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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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Chandu the Magician Robert Regent
The Truant Soul Dr. John Lancaster / Dr. Lawson
The Birth of a Nation Colonel Ben Cameron aka The Little Colonel
The Little Shoes David Noel


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 1936 China Clipper
Dad Brunn
 1936 The Devil-Doll
 1936 The Last Outlaw
Cal Yates
 1936 Hearts in Bondage
Capt. Buchanan
 1936 The Mine with the Iron Door
David Burton
 1936 The Garden Murder Case
Dr. Garden
 1935 A Tale of Two Cities
Dr. Manette
 1935 Dante's Inferno
Pop McWade
 1935 Helldorado
Abner Meadows
 1934 Bachelor of Arts
Professor Barth
 1934 Love Time
Duke Johann von Hatzfeld
 1934 A Girl of the Limberlost
Dr. Amon
 1934 The Lemon Drop Kid
Jonas Deering
 1934 The Scarlet Letter
Roger Chillingworth
 1934 Judge Priest
Rev. Ashby Brand
 1934 The Murder in the Museum
Bernard Latham Wayne, alias Prof. Mysto (as Henry B. Walthal)
 1934 City Park
Colonel Henry Randolph Ransome
 1934 Viva Villa!
Francisco Madero
 1934 Men in White
Dr. McCabe
 1934 Beggars in Ermine
Marchant the Blind Man (as Henry B. Walthal)
 1934 Dark Hazard
Schultz (uncredited)
 1933 The Sin of Nora Moran
Father Ryan
 1933 The Wolf Dog
Jim Courtney
 1933 Her Forgotten Past
Mr. Maynard
 1933 Headline Shooter
Judge Beacon (uncredited)
 1933 Laughing at Life
President Valenzuela
 1933 Hold Your Man
Clergyman in Alternate Version (uncredited)
 1933 Somewhere in Sonora
Bob Leadly
 1933 The Whispering Shadow
J.D. Bradley - Company President
 1933 42nd Street
Concerned Actor (uncredited)
 1932 The Flaming Signal
Rev. Mr. James
 1932 Self Defense
Doctor Borden
 1932 Central Park
 1932 Me and My Gal
Sgt. John Collins aka Sarge
 1932 The Cabin in the Cotton
Eph Clinton
 1932 Klondike
Mark Armstrong
 1932 Ride Him, Cowboy
John Gaunt
 1932 Chandu the Magician
Robert Regent
 1932 Alias Mary Smith
 1932 Strange Interlude
Professor Leeds
 1932 Hotel Continental
 1932 Police Court
Nat Barry
 1931 Anybody's Blonde
Mr. Evans
 1931 Is There Justice?
District Attorney John Raymond
 1930 Tol'able David
Amos Hatburn
 1930 The Love Trader
Captain Adams
 1930 Abraham Lincoln
Col. Marshall
 1930 Temple Tower
 1929 Blaze o' Glory
 1929 The Trespasser
 1929 The Phantom in the House
Boyd Milburn (as Henry Walthall)
 1929 In Old California
Don Pedro De León
 1929 Street Corner (Short)
 1929 Black Magic
Dr. Bradbroke
 1929 The River of Romance
General Jeff Rumford
 1929 From Headquarters
Buffalo Bill Ryan
 1929 The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Father Juniper
 1929 Speakeasy
Piano Player
 1929 Stark Mad
Capt. Rhodes - Yacht Commander
 1929 The Jazz Age
Mr. Maxwell (as H.B. Walthall)
 1928 Freedom of the Press
John Ballard
 1928 Retribution (Short)
Henry / Tommy Mooney
 1927 London After Midnight
Sir.James Hamlin
 1927 A Light in the Window
Johann Graff
 1927 Love Me and the World Is Mine
Van Denbosch
 1927 The Rose of Kildare
Bob Avery
 1927 Wings
David's Father
 1927 The Enchanted Island
Tim Sanborn
 1927 Fighting Love
Filipo Navarro
 1926 Everybody's Acting
 1926 The Scarlet Letter
Roger Prynne
 1926 The Road to Mandalay
Father James
 1926 The Unknown Soldier
John Phillips
 1926 The Barrier
Gale Gaylord
 1926 Three Faces East
George Bennett
 1925 The Plastic Age
Henry Carver
 1925 Simon the Jester
 1925 Dollar Down
Alec Craig
 1925 Kentucky Pride
Mr. Beaumont
 1925 Kit Carson Over the Great Divide
Dr. Samuel Webb
 1925 The Girl Who Wouldn't Work
William Hale
 1925 On the Threshold
Andrew Masters
 1925 The Golden Bed
Col. Peake (as Henry Walthall)
 1924 The Bowery Bishop
Norman Strong
 1924 Single Wives
Franklin Dexter
 1924 The Woman on the Jury
Prosecuting Attorney
 1923 Boy of Mine
William Latimer
 1923 The Unknown Purple
Peter Marchmont / Victor Cromport
 1923 Gimme
John McGimsey
 1923 The Face on the Bar-Room Floor
Robert Stevens
 1922 The Marriage Chance
Dr. Paul Graydon
 1922 The Long Chance
Harley P. Hennage
 1922 The Kickback
Aaron Price
 1922 One Clear Call
Henry Garnett
 1922 The Able-Minded Lady
Breezy Bright
 1921 The Flower of the North
Philip Whittemore
 1920 A Splendid Hazard
Karl Breitman
 1920 Parted Curtains
Joe Jenkins (as Henry Walthall)
 1920 The Confession
Father Bartlett
 1919 The Long Arm of Mannister
George Mannister
 1919 The Boomerang
George Gray
 1919 Modern Husbands
Stephen Duane
 1919 The False Faces
Michael Lanyard
 1919 The Long Lane's Turning
Harry Sevier
 1918 And a Still Small Voice
Clay Randolph
 1918 The Great Love
Sir Roger Brighton
 1918 With Hoops of Steel
Emerson Mead
 1918 Humdrum Brown
Hector 'Humdrum' Brown
 1918 His Robe of Honor
Julian Randolph
 1917 The Saint's Adventure
Reverend Paul Manson
 1917 Burning the Candle
James Maxwell
 1917 The Little Shoes
David Noel
 1916 The Yellow Hound (Short)
 1916 The Truant Soul
Dr. John Lancaster / Dr. Lawson
 1916 Pillars of Society
Karsten Bernick
 1916 The Sting of Victory
David Whiting / Walker Whiting
 1916 The Birth of a Man (as Henry Walthall)
 1916 The Strange Case of Mary Page
Phil Langdon, Attorney
 1916 The Misleading Lady
Jack Craiger
 1915 Blind Justice (Short)
Jack Langdon
 1915 The Raven
Edgar Allan Poe
 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 Ghosts
Captain Arling / Oswald (as Henry Walthall)
 1915 Beulah
Dr. Guy Hartwell
 1915 Ashes of Dreams (Short)
 1915 The Birth of a Nation
Colonel Ben Cameron aka The Little Colonel (as Henry Walthall)
 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 Mountain Rat (Short)
Douglas Williams
 1914 The Soul of Honor (Short)
Dick Potter - the Son
 1914 Home, Sweet Home
John Howard Payne
 1914 Ashes of the Past (Short)
 1914 The Floor Above (Short)
Stephen Pryde
 1914 The Old Man (Short)
The Old Man
 1914 The Mysterious Shot (Short)
The Gopher
 1914 Strongheart (Short)
Soangataha / Strongheart
 1914 Judith of Bethulia
 1914 The Gangsters of New York (Short)
Porky Dugan
 1914 The Green-Eyed Devil (Short)
 1914 Classmates (Short)
Duncan Irving
 1914 The Awakening of Donna Isolla (Short)
The President of the Republic
 1913 The Battle of Elderbush Gulch (Short)
The Indian Chief's Son
 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 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)
Warren Smyth - 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 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 The Burglar's Dilemma (Short)
The Author's Weakling Brother
 1912 My Hero (Short)
Indian Charlie
 1912 Brutality (Short)
Actor In Oliver Twist
 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)
The 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 Forbidden Way (Short)
Graham - a Surveyor
 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)
2nd Criminal
 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 Mullen - as an Adult
 1910 A Summer Idyll (Short)
Albert Woodson
 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)
Charles Randolph - 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 Love Among the Roses (Short)
The Lord
 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 False Evangelist
 1910 In Old California (Short)
Perdita's Son
 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)
Harry - the Real Sweetheart
 1909 The Day After (Short)
Party Guest
 1909 In Little Italy (Short)
Victor Ratazzi
 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 A Corner in Wheat (Short)
The Wheat King's Assistant
 1909 The Expiation (Short)
 1909 Fools of Fate (Short)
 1909 Wanted, a Child (Short)
 1909 Leather Stocking (Short)
 1909 A Fair Exchange (Short)
The Peasant
 1909 In Old Kentucky (Short)
Robert - the Confederate Son
 1909 The Broken Locket (Short)
Mexican Man
 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 The Mills of the Gods (Short)
At Party
 1909 With Her Card (Short)
At Larkin's
 1909 The Better Way (Short)
Oliver Sylvester
 1909 They Would Elope (Short)
In Group
 1909 The Mended Lute (Short)
 1909 A Strange Meeting (Short)
Mary's Father
 1909 The Slave (Short)
Alachus' Friend
 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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Appeared (as himself) in a promotional trailer for From Headquarters (1929). 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 »


Was in four Oscar Best Picture nominees: Wings (1927), 42nd Street (1933), Viva Villa! (1934) and A Tale of Two Cities (1935), with Wings winning the inaugural Best Picture Award. See more »



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