Henry O'Neill

Henry O'Neill


Also Known As
Henry O'Neil
Birth Place
Orange, New Jersey, USA
August 10, 1891
May 18, 1961


Supporting character actor Henry O'Neill made a career out of playing distinguished grey-haired gentlemen such as fathers, lawyers and business executives. He began his acting career when he quit college and became part of a traveling theater troupe. He had a short break from acting when he went off to fight in the First World War, but when he left the army in 1919, he quickly reestablis...


Supporting character actor Henry O'Neill made a career out of playing distinguished grey-haired gentlemen such as fathers, lawyers and business executives. He began his acting career when he quit college and became part of a traveling theater troupe. He had a short break from acting when he went off to fight in the First World War, but when he left the army in 1919, he quickly reestablished himself on the stage. In 1930, he was in his first film role, appearing with Spencer Tracy in the short drama "The Strong Arm," and three years later he appeared in his first feature film, "I Loved a Woman." From there, he left his stage career behind and began to make regular appearances throughout the 1930s in films from Warner Bros., like the James Cagney crime comedy "Lady Killer," and the drama "The Man with Two Faces," in which he played a police inspector. In the 1940s, he made a move to MGM studios and appeared in films such as "Billy the Kid," playing a newspaper editor, and the 1942 adaptation of John Steinbeck's story "Tortilla Flat," playing a priest. By the end of the 1950s, he began to slow his film appearances due to his deteriorating health. He made his last appearance playing Captain Spear, alongside John Wayne, in 1957's John Ford-directed "The Wings of Eagles." In total, the prolific actor appeared in almost 180 roles.



Cast (Feature Film)

The Wings of Eagles (1957)
Capt. Spear
Untamed (1955)
Squire O'Neill
The Sun Shines Bright (1953)
Scandal Sheet (1952)
Charlie Barnes
Scarlet Angel (1952)
Morgan Caldwell
The Family Secret (1951)
Donald Muir
The People Against O'Hara (1951)
Judge Keating
The Flying Missile (1951)
Admiral Scott
Convicted (1950)
Detective Dorn
The Second Woman (1950)
Ben Sheppard
The Milkman (1950)
Bradley, Sr.
No Man of Her Own (1950)
Mr. Harkness
Alias Nick Beal (1949)
Judge Hobson
Holiday Affair (1949)
Mr. Crowley
You're My Everything (1949)
Prof. Adams
Strange Bargain (1949)
Timothy Herne
The Reckless Moment (1949)
Mr. Harper
The Return of October (1948)
President Hotchkiss
Leather Gloves (1948)
Little Mister Jim (1947)
The Beginning or the End (1947)
General Thomas F. Farrell
The Green Years (1946)
Canon Roche
The Hoodlum Saint (1946)
Lewis J. Malbery
Three Wise Fools (1946)
Horace Appleby
The Virginian (1946)
Mr. Taylor
Bad Bascomb (1946)
Governor Winton
Between Two Women (1945)
Keep Your Powder Dry (1945)
Major General Lee Rand
Anchors Aweigh (1945)
Admiral Hammond
Dangerous Partners (1945)
This Man's Navy (1945)
Lieut. Commander Roger Graystone
Nothing But Trouble (1945)
Mr. [Basil] Hawkley
The Heavenly Body (1944)
Professor Stowe
Rationing (1944)
Senator Edward A. White
A Guy Named Joe (1944)
Colonel Sykes
Barbary Coast Gent (1944)
Colonel Watrous
Two Girls and a Sailor (1944)
John Dyckman Brown II
Lost Angel (1944)
Professor [Josh] Pringle
Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case (1943)
Warden Kenneson
Best Foot Forward (1943)
Major [Roger W.] Reeber
Girl Crazy (1943)
Mr. [Danny] Churchill, Sr.
Air Raid Wardens (1943)
Stand by for Action (1943)
Comdr. Stone, M.C.
Whistling in Brooklyn (1943)
Inspector Holcomb
The Human Comedy (1943)
Charles Steed
Tortilla Flat (1942)
Father [Juan] Ramon
Johnny Eager (1942)
Mr. Verne
Born to Sing (1942)
Frank Eastman
White Cargo (1942)
Reverend Roberts
This Time for Keeps (1942)
Arthur Freeman
The Bugle Sounds (1942)
Lieutenant Colonel Seton
Blossoms in the Dust (1941)
Billy the Kid (1941)
Tim Wardrobe
Honky Tonk (1941)
Daniel Wells
The Trial of Mary Dugan (1941)
Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)
Major Jason I. Sculley
Men of Boys Town (1941)
Mr. Maitland
Whistling in the Dark (1941)
Philip Post
The Get-Away (1941)
Warden Alcott
Down in San Diego (1941)
Colonal Halliday
Brother Rat and a Baby (1940)
Colonel Ramm
The Fighting 69th (1940)
The colonel
Santa Fe Trail (1940)
Cyrus Halliday
Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940)
Dr. Lenz
'Til We Meet Again (1940)
Dr. Cameron
Knute Rockne--All American (1940)
A Child Is Born (1940)
Dr. Lee
Money and the Woman (1940)
Mr. Mason
Castle on the Hudson (1940)
District Attorney
Calling Philo Vance (1940)
They Drive by Night (1940)
District Attorney
The Angels Wash Their Faces (1939)
Remson, Sr.
Four Wives (1939)
Dr. Clinton Forrest Sr.
Juarez (1939)
Miguel Miramon
Dodge City (1939)
Colonel Dodge
Invisible Stripes (1939)
Parole officer Masters
Wings of the Navy (1939)
Prologue speaker
Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939)
Attorney Kellogg
Everybody's Hobby (1939)
Tom Leslie
City in Terror (1939)
Matthew Carter
Torchy Blane in Chinatown (1939)
[Senator] Baldwin
Lucky Night (1939)
Calvin Jordan
Gold Is Where You Find It (1938)
Jezebel (1938)
General Bogardus
Brother Rat (1938)
Colonel Ramm
Yellow Jack (1938)
[Dr.] Gorgas
The Amazing Doctor Clitterhouse (1938)
Racket Busters (1938)
White Banners (1938)
Sam Trimble
The Chaser (1938)
Girls on Probation (1938)
The Great Garrick (1937)
Sir Joshua Reynolds
First Lady (1937)
George Mason
Mr. Dodd Takes the Air (1937)
The Great O'Malley (1937)
Attorney for the defense
The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
Colonel Picquart
Submarine D-1 (1937)
Admiral Thomas
Green Light (1937)
Dr. Endicott
The Go Getter (1937)
Commander Tisdale
Wells Fargo (1937)
Henry Wells
Draegerman Courage (1937)
Dr. Thomas Haslett
The Singing Marine (1937)
Captain Skinner
Marked Woman (1937)
[District Attorney Arthur] Sheldon
Anthony Adverse (1936)
Father Xavier
The Golden Arrow (1936)
Mr. Appleby
The Golden Arrow (1936)
Mr. Appleby
Bullets or Ballots (1936)
Wardrobe Bryant
Freshman Love (1936)
President Simpkins
The Walking Dead (1936)
The White Angel (1936)
Dr. Scott
The Big Noise (1936)
Charlie Caldwell
The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)
Dr. Emile Roux
Road Gang (1936)
George Winston
Boulder Dam (1936)
Rainbow on the River (1936)
Father Josef
The Case of the Lucky Legs (1935)
Sweet Music (1935)
Louis Trumble
Bordertown (1935)
Mr. Elwell
Oil for the Lamps of China (1935)
Black Fury (1935)
[John W.] Hendricks
Stranded (1935)
Mr. Tuthill
Dr. Socrates (1935)
While the Patient Slept (1935)
[Elihu] Dimuck
We're in the Money (1935)
Stephen Dinsmore
Personal Maid's Secret (1935)
Mr. Palmer
Bright Lights (1935)
J. C. Anderson
Dinky (1935)
Mr. Barnes
Living on Velvet (1935)
Special Agent (1935)
District Attorney
The Great Hotel Murder (1935)
Mr. [Claude] Harvey
Alias Mary Dow (1935)
Henry Dow
The Florentine Dagger (1935)
Victor Ballau
Massacre (1934)
Mr. Dickinson
Wonder Bar (1934)
Gentlemen Are Born (1934)
Mr. Harper
The Man with Two Faces (1934)
Madame Du Barry (1934)
Duc de Choiseul
Upper World (1934)
Twenty Million Sweethearts (1934)
Lemuel Tappan
Fog over Frisco (1934)
The Key (1934)
Journal of a Crime (1934)
Murder in the Clouds (1934)
[John] Brownell
I've Got Your Number (1934)
[John P.] Schuyler
Flirtation Walk (1934)
Gen. Fitts
Fashions of 1934 (1934)
Big Hearted Herbert (1934)
Goodrich, Sr.
The Big Shakedown (1934)
Bedside (1934)
Dr. Chester
Side Streets (1934)
George [Richards]
Now I'll Tell (1934)
[Tommy] Doran
Midnight Alibi (1934)
The Man Who Reclaimed His Head (1934)
Fernand De Marnay
The Secret Bride (1934)
[Jim] Lansdale
The Personality Kid (1934)
Midnight (1934)
Edgar V. Ingersoll
I Loved a Woman (1933)
The House on 56th Street (1933)
The World Changes (1933)
Orin Nordholm, Sr.
Lady Killer (1933)
From Headquarters (1933)
Inspector Donnelly
The Kennel Murder Case (1933)

Cast (Short)

Main Street Today (1944)
Dark Shadows (1944)
Service with the Colors (1940)
The Making of a Great Motion Picture (1936)
A Trip Thru a Hollywood Studio (1935)

Life Events

Photo Collections

Jezebel - Scene Stills
Here are several scene stills from Warner Bros' Jezebel (1938), starring Bette Davis and Henry Fonda.


Movie Clip

Story Of Louis Pasteur, The (1936) -- (Movie Clip) Our Criminal Disregard For Germs The last of three vignettes introducing the title character (Paul Muni) finds rulers Napoleon III and Eugenie (Walter Kingsford, Iphigenie Castiglioni) more open-minded than Charbonnet (Fritz Leiber), as the wife (Josephine Hutchinson) and assistant (Henry O'Neill) keep faith, in The Story Of Louis Pasteur, 1936.
Story Of Louis Pasteur, The (1936) -- (Movie Clip) Savior Of The Sheep Ca. 1870, officials Radisse (Raymond Brown) and Martel (Donald Woods) visit Arbois, site of the current Pasteur museum, where Paul Muni (title character), with daughter (Anita Louise) and aide Roux (Henry O'Neill), is treating anthrax, in Warner Bros.' The Story Of Louis Pasteur, 1936.
Jezebel (1938) -- (Movie Clip) I'm Scandalized Banker Preston (Henry Fonda) meets Aunt Belle (Fay Bainter) guardian General Bogardus (Henry O'Neill), en route to confront his rebellious fianceè Julie (Bette Davis), the Olympus ball that evening, in William Wyler's Jezebel, 1938.
People Against O'Hara, The (1951) -- (Movie Clip) We Plead Not Guilty First court appearance for Spencer Tracy as recovering-alcoholic and ex-prosecutor Curtayne, defending accused killer and family friend Johnny (James Arness), John Hodiak the prosecutor, Henry O’Neill the judge, then a jail visit, angered because Johnny isn’t telling him everything, in The People Against O’Hara, 1951.
Johnny Eager (1942) -- (Movie Clip) High And Handsome Opening scene, Robert Taylor (title character), evidently a cabbie, drops in on his parole officer Verne (Henry O'Neill), his aide Miss Mines (Leona Maricle) not interested, but visiting students (Diana Lewis, Lana Turner) are, in Mervyn LeRoy's Johny Eager, 1943.
Johnny Eager (1942) -- (Movie Clip) Things Like Crime Racketeer Robert Taylor (title character) with second-cousins Matilda (Robin Raymond) and Peg (Connie Gilchrist), who are alibis for his parole officer Verne (Henry O'Neill), who drops in unannounced with students Judy (Diana Lewis) and Lisbeth (Lana Turner), early in Johnny Eager, 1943.
Convicted (1950) -- (Movie Clip) Murder Was Not Your Intent Glenn Ford as Joe who accidentally killed a big-shot’s son in a bar fight, gets sentenced as his lame employer-hired lawyer (Roland Winters) gets chewed out by the compassionate D-A Knowland (Broderick Crawford), Griff Barnett his sad father, Dorothy Malone, 13 years Crawford’s junior, as his daughter, Millard Mitchell the other convict on the train, in Convicted, 1950.
Hoodlum Saint, The (1946) -- (Movie Clip) Everything Is Sweetness And Love Crashing a Baltimore society wedding in 1919, out-of-work WWI vet reporter Terry (William Powell) has charmed Kay (Esther Williams), whom he learns is the niece of the publisher (Charles Trowbridge) and friend of the financier Malbery (Henry O’Neill) he hoped to meet, in The Hoodlum Saint, 1946.
Lucky Night (1939) -- (Movie Clip) They Don't Take My Breath Away Heiress Cora (Myrna Loy) and dad (Henry O’Neill) have just dismissed her beau Joe, having concluded she doesn’t love him one bit, thereby inclined to discuss her future and options, early in MGM’s Lucky Night, co-starring Robert Taylor.
Lucky Night (1939) -- (Movie Clip) I Had A Nickel This Morning Myrna Loy as heiress Cora has decided to strike out on her own, and meets probably-hapless Bill (Robert Taylor) at the employment office, then again in the park, early in MGM’s Lucky Night, 1939.
Wings Of The Navy -- (1939) -- (Movie Clip) We Dedicate This Monument Henry O’Neill is a Navy higher-up dedicating a monument to the apparently just-deceased admiral father of serving officers Cass (George Brent) and Jerry (John Payne), with acknowledgements and impressive aerial footage at the top, opening Warner Bros.’ Wings Of The Navy, 1939.
Invisible Stripes (1940) -- (Movie Clip) Sort Of A Stool Pigeon? Ex-con Taylor (George Raft) has lost two jobs due to prejudice against parolees, when he meets another bad egg (William Davidson), a decent parole officer (Henry O’Neill), then prison buddy Chuck (Humphrey Bogart) and gal (Lee Patrick), attending another Warner Bros.’ feature, in Invisible Stripes, 1940.