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Henry Hathaway (1898–1985)

Henry Hathaway, a son of a stage actress and manager, started his career as a child actor in westerns directed by Allan Dwan. His movie career was interrupted by World War I. After his discharge, he briefly tried a career in finance but then returned to Hollywood to work as an assistant director under such directors as Frank Lloyd, Paul Bern, ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

True Grit
True Grit Director
How the West Was Won
The Sons of Katie Elder
Niagara Director


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 1974 Hangup
 1971 Shoot Out
 1970 Airport (winter outdoor scenes, uncredited)
 1969 True Grit
 1968 5 Card Stud
 1966 Nevada Smith
 1964 Circus World
 1964 Of Human Bondage (additional scenes)
 1962 How the West Was Won (segments "The Rivers", "The Plains", "The Outlaws")
 1960 Seven Thieves
 1955 The Racers
 1953 Niagara
 1952 O. Henry's Full House (segment "The Clarion Call")
 1951 Rawhide
 1947 Kiss of Death
 1945 Nob Hill
 1942 China Girl
 1941 Sundown
 1940 Brigham Young
 1940 Johnny Apollo
 1937 Souls at Sea
 1937 Lest We Forget (Short)
 1933 Sunset Pass
 1930 Behind the Make-Up (uncredited)
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When I went to work in Universal Studios in 1914, there were five women directors. Lois Weber made the biggest pictures. John Ford and I alternated as prop men for this great director. If women haven't got a good directing job now, it's their own fault. See more »


Directed 2 actors to Oscar nominations: Richard Widmark (Best Supporting Actor, Kiss of Death (1947)), and John Wayne (Best Actor, True Grit (1969)). Wayne won an Oscar for his performance. See more »



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