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Overview (3)

Born in Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died in Pasadena, California, USA  (pneumonia)
Birth NameSamuel Southey Hinds

Mini Bio (1)

Samuel S. Hinds, a Harvard graduate, was a lawyer in Hollywood until the stock market crash of 1929, in which he lost most of his money. Hinds, who had an interest in theater acting, decided to embark on a career in acting, albeit it age 54. The tall, dignified-looking Hinds appeared in over 200 films, often cast as kindly authoritarian figures--doctors, judges, military officers, politicians, and such. His two most notable appearances were in Destry Rides Again (1939) and It's a Wonderful Life (1946). In addition to his film work, he kept busy appearing on stage, and continued working up until his death in 1948.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tom Barrister

Spouse (1)

Dorothy Vandevort Cruickshank (1914 - ?) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (7)

He was a lawyer in Pasadena, CA, and used to act in plays at the Pasadena Playhouse as a hobby. Several producers were impressed enough with his stage work to offer him parts in their films, and after a few years he quit law and became a full-time actor.
Hinds' father, Joseph Edwin Hinds, was president of the United States Playing Card Company, and his great-grandfather was the respected British poet Robert Southey.
While standing with a group of extras at the studio, Hinds was recognized by Robert Young, who remembered him from the Pasadena Playhouse and introduced him to director Gregory La Cava, who cast him in his first featured role in Gabriel Over the White House (1933).
Was noted for his continuing role as Lew Ayres' father in the "Dr. Kildare" series at MGM, where he made many films.
Had a very prolific career at Universal, where he was under contract in the 1940s.
He married Dorothy Cruickshank and they had two children named Florence and Mary.
His Tudor Revival mansion, built in the San Rafael Heights area of Pasadena in 1916, was the Pasadena Showcase House of Design for 2017.

Salary (2)

If I Had a Million (1932) $20 a day
The Raven (1935) $1,333 .35

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