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  • BIRTH 03/04/1875
  • DEATH 13/10/1948
  • Country United States
  • MOVIES 40

Samuel S. Hinds

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Samuel Southey Hinds (April 4, 1875 – October 13, 1948) was an American actor and former lawyer. He was often cast as kindly authoritarian figures and appeared in over 200 films until his death.

Hinds was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Joseph E. Hinds and Mary A. Beetham Hinds.

He was a graduate of Phillips Andover Academy and Harvard Law School and worked for over 32 years as a lawyer before becoming a professional actor. After he lost most of his money in the financial crisis of 1929, Hinds retired as a lawyer and joined the Pasadena Community Playhouse. He started acting in Broadway shows at age 54.

Hinds is perhaps best remembered for playing Peter Bailey, the father of James Stewart and founder of the Bailey Building and Loan, in It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and for his part as Paul Sycamore in You Can't Take It With You (1938), both films directed by Frank Capra. Hinds was also known for his roles in the Abbott & Costello films such as Buck Privates (1941), Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942) and Pardon My Sarong (1942). He also portrayed Lew Ayres' father in the Dr. Kildare film series during the early 1940s. Hinds mostly played supporting roles, often kind and dignified authority figures; often lawyers, doctors, mayors, judges or the father of the main figure.

Hinds' first film was If I Had a Million (1932); his second film was The Road Is Open Again (1933) where he portrayed President Woodrow Wilson. His earlier career was reflected in the role of Judge Thatcher, tortured by the mad Dr. Richard Vollin (Bela Lugosi) in The Raven (1935).

Hinds acted in a total of 214 films. His last film was The Bribe, released in 1949, after his death.

Hinds died of pneumonia in Pasadena, California, on October 13, 1948 at age 73. He was married to Dorothy Cruickshack, they had two children.

Samuel S. Hinds

Movies (40)

It's a Wonderful Life
It's a Wonderful Life
Pa Bailey
Destry Rides Again
Destry Rides Again
Judge Slade
Scarlet Street
Scarlet Street
Charles Pringle
Little Women
Little Women
Mr. March
Call Northside 777
Call Northside 777
Judge Charles Moulton (uncredited)
You Can't Take It with You
You Can't Take It with You
Paul Sycamore
The Boy with Green Hair
The Boy with Green Hair
Dr. R.T. Knudson
Lady on a Train
Lady on a Train
Mr. Wiggam, Waring Lawyer
The Spoilers
The Spoilers
Judge Stillman
Son of Dracula
Son of Dracula
Judge Simmons
Stage Door
Stage Door
Henry Sims
The Raven
The Raven
Judge Thatcher
The Shepherd of the Hills
The Shepherd of the Hills
Andy Beeler
Cobra Woman
Cobra Woman
Father Paul
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Morgan Prentiss (President, Prentiss Steel)
Berkeley Square
Berkeley Square
The American Ambassador
Ski Patrol
Ski Patrol
Captain Per Vallgren
Inside Job
Inside Job
Judge Kincaid
The Reckless Way
The Reckless Way
Frisco Lil
Frisco Lil
Jungle Woman
Jungle Woman
Coroner
Black Legion
Black Legion
Judge
The Return of October
The Return of October
Judge Northridge
Larceny with Music
Larceny with Music
Brewster
If I Had a Million
If I Had a Million
Lawyer (uncredited)
Convention City
Convention City
McAllister
The Under-Pup
The Under-Pup
Dr. McKay
Deluge
Deluge
Chief Forecaster
The Egg and I
The Egg and I
Sheriff Drum
Seven Sinners
Seven Sinners
Governor
Time Out of Mind
Time Out of Mind
Dr. Weber
The Strange Case of Doctor Rx
The Strange Case of Doctor Rx
Dudley Crispin
Trail of the Vigilantes
Trail of the Vigilantes
George Preston
The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry
The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry
Dr. Adams
Gabriel Over the White House
Gabriel Over the White House
Dr. H.L. Eastman
She's Dangerous
She's Dangerous
Warden
Dr. Kildare's Strange Case
Dr. Kildare's Strange Case
Dr. Stephen Kildare
Ride 'Em Cowboy
Ride 'Em Cowboy
Sam Shaw
Lady for a Day
Lady for a Day
Mayor (uncredited)
The Big Broadcast of 1936
The Big Broadcast of 1936
Captain