McHugh in The Dark Corner (1946)
Matthew O. McHugh
January 22, 1894
|Died||February 22, 1971 (aged 77)|
Northridge, California, U.S.
|Occupation||stage and film actor|
Matthew O. McHugh (January 22, 1894 – February 22, 1971) was an American film actor who appeared in more than 200 films between 1931 and 1955, primarily in small cameo parts.
McHugh came from a theatrical family. His parents ran a stock theatre company and, as a young child, he performed on stage. His brother, Frank, who went on to become part of the Warner Bros. stock company in the 1930s and 1940s, and sister Kitty performed an act with him by the time he was fourteen years old, but the family quit the stage around 1930. His brother Ed became an agent in New York.
Despite his actual origins, McHugh usually performed his roles with a Brooklyn accent, and was often cast as characters explicitly from Brooklyn. In Star Spangled Rhythm (1941), his one scene is a protracted monologue during the climactic "Old Glory" sequence, in which McHugh plays a character who literally embodies the spirit of Brooklyn.
- Street Scene (1931) as Vincent Jones
- Freaks (1932) as One of the Rollo Brothers
- The Loud Mouth (1932) as Loud Mouth
- Hypnotized (1932) as Drummer
- The Devil's Brother (1933) as Francesco
- Bed of Roses (1933) as "Jones"
- The Last Trail (1933) as Looney McGann
- The Mad Game (1933) as McGee
- Lost in the Stratosphere (1934) as Matt O'Toole
- She Loves Me Not (1934) as Andy
- The Cat's-Paw (1934) as Taxi Driver
- Wings in the Dark (1935)
- Ladies Crave Excitement (1935)
- Mannequin (1937)
- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) (uncredited)
- The Boys from Syracuse (1940)
- A Gentleman at Heart (1942)
- Sappy Birthday (1942)
- San Diego, I Love You (1944)
- Vacation in Reno (1945)
- Pardon My Clutch (1948)
- Bodyhold (1949)
- Wham Bam Slam (1955)