Walter Hampden


Actor
Walter Hampden

About

Birth Place
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Born
June 30, 1879
Died
June 11, 1955
Cause of Death
Stroke

Biography

Walter Hampden was a prolific actor who created a name for himself largely on the big screen. Hampden began his acting career with roles in such films as the Charles Laughton dramatic adaptation "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1939), the dramatic adaptation "All This, and Heaven Too" (1940) with Bette Davis and the action picture "North West Mounted Police" (1940) with Gary Cooper. He ...

Biography

Walter Hampden was a prolific actor who created a name for himself largely on the big screen. Hampden began his acting career with roles in such films as the Charles Laughton dramatic adaptation "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1939), the dramatic adaptation "All This, and Heaven Too" (1940) with Bette Davis and the action picture "North West Mounted Police" (1940) with Gary Cooper. He also appeared in the Errol Flynn historical feature "They Died With Their Boots On" (1941) and the Ray Milland adventurous drama "Reap the Wild Wind" (1942). He continued to act in productions like "The Adventures of Mark Twain" (1944) with Fredric March, "All About Eve" (1950) with Bette Davis and "Five Fingers" (1952) with James Mason. In the latter part of his career, he tackled roles in "Sombrero" (1953), "Sabrina" (1954) and "The Silver Chalice" (1954). He also appeared in the Greer Garson drama "Strange Lady in Town" (1955) and the drama "The Prodigal" (1955) with Lana Turner. Hampden was most recently credited in the Kathryn Grayson adaptation "The Vagabond King" (1956). Hampden passed away in June 1955 at the age of 76.

Life Events

1901

stage actor

Videos

Movie Clip

Adventures Of Mark Twain, The (1944) - You Are Merely The Most Numerous Samuel Clemens (Fredric March, title character) uncomfortable and working with no introduction, in New York for his first lecture appearance as “Mark Twain,” improvises, with some real witticisms from the author, and Alexis Smith, her photo seen frequently before, appearing at last in the audience, with her brother, his old pal, Walter Hampden, in The Adventures Of Mark Twain,1944.
All About Eve (1950) - The Sarah Siddons Award Nothing beats a George Sanders opening narration, as critic Addison DeWitt, writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz introducing indirectly Hugh Marlowe and Garry Merrill, then Celeste Holm, Gregory Ratoff and Bette Davis, with reference to star Anne Baxter, in the celebrated showbiz melodrama, All About Eve, 1950.
They Died with Their Boots On (1942) - I'll Gamble With Anything In his post-Civil War and pre-Cavalry period General Custer (Errol Flynn), visited by Sharp Jr. and Sr. (Arthur Kennedy, Walter Hampden) chooses pride over fortune, his wife Libby (Olivia de Havilland) concurring, in Raoul Walsh's They Died with Their Boots On, 1942.
Sabrina (1954) - A Small Girl On A Large Estate Writer-director Billy Wilder executes one of his signature openings in the voice of his title character (Audrey Hepburn), who along the way introduces the leading men (Humphrey Bogart and William Holden as Linus and David Larrabee), in Sabrina, 1954.
Silver Chalice, The (1955) - I Bind You To Silence Very early Christian Joseph (Walter Hampden), daughter Deborra (Pier Angeli) and friend Luke (Alexander Scourby) standing by, explains the assignment to fugitive sculptor Basil (Paul Newman), in The Silver Chalice, 1955.

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