Henry Travers


Actor
Henry Travers

About

Also Known As
Travers Heagerty
Birth Place
Berwick-on-Tweed, England, GB
Born
March 05, 1874
Died
October 18, 1965

Biography

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 Capra's classic film "It's a Wonderful Life." The relaxed demeanor and bemused whimsy of Travers'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 fi...

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Biography

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 Capra's classic film "It's a Wonderful Life." The relaxed demeanor and bemused whimsy of Travers'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 Capra's film; many of Travers'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 Hitchcock's thriller "Shadow of a Doubt," playing Teresa Wright'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.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Girl from Jones Beach (1949)
Judge Bullfinch
Beyond Glory (1948)
Pop Dewing
The Yearling (1947)
Mr. Boyles
The Flame (1947)
Dr. Mitchell
Gallant Journey (1946)
Thomas Logan
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Clarence [Oddbody]
Thrill of a Romance (1945)
Hobart Glenn
The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)
Horace P. Bogardus
The Naughty Nineties (1945)
Captain Sam Jackson
Dragon Seed (1944)
Third Cousin
The Very Thought of You (1944)
Pop Wheeler
Madame Curie (1944)
Dr. Eugene Curie
None Shall Escape (1944)
Father Warecki
The Moon Is Down (1943)
Mayor Orden
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Joseph Newton
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
Mr. Ballard
Pierre of the Plains (1942)
Mr. Wellsby
Ball of Fire (1942)
Prof. Jerome
Random Harvest (1942)
Dr. Sims
High Sierra (1941)
Pa [Goodhue]
I'll Wait for You (1941)
Mr. Miller
A Girl, a Guy and a Gob (1941)
Abel Martin
The Bad Man (1941)
Mr. Hardy
Wyoming (1940)
Sheriff
Edison, the Man (1940)
Ben Els
Anne of Windy Poplars (1940)
Matey
Primrose Path (1940)
Gramp
The Rains Came (1939)
Reverend Homer Smiley
Dodge City (1939)
Dr. Irving
Stanley and Livingstone (1939)
John Kingsley
On Borrowed Time (1939)
Dr. Evans
Remember? (1939)
Judge Milliken
Dark Victory (1939)
Dr. Parsons
You Can't Get Away with Murder (1939)
Pop
The Sisters (1938)
Ned Elliott
Too Many Parents (1936)
Wilkins
Four Hours to Kill! (1935)
Mac Mason
Escapade (1935)
Concierge
After Office Hours (1935)
Cap
Seven Keys to Baldpate (1935)
Adlebert Peters
Maybe It's Love (1935)
Mr. Halevy
Captain Hurricane (1935)
Captain Ben
Pursuit (1935)
[Tom] Reynolds
Death Takes a Holiday (1934)
Baron Cesarea
The Party's Over (1934)
Theodore
Ready for Love (1934)
Judge Pickett
Born to Be Bad (1934)
Fuzzy
My Weakness (1933)
Ellery Gregory
Another Language (1933)
"Pop" [Hallam]
Reunion in Vienna (1933)
Father Krug
The Invisible Man (1933)
Doctor Cranley

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Out of Sight (1998)
Driver
Jack (1996)
Transportation Coordinator
Scream (1996)
Driver
The Quick and the Dead (1987)
Driver
Forever (1978)
Transportation Captain
American Graffiti (1973)
Transportation Supervisor

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Ball Of Fire (1942) - Just Another Apple Stripper Sugarpuss (Barbara Stanwyck) surprises grammar Professor Potts (Gary Cooper), ready to begin her interview right away, his colleagues, modeled on the Seven Dwarves, supporting the idea, in Howard Hawks' Ball Of Fire, 1942.
Ball Of Fire (1942) - Two And Two Are Five Allen Jenkins is the garbage man, seeking trivia help from encyclopedia-writing professors (Oscar Homolka, Aubrey Mather, Richard Haydn, S.Z. Sakall et al), Potts (Gary Cooper) committing to new research, in Howard Hawks' Ball Of Fire, 1942.
After Office Hours (1935) - How Can I Get Drunk In Three Days? Pacey opening, Robert Z. Leonard directing from Herman J. Mankiewicz’s screenplay, introducing Connie (Constance) Bennett as columnist Sharon, entering a New York newsroom where we meet Stuart Erwin and Henry Travers, reporting to Clark Gable as editor Branch, the year after his reporter-turn in It Happened One Night, 1934, in After Office Hours, 1935.
Shadow Of A Doubt (1943) - Do You Believe In Telepathy? Director Alfred Hitchcock detailing the family (on location in Santa Rosa, California), Mom, Dad, sister and brother (Patricia Collinge, Henry Travers, Edna May Wonacott, Charles Bates) as restless Charlie (Teresa Wright) decides to send an unnecessary telegram, in Shadow Of A Doubt, 1943.
Shadow Of A Doubt (1943) - Not Interested In Money Preening teen Charlie (Teresa Wright) has no idea Uncle Charlie (Joseph Cotten) is a criminal, visiting the Santa Rosa, California bank where her dad (Henry Travers) works, and he's less keen on the boss (Edwin Stanley) than a widow (Frances Carson), in Hitchcock's Shadow Of A Doubt, 1943.
Invisible Man, The (1933) - Thousands Of Stomach Aches All at once providing the background of the leading man's predicament established earlier, Dr. Cranley (Henry Travers) receiving daughter Flora (Gloria Stuart), worried about "Jack", and his rival Kemp (William Harrigan) trapping her among the flowers, in James Whale's The Invisible Man, 1933.
High Sierra (1941) - That's Venus Kind-hearted ex-con Roy Earle (Humphrey Bogart) getting to know Pa (Henry Travers) and young disabled Velma (Joan Leslie), whom he met by chance during their travels west, and who know nothing of his history, in High Sierra, 1941, from a scirpt by W.R. Burnett and John Huston.
High Sierra (1941) - Mount Whitney East of the Sierra, pardoned convict Roy Earle (Humphrey Bogart), using an assumed name as he prepares for a heist, has his first encounter with the Goodhues, Pa (Henry Travers), Velma (Joan Leslie) and Ma (Elizabeth Risdon), in Raoul Walsh's High Sierra, 1941.
High Sierra (1941) - Think Nothing Of It Traveling with Marie (Ida Lupino) after the almost-botched robbery, Roy Earle (Humphrey Bogart) visits Pa and Velma (Henry Travers, Joan Leslie), who still know nothing of his profession, though he paid for her operation, which is why she's now dancing, in Raoul Walsh's High Sierra, 1941.
High Sierra (1941) - Open, Desperado Opening sequence from Raoul Walsh's High Sierra, 1941, introducing Roy "Mad Dog" Earle (Humphrey Bogart, in his breakthrough role), from a script by W.R. Burnett and John Huston.
Dark Victory (1939) - That Cold Scientific Eye Family Doc Parsons (Henry Travers) has maneuvered symptomatic but defiant socialite Judith (Bette Davis) into the path of brain surgeon Steele (George Brent) who, himself traumatized over a patient's death, had been departing to begin his new career in research, in Dark Victory, 1939.
Mrs. Miniver (1942) - The Most Beautiful Rose The third scene, England, 1939, Greer Garson (title character) arrives at the fictional Kentish village of Belham after shopping in London, where the station master Ballard (Henry Travers) has a query and a tribute, a key moment in William Wyler’s wartime morale booster Mrs. Miniver, 1942.

Companions

Ann G Murphy
Wife
Ann Rhodes Forrest
Wife
Actor.

Bibliography