Malcom Atterbury-Native Philadelphian

Malcolm Atterbury, born in 1907, had supporting roles in both television and the movies. There is a list and I just chose four.  He was a tall thin person.   Atterbury’s  most distinctive  feature was his strong buzz like voice that had a slight twang.   This voice generally projected confidence and emotional strength.  Here are four films where he had brief but notable roles.

1956-Reprisal-Unnamed storekeeper who has trouble with heavies while selling goods;

1956-The Lone Ranger-{Phineas Tripp}  Another storekeeper but selling dynamite to a rancher a great distance away.  Looks suspicious but Tripp sells it anyway;

1962-Advise and Consent-{Tom August} Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.   Brief but effective.   He  appoints  a a Senator to Head a Subcommittee  to give advise and consent to the President’s nominee for Secretary of State.

1964-Seven Days in May-{Horace, the President’s personal physician}.  The President’s blood pressure is up.   Horace futilely tells the President to go away for ten days with complete rest and limits on phone calls.

Philadelphia native Malcolm Atterbury was born into a wealthy family – his father was president of the Pennsylvania Railroad – but he himself had no desire to go into the family business. He had always wanted to be an actor, and to that end got himself a job managing a radio station. From there he went into vaudeville, then into stage work in both musicals and dramas, gaining a reputation as a solid and reliable stage actor. He made his film debut in Dragnet (1954). Although he soon became a busy supporting actor in films, he still kept his hand in the theater world; he owned two theaters in upstate New York. A versatile actor, he could play anything from a priest to a senator to a hotel clerk to a gunfighter to a cranky, cantankerous old codger. His last film was Emperor of the North (1973). He died in Beverly Hills of old age in 1992.


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