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Dell Henderson

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia George Delbert "Dell" Henderson (July 5, 1877 – December 2, 1956) was a Canadian-American actor, director, and writer. He began his long and prolific film career in the early days of silent film. Born in the Southwestern Ontario city of St. Thomas, Dell Henderson started his acting career on the stage, but appeared in his first movie Monday Morning in a Coney Island Police Court already in 1908. Henderson was a frequent associate of film pioneer D.W. Griffith since 1909 and appeared in numerous of his early shorts in Hollywood. He also acted on a less prolific basis in the movies of producer Mack Sennett and his Keystone Studios. In addition to acting, Henderson also directed nearly 200 silent films between 1911 and 1928. Most of those films are forgotten or lost, but he also directed movies with silent stars like Harry Carey and Roscoe Arbuckle. Henderson also worked as a writer on numerous screenplays. After retiring from directing in 1927, Henderson turned to acting full-time and played important supporting roles in King Vidor's The Crowd (1928) and as General Marmaduke Pepper in Show People (1928). The advent of sound film damaged his acting career, and he often had to play smaller roles. In the 1930s, the comedic character actor appeared on several occasions as a comic foil for such comedians as The Three Stooges, W. C. Fields and Laurel and Hardy. He often played somewhat pompous figures like judges, businessmen, detectives or mayors. Modern audiences will remember Henderson as annoyed hospital president Dr. Graves in The Three Stooges film Men in Black and the put-upon chaperone in the Little Rascals film Choo-Choo!. He also appeared as a Night Court Judge in Laurel and Hardy's Our Relations (1936) and as a friendly Car salesman in Leo McCarey's drama Make Way for Tomorrow (1937). Henderson ended his film career after numerous small roles in 1950. Henderson died of a heart attack in Hollywood at the age of 79. He was married with actress Florence Lee until his death, they made several silent films together.

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Jul 5, 1877 In St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Monday Morning in a Coney Island Police Court 1908-09-04
Latest Project:
Movie Once More, My Darling 1949-09-10
Known For
Poster of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood
Poster of Artists & Models
Poster of Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch
Poster of Hit the Deck
Movie Once More, My Darling Hotel Clerk 1949-09-10
Movie Undercurrent Party Guest (uncredited) 1946-11-11
Movie The Great Morgan Film Character (uncredited) 1945-01-01
Movie Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood Benson (uncredited) 1945-10-05
Movie Slightly Dangerous Doorman (uncredited) 1943-04-01
Movie Du Barry Was a Lady Flunky 1943-08-13
Movie The Major and the Minor Doorman (uncredited) 1942-09-16
Movie Little Orvie Mr. Brown 1940-03-11
Movie Abe Lincoln in Illinois Minor Role (uncredited) 1940-02-22
Movie Young People Eddie's Father 1940-08-30
Movie You Can't Fool Your Wife Ritz Amsterdam Manager 1940-05-21
Movie Millionaires in Prison Dell, Deputy Taking Vander to Prison (uncredited) 1940-07-12
Movie Stranger on the Third Floor Detective (uncredited) 1940-08-16
Movie Frontier Marshal Dave Hall 1939-07-28
Movie Love Affair Cafe Manager (uncredited) 1939-04-07
Movie 5th Ave Girl Headwaiter (uncredited) 1939-09-22
Movie Arsène Lupin Returns Plainclothes Detective 1938-02-25
Movie The Girl of the Golden West Stagecoach Passenger 1938-03-18
Movie Rebellious Daughters Mr. Stanley - First Victim 1938-07-01
Movie Men with Wings Chairman 1938-07-16
Movie Make Way for Tomorrow Ed Weldon - Auto Salesman (uncredited) 1937-05-09
Movie We Who Are About to Die Blake's Associate 1937-01-08
Movie The Grand Bounce Harry Briggs (uncredited) 1937-05-22
Movie Artists & Models Lord (uncredited) 1937-08-04
Movie Wells Fargo Customer 1937-12-31
Movie The Awful Truth Vance's Butler (uncredited) 1937-10-20
Movie Hot Tip Sheriff 1935-08-20
Movie The Daring Young Man Mayor 1935-07-17
Movie The Mystery Man Mr. Clark, Hotel Manager 1935-02-12
Movie Diamond Jim Gambler 1935-09-01
Movie Ruggles of Red Gap Sam 1935-03-08
Movie Slightly Static Mr. Campbell (as Del Henderson) 1935-09-07
Movie Steamboat Round the Bend Salesman 1935-09-06
Movie Thunder in the Night Ambassador - Party Guest 1935-09-16
Movie Little Big Shot Policeman 1935-09-07
Movie 3 Kids and a Queen Reporter 1935-10-21
Movie You're Telling Me! Mayor (as Del Henderson) 1934-03-18
Movie Bottoms Up Lane Worthing 1934-04-12
Movie Men in Black Dr. Graves 1934-09-28
Movie It's a Gift Mr. Abernathy 1934-11-30
Movie Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch House Manager 1934-10-28
Movie Goldie Gets Along Mr. Moon 1933-01-27
Movie On Your Guard Detective Calvin Carter - aka O'Hara 1933-01-31
Movie Too Much Harmony Small Town Theatre Manager 1933-09-23
Movie Rainbow Over Broadway Bowers 1933-12-01
Movie In Walked Charley Delbert Henderson 1932-04-22
Movie Mr. Bride J. P. Henderson 1932-12-24
Movie Choo-Choo! Mr. Henderson 1932-05-07
Movie Thundering Tenors Senator D.H. Henderson 1931-02-07
Movie Helping Grandma Henderson 1931-01-02
Movie Spuk um Mitternacht Housekeeper 1931-05-31
Movie Windy Riley Goes Hollywood Unknown 1931-05-02
Movie Newly Rich Director 1931-07-04
Movie The Champ The Doctor (uncredited) 1931-11-21
Movie Skip the Maloo! Mr. Benson 1931-09-03
Movie All Teed Up Judge Quirt 1930-04-18
Movie Whispering Whoopee Mr. Henderson 1930-03-08
Movie Night of Goblins Housekeeper 1930-01-01
Movie Hit the Deck Admiral 1930-02-02
Movie Fast Work Old Faithful 1930-06-30
Movie The Sins of the Children Ted Baldwin 1930-06-27
Movie Bigger and Better Mr. Kornman 1930-10-24
Movie Looser Than Loose Mr. Henderson 1930-11-15
Movie The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case Housekeeper (uncredited) 1930-08-08
Movie Wrong Again Painting owner 1929-02-23
Movie The Patsy Pa Harrington 1928-04-22
Movie The Crowd Dick 1928-03-03
Movie Show People Colonel Pepper 1928-11-20
Movie Riley the Cop Judge Coronelli 1928-11-25
Movie The Power of the Press Bill Johnson 1928-10-30
Movie Getting Gertie's Garter Barry Scott 1927-02-28
Movie The Clinging Vine B. Harvey Doolittle 1926-09-06
Movie The Rejuvenation of Aunt Mary Aunt Mary's Sweetheart 1916-03-15
Movie Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages Extra (uncredited) 1916-09-04
Movie For Better - But Worse The Police Chief's Daughter's Romeo 1915-05-21
Movie Those Bitter Sweets The Rival 1915-06-07
Movie A Voice from the Deep On Roller Coaster 1912-03-21
Movie The Sunbeam Bachelor 1912-02-25
Movie The Mender of Nets The Little Mender's Brother 1912-02-15
Movie Hot Stuff Cigar Drummer 1912-03-21
Movie The Fatal Chocolate The City Beau 1912-02-19
Movie The Engagement Ring Redmond 1912-03-10
Movie The Brave Hunter The Brave Hunter's Rival 1912-04-21
Movie Tragedy of the Dress Suit Dick 1912-08-14
Movie The Furs The Husband 1912-05-12
Movie The Speed Demon 1912-07-14
Movie Won by a Fish The Woman's Father 1912-04-22
Movie The Primal Call The Creditor 1911-06-21
Movie The Lonedale Operator A Tramp 1911-03-23
Movie The Ghost A Crook 1911-07-20
Movie When a Man Loves Mr. Bach 1911-01-05
Movie His Trust Col. Frazier 1911-01-16
Movie The Long Road Wedding Guest 1911-10-26
Movie The Last Drop of Water Undetermined Role 1911-07-26
Movie A Victim of Circumstance The Husband 1911-11-02
Movie The Adventures of Billy Rich Man 1911-10-18
Movie The Baron The Baron / A Waiter 1911-08-30
Movie The Making of a Man Leading Man 1911-10-04
Movie Over Silent Paths The Wanderer 1910-05-15
Movie Ramona Man at Burial 1910-05-23
Movie The Two Brothers Manuel 1910-05-12
Movie Gold Is Not All 1910-02-18
Movie The Converts In Bar 1910-02-08
Movie A Child of the Ghetto The Proprietor 1910-06-06
Movie The Gold Seekers The Claim Agent 1910-03-18
Movie The Unchanging Sea The Rescuer 1910-05-05
Movie Wilful Peggy Unknown 1910-08-24
Movie The Song of the Wildwood Flute A Suitor 1910-11-21
Movie A Plain Song The Manager 1910-11-28
Movie The Lesson Policeman 1910-12-19
Movie In the Border States Union Officer 1910-06-13
Movie That Chink at Golden Gulch Gentleman Jim Dandy 1910-10-10
Movie A Gold Necklace Unknown 1910-10-06
Movie The Usurer First Mover 1910-08-14
Movie The Modern Prodigal At Post Office 1910-08-28
Movie The Broken Locket Unknown 1909-09-16
Movie Monday Morning in a Coney Island Police Court Unknown 1908-09-04