Kenneth MacDonald

Biography

Date of Birth 8 September 1901, Portland, Indiana, USA Date of Death 5 May 1972, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA Birth Name Kenneth Dollins Mini Biography Kenneth MacDonald began his career as a stage actor in the 1920s. In the early 1930s he came to Hollywood to break into motion pictures, but after several bit parts, he found employment difficult to come by. He hit upon the idea of a little self-promotion, and wrote a pamphlet called "The Case of Kenneth MacDonald," and distributed it to as many producers as he could find. The ploy worked; he started getting jobs at most of the studios in Hollywood, and became a regular fixture in Columbia's Charles Starrett series of "Durango Kid" westerns. He is probably best remembered, however, as a foil for many of Columbia's comedy teams in the studio's two-reelers, particularly The Three Stooges. His suave demeanor and rich, booming voice fit perfectly the role of the con man, crooked lawyer or criminal gang leader he often played, and he showed a surprising flair for physical comedy, taking a two-finger poke in the eyes from Moe Howard, a pie in the face from Larry Fine or an iron bar on the head from Curly Howard with the best of them. He left the Columbia shorts department in 1955 and semi-retired. He had a recurring role as a judge in the "Perry Mason" (1957) television series.

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Captain Lightfoot

Desmond (High Steward)

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Dynamite Dan

Dynamite Dan McLeod

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The Coast Patrol

Dale Ripley

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Booty and the Beast

Icabod Slipp

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Hot Ice

Dapper Malone

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Hands Across the Rockies

Juneau Jessup

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Loose Loot

Icabod Slipp

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Crime on Their Hands

Dapper Malone

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Vagabond Loafers

Mr. Allen

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Hula-La-La

Varanu, Witch Doctor

Starring In
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Range Rider, Volume 5 is being ordered but customer is getting Rolling Home

Bill Lane / ... (7 episodes, 1951-1953)

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Cowboy G-Men, Volume 1

Dan Layton / ... (2 episodes, 1952-1953)

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Cor Blimey!

Eddie

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The Mrs Bradley Mysteries

Alf Wolstenholm

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A Rather English Marriage

Barman

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Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe

Bryce

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Breaking Glass

Security Man

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Which Way to the Front?

(uncredited)

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Fantastic Voyage

Henry - Heart Monitoring (uncredited)

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Gewehre zum Apachen-Paß

Harry Malone

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The Errand Boy

Mr. Fumble

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The Ladies Man

Papa Heebert (uncredited)

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Return to Peyton Place

Dexter (uncredited)

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Die Gnadenlosen Vier

Townsman (uncredited)

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Gunfighters of Abilene

Harker

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Violence au Kansas !

Army Lieutenant (uncredited)

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Man from God's Country

Judge (uncredited)

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Day of the Badman

Fred Collins (uncredited)

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The Heart Is a Rebel

Alfred Carlson

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Frontier Doctor, Vol. 1

Sheriff Quinn (1 episode, 1959)

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Battle Hymn

Three-Star General (uncredited)

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The Delicate Delinquent

Police Lieutenant (uncredited)

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The Ten Commandments

Hebrew at Crag and Corridor / Slave

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Star in the Dust

Hank (uncredited)

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The Fastest Gun Alive

Roebel (uncredited)

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The She-Creature

Police dr. with Prof Anderson

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Scheming Schemers

Mr. Allen

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Three Violent People

Croupier (uncredited)

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Schüsse peitschen durch die Nacht

Jay Ingles (uncredited)

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Captain Lightfoot

Desmond (High Steward)

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Of Cash and Hash

Lefty Loomis

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Seminole Uprising

Denker (uncredited)

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The Rawhide Years

Telegraph Operator (uncredited)

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Hot Ice

Dapper Malone

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Francis in the Navy

Motorcycle Policeman (uncredited)

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Blunder Boys

Capt. F.B. Eye

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Seven Angry Men

William Clark (uncredited)

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Shot in the Frontier

Bill Noonan (uncredited)

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The Caine Mutiny

Court-Martial Board Member (uncredited)

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Southwest Passage

Sheriff Morgan (uncredited)

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Rails Into Laramie

Saloon Owner (uncredited)

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Loose Loot

Icabod Slipp

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Booty and the Beast

Icabod Slipp

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Law and Order

Rancher Waiting for Stagecoach (uncredited)

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The Man from the Alamo

Franklin Citizen in Lynch Mob (uncredited)

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Montana Belle

Sheriff with Combs (uncredited)

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Three Dark Horses

William 'Bill' Wick

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Arctic Flight

Father François

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Rose of Cimarron

Posse Sheriff (as Kenneth Mac Donald)

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Carson City

Dave Fairchild (uncredited)

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Somebody Loves Me

Doctor (uncredited)

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Hula-La-La

Varanu, Witch Doctor

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Ein Fremder kam nach Arizona

Rancher (uncredited)

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3025 Along the Great Divide

Crowley - Rancher (uncredited)

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Die Höhle der Gesetzlosen

Poker-Player (uncredited)

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Francis Goes to the Races

Third Steward (uncredited)

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My Forbidden Past

Police Sergeant (uncredited)

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Distant Drums

General's Staff Officer (uncredited)

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Studio Stoops

Dandy Dawson

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Punchy Cowpunchers

Dillon

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Guilty of Treason

Major Arresting Mindszenty

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Experiment Alcatraz

Col. Harris

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Geheimagent in Wildwest

Fletch, Sentry (as Ken MacDonald)

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Hellfire

Man with Warning (uncredited)

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Vagabond Loafers

Mr. Allen

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Stagecoach Kid

Sheriff

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The Gay Amigo

Captain Lewis

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Crime on Their Hands

Dapper Malone

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Belle Starr's Daughter

Uncle Jim Davis

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Don't Trust Your Husband

Board Member (uncredited)

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Shivering Sherlocks

Lefty Loomis

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Brute Force

Cell Check Guard (uncredited)

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Johnny O'Clock

Cop (uncredited)

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Framed

Policeman (uncredited)

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Cheyenne

Gambler (uncredited)

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The Fabulous Texan

Citizen (uncredited)

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Crossfire

Major (uncredited)

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Der Schrecken von Texas

Col. Markham (uncredited)

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San Quentin

Dubbed Voice of Visiting Colonel (uncredited)

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Cornered

Incza's Henchman (uncredited)

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Back to Bataan

Maj. McKinley (uncredited)

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Destroyer Men

Naval Officer (uncredited)

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Hands Across the Rockies

Juneau Jessup

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Prairie Pioneers

Fields (as Ken MacDonald)

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The Devil Commands

Sheriff Ed Willis

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Durango Kid: Alma de Aventureiro

Mace Ballard

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Before I Hang

Anson, Prison Guard

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Mandrake the Magician

James Webster

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Cocktail Hour

Ship's Steward (uncredited)

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The Last Mile

Harris - Guard

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Dirigible

Lt. Fogarty (uncredited)

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A Salvo en el Infierno

Wireless Operator (uncredited)

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The Coast Patrol

Dale Ripley

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Dynamite Dan

Dynamite Dan McLeod

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