Max Wagner

Active - 1931 - 2019  |   Born - Nov 28, 1901   |   Died - Nov 16, 1975   |   Genres - Drama, Comedy, Musical, Romance, Crime

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Biography by Hal Erickson

Muscle-bound Mexican-born character actor Max Wagner kept busy in films from 1931 to 1957. Seldom given a line to speak, Wagner showed up in innumerable small roles as thugs, sailors, bodyguards, cabbies, and moving men. In one of his better-known assignments, he played an actor pretending to be the gangster character played by Barton MacLaine in the film-within-a-film segment in Bullets or Ballots (1936). Max Wagner's thick Latino accent served him well in such brief roles as the bull-farm attendant in Laurel and Hardy's The Bullfighters (1945).

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