Harry Davenport (I) (1866–1949)

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Character fame on film came quite late for long-time stage actor Harry Davenport at age 70, but he made up for lost time in very quick fashion with well over a hundred film roles registered from the advent of sound to the time of his death in 1949. Beloved for his twinkle-eyed avuncular and/or grandfatherly types in both comedy and drama, ... See full bio »

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 1950 Riding High
 1949 Tell It to the Judge
Judge MacKenzie Meredith
 1949 That Forsyte Woman
Old Jolyon Forsyte
 1949 Little Women
Dr. Barnes
 1949 Down to the Sea in Ships
Benjamin Harris
 1948 The Decision of Christopher Blake
Courtroom Attendant
 1948 For the Love of Mary
Justice Peabody
 1948 That Lady in Ermine
 1948 The Man from Texas
'Pop' Hickey
 1948 Three Daring Daughters
Dr. Cannon
 1947 The Fabulous Texan
Rev. Baker
 1947 That Hagen Girl
Judge Merrivale
 1947 The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
Judge Thaddeus Turner
 1947 Keeper of the Bees
Michael Worthington
 1947 Sport of Kings
Maj. Denning
 1947 Stallion Road
Dr. Stevens
 1947 The Farmer's Daughter
Dr. Matthew Sutven
 1946 A Boy and His Dog (Short)
Squire Jim Kirby
 1946 Lady Luck
Judge Martin
 1946 Faithful in My Fashion
Great Grandpa
 1946 G.I. War Brides
Grandpa Giles
 1946 Three Wise Fools
The Ancient
 1946 Courage of Lassie
Judge Payson
 1946 A Boy, a Girl and a Dog
 1946 Claudia and David
Dr. Harry
 1945 Adventure
Dr. Ashlon
 1945 Pardon My Past
Grandpa Pemberton
 1945 The Enchanted Forest
Old John
 1945 Too Young to Know
Judge Boller
 1945 She Wouldn't Say Yes
 1945 This Love of Ours
Dr. Wilkerson
 1944 Music for Millions
 1944 Meet Me in St. Louis
 1944 The Thin Man Goes Home
Dr. Bertram Charles
 1944 The Impatient Years
 1944 Kismet
 1943 December 7th (Documentary)
Mr. 'C'
 1943 Jack London
Prof. Hilliard
 1943 Government Girl
Senator MacVickers
 1943 Gangway for Tomorrow
Fred Taylor
 1943 Princess O'Rourke
Supreme Court Judge
 1943 Headin' for God's Country
Clem Adams
 1943 We've Never Been Licked
Pop Lambert
 1943 Shantytown
'Doc' Herndon
 1943 The Amazing Mrs. Holliday
Commodore Thomas Spencer Holliday
 1942 The Ox-Bow Incident
Arthur Davies
 1942 Tales of Manhattan
Professor Lyons
 1942 Larceny, Inc
Homer Bigelow
 1942 Kings Row
Colonel Skeffington
 1941 One Foot in Heaven
Elias Samson
 1941 Hurricane Smith
Robert Ingersoll Reed
 1941 The Bride Came C.O.D.
Pop Tolliver
 1941 That Uncertain Feeling
 1941 I Wanted Wings
'Sandbags' Riley
 1941 Meet John Doe
Former Bulletin Owner (uncredited)
 1940 I Want a Divorce
Grandpa Brokaw
 1940 Earl of Puddlestone
Grandpa Ed Carson
 1940 Foreign Correspondent
Mr. Powers
 1940 Lucky Partners
 1940 All This, and Heaven Too
 1940 Grandpa Goes to Town
 1940 Too Many Husbands
 1940 Granny Get Your Gun
 1939 Money to Burn
Grandpa Ed Carson
 1939 Gone with the Wind
Dr. Meade
 1939 The Covered Trailer
Grandpa Ed Carson
 1939 The Hunchback of Notre Dame
King Louis XI
 1939 Death of a Champion
Guy Lanyard
 1939 Should Husbands Work?
Grandpa Higgins
 1939 Exile Express
Dr. Hite
 1939 My Wife's Relatives
Grandpa Ed Carson
 1939 Juarez
Dr. Samuel Basch
 1939 Tail Spin
T.P. Lester
 1939 Made for Each Other
Dr. Healy (uncredited)
 1939 Long Shot
Henry Sharon
 1938 Orphans of the Street
Doc Will Ramsey
 1938 The Cowboy and the Lady
Uncle Hannibal Smith
 1938 The Sisters
Doc Moore
 1938 Marie Antoinette
Monsieur de Cosse (uncredited)
 1938 Young Fugitives
Joel Bentham
 1938 The Rage of Paris
Pop - The Caretaker
 1938 The Higgins Family
Grandpa William Jordan
 1938 Reckless Living
'General' Jeff
 1938 Gold Is Where You Find It
Dr. Parsons
 1938 Saleslady
Miles Cannon
 1938 Man-Proof
Hitch-Hiking Old Man (uncredited)
 1937 Wells Fargo
Ingalls - Banker
 1937 First Lady
 1937 The First Hundred Years
Uncle Dawson
 1937 The Great Garrick
Innkeeper of Turk's Head (uncredited)
 1937 The Perfect Specimen
Carl Carter
 1937 Radio Patrol
John P. Adams
 1937 Fit for a King
Archduke Julio
 1937 Mr. Dodd Takes the Air
Doc Jeremiah George Quinn
 1937 The Life of Emile Zola
Chief of Staff
 1937 White Bondage
Pop Craig
 1937 They Won't Forget
Confederate Soldier
 1937 Fly Away Baby
Colonel Higgam
 1937 Armored Car
Pop Logan
 1937 As Good as Married
 1937 Mountain Justice
Printer (scenes deleted)
 1937 Maytime
Opera Director (uncredited)
 1937 Her Husband's Secretary
Dan Kingdon
 1937 Paradise Express
Jed Carson
 1937 Under Southern Stars (Short)
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1937 Under Cover of Night
Dr. Reed
 1936 King of Hockey
Tom McKenna
 1936 Four Days Wonder
Ticket Agent
 1936 Three Men on a Horse
 1936 Legion of Terror
Senator Morton (uncredited)
 1936 The Case of the Black Cat
Peter Laxter
 1935 The Scoundrel
 1933 Get That Venus
Mr. Rendleby
 1932 The Campus Mystery (Short)
Dean Perry
 1932 The Wiser Sex
Rolfe's Defense Attorney (uncredited)
 1931 His Woman
Customs Inspector (uncredited)
 1931 My Sin
Roger Metcalf
 1930 Her Unborn Child
Dr. Remington
 1919 She's Everywhere (Short)
 1919 Dawn
Daniel Burton
 1919 A Girl at Bay
Frank Galt
 1919 The Unknown Quantity
Septimus Kinsolving
 1917 The Planter
 1917 Sowers and Reapers
Henry Ainsworth
 1916 The Heart of a Fool (Short)
Abe Peters aka Gash
 1916 The Wheel of the Law
John Daniels
 1916 O'Hagan's Scoop (Short)
The City Editor
 1916 Fashion and Fury (Short)
The Gardener (as H. Davenport)
 1916 One Night
 1915 Father and the Boys
Tobias Ford (as H. Davenport)
 1915 Mrs. Jarr and the Society Circus (Short)
Mr. Jarr
 1915 Mr. Jarr and the Visiting Firemen (Short)
Mr. Jarr
 1915 Mr. Jarr and Circumstantial Evidence (Short)
Mr. Jarr
 1915 Mr. Jarr's Big Vacation (Short)
Mr. Jarr
 1915 Mr. Jarr and Gertrude's Beaux (Short)
Mr. Jarr
 1915 Mr. Jarr and the Captive Maiden (Short)
Mr. Jarr
 1915 Mr. Jarr and Love's Young Dream (Short)
Mr. Jarr
 1915 Philanthropic Tommy (Short)
Mr. Moreland
 1915 Mr. Jarr and the Ladies' Cup (Short)
Mr. Jarr
 1915 Mrs. Jarr and the Beauty Treatment (Short)
Mr. Jarr
 1915 Mrs. Jarr's Auction Bridge (Short)
Mr. Jarr
 1915 Mr. Jarr Visits His Home Town (Short)
Mr. Jarr
 1915 Mr. Jarr and the Dachshund (Short)
Mr. Jarr
 1915 The Jarrs Visit Arcadia (Short)
Mr. Jarr
 1915 The Closing of the Circuit (Short)
Mary's Father
 1915 Mr. Jarr's Magnetic Friend (Short)
Mr. Jarr
 1915 Mr. Jarr Takes a Night Off (Short)
Mr. Jarr
 1915 Mr. Jarr and the Lady Reformer (Short)
Mr. Jarr
 1915 Mr. Jarr Brings Home a Turkey (Short)
Mr. Jarr
 1915 The Jarr Family Discovers Harlem (Short)
Mr. Jarr
 1914 C.O.D.
C.O. Darlington
 1914 Damon and Pythias
Phillistus (as H. Davenport)
 1914 The Professional Scapegoat (Short)
The Lawyer
 1914 Rainy, the Lion Killer (Short)
Jack Brown
 1914 Fogg's Millions (Short)
 1914 Too Many Husbands (Short)
Uncle Crane
 1913 Kenton's Heir (Short)
The Doctor
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Stage Play: The Rounders. Musical comedy. Music by Ludwig Englander. Material adaption by Harry B. Smith. Lyrics by Harry B. Smith. Based on the libretto to "Les Fetards" by Anthony Mars and Maurice Hennequin. Musical Director: Antonio DeNovellis. Directed by Max Freeman. Casino Theatre: 12 Jul 1899- 14 Oct 1899 (97 performances). Cast: ... See more »

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H. Davenport


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Along with Wallis Clark, he is one of only two actors to appear in three consecutive Best Picture Academy Award winners: The Life of Emile Zola (1937), You Can't Take It with You (1938) and Gone with the Wind (1939). Clark appeared in It Happened One Night (1934), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) and The Great Ziegfeld (1936). See more »



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