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|Also Known As:||Henry Watterston Hull||Died:||March 8, 1977|
|Born:||October 3, 1890||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Louisville, Kentucky, USA||Profession:||Cast ... actor author playwright mining engineer|
Henry Hull was a film, television, and stage actor best known for his portrayal of Dr. Glendon's post-full moon incarnation, "Werewolf of London", in 1935. Virtually born into the business-his father was a Louisville drama critic-Hull began his career and had his greatest success on Broadway; notably, he was credited for originating the character of Jeeter Lester from the hillbilly cultural milestone, "Tobacco Road". Alas, when it came time to cast the '41 film, director John Ford went with Charley Grapewin, with whom Ford had previously collaborated. The '30s and '40s were Hull's most productive decades, from his lead role, along with Jane Wyatt, in the adaptation of Dickens' "Great Expectations" in 1934, to his portrayal of Henry Cameron, one of Howard Roark's (Gary Cooper) employers in the Ayn Rand-written and screen-adapted pitch for individualism, "The Fountainhead". Hull's desirable voice kept him busy in Hollywood despite his overly theater-based mannerisms, making him an ideal choice as the wealthy Rittenhouse in the '44 Hitchcock thriller, "Lifeboat", and as Dan Cody in 1949's film version of "The Great Gatsby". On television, Hull was predictably found in various theater productions in the late '40s and early '50s but also on such westerns as "Bonanza" and "Wagon Train" in the early '60s, albeit in supporting parts. Hull's wide career span enabled him to work with Spencer Tracy ("Boys Town") in '38, and with his final role in the epic 1966 drama "The Chase", he acted alongside Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, and Robert Redford.
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Henry Hull (October 3, 1890 – March 8, 1977) was an American character actor with a unique voice, most noted for playing the lead in the first werewolf movie, Universal Pictures's classic Werewolf of London (1935). The film flopped, possibly because audiences of the time found the movie too similar in some ways to Paramount's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932) with Fredric March, but has since come to be highly regarded. Born Henry Vaughan in Louisville, Kentucky, he appeared in 74 films between 1917 and 1966, a half-century span, often playing supporting characters like the father of Tyrone Power's love interest Nancy Kelly in Jesse James (1939). He appeared as Charles Rittenhouse, a wealthy industrialist in Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat (1944)and as Cary Cooper's mentor,Henry Cameron, in The Fountainhead (1949). Two other notable roles were as Abel Magwitch in the 1934 version of Great Expectations and in the last film of veteran director Tod Browning, Miracles for Sale (1939). Hull's last movie was The Chase (1966) with Marlon Brando and Robert Redford. An accomplished stage actor, Hull frequently appeared on Broadway early in his career and is credited with creating the role of Jeeter Lester in the long-running play Tobacco Road (1933), based on the novel by Erskine Caldwell.
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