Hank Worden


Actor

About

Also Known As
Norton Wordon, Heber Snow
Born
July 23, 1901
Died
December 06, 1992
Cause of Death
Natural Causes

Biography

Rodeo worker who, along with roommate Tex Ritter, was chosen to play a cowhand in Broadway's "Green Grow the Lilacs" in 1930. Worden later broke into films in Cecil B. DeMille's "The Plainsman" (1937) and appeared in over 100 movies during the next half-century. Typically cast in westerns, Worden ambled his way through a host of colorful supporting roles, including four for director John...

Biography

Rodeo worker who, along with roommate Tex Ritter, was chosen to play a cowhand in Broadway's "Green Grow the Lilacs" in 1930. Worden later broke into films in Cecil B. DeMille's "The Plainsman" (1937) and appeared in over 100 movies during the next half-century. Typically cast in westerns, Worden ambled his way through a host of colorful supporting roles, including four for director John Ford. Although Worden played a memorable recurring cameo in David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" series shortly before his death, buffs are more likely to cherish his unforgettably addled Old Mose ("Thank you kindly") in Ford's masterful Western "The Searchers" (1956).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Island Fury (1994)
Almost An Angel (1990)
Space Rage (1985)
The Ice Pirates (1984)
Scream (1983)
John
Hammett (1982)
Bronco Billy (1980)
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)
Old Lonely Hearts Club Band Member
They Went That-a-Way & That-a-Way (1978)
Butch
Every Which Way but Loose (1978)
Trailer Court Manager
Sky Hei$t (1975)
The Hanged Man (1974)
Ab Wickes
Cahill, U.S. Marshal (1973)
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
Solider of the Old Home Guard
Big Jake (1971)
Hank
Black Noon (1971)
Rio Lobo (1970)
Hank
Big Daddy (1969)
Good Times (1967)
Kid
McLintock! (1963)
Jeth
The Music Man (1962)
Undertaker
One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
Doc
Sergeant Rutledge (1960)
Laredo
The Alamo (1960)
Parson
The Horse Soldiers (1959)
Clump
Sing, Boy, Sing (1958)
Father
Bullwhip (1958)
Tex
The Toughest Gun in Tombstone (1958)
Liveryman
The Notorious Mr. Monks (1958)
Pete
The Quiet Gun (1957)
Sampson
Dragoon Wells Massacre (1957)
Hopi Charlie
Forty Guns (1957)
Marshal John Chisolm
Spoilers of the Forest (1957)
Pat Casey
The Buckskin Lady (1957)
Lon
The Searchers (1956)
Mose Harper
Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956)
Ranchhand
Thunder over Arizona (1956)
Shannon
Accused of Murder (1956)
Les Fuller
Davy Crockett and the River Pirates (1956)
The Indian Fighter (1955)
Crazy Bear
The Vanishing American (1955)
Shoie
The Road to Denver (1955)
Shad Ewing
Crime Wave (1954)
Sweeney
Ma and Pa Kettle at Home (1954)
Indian
The Outcast (1954)
Bartender
Powder River (1953)
Joe
Boots Malone (1952)
Mechanic
The Quiet Man (1952)
Trainer in flashback
Apache War Smoke (1952)
Amber
The Big Sky (1952)
Poordevil
Woman of the North Country (1952)
Tom Gordon
Sky Full of Moon (1952)
Cowhand
Comin' Round the Mountain (1951)
Target judge
Frenchie (1951)
Grady, assayer
Sugarfoot (1951)
Johnny-behind-the-stove
The Man with a Cloak (1951)
Driver
Joe Palooka in Triple Cross (1951)
Farmer
Wagon Master (1950)
Luke Clegg
Father Is a Bachelor (1950)
Finnegan
When Willie Comes Marching Home (1950)
Band leader
3 Godfathers (1949)
Deputy sheriff
Red Canyon (1949)
Charley
The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)
Abner Todd
Hellfire (1949)
Streets of Laredo (1949)
Ranger
Hazard (1948)
Man in cheap hotel
High Wall (1948)
Customer
Man from Texas (1948)
Yellow Sky (1948)
Bank customer
Red River (1948)
Sims
The Sainted Sisters (1948)
Taub Beasley
Lightnin' in the Forest (1948)
Bartender
Feudin', Fussin and A-Fightin' (1948)
Judge
Fort Apache (1948)
Southern recruit
Tap Roots (1948)
Cropper
Prairie Express (1947)
Clint, deputy
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)
Western character
Slippy McGee (1947)
Driver
The Sea of Grass (1947)
Cowboy
Angel and the Badman (1947)
Man on street
The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947)
Office clerk
Undercurrent (1946)
Attendant
Lawless Breed (1946)
Deputy sheriff
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood (1945)
Gangling guy
The Bullfighters (1945)
Texan
Black Market Rustlers (1943)
Slim
Tenting Tonight on the Old Camp Ground (1943)
Sleepy Martin
A Lady Takes a Chance (1943)
Waiter
Riding the Wind (1942)
Duff Bricker
Cowboy Serenade (1942)
Opey
Code of the Outlaw (1942)
Lars
Just Off Broadway (1942)
Comedian
Ride, Kelly, Ride (1941)
Slim
Dude Cowboy (1941)
Homer
Robbers of the Range (1941)
Stage attendant
Northwest Passage (Book I--Rogers' Rangers) (1940)
Ranger
Viva Cisco Kid (1940)
Deputy
Triple Justice (1940)
Beyond Tomorrow (1940)
Man visiting clinic
Rollin' Westward (1939)
Slim
Sundown on the Prairie (1939)
Hank
Ghost Town Riders (1938)
[Tom] Cherokee [Walton]
The Stranger from Arizona (1938)
Skeeter [Cole]
Rollin' Plains (1938)
Squint
Where the Buffalo Roam (1938)
Man at barn dance
Frontier Town (1938)
Hittin' the Trail (1937)
Hank
The Mystery of the Hooded Horsemen (1937)
Deputy
Sing, Cowboy, Sing (1937)
Henchman
Riders of the Rockies (1937)
Henchman
Ghost-Town Gold (1936)
Mr. Crabtree

Life Events

1930

Played a cowhand on Broadway in "Green Grow the Lilacs"

1937

With the help of actress Billie Burke (Broadway producer Florenz Ziegfeld's widow) broke into films in a small role in Cecil B DeMille's "The Plainsman"

1956

Played what was perhaps his most famous role in John Ford's landmark Western, "The Searchers"

1990

Made last TV appearances in a recurring role as a waiter on "Twin Peaks"

1990

Appeared in last feature film, "Almost an Angel"

Videos

Movie Clip

Cahill, United States Marshal (1973) - It Was A Friendly Fight John Wayne (title character) returns to Valentine, Texas where Hank Worden is the station master, not knowing jailed Fraser (George Kennedy) and Strother (Morgan Paull) have involved his own son (Gary Grimes) in robbery and murder, Jackie Coogan the drunk, early in Cahill, United States Marshal, 1973.
Fort Apache (1948) - Gentlemen, This Is A Horse Undiluted John Ford cavalry comedy as Mulcahy (Victor McLaglen), and Beaufort (Pedro Armendariz) introduce recruits (led by Hank Worden) to riding, in Fort Apache, 1948.
Searchers, The (1956) - Can't Enter The Spirit World Posse led by reverend Clayton (Ward Bond) comes upon a casualty from the Comanche band they're tracking, Nesby (Bill Steele) worrying, Jorgensen (Harry Carey Jr.) vengeful, Ethan (John Wayne) pushing Martin (Jeffrey Hunter) and everyone else around, in John Ford's The Searchers, 1956.
Searchers, The (1956) - Unsurrounded Pictorial high point from director John Ford as Ethan (John Wayne) and Reverend Clayton (Ward Bond) lead their posse away from the Comanche raid party led by Scar (Henry Brandon) in The Searchers, 1956.
Angel And The Badman (1947) - Quaker Stuff Conscious for the first time, days after being rescued by prairie Quakers, gunman Quirt Evans (John Wayne, in the first film he produced) has opening conversations with Penny (Gail Russell) and her mom (Irene Rich), in Angel And The Badman, 1947.
Angel And The Badman (1947) - Record In My Name Fleeing unidentified enemies, injured Evans (John Wayne, also the producer) falls into the custody of Quaker Worth (John Halloran) and daughter Penelope (Gail Russell), then insists on sending a telegram, early in Angel And The Badman, 1947.
McLintock! - Opening Credits The bouncy opening credits sequence from the John Wayne-Maureen O'Hara vehicle McLintock!, (1963) introducing Drago (Chill Wills), Curley (Hank Worden) and, briefly, the leading man.

Trailer

Fighting Kentuckian, The - (Re-issue Trailer) John Wayne and a Laurel-less Oliver Hardy battle landgrabbers in the American Frontier in The Fighting Kentuckian (1950).
Searchers, The - (Original Trailer) An Indian-hating Civil War veteran tracks down the tribe that slaughtered his family and kidnapped his niece in director John Ford's masterpiece, The Searchers, starring John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter and Natalie Wood.
Cahill, United States Marshal - (Original Trailer) John Wayne stars as a tough lawman who has to bring in his own sons for train robbery in Cahill, U.S. Marshall (1973).
One-Eyed Jacks - (Original Trailer) An outlaw seeks revenge on the former friend who betrayed him to the law in One Eyed Jacks (1961), directed by and starring Marlon Brando.
Man with a Cloak, The - (Original Trailer) A mystery man (Joseph Cotten) tries to help a young innocent (Leslie Caron) escape a murderous housekeeper (Barbara Stanwyck).
Forty Guns - (Original Trailer) Barbara Stanwyck has the biggest posse in the West in Samuel Fuller's Forty Guns (1957).
Fort Apache - (Re-issue Trailer) An experienced cavalry officer (John Wayne) tries to keep his new, by-the-books commander from triggering an Indian war in John Ford's Fort Apache (1948).
Big Sky, The - (Re-issue Trailer) Trappers lead an expedition against river pirates and Indians along the Missouri River in The Big Sky (1952), directed by Howard Hawks and starring Kirk Douglas and Dewey Martin.
Alamo, The - (Original Trailer) Davey Crockett (John Wayne) and Jim Bowie (Richard Widmark) join the fight for Texas' independence from Mexico in The Alamo (1960), a Western epic directed by John Wayne.
3 Godfathers (1948) - (Original Trailer) Three outlaws on the run risk their freedom and their lives to return a newborn baby to civilization in 3 Godfathers (1948).
Sky Full of Moon - (Original Trailer) An innocent cowboy (Carleton Carpenter) in Las Vegas stumbles into a fortune and a glamorous girlfriend (Jan Sterling) in Sky Full of Moon (1952).
Sea of Grass, The - (Original Trailer) Husband-and-wife ranchers take opposite sides in a range war in The Sea of Grass (1947), starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.

Bibliography