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Also Known As: Travers Heagerty Died: October 18, 1965
Born: March 5, 1874 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Berwick-on-Tweed, England, GB Profession: actor

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A veteran of the English stage, actor Henry Travers came to Hollywood in the early 1930s and is best known as Clarence the guardian angel from Frank Capraâ¿¿s classic film "Itâ¿¿s a Wonderful Life." The relaxed demeanor and bemused whimsy of Traversâ¿¿s angel, who hopes to earn his wings by helping a depressed and suicidal James Stewart to find the true worth of being alive, helped make the film a beloved holiday favorite. That approach to the role was not relegated only to Capraâ¿¿s film; many of Traversâ¿¿s performances are similar in tone, though serious drama was not outside of his reach. Some of his finest acting can be seen in the William Wyler drama "Mrs. Miniver," playing the postman Mr. Ballard, for which he received his only Oscar nomination. Travers also starred in the Errol Flynn Western "Dodge City," as Doc Irving; Alfred Hitchcockâ¿¿s thriller "Shadow of a Doubt," playing Teresa Wrightâ¿¿s mystery story-obsessed father; and the drama "The Bells of St. Mary's," as businessman Horace P. Bogardus. Travers died from artery disease at age 91.

A veteran of the English stage, actor Henry Travers came to Hollywood in the early 1930s and is best known as Clarence the guardian angel from Frank Capraâ¿¿s classic film "Itâ¿¿s a Wonderful Life." The relaxed demeanor and bemused whimsy of Traversâ¿¿s angel, who hopes to earn his wings by helping a depressed and suicidal James Stewart to find the true worth of being alive, helped make the film a beloved holiday favorite. That approach to the role was not relegated only to Capraâ¿¿s film; many of Traversâ¿¿s performances are similar in tone, though serious drama was not outside of his reach. Some of his finest acting can be seen in the William Wyler drama "Mrs. Miniver," playing the postman Mr. Ballard, for which he received his only Oscar nomination. Travers also starred in the Errol Flynn Western "Dodge City," as Doc Irving; Alfred Hitchcockâ¿¿s thriller "Shadow of a Doubt," playing Teresa Wrightâ¿¿s mystery story-obsessed father; and the drama "The Bells of St. Mary's," as businessman Horace P. Bogardus. Travers died from artery disease at age 91.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 The Girl from Jones Beach (1949) Judge Bullfinch
2.
 Beyond Glory (1948) Pop Dewing
3.
 The Yearling (1947) Mr. Boyles
4.
 The Flame (1947) Dr. Mitchell
5.
 Gallant Journey (1946) Thomas Logan
6.
 It's a Wonderful Life (1946) Clarence [Oddbody]
7.
 The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) Horace P. Bogardus
8.
 Thrill of a Romance (1945) Hobart Glenn
9.
 The Naughty Nineties (1945) Captain Sam Jackson
10.
 Dragon Seed (1944) Third Cousin
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wife:
Ann G Murphy.
wife:
Ann Rhodes Forrest. Actor.

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British-born Henry Travers was a veteran of the English stage before emigrating to the U.S. in 1917. He gained more stage experience there on Broadway working with the Theatre Guild, and began his long film career with Reunion in Vienna (1933). Travers' kindly, grandfatherly demeanor became familiar to filmgoers over the next 25 years, especially in films like High Sierra (1941), where he played Joan Leslie's kindly but slyly observant uncle, and the generous Mr. Bogardus in The Bells of St. Mary's (1945), but it's as the somewhat befuddled angel Clarence Oddbody assigned to James Stewart in the classic It's a Wonderful Life (1946) that Travers will forever be known. After a long and successful career, he retired from the screen in 1949, and died in Hollywood in 1965.

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