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  • BIRTH 15/04/1871
  • DEATH 24/04/1956
  • Country British Virgin Islands
  • MOVIES 27

Henry Stephenson

From Wikipedia

Henry Stephenson Garraway (16 April 1871 – 24 April 1956), sometimes credited as Harry Stephenson, was a British stage and film actor. He portrayed friendly and wise Gentleman in many films of the 1930s and 1940s. Among his roles was Sir Joseph Banks in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) and Mr. Brownlow in Oliver Twist.

Stephenson was educated in Rugby in Warwickshire and started acting in his twenties. He appeared on British and American stages and made his Broadway debut in 1901, playing the messenger in A Message from Mars. In the following decades, he appeared in over 30 Broadway plays. Henry Stephenson made his film debut in 1917 and appeared in a few silent films, but made his mark mostly as an elder man in sound films. Between 1931 and 1932, he appeared in the successful Broadway play Cyanara with over 200 performances. He came to Hollywood for the film version of Cyanara, starring Ronald Colman and with Henry Stephenson in a supporting role.

In the same year year, he played the tycoon C.B. Gaerste in Red-Headed Woman and Doctor Alliott in A Bill of Divorcement. The following year, the English-born actor appeared as the intimidating yet warm-hearted Mr. Laurence in Little Women. The tall, white-haired actor specialized in portraying wise, dignified and friendly British gentlemans in supporting roles. He could be "both imposing and benevolent in his patrician portrayals, usually expounding words of wisdom or offering gentlemanly aid." He appeared overall in 90 films from 1917 to 1951, often as a doctor or professor, general, judge or aristocrat. He often played historical figures like Sir Joseph Banks in the oscar-winnig adventure film Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) and Florimond Claude, Comte de Mercy-Argenteau in Marie Antoinette (1938).

Stephenson worked with film star Errol Flynn in the films Captain Blood, The Charge of the Light Brigade, The Prince and the Pauper, and The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex; often as Flynn's paternal friend and superior.

He portrayed Sir Thomas Lancing in Tarzan Finds a Son! in 1939 and playing an entirely different role as Sir Guy Henderson in Tarzan and the Amazons in 1945. He seldom played dark figures, among the exceptions was the snobbish Mr. Bryant in Mr. Lucky in 1943. Stephenson also appeared in literature adaptions, for example as the friendly lawyer Havisham in Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936) and as Mr. Brownlow in David Lean's literature adaption Oliver Twist (1948). He made his last film in 1949, but appeared in two TV-series in 1951 before the end of his career. In 1950, after finishing his role of Cardinal Gaspar de Quiroga in the drama play, That Lady, Stephenson retired from the stage.

He married actress Ann Shoemaker. They had one daughter.

Henry Stephenson died in 1956 at the age of 85 years. He was survived by Ann and his daughter.

Henry Stephenson

Movies (27)

Mutiny on the Bounty
Mutiny on the Bounty
Joseph Banks
Little Women
Little Women
Mr. Laurence
Captain Blood
Captain Blood
Lord Willoughby
Tarzan and the Amazons
Tarzan and the Amazons
Sir Guy Henderson, the Archeologist
Tarzan Finds a Son!
Tarzan Finds a Son!
Sir Thomas Lancing
Oliver Twist
Oliver Twist
Mr. Brownlow
This Above All
This Above All
General Cathaway
Challenge to Lassie
Challenge to Lassie
Sir Charles Loring
The Charge of the Light Brigade
The Charge of the Light Brigade
Sir Charles Macefield
A Bill of Divorcement
A Bill of Divorcement
Doctor Alliot
Night and Day
Night and Day
Omar Cole
The Prince and the Pauper
The Prince and the Pauper
Duke of Norfolk
Little Lord Fauntleroy
Little Lord Fauntleroy
Havisham
Heartbeat
Heartbeat
Minister
When You're in Love
When You're in Love
Walter Mitchell
Julia Misbehaves
Julia Misbehaves
Lord Pennystone
Mr. Lucky
Mr. Lucky
Mr. Bryant
Thirty Day Princess
Thirty Day Princess
King Anatol XII
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
Lord Burghley
Ivy
Ivy
Judge
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Sir Ronald Ramsgate
Dark Delusion
Dark Delusion
Evans Biddle
Marie Antoinette
Marie Antoinette
Count de Mercey
The Locket
The Locket
Lord Wyndham
Time Out of Mind
Time Out of Mind
Wellington Drake
Two Girls and a Sailor
Two Girls and a Sailor
John Dyckman Brown I
Red-Headed Woman
Red-Headed Woman
Charles B. 'Charlie' / 'C.B.' Gaerste