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Claude Gillingwater (1870–1939)

A man so disagreeable on celluloid, Claude Gillingwater's characters seemed to subsist on a steady diet of persimmons. Fondly recalled as the cranky old skinflint whose seemingly cold heart could only be warmed by the actions of a cute little tyke, the tall and rangy Gillingwater invariably played much older than he was. He, with the omnipresent ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Prisoner of Shark Island
The Prisoner of Shark Island Col. Jeremiah Milford Dyer
A Tale of Two Cities
A Tale of Two Cities Jarvis Lorry Jr.
Conquest Stephan (Marie's servant)
Little Lord Fauntleroy
Little Lord Fauntleroy Earl of Dorincourt


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 1939 Cafe Society
Old Christopher West
 1938 Just Around the Corner
Samuel G. Henshaw (as Claude Gillingwater Sr.)
 1938 There Goes My Heart
Cyrus Butterfield
 1938 Little Miss Broadway
Judge (as Claude Gillingwater Sr.)
 1937 Conquest
Stephan (Marie's servant)
 1937 Top of the Town
William Borden
 1936 Can This Be Dixie?
Col. Robert Peachtree
 1936 Wives Never Know
Mr. Gossamer
 1936 Poor Little Rich Girl
Simon Peck
 1936 Ticket to Paradise
Robert Forbes
 1936 Counterfeit
Tom Perkins
 1936 Florida Special
Simeon Stafford
 1936 The Prisoner of Shark Island
Col. Jeremiah Milford Dyer
 1935 Together We Live
 1935 Calm Yourself
Col. Allenby
 1935 Baby Face Harrington
 1935 Mississippi
General Rumford
 1935 The Woman in Red
Grandpa Wyatt
 1934 Strange Wives
 1934 Broadway Bill
J.P. Chase (uncredited)
 1934 The Captain Hates the Sea
Judge Griswold
 1934 In Love with Life
 1934 Unknown Blonde
Papa Van Brunt, Sr.
 1934 City Limits
 1934 You Can't Buy Everything
Banker Asa Cabot
 1933 Before Midnight
John Fry
 1933 I Loved a Woman
Banker (uncredited)
 1933 Skyway
John Beaumont
 1933 The Avenger
 1933 Ann Carver's Profession
Judge Bingham
 1932 Tess of the Storm Country
Frederick Garfield Sr
 1931 The Wide Open Spaces (Short)
 1931 Compromised
John Brock
 1931 Oh! Oh! Cleopatra (Short)
 1931 How I Play Golf, by Bobby Jones No. 8: 'The Brassie' (Short)
Mr. Gillingwater (uncredited)
 1931 Gold Dust Gertie
John Aberdeen Arnold
 1931 Daddy Long Legs
Riggs (as Claude Gillingwater Sr.)
 1931 The Conquering Horde
Jim Nabours
 1931 Illicit
Ives Sr.
 1931 Kiss Me Again
Count de St. Cyr
 1930 The Flirting Widow
 1930 Dumbbells in Ermine
Uncle Roger
 1929 The Great Divide
Winthrop Amesbury
 1929 Smiling Irish Eyes
Michael O'Connor
 1929 Glad Rag Doll
Sam Underlane
 1929 Stolen Kisses
H.A. Lambert Sr.
 1929 Stark Mad
James Rutherford, expedition leader
 1928 Oh Kay!
Judge Appleton
 1928 Women They Talk About
Grandfather Mervin
 1927 Husbands for Rent
Sir Reginald Knight
 1927 The Gorilla
Cyrus Townsend
 1927 Naughty But Nice
Judge J. R. Altewood
 1927 Fast and Furious
 1926 45 Minutes from Hollywood (Short)
Old Man in Hotel Bed (uncredited)
 1926 For Wives Only
Professor von Waldstein
 1926 Into Her Kingdom
Ivan (their tutor)
 1926 Never Too Old (Short)
Romeo McPip
 1926 That's My Baby
John Raynor
 1925 Wages for Wives
Jim Bailey
 1925 We Moderns
Sir Robert Sundale
 1925 Seven Sinners
Pious Joe McDowell
 1925 Winds of Chance
Tom Linton
 1925 Cheaper to Marry
 1925 A Thief in Paradise
Noel Jardine
 1924 Idle Tongues
Judge Daniel Webster Copeland
 1924 Madonna of the Streets
Lord Patrington
 1924 How to Educate a Wife
Henry Bancks
 1924 Daddies
James Crockett
 1923 Tiger Rose
Hector McCollins
 1923 A Chapter in Her Life
Mr. Everingham
 1923 Dulcy
Mr. Forbes
 1923 Three Wise Fools
Theodore Findley
 1923 Crinoline and Romance
Col. Charles E. Cavanaugh
 1923 Casey Jones, Jr. (Short)
Railroad President
 1922 The Strangers' Banquet
Uncle Sam
 1922 Remembrance
John P. Grout
 1922 Dust Flower
 1922 Fools First
Denton Drew
 1921 My Boy
The Captain
 1918 Wild Primrose
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Stage Play: Du Barry. Drama. Written by David Belasco. Incidental music by William Furst. Criterion Theatre: 25 Dec 1901- May 1902 (closing date unknown/165 performances). Cast: Mrs. Leslie Carter (as "Jeanette Vaubernier, afterwards "La du Barry"), Corah Adams (as "Julie, girl at the Milliner Shop"), Ann Archer (as "Nichette, girl at the ... See more »

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Claude Gillingwater Sr.


6' 2" (1.88 m)

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I am quite sure, from observation, that people are getting tired of sex stuff, the triangle and all the rest of the cut-and-dried screen formulas, and the development of the character role into a bigger and bigger feature seems to me logical.


Was injured in an accident at Paramount Studios in February 1936 and never fully recovered. His suicide note stated that he was worried about his failing health, and possibly becoming an invalid. He did not want to become a burden to anyone, so he chose to take his own life. See more »

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