Donald McClelland – Wikipedia

American actor

Donald McClelland

Born (1903-09-29)September 29, 1903
Died November 15, 1955(1955-11-15) (aged 52)
Other names Donald C. McClelland
Occupation Actor, child actor
Years active 1915-1955

Donald McClelland (September 29, 1903 – November 15, 1955), who was also known as Donald C. McClelland in certain stage performances,[1] was an American actor, stage performer and a former child actor.


McClelland began his career as a stage performer at the age of 12. His first Broadway play was a stage adaptation of the classic tale of Peter Pan in 1915. This was the start of an enduring career in Broadway and on stage. The next play McClelland appeared was the play A Night at Avignon. The play was performed in 1919.

Some of McClelland’s other plays he performed in include Sylvia, Back Here, Scarlet Pages, Lady Beyond the Moon, The Mask and the Face, Ah, Wilderness!, To My Husband, The Night Before Christmas, Yankee Point, Make Yourself at Home, State of the Union, Miss Liberty, Our West of Eighth, and Mid-Summer.[1]

McClelland made his last stage appearance with the play Anniversary Waltz.[1] The play opened on April 7, 1954 at the Broadhurst Theatre and closed at the Booth Theatre on September 24, 1955. The play gave a total of 611 performances.[2]


Two years later, McClelland, who was 14 at the time, appeared in his first film continuing his career as a child actor.

The film was entitled Knights of the Square Table. The film was a silent drama released on July 23, 1917. McClelland played the minor role of Billy in the film.[3][4]

McClelland also did a short film entitled Mother Takes a Holiday in 1952. He played the role of Charlie Danning in the short.


McClelland made his first television appearance in 1950 on the anthology series Armstrong Circle Theatre. Some of his other television appearances include Robert Montgomery Presents, Studio One, Lux Video Theatre, and The Philco Television Playhouse.

McClelland co-starred with Darren McGavin and Jan Miner on the television series Casey, Crime Photographer. The series aired on CBS from 1951–1952. McClelland played the role of Captain Logan on the show.[5]

Personal life[edit]

McClelland was married once but was divorced in 1930.[6]

McClelland died on November 15, 1955 in New York City.


Stage work[edit]

  • Peter Pan (1915)
  • A Night at Avignon (1919)
  • Sylvia (1923)
  • White Collars (1925)
  • Fast Life (1928)
  • Back Here (1928)
  • Scarlet Pages (1929)
  • Lady Beyond the Moon (1931)
  • The Mask and the Face (1933)
  • Ah, Wilderness! (1933)
  • Too Many Boats (1934)
  • To My Husband (1936)
  • The Night Before Christmas (1941)
  • Yankee Point (1942)
  • Make Yourself at Home (1945)
  • State of the Union (1945)
  • Light Up the Sky (1948)
  • Miss Liberty (1949)
  • The Small Hours (1951)
  • Our West of Eighth (1951)
  • Hook n’ Ladder (1952)
  • Mid-Summer (1953)
  • Anniversary Waltz (1954)


  1. ^ a b c “Donald McClelland, Performer”. Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  2. ^ “Anniversary Waltz – Broadway play”. Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved January 3, 2015.
  3. ^ “Knights of the Square Table”. Retrieved January 3, 2015.
  4. ^ “Donald McClelland (1903-1955)”. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved January 3, 2015.
  5. ^ “Casey, Crime Photographer starring Darren McGavin”. Archived from the original on February 1, 2009. Retrieved January 3, 2015.
  6. ^ “The Milwaukee Sentinel, Thursday October 30, 1930”. Retrieved January 3, 2015.

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