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Henry B. Walthall

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Henry Brazeale Walthall (March 16, 1878 – June 17, 1936) was an American stage and film actor. He appeared as the Little Colonel in D. W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915). In New York in 1901, Walthall won a role in Under Southern Skies by Charlotte Blair Parker. He performed in the play for three years, in New York and on tour. With the company of Henry Miller he gained recognition on Broadway in plays including Pippa Passes, The Only Way and William Vaughn Moody's The Great Divide (1906–08). His fellow cast member James Kirkwood introduced Walthall to D. W. Griffith, and at the conclusion of that engagement, Walthall joined the Biograph Company. His career in movies began in 1909 at Biograph Studios in New York with a leading role in the film A Convict's Sacrifice. This film also featured James Kirkwood, and was directed by D. W. Griffith, a director that played a huge part in Walthall's rise to stardom. As the industry grew in size and popularity, Griffith emerged as a director and Walthall found himself a mainstay of the Griffith company, frequently working alongside such Griffith regulars as Owen Moore, Kate Bruce, Lillian and Dorothy Gish, Mae Marsh, Bobby Harron and Jack and Mary Pickford. He followed Griffith's departure from New York's Biograph to California's Reliance-Majestic Studios in 1913. After a few months with Reliance, he joined Pathé for a short period. He decided to go into the producing business and formed The Union Feature Film Company, the first to be devoted entirely to full-length films. The venture was not successful, however, and he again became associated with Griffith's company. Given the relatively short length of films in the early years, Walthall frequently found himself cast in dozens of films each year. He gained national attention in 1915 for his role as Colonel Ben Cameron in Griffith's highly influential and controversial epic, The Birth of a Nation. Walthall's portrayal of a Confederate veteran rounding up the Ku Klux Klan won him large-scale fame, and Walthall was soon able to emerge as a leading actor in the years leading up to the 1920s, parting ways with Griffith. Walthall continued working in films through the 1920s, appearing in The Plastic Age with Gilbert Roland and Clara Bow. He portrayed Roger Chillingworth in Victor Seastrom's 1926 adaptation of The Scarlet Letter opposite Lillian Gish. Walthall continued his career into the 1930s. After his performance in director John Ford's 1934 film Judge Priest starring Will Rogers he enjoyed a golden period of his career. He portrayed Dr. Manette in A Tale of Two Cities (1935), starring Ronald Colman. In 1936 he appeared as Marcel in The Devil-Doll. He was gravely ill during his final film, China Clipper. Frank Capra wanted Walthall to portray the High Lama in his 1937 film, Lost Horizon. "Frail and failing, he died before we could test him," Capra wrote. Walthall has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6201 Hollywood Boulevard.

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Mar 16, 1878 In Shelby County, Alabama, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Rescued from an Eagle's Nest 1908-01-16
Latest Project:
Movie London After Midnight 2002-11-01
Known For
Poster of The Mine with the Iron Door
Poster of The Lemon Drop Kid
Poster of Wings
Poster of Souls Courageous
Movie London After Midnight Sir James Hamlin (archive footage) 2002-11-01
Movie Star Power: The Creation Of United Artists (archive footage) 1998-01-01
Movie Black Shadows on the Silver Screen Self (archive footage) 1975-04-19
Movie The Garden Murder Case Dr. Garden 1936-02-21
Movie Hearts in Bondage Capt. Buchanan 1936-05-26
Movie The Mine with the Iron Door David Burton 1936-05-06
Movie The Devil-Doll Marcel 1936-07-10
Movie China Clipper Dad Brunn 1936-08-11
Movie The Last Outlaw Cal Yates 1936-06-19
Movie Dante's Inferno Pop McWade 1935-08-23
Movie A Tale of Two Cities Dr. Manette 1935-12-25
Movie Men in White enry B. Walthall 1934-04-06
Movie Beggars in Ermine Marchant the Blind Man 1934-02-21
Movie Dark Hazard Schultz 1934-01-31
Movie Viva Villa! Francisco Madero 1934-04-27
Movie City Park Colonel Henry Randolph Ransome 1934-05-01
Movie A Girl of the Limberlost Dr. Amon 1934-10-14
Movie The Scarlet Letter Roger Chillingworth 1934-09-18
Movie The Lemon Drop Kid Jonas Deering 1934-09-27
Movie Judge Priest Reverend Ashby Brand 1934-09-15
Movie The Murder in the Museum Bernard Latham Wayne, alias Prof. Mysto 1934-05-26
Movie Somewhere in Sonora Bob Leadly 1933-05-27
Movie The Whispering Shadow J. D. Bradley 1933-04-17
Movie 42nd Street Stage Actor (uncredited) 1933-03-11
Movie Hold Your Man Clergyman in Alternate Version (uncredited) 1933-06-30
Movie The Flaming Signal Rev. Mr. James 1933-07-24
Movie The Wolf Dog Jim Courtney 1933-09-29
Movie The Sin of Nora Moran Father Ryan 1933-12-13
Movie Headline Shooter Judge Beacon 1933-07-28
Movie Chandu the Magician Robert Regent 1932-08-04
Movie Alias Mary Smith Atwell 1932-07-14
Movie Hotel Continental Winthrop 1932-03-27
Movie Ride Him, Cowboy John Gaunt 1932-08-27
Movie Police Court Nathaniel "Nat" Barry 1932-02-19
Movie Klondike Mark Armstrong 1932-08-29
Movie Strange Interlude Professor Leeds 1932-12-30
Movie Central Park Eby 1932-12-10
Movie Me and My Gal John Collins 1932-12-04
Movie The Cabin in the Cotton Eph Clinton 1932-09-26
Movie Anybody's Blonde Mr. Evans 1931-11-17
Movie Temple Tower Blackton 1930-04-12
Movie Abraham Lincoln Colonel Marshall 1930-08-25
Movie Tol'able David Amos Hatburn 1930-11-15
Movie The Love Trader Captain Adams 1930-09-25
Movie From Headquarters Buffalo Bill Ryan 1929-04-27
Movie The Bridge of San Luis Rey Father Juniper 1929-03-30
Movie Speakeasy Piano player 1929-03-08
Movie River of Romance General Jeff Rumford 1929-06-28
Movie Blaze o' Glory Burke 1929-12-30
Movie Black Magic Dr. Bradbroke 1929-07-06
Movie The Trespasser Fuller 1929-11-11
Movie The Phantom in the House Boyd Milburn 1929-10-20
Movie Retribution Henry / Tommy Mooney 1928-06-16
Movie Freedom of the Press John Ballard 1928-10-28
Movie Fighting Love 1927-02-14
Movie The Scarlet Letter Roger Prynne aka Roger Chillingworth 1927-01-08
Movie Love Me and the World Is Mine Van Denbosch 1927-09-26
Movie Wings Mr. Armstrong 1927-08-12
Movie London After Midnight Sir James Hamlin 1927-12-03
Movie The Unknown Soldier John Phillips 1926-05-29
Movie The Road to Mandalay Father James 1926-06-26
Movie The Golden Bed Col. Peake 1925-01-25
Movie The Girl Who Wouldn't Work William Hale 1925-08-18
Movie The Plastic Age Henry Carver 1925-12-15
Movie Kit Carson Over the Great Divide Dr. Samuel Webb 1925-09-02
Movie Kentucky Pride Mr. Beaumont 1925-09-06
Movie The Woman on the Jury Prosecuting Attorney 1924-04-20
Movie Boy of Mine Unknown 1923-12-30
Movie The Long Chance Unknown 1922-10-02
Movie One Clear Call Henry Garnett 1922-05-20
Movie The Kickback Aaron Price 1922-06-30
Movie Flower of the North Philip Whitemore 1921-12-04
Movie The Confession Father Bartlett 1920-01-01
Movie Parted Curtains Joe Jenkins 1920-04-02
Movie The Long Lane's Turning Unknown 1919-02-10
Movie The False Faces Michael Lanyard 1919-02-15
Movie The Long Arm of Mannister George Mannister 1919-11-15
Movie The Great Love Sir Roger Brighton 1918-08-11
Movie The Strange Case of Mary Page Unknown 1916-01-24
Movie Pillars of Society Karsten Bernick 1916-08-27
Movie The Birth of a Nation Col. Ben Cameron 1915-02-08
Movie Ghosts Captain Arling / Oswald (as Henry Walthall) 1915-05-31
Movie The Raven Edgar Allan Poe 1915-11-08
Movie The Awakening of Donna Isolla The President of the Republic 1914-01-24
Movie Classmates Unknown 1914-02-14
Movie Strongheart Soangataha / Strongheart 1914-03-08
Movie Home, Sweet Home John Howard Payne 1914-05-16
Movie The Avenging Conscience: or 'Thou Shalt Not Kill' The nephew 1914-08-02
Movie Judith of Bethulia Holofernes 1914-03-08
Movie The Little Tease The Valley Man 1913-04-12
Movie Broken Ways The Road Agent 1913-03-08
Movie Three Friends The Husband 1913-01-02
Movie The Lady and the Mouse The First Rival 1913-04-26
Movie Oil and Water 1913-02-10
Movie Two Men of the Desert First Partner 1913-08-23
Movie A Woman in the Ultimate Badger Gang Member 1913-09-03
Movie The Wanderer The Wanderer 1913-05-02
Movie The Switch Tower The Switchman 1913-06-15
Movie Death's Marathon Unknown 1913-06-14
Movie A Feud in the Kentucky Hills A Psalm Singer 1912-10-03
Movie So Near, Yet So Far In Club 1912-09-29
Movie The One She Loved The Husband 1912-10-21
Movie Friends Dandy Jack 1912-09-22
Movie The Informer The False Brother 1912-11-21
Movie My Baby The Husband 1912-11-14
Movie The Burglar’s Dilemma The Householder's Weakling Brother 1912-12-16
Movie The God Within The Woodsman 1912-12-26
Movie The Command from Galilee The Lover 1911-02-04
Movie For His Sake Unknown 1911-09-27
Movie Souls Courageous Unknown 1911-02-18
Movie The Gold Seekers Unknown 1910-03-18
Movie The Way of the World Unknown 1910-03-12
Movie The Face at the Window Unknown 1910-05-10
Movie The Two Brothers Pedro 1910-05-12
Movie In Old California Perdita's Son 1910-03-10
Movie Love Among the Roses The Lord 1910-05-08
Movie The Kid Walter Holden 1910-04-14
Movie The Converts 1910-02-08
Movie His Last Burglary Unknown 1910-01-07
Movie Ramona Alessandro 1910-05-23
Movie On the Reef Mr. Wilson 1910-01-17
Movie The Call Billy Harvey 1910-01-20
Movie Thou Shalt Not Unknown 1910-03-03
Movie The Cloister’s Touch The Father 1910-01-31
Movie The Thread of Destiny Estrada 1910-03-07
Movie Wilful Peggy The Lord 1910-08-24
Movie Rose o' Salem Town The Trapper 1910-09-25
Movie The Oath and the Man Henri Prevost 1910-09-21
Movie The Iconoclast Unknown 1910-10-03
Movie The Armorer’s Daughter Unknown 1910-10-29
Movie A Child of the Ghetto The Farmer 1910-06-06
Movie Where the Sea and the Shore Doth Meet Unknown 1910-11-05
Movie In Life's Cycle Vincent, as an Adult 1910-09-14
Movie The Gray of the Dawn Unknown 1910-10-22
Movie A Summer Idyll Unknown 1910-09-05
Movie In the Border States Confederate Corporal 1910-06-13
Movie The Call to Arms The Lord 1910-07-25
Movie The House with Closed Shutters Charles Randolph - The Confederate Soldier 1910-08-08
Movie The Usurer One of the Second Debtors 1910-08-15
Movie The Sorrows of the Unfaithful Bill 1910-08-22
Movie The Little Darling In Boarding House 1909-09-01
Movie The Sealed Room The Minstrel 1909-09-02
Movie 1776, or The Hessian Renegades Unknown 1909-09-06
Movie Pranks Sunbather 1909-08-30
Movie A Strange Meeting A Thief 1909-08-01
Movie Getting Even Miner 1909-09-12
Movie The Slave Alachus' Friend 1909-07-29
Movie The Mended Lute Indian 1909-08-05
Movie They Would Elope Unknown 1909-08-09
Movie In Little Italy Victor Ratazzi 1909-12-23
Movie A Trap for Santa Claus Unknown 1909-12-20
Movie The Day After Unknown 1909-12-30
Movie The Heart of an Outlaw The Mexican Lover 1909-12-31
Movie The Broken Locket Mexican Man 1909-09-16
Movie A Corner in Wheat Wheat King's Assistant 1909-12-13
Movie In Old Kentucky Robert, the Confederate son 1909-09-20
Movie Pippa Passes Unknown 1909-10-03
Movie Fools of Fate Unknown 1909-10-06
Movie Rescued from an Eagle's Nest Woodsman 1908-01-16