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Movie Star Mystery Photo


 Aug. 3, 2009, Mystery Photo
 Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: This is Wallace MacDonald, who had a long career as an actor, writer, director and producer. Above, an undated photo of MacDonald in makeup as an old man.

Just a reminder on how this works: I post the mystery photo on Monday and reveal the answer on Friday ... or on Saturday if I have a hard time picking only five pictures -- sometimes it's difficult to choose. To keep the mystery photo from getting lost in the other entries, I move it from Monday to Tuesday to Wednesday, etc., adding a photo every day.

I have to approve all comments, so if your guess is posted immediately, that means you're wrong. (And if a wrong guess has already been submitted by someone else, there's no point in submitting it again.) If you're right, you will have to wait until Friday. There's no need to submit your guess five times. Once is enough. The only prize is bragging rights. 

The answer to last week's mystery star: Barry Atwater

Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: MacDonald about 1912.

Here's another picture of our mystery guest. Please congratulate Mike Hawks for identifying him!

Aug. 5, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: March 22, 1925, MacDonald and Norma Talmadge in "The Lady."

Here's our mystery guest with a mystery companion. Please congratulate Mary Mallory, Sue, Suzy Q, Carmen and Laura Aikens Goeller for identifying him.

Aug. 6, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: MacDonald in a photo published June 13, 1926.

Here's another picture of our mystery guest. Please congratulate Claire Lockhart and Cinnamon Carter for identifying him.

Aug. 7, 2009, Mystery Photo Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: McDonald and Betty Compson in "New Lives for Old."

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Comments (41)

Paul Muni.

Denver Pyle

The man is Wallace MacDonald. Mike Hawks

Wallace Ford?

Ralph Graves.

James Mason?

Looks llike Stanley Ridges to me.

Raymond Massey

Gabby Hayes

Antonio Moreno.

Young Lionel Barrymore dressed up as the old Lionel Barrymore that he didnt look like when he got old

Robert Barrat?

John Clements?

Gibson Gowland

Lorne Greene

Robertson Davies ? I don't really believe that but I see my first choice already selected and rejected. The set of the jaw and the look screams Denver Pyle to me also.

Monty Wooley

Jean Hersholt.

Hmmmm . . . It's not Marshall Neilan, is it?

Wallace MacDonald

Neil Hamilton

Wallace MacDonald

Wallace MacDonald

Wallace MacDonald

Wallace McDonald.



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