Barton MacLane (December 25, 1902—January 1, 1969) was an American actor, playwright, and screenwriter. Although he has appeared in many classic films from the 1930s through the 1960s, he was perhaps best known for his recurring role as General Martin Peterson on the 1960s television comedy series I Dream of Jeannie.
In 1939 he married actress Charlotte Wynters. From the 1940s until his death, he maintained a cattle ranch in eastern Madera County, California, where he made his home when not acting. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6719 Hollywood Boulevard.
MacLane made his first credited film appearance in the 1931 romantic drama His Woman. The following year, he wrote the play Rendezvous, which he sold to Arthur Hopkins. The play was performed on Broadway, with MacLane in a featured role.
During the 1930s and 1940s, MacLane worked alongside legendary movie star Humphrey Bogart in several films. Perhaps most notably, MacLane played Detective Dundy opposite Bogart's Sam Spade in writer/director John Huston's acclaimed, Academy Award-nominated film classic, The Maltese Falcon. MacLane again collaborated with both Bogart and Huston on the Academy Award-winning 1948 adventure film The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
MacLane's many other film credits during the 1940s include Victor Fleming's Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Fritz Lang's Western Union, Reginald Le Borg's The Mummy's Ghost, and Frank Borzage's The Spanish Main. He also appeared in two Tarzan films starring Johnny Weismuller, Tarzan and the Amazons and Tarzan and the Huntress. Some of MacLane's films during the 1950s include Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, The Glenn Miller Story, and Three Violent People.
During the 1960-61 television season, MacLane was a series regular on NBC's short-lived western, Outlaws, in which he played Marshal Frank Caine. He continued appearing in films, as well, including Frank Capra's Academy Award-nominated 1961 comedy Pocketful of Miracles and several westerns.
MacLane was cast in the recurring role of General Martin Peterson on I Dream of Jeannie in 1965. He appeared in 35 episodes of the series between 1965 and 1969. Three of MacLane's episodes were aired after his death. His character was replaced on later episodes of that show by General Schaeffer, played by Vinton Hayworth, who died the following year.
* as recurring character Steve McBride in the Torchy Blane films