Henry Travers Poster


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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 5 March 1874Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England, UK
Date of Death 18 October 1965Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA  (arteriosclerosis)
Birth NameTravers John Heagerty
Height 5' 4½" (1.64 m)

Mini Bio (1)

British-born Henry Travers was a veteran of the English stage before emigrating to the U.S. in 1917. He gained more stage experience there on Broadway working with the Theatre Guild, and began his long film career with Reunion in Vienna (1933). Travers' kindly, grandfatherly demeanor became familiar to filmgoers over the next 25 years, especially in films like High Sierra (1941), where he played Joan Leslie's kindly but slyly observant uncle, and the generous Mr. Bogardus in The Bells of St. Mary's (1945), but it's as the somewhat befuddled angel Clarence Oddbody assigned to James Stewart in the classic It's a Wonderful Life (1946) that Travers will forever be known. After a long and successful career, he retired from the screen in 1949, and died in Hollywood in 1965.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: frankfob2@yahoo.com

Spouse (2)

Amy Forrest-Rhodes (? - 1954) (her death) (first)
Ann G. Murphy (? - ?)

Trivia (4)

Interred at Forest Lawn, Glendale, California, USA, in the Great Mausoleum, Holly Terrace entrance, Hall of Inspiration, directly across from W.C. Fields.
Of Irish extraction.
Fondly remembered as Clarence, James Stewart's guardian angel ("angel second class"), in Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946).
Active on Broadway from 1901-1938 (early in his career credited as Travers Heagerty, his birth name).

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