- Victor McLaglen
name = Victor McLaglen
caption = Victor McLagen in John Ford's "The Informer"
birthdate = birth date|1886|12|10|mf=y
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England
deathdate = death date and age |1959|11|7|1886|12|10
Newport Beach, California, USA
birthname = Victor Andrew de Bier Everleigh McLaglen
spouse = Enid Lamont (1919-1942)
Suzanne M. Brueggeman (1943-1948)
Margaret Pumphrey (1948-1959)
academyawards = Best Actor
1935 "The Informer"
McLaglen was born in
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England. His father, a bishop, moved the family to South Africawhen McLaglen was a child. He had four brothers who also became actors, Arthur (1888-1972), an actor and sculptor, and Clifford (1892-1978), Cyril (1899-1987), and Kenneth (c. 1901-1979). [ [http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=49416 "Victor McLaglen, Query"] . Great War Forum. Invisionzone.com. 19 March 2006.] Other siblings included Frederick (b. c1882), Sydney (b. ca1884), Lewis (b. ca1889), and a sister, Lily (b. ca1893). Another brother, Leopold McLaglen, who appeared in one film, gained notoriety prior to World War I as a showman and self-proclaimed World Ju-jutsuChampion, [ [http://ejmas.com/jnc/jncart_McLaglan_1202.htm "The Science of Jiujitsu"] . "Journal of Non-lethal Combatives". December 2002.] who authored a book on the subject. [Noble, Graham. [http://www.dragon-tsunami.org/Dtimes/Pages/articlee.htm "Early Ju-jutsu: The Challenges"] . Dragon-Tsunami.org.]
He left home at fourteen to join the
British Armywith the intention of fighting in the Second Boer War. However, much to his chagrin, he was stationed at Windsor Castlewith the Life Guards and was later forced to leave the army when his true age was discovered.
Four years later, he moved to
Canada, where he earned a living as a wrestler and heavyweight boxer, with several notable wins in the ring. One of his most famous fights was against Heavyweight Champion Jack Johnson, in a 6 round exhibition bout. [http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/boxing/mclaglen.htm "Victor McLaglen"] . Cyber Boxing Zone.] Between bouts, he toured with a circus, which offered $25 to anyone who could go three rounds with him. He returned to England in 1913 and claimed to have served with the Royal Irish Fusiliersduring World War Ialthough he actually served as a Temporary Captain with the 10th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, now part of the The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (Queen's and Royal Hampshires). He served for a time as military Provost Marshal for the city of Baghdad. [ [http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=38586&hl=McLaglen+myth "Victor McLaglen myth?"] . Great War Forum. Invisionzone.com. 26 September 2005.] He also continued boxing, and was named Heavyweight Champion of the British Armyin 1918. After the war, he began taking roles in British silent films.
McLaglen's career took a surprise turn in the 1920s, when he moved to
Hollywood. He became a popular character actor, with a particular knack for playing drunks. The highlight of his career was an Academy Award for Best Actorfor his role in "The Informer" (1935), based on a novel by Liam O'Flaherty. Near the end of his career, McLaglen was nominated again, this time for Best Supporting Actor, for his role opposite John Waynein " The Quiet Man" (1952). He was especially popular with director John Ford, who frequently included McLaglen in his films. Toward the end of his career, McLaglen made several guest appearances on television, particularly in Western series such as " Have Gun, Will Travel" and "Rawhide". The episodes of those series in which McLaglen guest-starred were both directed by his son, Andrew V. McLaglen, who later was a film director.
McLaglen was married three times. His first marriage was to Enid Lamont in 1919. The couple had one daughter, Sheila, and one son, Andrew, a television and film director, the father of his grandchildren, Mary and Josh McLaglen, who are both film producers and directors. Enid Lamont McLaglen died in 1942 as a result of a horse ridding accident. McLaglen married twice more, to Suzanne M. Brueggeman from 1943 until 1948 and to Margaret Pumphrey, whom he married in 1948 and remained so until his death, of a heart attack in 1959. He had by that time become a naturalized U.S. citizen. He was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in
List of bare-knuckle boxers
* [http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/boxing/mclaglen.htm McLaglen's Record at Cyber Boxing Zone]
* [http://film.virtual-history.com/person.php?personid=879 Photographs of Victor McLaglen]
NAME= McLaglen, Victor
ALTERNATIVE NAMES= McLaglen, Victor Andrew de Bier Everleigh
DATE OF BIRTH= 1886-12-10
PLACE OF BIRTH=
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England
DATE OF DEATH= death date and age |1959|11|7|1886|12|10
PLACE OF DEATH=
Newport Beach, California, U.S.
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