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Henry King (I) (1886–1982)

For more than three decades, Henry King was the most versatile and reliable (not to mention hard-working) contract director on the 20th Century-Fox lot. His tenure lasted from 1930 to 1961, spanning most of Hollywood's "golden" era. King was renowned as a specialist in literary adaptations (A Bell for Adano (1945), The Sun Also Rises (1957)) and ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »


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 1925 Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
Chariot Race Spectator (uncredited)
 1920 Help Wanted - Male
 1918 The Locked Heart
Harry Mason
 1917 The Climber (Short)
William Beerheiim Van Broon
 1917 The Mainspring (Short)
Ned Gillett
 1917 Sunshine and Gold
The Chauffeur
 1917 Vengeance of the Dead (Short)
 1917 The Devil's Bait (Short)
Eric Reese
 1917 Told at Twilight
The Father
 1917 Scepter of Suspicion (Short)
 1917 Twin Kiddies
Jasper Hunt
 1916 Joy and the Dragon
Hal Lewis
 1916 Shadows and Sunshine
Undetermined Role (unconfirmed)
 1916 The Power of Evil
Stuart Merwin
 1916 Crooked Road (Short)
 1916 Faith's Reward (Short)
Joseph Haynes
 1916 The Sand Lark (Short)
Joe Manley
 1916 The Crooked Road (Short)
Dave Fenton
 1916 Pay Dirt
The Easterner
 1916 The Stained Pearl (Short)
Captain Ray
 1916 The Oath of Hate (Short)
Captain Mark Stone
 1916 When Might Is Right (Short)
Jack Crawford
 1916 Little Mary Sunshine
Bob Daley
 1916 Who Knows? (Short)
 1916 Big Brother (Short)
John Harrison
 1915 A Bolt from the Sky (Short)
Frederick Dale
 1915 Should a Wife Forgive?
Jack Holmes
 1915 The Maid of the Wild (Short)
David Graham
 1915 The Fallen Standard (Short)
Dick Brent (unconfirmed)
 1915 In Humble Guise (Short)
Hubert West
 1915 The Tomboy (Short)
The Mine Superintendent
 1915 The Dolls of Intrigue (Short)
Lt. Thomas Sheldon
 1915 Toil and Tyranny (Short)
Karl Hurd
 1915 The Fruit of Folly (Short)
Edgar Clay
 1915 Letters Entangled (Short)
John Wilson
 1915 The Pomp of Earth (Short)
Hugh Keen
 1915 For the Commonwealth (Short)
Ellis Mason
 1915 Today and Tomorrow (Short)
Lee Payne
 1915 Blue Blood and Yellow (Short)
Paul Reed
 1915 Eyes That Cannot See (Short)
 1915 Houses of Glass (Short)
Ray Norris
 1915/II The Butterfly (Short)
 1915 Unto Herself Alone (Short)
Felix Lynn
 1915 The Love Liar (Short)
Dr. Lloyd Holland - the Intruder
 1915 The Nemesis (Short)
 1915 When Justice Sleeps (Short)
The Husband
 1915 The Pursuit of Pleasure (Short)
James White
 1915 The Price of Fame (Short)
Henry Merwin - The Husband
 1915 Who Pays?
 1915 The Bliss of Ignorance (Short)
 1915 The Acid Test (Short)
Ted Miller
 1915 Saved from Himself (Short)
John Macklyn
 1914 The Coveted Heritage (Short)
The Priest
 1914 When Fate Was Kind (Short)
 1914 The Stranger (Short)
Henry King - the Detective
 1914 The Dream of Loco Juan (Short)
Loco Juan
 1914 Bitter Sweets (Short)
Carl Knight
 1914 The Mask (Short)
Henry King - Detective
 1914 The Test of Manhood (Short)
Harry Wentworth - John's Son
 1914 The Will o' the Wisp (Short)
Larry Thorn
 1914 The Rat (Short)
The Rat
 1914 The Silver Lining (Short)
Jack Alden / Paul Lamar
 1914 Nerve (Short)
Julius Booth
 1914 The Imprint (Short)
 1914 The Sands of Life (Short)
Jack Turner
 1914/III Called Back (Short)
 1914/II Abide with Me (Short)
Ralph Chalmers
 1914 Sacrificial Fires (Short)
Dick Matthews
 1914 The Unexpected (Short)
Dave Parks
 1914 The Measure of a Man (Short)
Matthews - the Superintendent
 1914 The Power of Print (Short)
Robert Whitney
 1914 His Excellency (Short)
 1914 The Eternal Duel (Short)
Gen. Paco Modesto
 1913 The Moth and the Flame (Short)
 1913 The Path of Sorrow (Short)
 1913 When He Sees (Short)
John Taggert
 1913 Life, Love and Liberty (Short)
Salvador Morelos
 1913 You've Got to Pay (Short)
John Dudley
 1913 A Midnight Call (Short)
Will Harvey
 1913 Her Father (Short)
Maj. Benson - Mary's Father
 1913 Melita's Sacrifice (Short)
Jess Mason
 1913 Turning the Table (Short)
Ranger Bob Tenny
 1913 By Impulse (Short)
Robert Harmon
 1913 When the Clock Stopped (Short)
George Bennett
 1913 Magic Melody (Short)
Charles Lennox
 1913 When Brothers Go to War (Short)
 1913 The Mate of the Schooner 'Sadie' (Short)
Lute Drew
 1913 For Her Brother's Sake (Short)
Jack Winston
 1913 A Mexican Tragedy (Short)
Gen. Laredo
 1913 To Love and Cherish (Short)
Bruce Sanford
 1913 The Medal of Honor (Short)
Fire Dept. Capt. Dick Wright
 1913 His Last Crooked Deal (Short)
Walt Dawson - the Gambler
 1913 A Tenderfoot Hero (Short)
Tom Milford
 1913 Black Beauty (Short)
The Doctor
 1913 The Outlaw's Gratitude (Short)
Sheriff Ollie Gage
 1913 The Camera's Testimony (Short)
Tom Jordan
 1913 The Message of the Rose (Short)
 1913 An Actor's Strategy (Short)
Pedro Huerta
 1913 Jim's Reward (Short)
Jim Dalton
 1913 The Apache Kid (Short)
The Sheriff
 1913 The Mysterious Hand (Short)
 1913 Her Atonement (Short)
Rose's Father
 1913 The Legend of Lovers Leap (Short)
 1913 A Woman's Heart (Short)
Lon Hardman
 1913 A Romance of the Ozarks (Short)
 1913 Love and War in Mexico (Short)
James Hudson
 1913/I A Perilous Ride (Short)
Tom - the Ranch Foreman
 1913 The Breed of the West (Short)
 1913 The Padre's Strategy (Short)
The Lieutenant
 1913 The Birthmark (Short)
Charles King - the Sheriff
 1913 Back to Primitive (Short) (unconfirmed)
 1913 The Split Nugget (Short)
John Stanton's Son
 1913/I The Burden Bearer (Short)
Bob (as Harry King)
 1913 A False Friend (Short)
Jack Winters - the False Friend
Show Show Director (116 credits)
Show Show Producer (12 credits)
Show Show Writer (9 credits)
Show Show Editor (1 credit)
Show Show Self (9 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (1 credit)

Personal Details

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1 Biographical Movie | 2 Print Biographies | 14 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Harry King


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Ida King Davis  (his death) | See more »

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I've had more fun directing pictures than most people have playing games. See more »


He was the first owner of a Waco SRE Aristrocrat cabin biplane that was completed on July 2, 1940. The base price was $17,800, making it among the most expensive private aircraft of its time; only 29 SREs and similar AREs and HREs were built before World War II ended production in 1942. An avid pilot, King scouted for shooting locations from the air and was a founder of the Civil Air Patrol ... See more »

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