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Victor McLaglen

Born 10 December 1886 in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England, United Kingdom,
as Victor Andrew de Bier Everleigh McLaglen.
Died 7 November 1959 in Newport Beach, California, USA, of a heart attack.

Brother of actor Clifford McLaglen, actor Cyril McLaglen, actor Kenneth McLaglen, actor and sculptor Arthur McLaglen, Frederick McLaglen, Sydney McLaglen, Lewis McLaglen, actor Leopold McLaglen, and sister Lily McLaglen.
Married Enid Lamont, 1919; until her death in a horse riding accident, 1942; daughter, Sheila McLaglen, born [?] 28 July? 1920; son, director Andrew Victor McLaglen (Andrew V. McLaglen), born 28 July 1920.
Married Suzanne M. Brueggeman, 1943; divorced, 1948.
Married Margaret Pumphrey, 1948; until Victor’s death, 7 November 1959.

Victor McLaglen was born into a family steeped in the Free Protestant Episcopal Church of England. The McLaglen family moved to South Africa for a time when Victor was a child. At age fourteen, Victor joined the British Army but was expelled when his true age was uncovered. When he was eighteen, Victor moved to Canada where he earned a living as a professional wrestler and boxer — including a six-round exhibition bout against boxing champion Jack Johnson. McLaglen returned to England in 1913 and served with honor in World War I.

Victor McLaglen began his acting career in motion pictures in England shortly after the war. In 1924, Victor moved his family to Hollywood, California, with the intent of increasing the number of acting options available to him. McLaglen excelled in a number of charactor roles, both supporting and starring, including The Unholy Three (1925) with Lon Chaney, and What Price Glory? (1926). With his appearances in Hangman’s House (1928) and Mother Machree (1928), Victor began a decades-long association with film director John Ford, who would later lead McLaglen through his Academy Award® winning role in The Informer (1935).

References: Website-IMDb; Website-Wikipedia.

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