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Henry Hull, 1923
Henry Watterson Hull
October 3, 1890
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
|Died||March 8, 1977 (aged 86)|
Juliet van Wyck Fremont
(m. 1913; died 1971)
Life and careerEdit
Hull was born in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of William Madison Hull and Elinor Bond Vaughn. Early in his career, Hull appeared frequently on Broadway; he created the role of Jeeter Lester in the long-running play Tobacco Road (1933), based on the novel by Erskine Caldwell.
Hull appeared in 74 films between 1917 and 1966, often playing supporting characters like the uncle of Tyrone Power's love interest Nancy Kelly in Jesse James (1939). He appeared as Charles Rittenhouse, a wealthy industrialist in Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat (1944). Other notable roles were as Abel Magwitch in the 1934 version of Great Expectations and in the last film of director Tod Browning, Miracles for Sale (1939). He starred in Werewolf of London in 1935.
Hull memorably portrayed a doctor who Humphrey Bogart goes to for help in High Sierra, then also was cast in Colorado Territory, a western remake of the High Sierra story that starred Joel McCrea. He played a desert prospector who comes to Robert Ryan's rescue in Inferno in 1953.
In 1955, Hull appeared as a college professor forced to retire at sixty-five in an episode of CBS's sitcom, Meet Mr. McNutley, later renamed The Ray Milland Show. He guest starred on CBS's Appointment with Adventure, John Payne's NBC western series, The Restless Gun, and the syndicated crime drama, U.S. Marshal. In 1958, he was featured in Robert Culp's western series, Trackdown as "Moss" in episode "Three Legged Fox".
In 1960, Hull appeared on Bonanza, portraying a scout for General John Charles Fremont (who, in real life, was the grandfather of Hull's wife.) In 1961, Hull played an elderly man befriended by a young outlaw, portrayed by James Coburn, in NBC's Outlaws.
On December 13, 1960, Hull guest-starred on NBC's Laramie as an embittered rancher, Ben Parkinson, who challenges Slim Sherman, played by series star John Smith, to a duel after Parkinson's youngest son accidentally kills himself on Sherman ranch land. Ron Harper portrays Parkinson's other son, Tom.
Hull also guest-starred in the series finale of Laramie, the episode "The Road to Helena" (May 21, 1963). Series character Slim Sherman, while in Cody, Wyoming, is hired by David Franklin, played by Hull, and his barmaid daughter, Ruth, portrayed by Maggie Pierce, to guide the pair to Helena, Montana, so that Franklin can return money that he had previously stolen. John M. Pickard also appears in this episode.
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Hull was married to Juliet Van Wyck Fremont (1886–1971) from 1913 until her death in 1971. She was a granddaughter of Civil War general and explorer John C. Frémont and Jessie Ann Benton, the daughter of Missouri Senator Thomas Hart Benton. The couple had three children, Henry Jr., Shelley (1919–2005; named after Henry's late brother) and Joan. When his wife died in 1971, Hull went to Britain to spend his last years with his daughter. He died in Cornwall at his daughter's residence on March 8, 1977.
Hull had two brothers who were also actors. Shelley Hull was a popular leading man, who died in 1919 during the Spanish influenza epidemic. Shelley's wife, Josephine Hull, was an Oscar-winning character actress. Hull's other brother, Howard, the eldest brother, was also an actor. He was married, until his death in 1937, to stage star Margaret Anglin. Henry Hull was quoted as saying he owed all his dramatic training to Anglin, with whom he had acted on stage.
- A Square Deal (1917) as Mark Dunbar
- The Family Honor (1917) as Anthony Wayne
- Rasputin, the Black Monk (1917) as Kerersky
- The Volunteer (1917) as Jonathan Mendenhall
- Little Women (1918) as John Brooke
- One Exciting Night (1922) as John Fairfax
- The Last Moment (1922) as Hercules Napolean Cameron
- A Bride for a Knight (1923) as Jimmy Poe
- Roulette (1924) as Jimmy Moore
- The Hoosier Schoolmaster (1924) as Ralph Hartsook
- For Woman's Favor (1924) as The Fool / The Lover
- Wasted Lives (1925)
- The Wrongdoers (1925) as Jimmy Nolan
- Midnight (1934) as Nolan
- Great Expectations (1934) as Abel Magwitch
- Transient Lady (1935) as Sen. Hamp Baxter
- Werewolf of London (1935) as Dr. Glendon
- Paradise for Three (1938) as Sepp
- Yellow Jack (1938) as Dr. Jesse Lazear
- Three Comrades (1938) as Dr. Becker
- Port of Seven Seas (1938) as Uncle Elzear (uncredited)
- Boys Town (1938) as Dave Morris
- The Great Waltz (1938) as Franz Josef
- Jesse James (1939) as Major Rufus Cobb
- The Spirit of Culver (1939) as Doc Allen
- Return of the Cisco Kid (1939) as Colonel Joshua Bixby
- Stanley and Livingstone (1939) as James Gordon
- Miracles for Sale (1939) as Dave Duvallo
- Babes in Arms (1939) as Madox
- Bad Little Angel (1939) as Red Wilks
- Nick Carter, Master Detective (1939) as John A. Keller
- Judge Hardy and Son (1939) as Dr. Jones
- My Son, My Son! (1940) as Dermot O'Riordan
- The Return of Frank James (1940) as Major Rufus Cobb
- High Sierra (1941) as Doc Banton
- The West Side Kid (1943) as Sam Winston
- Seeds of Freedom (1943) as Guerilla Leader
- The Woman of the Town (1943) as Inky Wilkenson
- Lifeboat (1944) as Charles J. Rittenhouse
- Goodnight Sweetheart (1944) as Jeff Parker
- Objective, Burma! (1945) as Mark Williams
- High Barbaree (1947) as Dr. William G. Brooke
- Deep Valley (1947) as Cliff Saul
- Mourning Becomes Electra (1947) as Seth Beckwick
- On Our Merry Way (1948) as Dying Man (deleted sequence) (uncredited)
- Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! (1948) as Milt Dominy
- The Walls of Jericho (1948) as Jefferson Norman
- Belle Starr's Daughter (1948) as Old Marshall (uncredited)
- Fighter Squadron (1948) as Brig. Gen. Mike McCready
- Portrait of Jennie (1948) as Eke
- El Paso (1949) as Judge Henry Jeffers
- Rimfire (1949) as Nathaniel Greeley
- Colorado Territory (1949) as Fred Winslow
- The Fountainhead (1949) as Henry Cameron
- The Great Gatsby (1949) as Dan Cody
- The Great Dan Patch (1949) as Dan Palmer
- Song of Surrender (1949) as Deacon Parry
- The Return of Jesse James (1950) as Hank Younger
- Hollywood Story (1951) as Vincent St. Clair
- The Treasure of Lost Canyon (1952) as Cousin Lucas Cooke
- The Last Posse (1953) as Ollie Stokley
- Inferno (1953) as Sam Elby
- Thunder Over the Plains (1953) as Lt. Col. Chandler
- Kentucky Rifle (1955) as Preacher Bently
- Man with the Gun (1955) as Marshal Lee Sims
- The Buckskin Lady (1957) as Doc Morley
- The Proud Rebel (1958) as Judge Morley
- The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw (1958) as Masters
- The Buccaneer (1958) as Ezra Peavey
- The Oregon Trail (1959) as George Seton
- Master of the World (1961) as Prudent
- The Fool Killer (1965) as Dirty Jim Jelliman
- The Chase (1966) as Briggs (final film role)
- IMDb bio on Hull
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- "Duel at Parkison Town". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
- "Laramie: "The Road to Helena", May 21, 1963". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved September 23, 2012.
- "Laramie: "The Road to Helena"". tv.com. Retrieved September 23, 2012.
- Parsons, Louella (December 31, 1922). "In And Out of Focus: "The Boy is Grown Up"". New York: The Morning Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-08-26.