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  • BIRTH 18/09/1888
  • DEATH 06/10/1953
  • Country United States
  • SHOW 1
  • MOVIES 29

Porter Hall

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Clifford Porter Hall (September 19, 1888 – October 6, 1953) was an American character actor known for appearing in a number of films in the 1930s and 1940s. Hall played movie villains or comedic incompetent characters. Hall was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and began his career touring as a stage actor with roles in productions of The Great Gatsby and Naked in 1926. Hall made his film debut in the 1931 drama Secrets of a Secretary. He made his last onscreen appearance in the 1954 film Return to Treasure Island, which was released after his death.

He was probably best remembered for four roles: a senator in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, an atheist in Going My Way, the nervous, ill-tempered Granville Sawyer, who administers a psychological test to Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street, and a train passenger who encounters a man (Fred MacMurray) who has just committed a murder in Double Indemnity.

On October 6, 1953, Hall died of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California at the age of 65. His interment was at Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery. Hall had two children, David and Sarah Jane.

Porter Hall

Show

Four Star Playhouse
Four Star Playhouse
J. R. Martin

Movies (29)

Miracle on 34th Street
Miracle on 34th Street
Granville Sawyer
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Senator Monroe
Double Indemnity
Double Indemnity
Mr. Jackson
Sullivan's Travels
Sullivan's Travels
Mr. Hadrian
Unconquered
Unconquered
Leach
The Thin Man
The Thin Man
Herbert MacCaulay
The Plainsman
The Plainsman
Jack McCall
Ace in the Hole
Ace in the Hole
Jacob Q. Boot
His Girl Friday
His Girl Friday
Murphy
Pony Express
Pony Express
Jim Bridger
Intruder in the Dust
Intruder in the Dust
Nub Gowrie
Butch Minds the Baby
Butch Minds the Baby
Brandy Smith
The Great Moment
The Great Moment
President Franklin Pierce
Vice Squad
Vice Squad
Jack Hartrampf
Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police
Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police
Man in Drummond's Dream
Carbine Williams
Carbine Williams
Sam Markley
That Wonderful Urge
That Wonderful Urge
Attorney Ketchell
The Case of the Lucky Legs
The Case of the Lucky Legs
Col. Bradbury
Trail of the Vigilantes
Trail of the Vigilantes
Sheriff Korley
Going My Way
Going My Way
Mr. Belknap
King of Alcatraz
King of Alcatraz
Matthew Talbot
The Desperadoes
The Desperadoes
Banker Clanton
Murder in the Private Car
Murder in the Private Car
Alden Murray
Souls at Sea
Souls at Sea
Court Prosecutor
Dark Command
Dark Command
Angus McCloud
Murder, He Says
Murder, He Says
Mr. Johnson
Tom Sawyer, Detective
Tom Sawyer, Detective
Uncle Silas Phelps
Satan Met a Lady
Satan Met a Lady
Milton Ames
The Petrified Forest
The Petrified Forest
Jason Maple