J. Farrell MacDonald

J. Farrell MacDonald ( born June 6, 1875 in Waterbury, Connecticut; † August 2, 1952 in Hollywood, California ) was an American actor and director who starred in around 325 films 1911-1951, including 25 alone productions directed by John Ford Moreover MacDonald turned between 1914 and 1918 at least 45 films itself


J. Farrell MacDonald began his career in minstrel shows. He had 1911 at IMPC his first film appearance. Between 1914 and 1918 he also shot 45 films for the studio, some of which were quite expensive. L. Frank Baum had his book MacDonald film The Wizard of Oz in the same multiple parts. Harold Lloyd and Hal Roach passed through his entry into the film industry. J. Farrell MacDonald ended his career as a director in 1918, because he had become one of the most popular character actors in Hollywood. In 1919 he made ​​his first film with John Ford called A Fight for Love. Overall, both 25 films should rotate together. MacDonald came to the iron horse and three rough fellows about Fords movies. Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau put him in the role of the photographer in his masterpiece Sunrise - A Song of Two people one.

With the beginning of the sound era MacDonald remained a busy and well known actor, but his roles have become increasingly smaller. Still, it was used because of its harsh facial features in western or crime films, but his career had peaked. Directors such as Frank Capra, Preston Sturges Hal Roach and put him in their films. From about 1940 MacDonald was increasingly not mentioned in the credits, such as a man against his tree James Stewart Is not life beautiful? drives. One of his last major roles he played in 1946 as the host in John Ford's My Darling Clementine. Most recently, he also had some television appearances. He worked until his death as an actor.

With his wife Edith Bostwick he had been married until her death in 1943. They had one daughter. MacDonald is buried in the Chapel of the Pines Crematory in Los Angeles.


As a director,

As an actor in silent film

As an actor in the sound film