Kenne Duncan (Kenneth Duncan MacLachlan)

Kenne Duncan

Kenne Duncan (February 17, 1903 – February 5, 1972) was a Canadian-born B-movie character actor. Hyped professionally as “The Meanest Man in the Movies,” the vast majority of his over 250 appearances on camera were Westerns, but he also did occasional forays into horror, crime drama, and science fiction. He also appeared in over a dozen serials. Born Kenneth Duncan MacLachlan in Chatham, Ontario, Kenne Duncan is best known, in some circles, for his work with Ed Wood. Duncan appeared in five Wood productions: Night of the Ghouls, Trick Shooting with Kenne Duncan, Crossroad Avenger, The Sinister Urge, and The Lawless Rider, a film Wood did with Yakima Canutt in the Director’s chair. Duncan’s final appearances on screen were Wood’s low-budget The Sinister Urge, and a bit part in an episode of Rawhide (“Incident of the Sharpshooter”). He also made television appearances, especially westerns, such as The Cisco Kid, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, and Tombstone Territory. On February 5, 1972, Kenne Duncan committed suicide by overdosing on barbiturates at the age of 68. He is buried in Grand View Memorial Park in Glendale, California.


  • February, 17, 1903
  • Canada
  • Chatham, Ontario


  • February, 05, 1972
  • USA
  • Los Angeles, California

Cause of Death

  • suicide


  • Grand View Memorial Park
  • Glendale, California
  • USA

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