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Also Known As: Harry George Bryant Davenport Died: August 9, 1949
Born: January 19, 1866 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor

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During a career that spanned both the silent era and the talkies, Harry Davenport was often cast as grandfathers, doctors, judges, and ministers. He is best known for playing Dr. Meade in the Civil War epic "Gone with the Wind," 1939's Academy Award winner for Best Picture and the highest-grossing film of the Golden Age of American movies. During the making of "Gone with the Wind," the cast and crew honored Davenport's 69th year in show business by presenting him with a personalized actor's chair. After "Gone with the Wind"'s monumental success, Davenport was cast in a number of Oscar-caliber films, including 1939's "Hunchback of Notre Dame"; 1942's coming-of-age-drama "Kings Row"; and the 1943 western "The Ox-Bow Incident," as the sole voice of reason in a bloodthirsty lynch mob. Relegated to playing mostly older characters, Davenport continued acting in movies until his death in 1949 at the age of 83.

During a career that spanned both the silent era and the talkies, Harry Davenport was often cast as grandfathers, doctors, judges, and ministers. He is best known for playing Dr. Meade in the Civil War epic "Gone with the Wind," 1939's Academy Award winner for Best Picture and the highest-grossing film of the Golden Age of American movies. During the making of "Gone with the Wind," the cast and crew honored Davenport's 69th year in show business by presenting him with a personalized actor's chair. After "Gone with the Wind"'s monumental success, Davenport was cast in a number of Oscar-caliber films, including 1939's "Hunchback of Notre Dame"; 1942's coming-of-age-drama "Kings Row"; and the 1943 western "The Ox-Bow Incident," as the sole voice of reason in a bloodthirsty lynch mob. Relegated to playing mostly older characters, Davenport continued acting in movies until his death in 1949 at the age of 83.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  A Son of the Hills (1917) Director
2.
  A Woman Alone (1917) Director
3.
  A Man's Law (1917) Director
4.
5.
  The False Friend (1917) Director
6.
  Tillie Wakes Up (1917) Director
7.
  The Supreme Temptation (1916) Director
8.
  For a Woman's Fair Name (1916) Director
10.

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Adventure of the Action Hunters (1987) Men At Gas Pump; Party Member In Bar
2.
 Riding High (1950) Johnson
3.
 That Forsyte Woman (1949) Old Jolyon Forsyte
4.
 Tell It to the Judge (1949) Judge Meredith
5.
 Little Women (1949) Dr. Barnes
6.
 Down to the Sea in Ships (1949) Benjamin Harris
7.
 Man from Texas (1948) Pop Hickey
8.
 The Decision of Christopher Blake (1948) Courtroom attendant
9.
 That Lady in Ermine (1948) Luigi
10.
 Three Daring Daughters (1948) Dr. Cannon
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Milestones close milestones

1871:
First role on stage
1912:
First film as actor and director

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wife:
Alice Davenport. Actor.
wife:
Phyllis Rankin. Actor.

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daughter:
Ann Davenport.
daughter:
Kate Davenport.
daughter:
Dorothy Davenport.
son:
Arthur Rankin Davenport. Actor.
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