Henry Hull


Actor
Henry Hull

About

Also Known As
Henry Watterston Hull
Birth Place
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Born
October 03, 1890
Died
March 08, 1977

Biography

Henry Hull was a film, television, and stage actor best known for his portrayal of Dr. Glendon's post-full moon incarnation, "Werewolf of London," in 1935. Virtually born into the business-his father was a Louisville drama critic-Hull began his career and had his greatest success on Broadway; notably, he was credited for originating the character of Jeeter Lester from the hillbilly cultu...

Photos & Videos

Inferno (1953) - Lobby Card Set
Hollywood Story - Lobby Card Set
Lifeboat - Movie Poster

Biography

Henry Hull was a film, television, and stage actor best known for his portrayal of Dr. Glendon's post-full moon incarnation, "Werewolf of London," in 1935. Virtually born into the business-his father was a Louisville drama critic-Hull began his career and had his greatest success on Broadway; notably, he was credited for originating the character of Jeeter Lester from the hillbilly cultural milestone, "Tobacco Road." Alas, when it came time to cast the '41 film, director John Ford went with Charley Grapewin, with whom Ford had previously collaborated. The '30s and '40s were Hull's most productive decades, from his lead role, along with Jane Wyatt, in the adaptation of Dickens' "Great Expectations" in 1934, to his portrayal of Henry Cameron, one of Howard Roark's (Gary Cooper) employers in the Ayn Rand-written and screen-adapted pitch for individualism, "The Fountainhead." Hull's desirable voice kept him busy in Hollywood despite his overly theater-based mannerisms, making him an ideal choice as the wealthy Rittenhouse in the '44 Hitchcock thriller, "Lifeboat," and as Dan Cody in 1949's film version of "The Great Gatsby." On television, Hull was predictably found in various theater productions in the late '40s and early '50s but also on such westerns as "Bonanza" and "Wagon Train" in the early '60s, albeit in supporting parts. Hull's wide career span enabled him to work with Spencer Tracy ("Boys Town") in '38, and with his final role in the epic 1966 drama "The Chase," he acted alongside Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, and Robert Redford.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Chase (1966)
Briggs
The Fool Killer (1965)
Dirty Jim Jelliman
Master of the World (1961)
Prudent
The Oregon Trail (1959)
Seton
The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw (1959)
[Doc] Masters
The Buccaneer (1959)
Ezra Peavey
The Proud Rebel (1958)
Judge Morley
The Buckskin Lady (1957)
Doc Medley
Kentucky Rifle (1955)
Preacher Bently
Man with the Gun (1955)
Marshal Lee Sims
Inferno (1953)
Sam Elby
Thunder Over the Plains (1953)
Lt. Col. Chandler
The Treasure of Lost Canyon (1952)
Lucius Cooke
Hollywood Story (1951)
Vincent St. Clair, also known as Phillip Ferrara
The Return of Jesse James (1950)
Hank "Pop" Younger
The Great Gatsby (1949)
Dan Cody
Portrait of Jennie (1949)
Eke
The Fountainhead (1949)
Henry Cameron
El Paso (1949)
Judge Henry Jeffers
Rimfire (1949)
Nathaniel Greeley
Colorado Territory (1949)
Fred Winslow
The Great Dan Patch (1949)
Dan Palmer
Song of Surrender (1949)
Deacon Parry
The Walls of Jericho (1948)
Jeff Norman
Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! (1948)
Milt Dominy
Fighter Squadron (1948)
Brig. Gen. McCready
Mourning Becomes Electra (1947)
Seth Beckwith
High Barbaree (1947)
Dr. Brooke
Deep Valley (1947)
Mr. [Cliff] Saul
Objective, Burma! (1945)
Mark Williams
Lifeboat (1944)
C. J. "Ritt" Rittenhouse
Goodnight, Sweetheart (1944)
Jeff Parker
The West Side Kid (1943)
Sam Winston
The Woman of the Town (1943)
Inky Wilkinson
High Sierra (1941)
"Doc" Banton
My Son, My Son! (1940)
Dermot O'Riordan
The Return of Frank James (1940)
Major Rufus Todd
Babes in Arms (1939)
Harry Maddox
Judge Hardy and Son (1939)
Dr. Jones
Bad Little Angel (1939)
"Red" Wilks
Stanley and Livingstone (1939)
James Gordon Bennett, Jr.
Jesse James (1939)
Major Rufus Cobb
Nick Carter, Master Detective (1939)
John A. Keller
The Return of the Cisco Kid (1939)
Colonel Jonathan Bixby
Spirit of Culver (1939)
'Doc' Allen
Miracles for Sale (1939)
Dave Duvallo
Port of Seven Seas (1938)
Uncle Elzear
Paradise for Three (1938)
Sepp
Three Comrades (1938)
Dr. [Heinrich] Becker
Yellow Jack (1938)
Dr. Lester Lazear
Boys Town (1938)
Dave Morris
The Great Waltz (1938)
[Emperor] Franz Josef
Murder at Glen Athol (1936)
Dr. Burgher
Transient Lady (1935)
Hamp Baxter
Werewolf of London (1935)
Dr. [Wilfred] Glendon
Justice of the Range (1935)
Rancher
Midnight (1934)
Bob Nolan
Great Expectations (1934)
Magwitch
Wasted Lives (1925)
The Wrongdoers (1925)
Jimmy Nolan
Roulette (1924)
Jimmy Moore
For Woman's Favor (1924)
The Fool/The Lover
The Hoosier Schoolmaster (1924)
Ralph Hartsook
A Bride for a Knight (1923)
Jimmy Poe
The Last Moment (1923)
Hercules Napoleon Cameron
One Exciting Night (1922)
John Fairfax
Little Women (1919)
John Brooke
The Volunteer (1917)
Jonathan Mendenhall
A Square Deal (1917)
Mark Dunbar
The Family Honor (1917)
Anthony Wayne
Rasputin, the Black Monk (1917)
Kerensky

Cast (Special)

All in the Family (1960)

Cast (Short)

Matinee Idle (1929)

Life Events

1911

Stage acting debut

1916

Film acting debut in "The Man Who Came Back"

Photo Collections

Inferno (1953) - Lobby Card Set
Inferno (1953) - Lobby Card Set
Hollywood Story - Lobby Card Set
Hollywood Story - Lobby Card Set
Lifeboat - Movie Poster
Lifeboat - Movie Poster

Videos

Movie Clip

Boys Town (1938) - No Such Thing As A Bad Boy Father Flanagan (Spencer Tracy) lobbies Nebraska newspaper magnate Hargraves (Jonathan Hale), a montage creates the buildings, and financier Dave (Henry Hull) frets, in MGM's Boys Town, 1938.
Proud Rebel, The (1958) - I'll Pay His Fine Southerner Chandler (Alan Ladd) in Illinois, framed by the Burleighs (Thomas Pittman, Dean Jagger, Dean Stanton), who poured liquor on him after starting a fight, Henry Hull the judge, bystander Linnett (Olivia de Havilland) backing his mute son (Ladd’s son David), in The Proud Rebel, 1958.
Fountainhead, The (1949) - Opening, Roark Hero Howard Roark (Gary Cooper) is introduced through encounters with a dean (Paul Stanton), fellow student Keating (Kent Smith) and architect Cameron (Henry Hull) in the opening to King Vidor's The Fountainhead, 1949, from the Ayn Rand novel.
Boys Town (1938) - Not To Obstruct Justice... Having rushed into court to defend some of his charges, Father Flanagan (Spencer Tracy) persuades pawn-broker Dave (Henry Hull), merchant Kahn (Sidney Miller), and the judge (Addison Richards) that little harm was done, early in Boys Town, 1938.
Boys Town (1938) - You Can Go On Being Nothing Pee Wee (Bobs Watson) greets financial backer Dave (Henry Hull) and Burton (Robert Emmett Keane) who find Father Flanagan (Spencer Tracy) trying to prevent newcomer Whitey (Mickey Rooney) from escaping, in MGM's Boys Town, 1938.
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.
Lifeboat (1944) - One Of Them Shell Shock Cases Early on, players gathering after the liner is sunk by the U-Boat, nurse Mary Anderson, sailor William Bendix, oiler John Hodiak, magnate Henry Hull, journalist Tallulah Bankhead, crewman Hume Cronyn, then mother Heather Angel and German Walter Slezak, in Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat, 1944.
Lifeboat (1944) - She Loves To Dance Injured William Bendix learns from bi-lingual Tallulah Bankhead that the captured German Walter Slezak is qualified to amputate his leg, elected skipper John Hodiak joining in the ensuing discourse, in Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat, 1944.
Lifeboat (1944) - Burial At Sea John Hodiak, Henry Hull, Tallulah Bankhead and Hume Cronyn, pre-empted by Canada Lee, do what they can for the deceased infant, Bankhead and nurse Mary Anderson then helping the delirious mother Heather Angel, German Walter Slezak observing, in Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat, 1944.
Colorado Territory (1949) - The Sun Travels West Westbound to join his boss who busted him out of jail, Wes (Joel McCrea) plays it coy with fellow stage passengers Winslow (Henry Hull) and daughter Julie Ann (Dorothy Malone), action ensuing, in Raoul Walsh’s remake of his gangster film High Sierra, Colorado Territory, 1949.
Objective, Burma! - I Froze In The Door Before the big jump, Captain Nelson (Errol Flynn) first with reporter Williams (Henry Hull), then with Gabby (George Tobias) and worried comrade Miggleori (Tony Caruso), in Raoul Walsh's Objective, Burma!, 1945.
Objective, Burma! - Burmese Dancing Girls Errol Flynn as American army captain Nelson, laying out the mission for his paratroopers (Tony Caruso, Richard Erdman, George Tynes et al) and meeting crusty reporter Williams (Henry Hull), early in Raoul Walsh's Objective, Burma!, 1945.

Family

Shelley Vaughan Hull
Brother
Actor. Born 1884; died 1919; married to actress Josephine Hull.

Bibliography