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Henry B. Walthall (1878–1936)

Henry B. Walthall was a respected stage actor who became a favorite of pioneering film director D.W. Griffith. Born in 1878 in Alabama, Walthall embarked on a law career but quit law school in 1898 to enlist in the US Army in order to fight in the Spanish-American War. Returning from the war he decided to take up an acting career instead of the ... See full bio »

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The Birth of a Nation
The Birth of a Nation Col. Ben Cameron
Wings David's Father
A Tale of Two Cities
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 1929 Street Corner (Short)
 1928 Retribution (Short)
Henry / Tommy Mooney
 1915 Blind Justice (Short)
 1915 The Outer Edge (Short)
Dr. Rownlee
 1915 The Circular Path (Short)
Reverend Darwin Kirby
 1915 The Woman Hater (Short)
Jack Warder
 1915 Temper (Short)
Frank Bradbury
 1915 Ashes of Dreams (Short)
 1915 Rod of Wrath (Short)
Erickson's Son
 1914 The Odalisque (Short)
Joe, in love with May
 1914 Lord Chumley (Short)
Lord Chumley
 1914 The Soul of Honor (Short)
Dick Potter - the Son
 1914 Ashes of the Past (Short)
 1914 The Mountain Rat (Short)
Douglas Williams
 1914 The Old Man (Short)
The Old Man
 1914 The Mysterious Shot (Short)
The Gopher
 1914 The Floor Above (Short)
Stephen Pryde
 1914 Strongheart (Short)
Soangataha / Strongheart
 1914 The Green-Eyed Devil (Short)
 1914 Classmates (Short)
Duncan Irving
 1914 The Gangsters of New York (Short)
Porky Dugan
 1914 The Awakening of Donna Isolla (Short)
The President of the Republic
 1913 The Wedding Gown (Short)
 1913 Her Wedding Bell (Short)
 1913 The Fly Leaf of Fate (Short)
Ralph Cummings
 1913 Beyond All Law (Short)
 1913 The Battle of Elderbush Gulch (Short)
The Indian Chief's Son
 1913 Diversion (Short)
Mr. Wilson
 1913 Influence of the Unknown (Short)
First Revenue Officer
 1913 A Woman in the Ultimate (Short)
Member of the Badger Gang
 1913 Two Men of the Desert (Short)
First Partner
 1913 The Vengeance of Galora (Short) (unconfirmed)
 1913 The Mirror (Short)
The Station Agent
 1913 During the Round-Up (Short)
The Stranger
 1913 A Gambler's Honor (Short)
Beth's Brother
 1913 The Mistake (Short)
Jack - the Friend - a Prospector
 1913 Her Mother's Oath (Short)
The Actor
 1913 The Mothering Heart (Short)
Club Patron (uncredited)
 1913 The Switch Tower (Short)
The Switchman
 1913 Death's Marathon (Short)
The Husband
 1913 Red Hicks Defies the World (Short)
In Crowd (uncredited)
 1913 The House of Darkness (Short)
Undetermined Secondary Role (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1913 The Stolen Loaf (Short)
The Poor Man
 1913 The Tenderfoot's Money (Short)
The Prospector
 1913/II The Wanderer (Short)
The Wanderer
 1913 If We Only Knew (Short)
The Father
 1913 The Lady and the Mouse (Short)
The 1st Rival
 1913 A Horse on Bill (Short)
In Audience
 1913 The Little Tease (Short)
The Valley Man
 1913 The Perfidy of Mary (Short)
The Poet
 1913 The Sheriff's Baby (Short)
First Bandit
 1913 The Unwelcome Guest (Short)
At Auction (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1913 Broken Ways (Short)
The Road Agent
 1913 Love in an Apartment Hotel (Short)
The Young Woman's Fiance
 1913 Oil and Water (Short)
The Idealist
 1913 Three Friends (Short)
Ned Billings - the Husband
 1912 The God Within (Short)
The Woodsman
 1912 My Hero (Short)
Indian Charlie
 1912 Brutality (Short)
In Play
 1912 The Informer (Short)
The False Brother
 1912 My Baby (Short)
The Husband
 1912 The Painted Lady (Short)
At Ice Cream Festival (uncredited)
 1912 The One She Loved (Short)
The Husband
 1912 In the Aisles of the Wild (Short)
Jim Watson
 1912 A Feud in the Kentucky Hills (Short)
Psalm Singer
 1912 So Near, Yet So Far (Short)
 1912 Friends (Short)
Dandy Jack
 1912 Two Daughters of Eve (Short)
The Father
 1912 A Change of Spirit (Short)
First Gentleman Thief
 1912 The Inner Circle (Short)
 1912 The Forbidden Way (Short)
Graham - a Surveyor
 1912 Home Folks (Short)
 1912 The District Attorney's Conscience (Short)
James Douglas - the District Attorney
 1912 Mixed Identities (Short)
Bob Gordon - the Burglar
 1912 The Miser's Daughter (Short)
The Miser's Daughter's Sweetheart
 1912 The Recoil (Short)
Giovanni - the Labor Agitator
 1912 The Return of John Gray (Short)
John Gray
 1912 The Burglar's Reformation (Short)
The Reformed Burglar
 1912 Love Is Blind (Short)
Foster - the Artist
 1912 An Opportune Burglar (Short)
The Elderly Husband's Nephew
 1912/II When the Heart Calls (Short)
The Hermit
 1912/I Mother (Short)
The Son
 1912 The Birthday Present (Short)
 1912 Fur Smugglers (Short)
Walter Leggett - Customs Officer
 1912 A Tragic Experiment (Short)
Findlay - Jane's Beau (unconfirmed)
 1912 Jealousy (Short)
The Husband (as William Walthall)
 1912 Hide and Seek (Short)
 1912 Iola's Promise (Short)
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
 1912 The Ruling Passion (Short)
Van Wert
 1912/I The Better Man (Short)
Walter Earl - Dot's Suitor
 1912 The Yeggman (Short)
The Yeggman (as William Walthall)
 1912/II The Duel (Short)
Jackson - a Mountain Moonshiner
 1912 The Gambler's Daughter (Short)
Weston - the Minister's Son (unconfirmed)
 1912 The Stolen Letter (Short)
John Carroll (unconfirmed)
 1912/I The Man Under the Bed (Short)
The Escaped Convict
 1912 Solomon's Son (Short)
Morris - Solomon's Son
 1912/II The Deception (Short)
 1912 The Appointed Hour (Short)
Mrs. Neville's Paramour
 1912/II The Quarrel (Short)
The Husband
 1912 The Gangfighter (Short)
The Gang Leader (unconfirmed)
 1911 The Birth-Mark (Short)
 1911 Locked in the Vaults (Short)
Robert Tyler (as William Walthall)
 1911 The Turnstile (Short)
Mr. Gail
 1911 The Turn of the Wheel (Short)
James Harrison
 1911 The Poison Cup (Short)
John Adams - the First Husband (as William Walthall)
 1911 A Daughter of Italy (Short)
The Kidnapper (as William Walthall)
 1911 The Injustice of Man (Short)
Jim Brown (as William Walthall)
 1911 The Moonshiners (Short)
Barrett - the Wounded Moonshiner (as William Walthall)
 1911 The Track Walker (Short)
Willis - the Track Walker
 1911 The Greater Love (Short)
 1911/I Divorce (Short)
Jack Evans
 1911 A Narrow Escape (Short)
Jim Smith - the Workman (as William Walthall)
 1911 The Anonymous Letter (Short)
Paul Carter
 1911/I For His Sake (Short)
 1911 The Cobbler (Short)
George Hines - the Cobbler
 1911 His Dream (Short)
 1911 Clouds and Sunshine (Short)
John Ryan
 1911 The Godfather (Short)
 1911 A Little Child (Short)
The Burglar
 1911 Grandfather (Short)
George Blake
 1911 The Pitfall (Short)
Ted (as Henry Walthall)
 1911/I His Son (Short)
The Son
 1911 The Broken Vows (Short)
The Rejected Suitor
 1911 Dad's Boy (Short)
John Chester
 1911 Waiting (Short)
 1911 The Stepsisters (Short)
The Lover
 1911 The Society Girl and the Gypsy (Short)
 1911 A Trick of Fortune (Short)
Harry Wilson (as Henry Walthall)
 1911 Souls Courageous (Short)
 1911 Three Men (Short) (unconfirmed)
 1911 The Command from Galilee (Short)
The Lover
 1911 The Hour of Fate (Short)
 1911 As the Master Orders (Short)
 1910 The Armorer's Daughter (Short)
 1910 The Gray of the Dawn (Short)
 1910 The Banker's Daughters (Short)
 1910 The Iconoclast (Short)
The Worker
 1910 Rose o' Salem Town (Short)
The Trapper
 1910 The Oath and the Man (Short)
Henri Prevost
 1910 In Life's Cycle (Short)
Vincent, as an Adult
 1910 A Summer Idyll (Short)
 1910 Wilful Peggy (Short)
The Lord
 1910 The Sorrows of the Unfaithful (Short)
 1910 The Usurer (Short)
One of the Second Debtors
 1910 The House with Closed Shutters (Short)
The Confederate soldier
 1910 The Call to Arms (Short)
The Lord
 1910 The Face at the Window (Short)
Ralph Bradford
 1910 In the Border States (Short)
Confederate Corporal (uncredited)
 1910 A Child of the Ghetto (Short)
The Farmer
 1910 The Impalement (Short)
At First Party / At Second Party
 1910 Ramona (Short)
 1910 The Gold Seekers (Short)
The Prospector
 1910 The Way of the World (Short)
The Young Priest
 1910 The Tenderfoot's Triumph (Short)
A Horse Thief
 1910 Thou Shalt Not (Short)
Edgar Thurston
 1910 The Kid (Short)
Walter Holden
 1910/II Western Justice (Short) (unconfirmed)
 1910/I The Two Brothers (Short)
 1910 His Last Dollar (Short)
 1910 Gold Is Not All (Short)
Man At Party
 1910 The Converts (Short)
The Man
 1910 The Thread of Destiny (Short)
 1910 The Newlyweds (Short)
A Friend / At Station Reception
 1910 His Last Burglary (Short)
William Standish
 1910 One Night, and Then -- (Short)
Henry Revol
 1910 The Cloister's Touch (Short)
The Father
 1910 The Honor of His Family (Short)
George Pickett Jr.
 1910 The Call (Short)
Billy Harvey
 1910 On the Reef (Short)
Mr. Wilson
 1909 The Heart of an Outlaw (Short)
The Mexican Lover
 1909 Choosing a Husband (Short)
 1909 The Day After (Short)
Party Guest
 1909 In Little Italy (Short)
 1909 A Trap for Santa Claus (Short)
Arthur Rogers
 1909 In a Hempen Bag (Short)
Couple on Road
 1909 The Test (Short)
At the Hotel
 1909 The Expiation (Short)
 1909 Fools of Fate (Short)
 1909 Wanted, a Child (Short)
 1909 Leather Stocking (Short)
 1909 A Fair Exchange (Short)
 1909 In Old Kentucky (Short)
Robert, the Confederate Son
 1909 Getting Even (Short)
 1909 The Children's Friend (Short)
 1909 The Hessian Renegades (Short)
 1909 The Little Darling (Short)
In Boarding House
 1909 The Sealed Room (Short)
The Minstrel
 1909 Pranks (Short)
 1909 With Her Card (Short)
At Larkin's
 1909 They Would Elope (Short)
In Group
 1909 The Mended Lute (Short)
 1909 A Strange Meeting (Short)
A Thief
 1909 The Slave (Short)
A Messenger
 1909 A Convict's Sacrifice (Short)
The Convict's Friend
 1908 Rescued from an Eagle's Nest (Short)
Woodsman (as H. B. Walthall)
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Stage: Appeared in "Pippa Passes" on Broadway. Written by Robert Browning. Directed / produced by Henry Miller. Majestic Theatre: 12 Nov 1906-7 Dec 1906 (9 performances). Cast: Carroll J. Barry, William Beach, Ray Beveridge, William J. Butler, Robert Cummings, Charles Gotthold, Harrison Hunter, Mrs. Le Moyne (as "Ottima"), Eleanora ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Henry B. Walthal | H. B. Walthall | H.B. Walthall | Henry Walthall | William Walthall


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[about getting the role of Holofernes in Judith of Bethulia (1914)] I hadn't expected to play Holofernes because I wasn't the type physically. I stayed away from the studio, but [director D.W. Griffith] sent for me. I said, "I can't play the part; I'm too much of a shrimp". But he had tried out a lot of actors, and finally decided that I could do the part to suit him better than anybody else ... See more »


Studied law at Howard College but dropped out after six months to pursue theater in New York, making his debut in 1901 and performing in numerous Southern melodramas. See more »



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