Was an outstanding college football player at Wesleyan University
He played several musical instruments, including the violin, piano, and guitar. He was a published playwright and author, producing many plays, and starring in 'Black John' on Broadway.
Best known to the television generation as Gen. Peterson on I Dream of Jeannie (1965).
He had two children, William MacLane and Martha MacLane.
Was mentioned (not so favorably) in an Allan Sherman song entitled "Oh Boy".
His great-grandfather Henry Joel McLane served in the Confederate 17th South Carolina Infantry in the US Civil War.
Because he so effectively and frequently played heavies, teenagers in the 1940s and 1950s who felt put upon by authorities would say "Don't give me that Barton MacLane".
Born on Christmas Day, just like Humphrey Bogart, his co-star in The Maltese Falcon, High Sierra and Treasure of the Sierra Madre.