Charles Halton was a stern-faced American character actor who appeared in over 180 films. Halton trained at the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts, he made his Broadway debut in 1901, after which he appeared in about 35 productions during the next 50 years. From the 1920s, Halton's thinning hair, rimless glasses and officious manner were familiar to generations of American moviegoers. Whether playing the neighborhood busybody, a stern government bureaucrat or weaselly attorney, Halton's characters tried to drive the "immoral influences" out of the neighborhood, foreclose on the orphanage, evict the poor widow and her children from their apartment, or any other number of dastardly deeds, all justified by "... I'm sorry but that's my job." Among his highest profile roles were Mr. Carter, the bank examiner in Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, the Polish theatre producer Dobosh in Ernst Lubitsch's To Be or Not to Be, a county official from Idaho in Alfred Hitchcock's Mr. & Mrs. Smith. In Enemy of Women, the story of Joseph Goebbels, Halton played against type as a kindly radio performer of children's stories, arrested by the Nazis.
Although his career slowed down in the 1950s, he played roles in numerous television series. His 40-year film career ended with High School Confidential. On April 16, 1959. Halton died of hepatitis in Los Angeles, he was 83. Charles Halton on IMDb Charles Halton at the Internet Broadway Database Charles Halton at Find a Grave
William Henry (actor)
William Albert Henry was an American actor who worked in both films and television. Born in Los Angeles, Henry started as a child actor was a hero in B-movies, ended his career as a character actor, he appeared in various roles on episodes of many television series. He appeared twelve times for Ford. Henry was active with the Pasadena Community Playhouse. In 1952, Henry was cast as the San Francisco lawyer Lew Barry in the episode, "Self Made Man," of the syndicated television anthology series, Death Valley Days, hosted by Stanley Andrews. In the story line, Barry studies to become a lawyer after he loses an arm in a shooting and can no longer earn his livelihood as a rock driller. Years he gains the acquittal of Jerry, the man who shot him, on a murder charge. Henry's brother was the character actor Thomas Browne Henry. Henry was twice divorced, his first marriage was to Grace Durkin, with whom he had a son, a daughter, Michele. His and his second wife, Barbara Knudson, were the parents of William "Bill" Henry, Jr..
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Edwin Eugene Lockhart was a Canadian-American character actor and playwright. He wrote the lyrics to a number of popular songs, he became a United States citizen in 1939. Born in London, the son of John Coats Lockhart and Ellen Mary Lockhart, he made his professional debut at the age of six when he appeared with the Kilties Band of Canada, he appeared in sketches with Beatrice Lillie. Lockhart was educated in various Canadian schools and at the London Oratory School in London, England, he played football for the Toronto Argonauts. Lockhart had a long stage career, he had written theatrical sketches, radio shows, special stage material, song lyrics and articles for stage and radio magazines. He made his Broadway debut in the musical The Riviera Girl, he was a member of the traveling play The Pierrot Players. This play introduced the song, The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise, for which Lockhart wrote the lyrics along with Canadian composer Ernest Seitz, he wrote and directed the Broadway musical revue Bunk of 1926.
He sang in Die Fledermaus for the San Francisco Opera Association. On Broadway, Lockhart originated the role of Uncle Sid in Eugene O'Neill's only comedy, Ah, Wilderness!, took over from Lee J. Cobb as Willy Loman, during the original run of Death of a Salesman. However, Lockhart is remembered for his film work, he made his film debut in the 1922 version of Smilin' Through, as the Rector, but did not make his sound debut until 1934 in the film By Your Leave, where he played the playboy Skeets. Lockhart subsequently appeared in more than 300 motion pictures, he played villains, including a role as the treacherous informant Regis in Algiers, the American remake of Pepe le Moko, which gained him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He played the suspicious Georges de la Trémouille, the Dauphin's chief counselor, in the famous 1948 film Joan of Arc, starring Ingrid Bergman, he had a great succession of "good guy" supporting roles including Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol and the judge in Miracle on 34th Street.
Upon the arrival of Orson Welles in Hollywood in 1940, Lockhart became well known as the author of a short poem satirizing Welles entitled "Little Orson Annie": The poem is a parody of the 1885 poem "Little Orphant Annie" by James Whitcomb Riley. Lockhart is remembered as the Starkeeper in Carousel. Playing a bumbling sheriff, he appeared in His Girl Friday opposite Cary Rosalind Russell, he appeared in the movie The Sea Wolf, adapted from the novel by Jack London, as a ship's doctor. His last film role was that of the Equity Board President in the film Jeanne Eagels. Lockhart has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame—one for motion pictures, at 6307 Hollywood Boulevard, one for television at 6681 Hollywood Boulevard. Both were dedicated February 8, 1960. Lockhart was married to Kathleen Lockhart from 12 June 1924 until his death, they had June Lockhart, through whom he is the grandfather of Anne Lockhart. Lockhart died April 1, 1957, from a coronary thrombosis at the age of 65 in St. John's Hospital, Santa Monica, California.
He is buried next to his wife in Culver City. List of actors with Academy Award nominations "Gene Lockhart of Stage, Screen Actor of Supporting Roles Dies — Had First Broadway Part in 1916", New York Times, April 1, 1957. Thomas, Nick. Raised by the Stars: Interviews with 29 Children of Hollywood Actors. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-6403-6. Works by or about Gene Lockhart at Internet Archive Gene Lockhart on IMDb Gene Lockhart at the Internet Broadway Database Gene Lockhart at Find a Grave Sheet music for "The World is Waiting for the Sunrise", Chappell-Harms, 1919. Go Abroad with the Lockharts on The Digital Deli Too -- information about a radio program that starred Gene Lockhart and his wife, Kathleen
Raymond William Hatton was an American film actor who appeared in five hundred motion pictures. Born in 1887 in Iowa, Hatton enjoyed a successful silent film career, including a stint of being paired in 1920s comedies with Wallace Beery. However, during the sound era his career soon skidded and he played smaller supporting roles, including the tobacco-chewing, rip snorting Rusty Joslin in The Three Mesquiteers Western B picture series, he appeared in the TV series Adventures of Superman. Hatton died in 1971 in California, he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1708 Vine Street. Raymond Hatton on IMDb Raymond Hatton at Find a Grave Raymond Hatton at Virtual History
Ursula Eileen Patricia Augusta Fraser Morison was an American stage and film actress of the Golden Age of Hollywood and mezzo-soprano singer. She made her feature film debut in 1939 after several years on the stage, amongst her most renowned were The Fallen Sparrow, Dressed to Kill opposite Basil Rathbone and the screen adaptation of The Song of Bernadette, she was lauded as a beauty with large blue eyes and long, dark hair. During this period of her career, she was cast as the femme fatale or "other woman", it was only when she returned to the Broadway stage that she achieved her greatest success as the lead in the original production of Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate and subsequently in The King and I. Ursula Eileen Patricia Augusta Fraser Morison was born in Manhattan on March 19, 1915, although some sources have erroneously given her year of birth as 1914, her father, William R. Morison, who billed himself under the stage name of Norman Rainey was born in Belfast, was a playwright and occasional actor, best known for his role as a servant in the Mervyn LeRoy production of Little Women.
Her mother, Selena Morison, worked for British Intelligence during World War I. After graduating from Washington Irving High School in New York, Morison studied at the Arts Students League while taking acting classes at the Neighborhood Playhouse, she studied dance under Martha Graham. During this time she was employed as a dress shop designer at Russeks Department Store. Morison made her stage debut at the Provincetown Playhouse in the musical revue Don't Mind the Rain, in which she sang a song "Simple Silly I." Her Broadway debut came with a short-lived play, Growing Pains. After that, she proceeded to understudy Helen Hayes in the role of Victoria Regina, she understudied all the other women in the cast. Hayes, never missed a performance and Morison never had the opportunity to play the lead role. In 1935, four years before her official film debut, Morison made her first appearance on film in an automobile propaganda short, Wreckless. In 1938, Morison appeared in the musical The Two Bouquets.
Among the other cast members was Alfred Drake, years would star opposite Morison in the Broadway hit Kiss Me, Kate. While appearing in The Two Bouquets, Morison was noticed by talent scouts from Paramount Pictures, who — at the time — were looking for exotic, dark-haired glamorous types similar to Dorothy Lamour, one of their star commodities. Morison was subsequently signed to a contract with Paramount, she made her feature film debut in the "B" film Persons in Hiding. In 1939, Paramount considered her for the role of Isobel in their adventure film Beau Geste, starring Gary Cooper and Ray Milland, but the role instead went to Susan Hayward; the following year she appeared opposite Milland in the Technicolor romance Untamed, a remake of the Clara Bow vehicle, Man Trap. Despite Morrison's promising beginnings, she was assigned to several second-tier pictures such as Rangers of Fortune and One Night in Lisbon, both with Fred MacMurray, The Round Up with Richard Dix and Preston Foster. On a loan-out to 20th Century-Fox she played one of her first villainess roles in Romance of the Rio Grande, which starred Cesar Romero as the Cisco Kid.
She left Paramount after a series of unrewarding roles, such as Night in New Orleans, Beyond the Blue Horizon, Are Husbands Necessary?. By 1942, the United States had become involved in World War II and, as a result, Morison became one of many celebrities who entertained American troops and their allies. In November of that year she joined Al Jolson, Merle Oberon, Allen Jenkins, Frank McHugh on a USO Tour in Great Britain. Morison returned to acting in the cinema as a freelance performer. One of her better roles — albeit a small supporting one — was that of Empress Eugénie in The Song of Bernadette starring Jennifer Jones, she appeared in The Fallen Sparrow with John Garfield and Maureen O'Hara, Calling Dr. Death, one of the "Inner Sanctum" films, starring Lon Chaney Jr. In 1944, Morison abandoned her film work and returned to the Broadway stage. In April, she opened at the Adelphi Theatre in the musical comedy, Allah Be Praised! The play, was unsuccessful and closed after a brief run of only 20 performances.
Returning to films once again, Morison continued to be cast in supporting roles, all too as femme fatales or unsympathetic "other women", including the Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn vehicle, Without Love, the Deanna Durbin comedy-mystery Lady on a Train. She played formidably villainous roles in the final installments of Universal's Sherlock Holmes series and MGM's The Thin Man series — Dressed to Kill, Song of the Thin Man, she played the female antagonist in Tarzan and the Huntress, the penultimate film starring Johnny Weissmuller as Edgar Rice Burroughs' title character. Her few leading roles during this time were in "B" pictures, notably as Maid Marian opposite Jon Hall's Robin Hood in the Cinecolor production The Prince of Thieves, in the action film Queen of the Amazons and with Richard Arlen in the sepia-toned western The Return of Wildfire, she played the role of Victor Mature's suicide-driven wife in Kiss of Death. Her role was cut from the final print, over censorship concerns and the producers' reputed belief that audiences at that time were not ready for a scene depicting suicide.
Morison starred in a 1948 espionage story, Sofia. After a long absence from the screen, Morison portrayed George Sand in the 1960 Franz Liszt biopic, Song Without End. In 1948, Morison again aband
William Collier Sr.
William Collier Sr. born William Morenus was an American writer and actor. Collier ran away from home. After a notable stage career, he tried motion pictures, under producer Mack Sennett, he went back to the stage for some years but returned to films when the talkies came along. He married Louise Allen. Collier died of pneumonia in 1944, he was interred at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in California. Never Again Better Late Than Never Happy Days High Society Blues Harmony at Home She's My Weakness Mr. Lemon of Orange Annabelle's Affairs The Brat After Tomorrow Stepping Sisters A Successful Failure The Murder Man Give Us This Night Cain and Mabel Josette Television Spy Miracle on Main Street The Hard Boiled Canary William Collier Sr. at the Internet Broadway Database William Collier Sr. on IMDb portrait of Collier