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John MacKay Biography (1924-)
Surname is pronounced "Mac-Eye;" born John MacKay Elliott, September 23, 1924, in Los Angeles, CA; son of Robert Peel (a banker) and Corennah (DePue) Elliott; married Mary Foskett (an actress), January 31, 1983. Addresses: HOME--361 E. 50th Street, Apartment 2H, New York, NY 10022. AGENT-- (Television) Cunningham, Escott & Dipene, 118 E. 25th Street, New York, NY 10010. (Theatre) Michael Hartig Agency, 114 E. 28th Street, New York, NY 10016.
John MacKay told CTFT: "Performing in the theatre keeps me honest as an actorand helps keep me honest as a human being. I find the craft of acting complex and always interesting even on its most pedestrian levels. Comedy and farcefascinate me with their techniques of mathematical precision and the warmthof the resulting laughter ... and then once in a while the opportunity comesto do a classic in a favorable situation--Shakespeare, Moliere, Beckett, O'Casey--and the full extent of your good fortune opens up for you, like music. Iconsider myself very fortunate to be able to work at what I love."
- Birth Details
- September 23, 1924
- Los Angeles, California, United States
- BROADWAY DEBUT--Justin, The Lovers, Martin Beck Theatre, 1956.
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE APPEARANCES
- Old Mahon, The Playboy of the Western World, Irish Players, Tara Theatre,New York City, 1958.
- title role, Henry VIII, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Stratford, ON, Canada, 1961.
- John Hersey, Gift of Time, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1962.
- Inspector O'Sullivan, The Borstal Boy, Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1970.
- chorus, Oedipus cycle, Classic Stage Company, New York City, 1980- 81.
- Domenico Soriano, Filumena, St. Lawrence Theatre Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada, 1981.
- King Agamemnon, Hecuba, Directors Collective, New York City, 1982.
- title role, Macbeth, Britain Salutes New York Festival, New York City, 1983.
- Thor, Mornings at Seven, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, 1984.
- mayor, The Front Page, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indianapolis, IN, 1985.
- Gardner Church, Painting Churches, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle, WA, 1986.
- Yens, Vikings, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA, 1987.
- Junius Brutus, Coriolanus, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, 1987.
- Also appeared as Claudius, Hamlet, New York City, 1959; and in Under theYum Yum Tree, Henry Miller's Theatre, New York City, 1960; A Man for All Seasons, American National Theatre Academy Playhouse, New York City, 1961; The Subject Was Roses, John Cleary Theatre, New Brunswick, NJ, 1979; You Never CanTell, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1986; with the Guthrie Theatre Group, Minneapolis, MN, 1961, 1964, 1965; and with the Inner City Repertory Company, Los Angeles, CA, 1966-69.
Credits; MAJOR TOURS
- Title role, Mister Roberts, U.S. cities, 1953.
- Bruce, Peccadillo, U.S. cities, 1985.
Credits; PRINCIPAL FILM APPEARANCES
- Lieutenant Guard, The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell, Warner Brothers, 1957.
- The Dead One, New Orleans Mardi Gras Productions, 1958.
- Secret Life of an American Wife, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1966.
- The Next Man, Allied Artists, 1976.
- Also appeared in Cuban Rebel Girls, 1960.
Credits; PRINCIPAL FILM WORK
- Assistant director, Captain Horatio Hornblower, Warner Brothers, 1948.
- TELEVISION DEBUT--"The Peacock," Studio One, CBS, 1955.
Credits; PRINCIPAL TELEVISION APPEARANCES; EPISODIC
- The Andros Targets, CBS, 1976.
- Also Philco TV Playhouse, NBC; Goodyear TV Playhouse, NBC.
- Bowie Kuhn, Ball Four, CBS, 1972.
- Ambassador Eden, The Edge of Night, NBC, 1983.
- Texas, 1983.
- One Life to Live, ABC, 1986.
- As the World Turns, CBS.
- Billion and Connection, PBS, 1977.
- Gascon, "Cyrano de Bergerac," Hallmark Hall of Fame, 1965.
- The Castle of Perseverance, City University of New York, New York City, 1977.