Harry Allen (actor)

Harry Allen (July 10, 1883 – December 4, 1951),[1] born in Sydney, New South Wales,[2] was an Australian-born American character actor of the silent and sound film eras.

Harry Allen
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Born
Harry Radford Allen

(1883-07-10)July 10, 1883
Australia
DiedDecember 4, 1951(1951-12-04) (aged 68)
Van Nuys, California, United States
OccupationActor
Years active1923–1949
Spouse(s)
Marjorie Josephine Condon
(m. 1910; div. 1915)

Gertrude Dorothea Hyde
(m. 19??; his death 1951)
Children2

CareerEdit

Allen began his acting career on stage with the J. C. Williamson organisation, performing around Australia. In 1912 he left Australia for North America.[3] In the United States, Allen was a member of a touring theater company, known for their popular rendition of The Better 'Ole.[4][5][6] He appeared on Broadway in the early 1920s.[7]

Allen's first film role was in the 1923 silent film, The Last Moment, in a supporting role.[8] In his career Allen appeared in over 100 films, mostly in supporting and smaller roles. Some of the more notable films he appeared in include: Of Human Bondage (1934), starring Bette Davis and Leslie Howard;[9] the Marx Brothers' classic, A Night at the Opera;[10] the original Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), starring Charles Laughton and Clark Gable;[11] William Wyler's 1942 Academy Award-winning film, Mrs. Miniver, starring Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, and Teresa Wright;[12] Jane Eyre (1944), starring Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine;[13] the Mickey Rooney and Elizabeth Taylor version of National Velvet (1945);[14] and The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945), starring George Sanders.[15] His final appearance on film was in the 1949 film, Challenge to Lassie, starring Edmund Gwenn.

Personal lifeEdit

In 1910, Allen married fellow actor Marjorie Josephine née Condon in Brisbane. The union was not a success and he went to North America without her, in 1912, with an Australian court granting her a divorce for abandonment in 1915.[3] Allen died on December 4, 1951, and was buried in Glen Abbey Memorial Park.[16] He was survived by his second wife, Gertrude Dorothea (née Hyde), and their two children, Harry Jr. and Paula[2]

FilmographyEdit

(Per AFI database)[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Allen's World War One registration card gives his date of birth as July 10, 1876
  2. ^ a b "Obituaries: Harry Radford Allen". The Van Nuys News. December 10, 1951. p. 10. Retrieved May 14, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)  
  3. ^ a b The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950), Sat 20 Feb 1915, Page 5, "Objected to Friends" Accessed May 15, 2017
  4. ^ "The Better 'Ole, Sparkling Comedy". Vancouver Daily World. April 3, 1919. p. 3. Retrieved May 14, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)  
  5. ^ "Booker Excels at Columbia in Old Bill Role". The San Francisco Chronicle. May 11, 1919. p. 4. Retrieved May 14, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)  
  6. ^ Edwin Schallert (June 3, 1919). ""Better 'Ole" Radiates Mirth at Orpheum". The Los Angeles Times. p. 28. Retrieved May 14, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)  
  7. ^ Broadway Internet Database - Harry Allen Accessed May 15, 2017
  8. ^ "The Last Moment". American Film Institute. Retrieved December 26, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Of Human Bondage". American Film Institute. Retrieved December 26, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "A Night at the Opera". American Film Institute. Retrieved December 26, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Mutiny on the Bounty". American Film Institute. Retrieved December 26, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Mrs. Miniver". American Film Institute. Retrieved December 26, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Jane Eyre". American Film Institute. Retrieved December 26, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "National Velvet". American Film Institute. Retrieved December 26, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ "The Picture of Dorian Gray". American Film Institute. Retrieved December 26, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ "Harry Radford Allen". Find a Grave. August 1, 2013. Retrieved December 26, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ "Harry Allen". American Film Institute. Retrieved December 26, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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