Victor McLaglen

Victor McLaglen


12/11/1883, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK



Birth Name

Victor Everleigh McLaglen


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Hulking, British born actor and ex-boxer who won an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1934's The Informer. McLaglen's post-Oscar roles gravitated towards character parts due to his size and accent and he appeared and gave memorable performances in classic films such as Gunga Din, Fort Apache, Shemore


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • McLaglen co-starred with Cary Grant and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. in the 1939 classic Gunga Din.

    • McLaglen appeared in an episode of Have Gun, Will Travel entitled The O'Hare Story. It was directed by his son, Andrew.

    • McLaglen co-starred with Lon Chaney in the 1925 silent version of The Unholy Three.

    • McLaglen has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame loacted at 1735 Vine Street.

    • McLaglen's final acting role was in an episode of Rawhide entitled Incident of the Shambling Man which aired in 1959. The episode was directed by his son, Andrew.

    • McLaglen was one of many Hollywood stars who made a cameo appearance in the 1956 film Around the World in 80 Days.

    • McLaglen co-starred with Mae West in the 1936 comedy Klondike Annie.

    • McLaglen made his talking film debut in 1929's The Black Watch.

    • McLaglen became a naturalized American citizen in January of 1933.

    • According to existing records, McLaglen's record as a professional boxer was 11 wins, 6 losses, and 1 draw.

    • McLaglen once worked as a carnival boxer in addition to his regular boxing career. If anyone could stay in the ring with him for one round without being knocked down they won a box of cigars.

    • McLaglen is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetary in Glendale CA.

    • McLaglen had two children from his first marriage--a son named Andrew and a daughter named Sheila.

    • McLaglen was married three times: first marriage was to Enid Lamont which lasted from 1919 until her death in 1943. Second marriage was to Suzanne Brueggeman which lasted from 1943 until 1948. His third and final marriage was to Margaret Pumphrey which lasted from 1948 until his death in 1959.

    • Ex-boxer McLaglen choreographed much of his famous fight scene with John Wayne in The Quiet Man.

    • McLaglen was an avid motorcycle rider who formed his own precision motorcycle team called the Victor McLaglen Motorcycle Corps.

    • McLaglen was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1952 for The Quiet Man. It was the first time a Best Actor winner had been nominated for a subsequent Supporting award.

    • McLaglen won an Academy Award in 1935 for Best Actor for his performance in The Informer.

    • McLaglen served in the Irish Fusiliers during World War I. He was stationed in the Middle Eastern theatre of the war.

    • McLaglen was 6 feet, 3 inches tall.

    • McLaglen once fought heavyweight champion Jack Johnson in a six round exhibition bout.

    • McLaglen was living in Newport Beach, CA at the time of his death.

    • McLaglen's father was a Protestant clergyman who moved the family to South Africa at an early age.

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