Porter Hall (I) (1888–1953)

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For over two decades, Porter Hall made a career out of playing villains and pompous, unpleasant people. His movie career was not a mirror of his real life, however. Mr. Hall was well known as a generous and outgoing person who was well-liked by almost everybody he knew. It is ironic that the role he is most often seen in today is that of an ... See full bio »

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 1954 Return to Treasure Island
Maximillian 'Maxie' Harris
 1954 Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
Mr. Aiken
- Moses and Mr. Aiken (1954) ... Mr. Aiken
 1953 Vice Squad
Jack Hartrampf
 1953 Pony Express
Jim Bridger
 1953 Chevron Theatre (TV Series)
- Second Son (1953)
 1952 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
J. R. Martin
- My Wife Geraldine (1952) ... J. R. Martin
 1952 Life with Luigi (TV Series)
Mr. Thurston
- Citizenship (1952) ... Mr. Thurston
 1952 Holiday for Sinners
 1952 The Half-Breed
 1952 Carbine Williams
Sam Markley
 1951 Ace in the Hole
Jacob Q. Boot
 1949 Intruder in the Dust
Nub Gowrie
 1949 The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend
Judge Alfalfa J. O'Toole
 1949 Chicken Every Sunday
Sam Howell
 1948 That Wonderful Urge
Attorney Ketchell
 1948 You Gotta Stay Happy
Mr. Caslon
 1947 Unconquered
 1947 Singapore
Mr. Gerald Bellows
 1947 Miracle on 34th Street
Granville Sawyer
 1945 Kiss and Tell
Bill Franklin
 1945 Week-End at the Waldorf
 1945 Murder, He Says
Mr. Johnson
 1945 Blood on the Sun
Arthur Bickett
 1945 Bring on the Girls
Dr. Efrington
 1944 The Mark of the Whistler
Joe Sorsby
 1944 The Great Moment
President Franklin Pierce
 1944 Going My Way
Mr. Belknap
 1944 Double Indemnity
Mr. Jackson
 1944 The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
Justice of the Peace
 1944 Standing Room Only
Hugo Farenhall
 1943 The Woman of the Town
Mayor Dog Killey
 1943 The Desperadoes
Banker Clanton
 1943 A Stranger in Town
Judge Austin Harkley
 1942 Butch Minds the Baby
Brandy Smith
 1942 The Remarkable Andrew
Chief Clerk Art Slocumb
 1942 Mr. and Mrs. North
George Heyler
 1941 Sullivan's Travels
Mr. Hadrian
 1941 The Parson of Panamint
Jonathan Randall
 1940 Trail of the Vigilantes
Sheriff Korley
 1940 Arizona
Lazarus Ward
 1940 Dark Command
Angus McCloud
 1940 His Girl Friday
 1939 Henry Goes Arizona
Banker Edward G. Walsh (uncredited)
 1939 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Senator Monroe
 1939 Grand Jury Secrets
Anthony Pelton
 1939 They Shall Have Music
 1938 Tom Sawyer, Detective
Uncle Silas
 1938 The Arkansas Traveler
Mayor Daniels
 1938 King of Alcatraz
Matthew Talbot
 1938 Men with Wings
Hiram F. Jenkins
 1938 Prison Farm
Chiston R. Bradby
 1938 Stolen Heaven
Hermann 'Von' Offer
 1938 Bulldog Drummond's Peril
Dr. Max Botulian
 1938 Dangerous to Know
Mayor Bradley
 1938 Scandal Street
James Wilson
 1937 Wells Fargo
James Oliver
 1937 True Confession
Mr. Hartman
 1937 This Way Please
S.J. Crawford
 1937 Souls at Sea
Court Prosecutor
 1937 Wild Money
Bill Court
 1937 Hotel Haywire
Judge Newhall
 1937 Make Way for Tomorrow
Harvey Chase
 1937 King of Gamblers
George Kramer
 1937 Bulldog Drummond Escapes
Norman Merridew
 1936 Let's Make a Million
 1936 The Plainsman
Jack McCall
 1936 The General Died at Dawn
Peter Perrie
 1936 Satan Met a Lady
Milton Ames
 1936 And Sudden Death
District Attorney
 1936 Snowed Under
Arthur Layton
 1936 Too Many Parents
Mr. Saunders
 1936 The Story of Louis Pasteur
Dr. Rossignol
 1936 The Petrified Forest
Jason Maple
 1935 The Case of the Lucky Legs
Col. Bradbury
 1934 Murder in the Private Car
Alden Murray
 1934 The Thin Man
 1931 The Cheat
Leslie (uncredited)
 1931 Secrets of a Secretary
Drunk (uncredited)
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Stage Play: Naked. Written by Luigi Pirandello. Translated by Arthur Livingston. Directed by Augustin Duncan. Princess Theatre: 8 Nov 1926- Dec 1926 (closing date unknown/32 performances). Cast: Carroll Ashburn (as "Grotti") [Broadway debut], Carlin Crandall (as "Franco Laspiga"), Augustin Duncan (as "Ludovico Nota"), Porter Hall (as "... See more »

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5' 7" (1.7 m)


Geraldine Hall  (his death)  (2 children)

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