TV fans will remember Barton MacLane as “General Martin Peterson” on the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie. The role came at the end of MacLane’s life, and MacLane for 40 years had been a reliable presence in numerous westerns and crime dramas. Born in Columbia, South Carolina, MacLane was a successful football player at Wesleyan University. From his debut in 1929 with a bit part in the Marx Brother’s The Cocoanuts, MacLane found ample work often appearing in as many as eight films a year. He was a big enough star by 1948 that Topps issued a bubble gum card with his face as part of their Movie Stars series. A lover of the outdoors, in the early 1940s he bought a 2,000 acre ranch in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Madera County, California. In 1939, MacLane married actress Charlotte Wynters, and the two appeared in six films together. His starring roles included Prison Break, the story of a man wrongly convicted of murder who breaks out of prison to find the real killer, and Man of Courage, as a D.A. on the trail of a murderous mobster with political ties. His supporting roles included playing “Detective Lieutenant Dundy” in The Maltese Falcon, and “McCormick” in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. In 1969, MacLane died of a stroke while in St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California, where he was recovering from pneumonia. He had been hospitalized in Madera County with an intestinal blockage, after recovering, he returned to L.A. to shoot I Dream of Jeannie when he became ill and required hospitalization.