Harry Davenport

Harry Davenport


Also Known As
Harry George Bryant Davenport
Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
January 19, 1866
August 09, 1949


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 c...

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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.



Director (Feature Film)

A Son of the Hills (1917)
A Woman Alone (1917)
A Man's Law (1917)
The Millionaire's Double (1917)
Tillie Wakes Up (1917)
The False Friend (1917)
The Supreme Temptation (1916)
For a Woman's Fair Name (1916)
The Making over of Geoffrey Manning (1915)
The Island of Regeneration (1915)

Cast (Feature Film)

Adventure of the Action Hunters (1987)
Riding High (1950)
Little Women (1949)
Dr. Barnes
Down to the Sea in Ships (1949)
Benjamin Harris
That Forsyte Woman (1949)
Old Jolyon Forsyte
Tell It to the Judge (1949)
Judge Meredith
For the Love of Mary (1948)
Justice Peabody
That Lady in Ermine (1948)
The Decision of Christopher Blake (1948)
Courtroom attendant
Man from Texas (1948)
Pop Hickey
Three Daring Daughters (1948)
Dr. Cannon
That Hagen Girl (1947)
Judge Merrivale
The Fabulous Texan (1947)
Rev. Barker
The Farmer's Daughter (1947)
Dr. Matthew Sutven
Stallion Road (1947)
Dr. Stephen
The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer (1947)
[Judge] Thaddeus [Turner]
Keeper of the Bees (1947)
Michael Worthington
Sport of Kings (1947)
Major Denning
Adventure (1946)
Dr. Ashlon
Three Wise Fools (1946)
The Ancient
Claudia and David (1946)
Dr. Harry
Faithful in My Fashion (1946)
Great Grandpa
Lady Luck (1946)
Judge Martin
G. I. War Brides (1946)
Grandpa Giles
A Boy, a Girl and a Dog (1946)
Courage of Lassie (1946)
Judge Payson
This Love of Ours (1945)
Dr. Jerry Wilkerson
The Thin Man Goes Home (1945)
Dr. Bertram Charles
Music for Millions (1945)
Pardon My Past (1945)
Grandpa Pemberton
The Enchanted Forest (1945)
Old John
Too Young to Know (1945)
Judge Benjamin Boller
She Wouldn't Say Yes (1945)
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Grandpa [Prophater]
Kismet (1944)
Government Girl (1944)
Senator MacVickers
The Impatient Years (1944)
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
Arthur Davies
We've Never Been Licked (1943)
"Pop" Lambert
Princess O'Rourke (1943)
Supreme Court judge
Gangway for Tomorrow (1943)
Fred Taylor
Headin' for God's Country (1943)
Clem Adams
Shantytown (1943)
Doc Herndon
Jack London (1943)
Professor Hilliard
The Amazing Mrs. Holliday (1943)
Commodore [Thomas Spencer Holliday]
December 7th (1943)
Kings Row (1942)
Colonel Skeffington
Son of Fury (1942)
Amos Kidder
Ten Gentlemen from West Point (1942)
Larceny, Inc. (1942)
Homer Bigelow
Tales of Manhattan (1942)
Professor Lyons
Meet John Doe (1941)
Former owner of The Bulletin
The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941)
Pop Tolliver
I Wanted Wings (1941)
"Sandbags" Riley
One Foot in Heaven (1941)
Elias Samson
That Uncertain Feeling (1941)
Hurricane Smith (1941)
Robert Ingersoll Reed
Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940)
All This, and Heaven Too (1940)
Foreign Correspondent (1940)
Mr. Powers
Lucky Partners (1940)
I Want a Divorce (1940)
Grandpa Brokaw
Granny Get Your Gun (1940)
Nate [Paulson]
Grandpa Goes to Town (1940)
Too Many Husbands (1940)
Earl of Puddlestone (1940)
Grandpa [Ed Carson]
Tail Spin (1939)
T. P. Lester
Exile Express (1939)
Dr. Hite
Made for Each Other (1939)
Dr. Healy
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
King Louis XI
Death of a Champion (1939)
Guy Lanyard
The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (1939)
Judge [Rider]
The Long Shot (1939)
Henry Sharon
The Covered Trailer (1939)
Grandpa [Ed Carson]
Money to Burn (1939)
Grandpa [Ed Carson]
My Wife's Relatives (1939)
Grandpa [Ed Carson]
Should Husbands Work? (1939)
Grandpa [Ed Carson]
Juarez (1939)
Dr. Samuel Basch
Gone With the Wind (1939)
Dr. Meade
The Rage of Paris (1938)
The Cowboy and the Lady (1938)
Uncle Hannibal Smith
Reckless Living (1938)
"General" Jeff
Orphans of the Street (1938)
Doc Will Ramsey
The Higgins Family (1938)
Grandpa [William Jordan]
The First Hundred Years (1938)
Uncle Dawson
Saleslady (1938)
Gramp Cannon
Young Fugitives (1938)
Joel Bentham
Gold Is Where You Find It (1938)
Dr. Parsons
The Sisters (1938)
Doc Moore
You Can't Take It with You (1938)
Fly Away Baby (1937)
Colonel Higgam
As Good As Married (1937)
Armored Car (1937)
"Dad" Logan
Mr. Dodd Takes the Air (1937)
Doc Quinn
Her Husband's Secretary (1937)
Dan Kingdon
Paradise Express (1937)
Jed Carson
White Bondage (1937)
"Pap" Craig
Fit for a King (1937)
Archduke Julio
Wells Fargo (1937)
Ingalls, banker
First Lady (1937)
Maytime (1937)
The Great Garrick (1937)
Innkeeper of "Turk's Head"
Four Days' Wonder (1937)
Ticket agent
Legion of Terror (1936)
Senator Morton
Three Men on a Horse (1936)
The Case of the Black Cat (1936)
Peter Laxter
King of Hockey (1936)
Tom McKenna
The Scoundrel (1935)
Get That Venus (1933)
Mr. Rendleby
My Sin (1931)
Roger Metcalf
His Woman (1931)
Customs inspector
Her Unborn Child (1930)
Dr. Remington
Dawn (1919)
Daniel Burton
The Unknown Quantity (1919)
Septimus Kinsolving
A Girl at Bay (1919)
Frank Galt
Sowers and Reapers (1917)
Henry Ainsworth
The Planter (1917)
The Wheel of the Law (1916)
John Daniels
C.O.D. (1915)
C. O. Darlington

Cast (Short)

A Boy and His Dog (1946)
Under Southern Stars (1936)

Life Events


First role on stage


First film as actor and director

Photo Collections

That Forsyte Woman - Scene Stills
Here are several scene stills from MGM's That Forsyte Woman (1949), starring Greer Garson, Errol Flynn, and Robert Young.


Movie Clip

That Hagen Girl (1947) -- (Movie Clip) That Girl's Life Harry Davenport is the old lawyer in fictional Jordan, Ohio, sending protege Tom (Ronald Reagan) away because of the false rumor that he's the father of an adopted girl, who'll grow up to be Shirley Temple, with friend Jean Porter, loafer Tom Fadden inquiring, early in That Hagen Girl, 1947.
Larceny, Inc. (1942) -- (Movie Clip) Godspeed Bigelow! Ex-cons Pressure (Edward G. Robinson), Weepy (Edward Brophy) and Jug (Broderick Crawford) are eager to usher the former owner Bigelow (Harry Davenport) out of the failing luggage shop they've just bought for criminal purposes in Larceny Inc., 1942.
Ox-Bow Incident, The (1943) -- (Movie Clip) The Law's Slow And Careless Martin (Dana Andrews), questioned by Major Tetley (Frank Conroy) and other members of the posse-or-lynch-mob, discovers he's suspected of murder, Gil (Henry Fonda) offering some defense, in Wiliam A. Wellman's The Ox-Bow Incident, 1943.
Juarez (1939) -- (Movie Clip) The Vainest Of Pilgrimages Brief scenes with emperor Maximiliian (Brian Aherne) and aide Basch (Harry Davenport) bracket this first of several high-wire scenes that caused Bette Davis, Warner Bros.' top female star at the time, to insist on playing the supporting role of Empress Carlota, in Juarez, 1939.
Meet Me In St. Louis (1944) -- (Movie Clip) The Lord And Master Trouble at dinnertime, Mother (Mary Astor) presides, Tootie (Margaret O’Brien) throws bombs, sisters (Judy Garland, Lucille Bremer) attempt composure, grandpa (Harry Davenport) wisecracks then father (Leon Ames) arrives, tangling with maid Katie (Marjorie Main), in Meet Me In St. Louis, 1944.
Gone With The Wind (1939) -- (Movie Clip) Bringing A Baby Scarlett (Vivien Leigh) seeks out Doc Meade (Harry Davenport), leading to one of the most famous shots from Gone With The Wind, 1939, then returns home to strike Prissy (Butterfly McQueen) and deliver Melanie's baby herself.
Hunchback of Notre Dame, The (1939) -- (Movie Clip) Esmerelda Teenage (Irish) Gypsy Esmerelda (Maureen O'Hara) enthralls the Paris, ca. 1460's, crowd including King Louis (Harry Davenport) but not his aide Frollo (Sir Cedric Hardwicke) in William Dieterle's 1939 production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
December 7th (1943) -- (Movie Clip) It Can't Happen Here Continuing the conversation, purportedly taking place in Hawaii on December 6th, 1941, with Harry Davenport the “conscience” of Walter Huston who plays “Uncle Sam,” in one of the incendiary quasi-dramatic scenes cut from the original release of the Navy propaganda feature December 7th, 1943.
December 7th (1943) -- (Movie Clip) Full-Fledged American Citizens Harry Davenport plays “Mr. C.,” the “conscience” of Walter Huston who plays “Uncle Sam,” whose inclination is to fully trust the many Japanese-American citizens of Hawaii, early in the hybrid docudrama December 7th, in one of many scenes cut from the original 1943 release.
December 7th (1943) -- (Movie Clip) Certainly, Uncle Sam The credits suggest a straightforward military documentary but the picture, produced mainly by cinematographer Gregg Toland and writer Sam Engel, opens with Walter Huston, playing “Uncle Sam,” and Harry Davenport his “conscience,” in Hawaii on December 6th, 1941, in December 7th, 1943.
Hunchback of Notre Dame, The (1939) -- (Movie Clip) A Printing Press! Harry Davenport (as King Louis XI) takes a progressive view as printer Fisher (Charles Halton) demonstrates new technology and Frollo (Cedric Hardwicke) warns against it in the 1939 version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
That Forsyte Woman (1949) -- (Movie Clip) A Man Of Property Outcast Jolyon (Walter Pidgeon) narrates, watching Forsytes (Harry Davenport, Aubrey Mather, Janet Leigh as "June," et al), in particular cousin Soames (Errol Flynn) who denies he's being played, in MGM's version of the fist book of John Galsworthy's Forsyte Saga, That Forsyte Woman, 1949.



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