Max Wagner

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Max Wagner (November 28, 1901 – November 16, 1975) was a Mexican-born American film actor who specialized in playing small parts such as thugs, gangsters, sailors, henchmen, bodyguards, cab drivers and moving men, appearing more than 400 films in his career, most without receiving screen credit. Newspaper gossip columnists noted his rise from playing "Gangster #4", with no lines, and not carrying a gun, to "Gangster #2", with both lines and a gun. Wagner was one of five children, all boys, of William Wallace Wagner, a railroad conductor, and Edith Wagner, a writer who provided dispatches for the Christian Science Monitor during the Mexican Revolution. When he was 10 years old, his father was killed by rebels and the family moved to Salinas, California, where he met John Steinbeck, who became a lifelong friend. Steinback based the character of the boy in his novel The Red Pony on Wagner. Under the name "Max Baron", Wagner acted in many Spanish-language versions of English-language films, which studios made as a matter of course in the early days of sound films, He also served as a Spanish language coach for other actors, and appeared in many of the "Mexican Spitfire" films starring Lupe Vélez, where he also served to monitor Velez's Spanish ad-libs for profanity. Other series that Wagner appeared in include the Charlie Chan films, and Tom Mix serials, as well as others made by Mascot Pictures Corporation. In the 1940s, Wagner was part of Preston Sturges' unofficial "stock company" of character actors, appearing in six films written and directed by Sturges, beginning with The Palm Beach Story In 1940 during the filming of "The Mad Doctor", Wagner was credited for driving 50,000 miles as an on-screen taxi driver on the studio back lots of Hollywood. Since his appearance as a cab driver in Charlie Chan in Shanghai (1935), producers often cast him as a wise-cracking or henchman taxi driver. "I was cast as a taxi driver about five years ago", Wagner told a reporter. "And I was typed." In 1952, Wagner began to appear on television, in episodes of such shows as The Cisco Kid, Zane Grey Theater and Perry Mason, playing much the same kind of parts he played in the movies. He was a regular cast member on the western television series Gunsmoke, making nearly 80 appearances between 1959 and 1973. He also appeared in many episodes of The Rifleman, Bonanza, Cimarron Strip, The Wild Wild West and Maverick, including a guest-starring role in the 1959 Rifleman episode "Blood Brother." He also had roles in the original Star Trek and The Twilight Zone series. He appeared in more than 200 television episodes between 1952 and 1974. Notable film roles for Wagner include a supporting role in the cult science fiction classic Invaders from Mars (1953), an actor playing a gangster in the film-within-a-film segment of Bullets or Ballots (1936), and the bull farm attendant in the Laurel and Hardy comedy The Bullfighters (1945). Late in his career, he appeared in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962). He also occasionally composed music, such as the Mexican folk ballad "Pedro, Rudarte y Simon" in the Western film The Last Trail (1933). Wagner died of a heart attack in Hollywood in 1975.
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico
    Birthday
    11/28/1901
Invaders from Mars
Invaders from Mars
5.9
Charlie Chan in Shanghai
Charlie Chan in Shanghai
6.7
The House Across the Bay
The House Across the Bay
5.3
God's Country and the Woman
God's Country and the Woman
4.2
The Miracle Rider
The Miracle Rider
4.3
Love on a Bet
Love on a Bet
7
The Crime Patrol
The Crime Patrol
0
Dr. Socrates
Dr. Socrates
6.4
The Mad Doctor
The Mad Doctor
6
Robbery Under Arms
Robbery Under Arms
5.4
Numbered Men
Numbered Men
4.6
Radio Stars on Parade
Radio Stars on Parade
0
Cock of the Air
Cock of the Air
0
Arizona to Broadway
Arizona to Broadway
7
Walking on Air
Walking on Air
5.8
We Who Are About to Die
We Who Are About to Die
6.8
Gridiron Flash
Gridiron Flash
3.3
Blind Date
Blind Date
0
The Personality Kid
The Personality Kid
4.2
Cocoanut Grove
Cocoanut Grove
0
Going Wild
Going Wild
6
Two in Revolt
Two in Revolt
6
Tarnished Angel
Tarnished Angel
5.3
Border Cafe
Border Cafe
6.3
The Roaring Twenties
The Roaring Twenties
7.5
Paddy O'Day
Paddy O'Day
7
Miss Fane's Baby Is Stolen
Miss Fane's Baby Is Stolen
5
Fast and Loose
Fast and Loose
5.7
Mr. Moto in Danger Island
Mr. Moto in Danger Island
7
The Return of the Cisco Kid
The Return of the Cisco Kid
5
5th Ave Girl
5th Ave Girl
7
The Gracie Allen Murder Case
The Gracie Allen Murder Case
5.5
The Girl from Mexico
The Girl from Mexico
4.2
Professor Beware
Professor Beware
6.1
Reno
Reno
6
The Day the Bookies Wept
The Day the Bookies Wept
5
Millionaire Playboy
Millionaire Playboy
2.7
The Man Who Wouldn't Talk
The Man Who Wouldn't Talk
4
The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath
7.8
The Lost Weekend
The Lost Weekend
7.6
The Great O'Malley
The Great O'Malley
6.7
Night Waitress
Night Waitress
5.8
Wings Over Honolulu
Wings Over Honolulu
0
It's a Wonderful Life
It's a Wonderful Life
8.3
To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird
8
The Adventures of Frank Merriwell
The Adventures of Frank Merriwell
4
The Girl from Mandalay
The Girl from Mandalay
3
Smart Blonde
Smart Blonde
6.2
Mexican Spitfire
Mexican Spitfire
4.6
The Daring Young Man
The Daring Young Man
0
Charlie Chan in Panama
Charlie Chan in Panama
6.8
Money to Loan
Money to Loan
6
The Oil Raider
The Oil Raider
0
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
7.8
Trail of the Vigilantes
Trail of the Vigilantes
0
Buck Benny Rides Again
Buck Benny Rides Again
0
Ride on Vaquero
Ride on Vaquero
4.2
Overland to Deadwood
Overland to Deadwood
0
The World and the Flesh
The World and the Flesh
9
Love Begins at Twenty
Love Begins at Twenty
6
Little Tough Guys in Society
Little Tough Guys in Society
0
That Brennan Girl
That Brennan Girl
5.3
Wings of the Navy
Wings of the Navy
6
Fallen Angel
Fallen Angel
6.4
The Great Diamond Robbery
The Great Diamond Robbery
0
The First Auto
The First Auto
3.7
Mary Burns, Fugitive
Mary Burns, Fugitive
0
The Good Bad Girl
The Good Bad Girl
5.5
San Quentin
San Quentin
6.5
The Bank Dick
The Bank Dick
6.4
Hired Wife
Hired Wife
6.8
They Drive by Night
They Drive by Night
6.9
Men Against the Sky
Men Against the Sky
4.4
Lucky Partners
Lucky Partners
6.1
Rhythm on the River
Rhythm on the River
7
Wildcat Bus
Wildcat Bus
4.6
The Ghost Breakers
The Ghost Breakers
6.4
Caught
Caught
6.5
Sons o' Guns
Sons o' Guns
4.3
The Girl on the Front Page
The Girl on the Front Page
0
Cafe Society
Cafe Society
6
Our Leading Citizen
Our Leading Citizen
0
Cyclone on Horseback
Cyclone on Horseback
5.8
Pop Always Pays
Pop Always Pays
0
Boss of Boomtown
Boss of Boomtown
0
You Can't Fool Your Wife
You Can't Fool Your Wife
4.5
Undercover: How to Operate Behind Enemy Lines
Undercover: How to Operate Behind Enemy Lines
5.7
Come on Danger
Come on Danger
5.7
The Spoilers
The Spoilers
6.3
Sabotage Squad
Sabotage Squad
6
Texas
Texas
6.5
Chatterbox
Chatterbox
6
The Wife Takes a Flyer
The Wife Takes a Flyer
4.5
Renegades of the West
Renegades of the West
5.5
Rockabye
Rockabye
6.2
Suicide Fleet
Suicide Fleet
3.6
The Mexican Spitfire's Baby
The Mexican Spitfire's Baby
4.3
The House of a Thousand Candles
The House of a Thousand Candles
0
Stage Door
Stage Door
6.9
Obliging Young Lady
Obliging Young Lady
5
Mexican Spitfire's Elephant
Mexican Spitfire's Elephant
5.2
Off the Record
Off the Record
6
Panama Hattie
Panama Hattie
4
Penrod and His Twin Brother
Penrod and His Twin Brother
5
The Big Game
The Big Game
5.8
Scouts to the Rescue
Scouts to the Rescue
0
Circumstantial Evidence
Circumstantial Evidence
4.8
The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek
The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek
6.8
The Secret of Convict Lake
The Secret of Convict Lake
6.5
The Miracle of the Bells
The Miracle of the Bells
6.1
Half Past Midnight
Half Past Midnight
6
A Night to Remember
A Night to Remember
6.3
3 Kids and a Queen
3 Kids and a Queen
6
Reign of Terror
Reign of Terror
6.8
Black Legion
Black Legion
6.5
Bullets or Ballots
Bullets or Ballots
6.5
A Medal for Benny
A Medal for Benny
5
Moontide
Moontide
6.4
You Only Live Once
You Only Live Once
7.1
The Palm Beach Story
The Palm Beach Story
7
Terror in the Wax Museum
Terror in the Wax Museum
5.2
Painted Desert
Painted Desert
5.8
Dancing Pirate
Dancing Pirate
5.3
The Racket
The Racket
6.3
Flaming Feather
Flaming Feather
5.8
The Lost Jungle
The Lost Jungle
3.7
The Lost Jungle
The Lost Jungle
3
4 for Texas
4 for Texas
5.1
Before Dawn
Before Dawn
5.6
Tycoon
Tycoon
5.3
She Had to Choose
She Had to Choose
4
The Talk of the Town
The Talk of the Town
7.2
Dick Tracy vs. Cueball
Dick Tracy vs. Cueball
5.2
The Thrill Seekers
The Thrill Seekers
6
Name the Woman
Name the Woman
0
Hell Bent for Love
Hell Bent for Love
0
Step Lively, Jeeves!
Step Lively, Jeeves!
4.7
Shed No Tears
Shed No Tears
5
The Fighting Marines
The Fighting Marines
6
I Died a Thousand Times
I Died a Thousand Times
6.1
Frenchie
Frenchie
5.7
True Grit
True Grit
7.4
East of Eden
East of Eden
7.6
I'll Tell the World
I'll Tell the World
0
Evil Roy Slade
Evil Roy Slade
6.2
The Last of the Vargas
The Last of the Vargas
0
It Happens Every Spring
It Happens Every Spring
6.5
Making Good
0
The Relay
4.5
Flashing Oars
3
Born to Be Wild
Born to Be Wild
7
Support Your Local Gunfighter
Support Your Local Gunfighter
6.5
Gunpoint
Gunpoint
6
Donovan's Brain
Donovan's Brain
6.2
Maid's Night Out
Maid's Night Out
6.2
Alcatraz Island
Alcatraz Island
4.9
Flaxy Martin
Flaxy Martin
5.7
Young Frankenstein
Young Frankenstein
7.9
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
7.8
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
7
The Great Race
The Great Race
7.1
Hang 'em High
Hang 'em High
6.8
Shenandoah
Shenandoah
6.8
The Arkansas Traveler
The Arkansas Traveler
6
Many Unhappy Returns
Many Unhappy Returns
0
The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again
The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again
5
Illegal
Illegal
6.5
Pressure Point
Pressure Point
6.6
Matri-Phony
Matri-Phony
4.7
The Red Pony
The Red Pony
5.7
Pier 23
Pier 23
5.2
The Truth About Murder
The Truth About Murder
5
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