Henry O'Neill

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Henry O'Neill

Henry O'Neill in "Shadow of the Thin Man" film
Born (1891-08-10)August 10, 1891
Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
Died May 18, 1961(1961-05-18) (aged 69)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 19301957
Spouse(s) Anna Barry (1924-1961) (his death) 1 child

Henry O'Neill (August 10, 1891 May 18, 1961) was an American film actor known for playing gray-haired fathers, lawyers, and similarly dignified roles during the 1930s and 1940s.

Life and career

He was born in Orange, New Jersey.[1]

O'Neill began his acting career on the stage, after dropping out of college to join a traveling theatre company. He served in the military in World War I, then returned to the stage. In the early 1930s he began appearing in films, including The Big Shakedown (1934) with Charles Farrell and Bette Davis, the Errol Flynn/Olivia de Havilland Western Santa Fe Trail (1940), the Frank Sinatra/Gene Kelly musical Anchors Aweigh (1945), The Green Years (1946), and The Reckless Moment (1949). His last film was The Wings of Eagles (1957), starring John Wayne.

He was on the board of directors of the Screen Actors Guild and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[1]

O'Neill died in Hollywood, California at the age of 69.

Partial filmography


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