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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 10 August 1891Orange, New Jersey, USA
Date of Death 18 May 1961Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Nickname Pop
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Suave, well-mannered, silvery-haired character actor Henry O'Neill played top supports in hundreds of films, often as a benign, wise, sensible father, judge, doctor, executive or lawyer. Most of his uppercrust career was split between two studios: Warner Bros in the 1930s and MGM in the 1940s. O'Neill was born in New Jersey in 1891 and dropped out of college to join a traveling theatre troupe. World War I service in the military intervened but he returned to acting in 1919 and began a distinguished career on the New York stage in the 1920s, his prematurely gray hair lending an air of pride and confidence in his many distinctive roles, particularly those in works of playwright Eugene O'Neill. In 1933 he made a solid, unerring switch to films and settled in for the duration. Although he was typically cast in agreeable roles, he certainly had it in him to be an urbane villain when the call came in. In the 1950s, due to ill health, he spaced out his feature work, making his last film, The Wings of Eagles (1957) with John Wayne. He also found employment in TV anthologies as well. He died in 1961 at the age of 69.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (1)

Anna Barry (1924 - 18 May 1961) (his death) (1 child)

Trivia (6)

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
Henry O'Neill passed away on May 18, 1961, three months away from what would have been his 70th birthday on August 10.
Following his death, he was interred at San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, Los Angeles, California.
Had appeared with Humphrey Bogart in nine films: Midnight (1934), Bullets or Ballots (1936), Two Against the World (1936), The Great O'Malley (1937), Marked Woman (1937), The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938), Racket Busters (1938), Invisible Stripes (1939) and They Drive by Night (1940).
Had appeared with Donald Crisp in eleven films: The Key (1934), Oil for the Lamps of China (1935), The White Angel (1936), The Great O'Malley (1937), The Life of Emile Zola (1937) The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938), Jezebel (1938), Juarez (1939), Sons of Liberty (1939), Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940) and Knute Rockne All American (1940).

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