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Overview (3)

Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Died in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain  (heart failure)
Birth NameHenry How Beckman

Mini Bio (1)

Henry Beckman was born on November 26, 1921 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada as Henry How Beckman. He was an actor, known for The Brood (1979), Marnie (1964) and Bronk (1975). He was married to Hillary Beckman and Cheryl Maxwell. He died on June 17, 2008 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

Spouse (2)

Hillary Beckman (1999 - 17 June 2008) (his death)
Cheryl Maxwell (25 November 1955 - 20 October 1998) (her death) (2 children)

Trivia (14)

He and his late wife, Cheryl Maxwell, who died on October 20, 1998, had two sons, Brian Beckman and Stuart Beckman.
He wrote and published a book about how to make an independent film.
Veteran character actor who had a long career on film and (especially) TV since the early 1950s.
Wife Cheryl was a one-time actress and Broadway producer.
Following their 1955 marriage, Henry and Cheryl eventually purchased The Dukes Oak Theatre in Cooperstown, New York. Two years after that, they sold the theatre and moved to California where he pursued an on-camera career.
In 1977, Henry and Cheryl were awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal for "contributions to Canadian culture and the esteem in which they were held by their peers".
Lived in warmer climates in later years, including Hawaii and then Mallorca and Barcelona. He died of heart failure with step-granddaughter Hillary Beckman by his side.
Joined the Canadian military service by changing his birth date, before he was 18, and served from 1939-1945. He survived the landings at Normandy.
He became Sir Henry Beckman when he was invested as a member of the "Knights of Malta," The Order of Saint John of Jersualem of the Americas and Euope, a centuries-old military order. His two sons were also admitted.
A scriptwriter and author on the side, he was also a member of the Writer's Guild of Canada and the Screen Writers Guild of America. His last script was entitled "Hide and Go Kill".
Had a strong talent for languages and accents and played a number of ethnic heavies as a result.
While filming the TV series Here Come the Brides (1968), he grew attracted to the Seattle wilderness where much of the filming occurred. He and his family eventually moved to Deming, Washington, where they enjoyed country living.
Won two "Genie" awards for acting, the Canadian equivalent of the "Oscar" trophy.
He is retired from movies and lives in Honolulu, Hawaii [August 2007]

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