner Boxcar (uncredited)
 1939 The Gracie Allen Murder Case
Gus (uncredited)
 1939 Rose of Washington Square
Irving (as Horace MacMahon)
 1939 Big Town Czar
 1939 Calling Dr. Kildare
Fog Horn - Taxi Driver (uncredited)
 1939 For Love or Money
Dead Eyes
 1939 Sergeant Madden
Philadelphia (as Horace MacMahon)
 1939 I Was a Convict
Missouri Smith
 1939 Pirates of the Skies
Henchman Artie (uncredited)
 1939 Pride of the Navy
Gloomey Kelly
 1938 Federal Man-Hunt
Snuffy Deegan
 1938 Newsboys' Home
 1938 Secrets of a Nurse
Larry Carson
 1938 Broadway Musketeers
Gurk, Vince's Henchman (as Horace MacMahon)
 1938 Wanted by the Police
Russo's Chief Henchman (unconfirmed)
 1938 I Am the Law
Prisoner (uncredited)
 1938 10th Ave Kid
Max Hooker
 1938 The Crowd Roars
Rocky Simpson (uncredited)
 1938 Marie Antoinette
Rabblerouser (uncredited)
 1938 Fast Company
Danny Scolado (as Horace MacMahon)
 1938 Ladies in Distress
2nd Thug
 1938 Come Across (Short)
Harry 'Sheep' Bones - Wounded Gang Member (uncredited)
 1938 King of the Newsboys
 1938 When G-Men Step In
 1937 Paid to Dance
 1937 The Last Gangster
Limpy (uncredited)
 1937 A Girl with Ideas
 1937 The Wrong Road
Blackie Clayton (as Horace MacMahon)
 1937 Bad Guy
Malone the Informer (uncredited)
 1937 Soak the Poor (Short)
Hood (uncredited)
 1937 Exclusive
Beak McArdle
 1937 Public Wedding
Reporter (as Horace MacMahon)
 1937 Kid Galahad
Reporter at Press Conference (uncredited)
 1937 They Gave Him a Gun
Prison Inmate (uncredited)
 1937 Navy Blues
Gateleg (as Horace MacMahon)
 1936 Bulldog Edition
Horace Boyd (uncredited)
 1935 The Officer's Mess (Short)
Soldier (uncredited)
 1935 Serves You Right (Short)
One-armed Man (uncredited)
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Stage Play: Knock on Wood. Comedy. Written by Allen Rivkin. Directed by John Hayden. Cort Theatre: 28 May 1935- Jun 1935 (closing date unknown/11 performances). As "Potts Jackson." Cast: Donald Black, Charles Comoroda, William David, Nicholas Joy, Bruce MacFarlane, Horace McMahon (as "Potts Jackson"), Tom Morrison, Beverly Parker, Lee ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Horace MacMahon


5' 11" (1.8 m)

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Before becoming an actor, McMahon went from job to job, working as clerks for a shipping company, a hat manufacturer, as a castings worker, delivering special mail, and as a soda jerk. He had a brief flirt with journalism as reporter for The South Norwalk Sentinel and was co-driver of a 'wet-wash wagon for Brophy's Laundry'. His first acting job was in winter stock while studying at Fordham Law ... See more »

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