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Herbert Banemann Rawlinson (15 November 1885 – 12 July 1953) was an English-born stage, film, radio, and television actor. A leading man during Hollywood's silent film era, Rawlinson transitioned to character roles after the advent of sound films.

Herbert Rawlinson
Herbert Rawlinson by Witzel.jpg
Rawlinson ca. 1917
Born
Herbert Banemann Rawlinson

(1885-11-15)15 November 1885
New Brighton, Cheshire, England, UK
Died12 July 1953(1953-07-12) (aged 67)
Los Angeles
OccupationActor
Years active1911–1953
Spouse(s)
Roberta Arnold (m. 1917–1923)

Loraine Abigail Long (m. 1924–1927)

Josephine Norman(m.?–1951, her death)
Parent(s)Robert Theodore and Emily Rawlinson

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Early lifeEdit

Rawlinson was born in New Brighton, Cheshire, England, UK on 15 November 1885.[1] He was one of the four sons and three daughters of Robert Theodore Rawlinson (3 April 1859 – 19 December 1936) and his wife Emily (death: 13 December 1950).[2][3] He sailed to America on the same ship as Charlie Chaplin to establish himself as a leading man in the silent movies before making the transition as a character actor in the "talkies".[2]

RecognitionEdit

For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Herbert Rawlinson has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6150 Hollywood Blvd on 8 February 1960.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Rawlinson married Roberta Arnold in 1917. They divorced in 1923 in which he had cited desertion.[5] He married Loraine Abigail Long in 1924 and divorced in 1927.[6] Rawlinson was married to Josephine Norman until her death on 24 January 1951.

DeathEdit

Rawlinson died of lung cancer in 1953.[7]

FilmographyEdit

  • Mr. Rawlinson has hundreds of screen credits, much of it in the silent years, so this is a yet unfinished and necessarily arbitrary list.
 
Film still of Herbert Rawlinson in Lady Gangster

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1911 The New Superintendent American short drama film directed by Francis Boggs. [8]
1913 The Sea Wolf Humphrey Van Weyden
1914 The Spy Harvey Birch
Martin Eden Arthur Morse
The Opened Shutters John Dunham
Damon and Pythias Pythias
Called Back Gilbert Vaughan
1915 The Black Box Sanford Quest
[9]
1916 Little Eve Edgarton James Barton
The Eagle's Wings Richard Wallace
1917 The Scarlet Crystal Vincent Morgan
Like Wildfire Tommy Buckman
Come Through James Harrington Court, aka 'The Possum'
Flirting with Death 'Sky High' Billy Wardwell
The Man Trap John Mull
The High Sign Donald Bruce
1918 The Flash of Fate Randolph Shorb
Brace Up Henry Court
Smashing Through Jack Mason
Back to the Woods Jimmy Raymond
Out of the Night Bob Storrow
The Turn of the Wheel Maxfield Grey A lost silent film romantic drama directed by Reginald Barker. [10][11]
The Mating Dick Ives
Kiss or Kill Henry Warner
The Floor Below Rawlinson is credited with appearing in this film by silentera.com, but not by IMDb. [12]
1919 The Common Cause Orrin Palmer
[13][14]
The Carter Case Craig Kennedy
Good Gracious, Annabelle John Rawson
  • A lost American silent society comedy film directed by George Melford.
  • Based on the Broadway play, Good Gracious, Annabelle by Clare Kummer.
[15][16][17]
A House Divided Philip Carmichael
A Dangerous Affair Terrence Redmond
1920 The $1,000,000 Reward Man in suit
The Poppy Trail
Passers-By Peter Waverton
Man and His Woman Dr. John Worthing
1921 The Wakefield Case Wakefield Jr.
Playthings of Destiny Geoffrey Arnold
Charge It Philip Lawrence
You Find It Everywhere Andrew Gibson
Wealth Phillip Dominick
Conflict Jevons
The Millionaire Jack Norman
Cheated Hearts Barry Gordon
[18][19]
1922 The Scrapper Malloy
Man Under Cover Paul Porter American crime film directed by Tod Browning. [20]
The Black Bag Billy Kirkwood
Don't Shoot James Harrington Court
Confidence Bob Mortimer
The Black Bag Stuart Paton
One Wonderful Night John D. Curtis
  • Silent film mystery directed by Stuart Paton.
  • A copy is held at the Gosfilmofond archive, Moscow.
[21]
1923 The Scarlet Car Billy Winthrop
The Prisoner Philip Quentin
[22][23]
Nobody's Bride Jimmy Nevins
Fools and Riches Jimmy Dorgan
Mary of the Movies Himself Uncredited
Silent semi-autobiographical 1923 comedy directed by John McDermott based on the career of Marion Mack.
[24][25]
Railroaded Richard Ragland
The Victor Cecil Fitzhugh Waring
The Clean Up Montgomery Bixby
A Million to Burn Thomas Gwynne
His Mystery Girl Kerry Reynolds
1924 Jack O'Clubs John Francis Foley
Stolen Secrets The Eel, Miles Manning
Dancing Cheat Brwlw Clay
High Speed Hi Moreland
Dark Stairways Sheldon Polk
The Tomboy Aldon Farwell
1925 The Prairie Wife Duncan MacKail
[26]
My Neighbor's Wife Allen Allwright
Every Man's Wife Mr. Randolph
The Adventurous Sex The Sweetheart
The Man in Blue Tom Conlin Silent film drama directed by Edward Laemmle. [27][28]
The Flame Fighter Jack Sparks
The Unnamed Woman Donald Brookes
The Great Jewel Robbery Steve Martindale
1926 The Gilded Butterfly Courtney Roth
Her Big Adventure Ralph Merriwell
Phantom Police Jack Wright
The Millionaire Policeman Steven Wallace
Men of the Night J. Rupert Dodds
The Belle of Broadway Paul Merlin
[29][30][31]
Her Sacrifice James Romaine
Trooper 77 Steve Manning / Trooper 77
1927 Burning Gold Bob Roberts
Slipping Wives Husband Silent comedy short film directed by Fred Guiol. Short
The Bugle Call Capt. Randolph
  • Drama silent film directed by Edward Sedgwick.
  • The Lost Film Files database has this film as being lost.
[32][33][34]
Hour of Reckoning
Wages of Conscience Henry McWade
1933 The Working Man Reeves Co. Board Member Uncredited
Moonlight and Pretzels Sport Powell
Get That Venus Editor Nash American comedy film directed by Arthur Varney. [35]
1934 Enlighten Thy Daughter Dr. Richard Stevens
1935 The People's Enemy Philip Francis Duke Ware
Convention Girl Ward Hollister
Men Without Names Crawford
Confidential J.W. Keaton
Show Them No Mercy Kurt Hansen
1936 Dancing Feet Oliver Groves
Follow the Fleet Mr. Webber - Paradise Ballroom Owner Uncredited
Hitch Hike to Heaven Melville Delaney
Bullets or Ballots Mr. Caldwell Gangster drama film directed by William Keighley featuring Edward G. Robinson, Joan Blondell, & Humphrey Bogart.
Ticket to Paradise Fred Townsend American drama film directed by Aubrey Scotto. [36]
A Son Comes Home Bladeu American drama film directed by E.A. Dupont. [37]
Hollywood Boulevard Manager of Grauman's
Mad Holiday Captain Bromley
Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island Grant Jackson A Republic Movie serial directed by Ray Taylor and Mack V. Wright. [38][39]
Mysterious Crossing District Attorney Henry R. Charters
1937 God's Country and the Woman Doyle
Blake of Scotland Yard Sir James Blake
Midnight Court District Attorney Larson Uncredited
Nobody's Baby Radio Audition Executive
The Go Getter Lester Directed by Busby Berkeley.
Make a Wish Dr. Stevens
S.O.S. Coast Guard Boyle, Coast guard commander A Republic film serial directed by Alan James and William Witney. [40][41]
That Certain Woman Dr. Hartman
Back in Circulation District Attorney Saunders American film directed by Ray Enright.
Something to Sing About Studio Attorney Uncredited
Love Is on the Air Mr. George Copelin
Over the Goal Stanley Short
Every Day's a Holiday Guest at Party Uncredited
1938 The Kid Comes Back Mr. Redmann
Hawaii Calls Mr. Harlow
Over the Wall Prosecutor Uncredited
Women Are Like That Avery Flickner
Marie Antoinette Goguelot Uncredited
Under the Big Top Herman
Valley of the Giants Land Commissioner Uncredited
Secrets of an Actress Mr. Harrison Romantic drama film directed by William Keighley.
Hard to Get Mr. Jones Uncredited
Torchy Gets Her Man Tom Brennan
Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus Race Judge Uncredited
Orphans of the Street Adams
1939 Blackwell's Island Dave Reynolds Uncredited
Secret Service of the Air Adm. A.C. Schuyler
You Can't Get Away with Murder District Attorney Crime drama directed by Lewis Seiler and starring Humphrey Bogart. [42]
Sudden Money
Dark Victory Dr. Carter
[43][44]
Naughty but Nice Hardwick's Attorney Uncredited
Days of Jesse James Bank Association Official Uncredited
Swanee River Army Officer Uncredited
Money to Burn Dover
1940 Swiss Family Robinson Captain
Five Little Peppers at Home Mr. Decker
Framed Walter Billings
Free, Blonde and 21 John Crane
Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe Dr. Frohmann Serial, [Chs. 1, 4]
Cross-Country Romance Ship's Capt. Brawley Uncredited
I Want a Divorce Len Howard Uncredited
King of the Royal Mounted Ross King Serial, [chs 1-4]
Seven Sinners First Mate
1941 Flying Wild Mr. Reynolds
I Wanted Wings Mr. Young Uncredited
Strange Alibi King Carney Uncredited
The Flame of New Orleans Party Guest Uncredited
Sheriff of Tombstone Dodge City Marshal Uncredited
Adventure in Washington Senator Jenkins Uncredited
Blondie in Society Mr. Judson, Bank President Uncredited
Mystery Ship Inspector Clark Uncredited
Scattergood Meets Broadway The Governor
Gentleman from Dixie Prison Warden
Bad Man of Deadwood Judge Gary
Lydia Dignitary on Podium Uncredited
It Started with Eve Party Guest Uncredited
King of the Texas Rangers Ranger Colonel Lee Avery Serial, [Chs. 1,12]
Arizona Cyclone George Randolph
I Killed That Man Prison Warden
Riot Squad Police Chief
1942 Don Winslow of the Navy Adm. Warburton Serial, [Ch. 1]
Broadway Big Shot District Attorney
Stagecoach Buckaroo Bill Kincaid
We Were Dancing Hubert's Friend Uncredited
Lady Gangster D.A. Lewis Sinton
Tramp, Tramp, Tramp! Ex-Soldier Commander Uncredited
Hello, Annapolis Capt. Dugan
The Panther's Claw District Attorney Bill Dougherty
Perils of the Royal Mounted Richard Winton Serial
I Live on Danger Chief of Police Uncredited
Perils of Nyoka Maj. Reynolds Serial, [Ch. 1], Uncredited
Sons of the Pioneers Townsman Uncredited
Smart Alecks Captain Bronson
Just Off Broadway Court Stenographer Uncredited
Foreign Agent Stevens
War Dogs David J. Titus
Silver Queen Judge
Lost Canyon Tom Clark
1943 Silent Witness Benjamin Yeager
Cosmo Jones, Crime Smasher Mr. James J. Blake
Reveille with Beverly Announcer Uncredited
Two Weeks to Live J.J. Stark Sr.
King of the Cowboys Businessman Uncredited
Daredevils of the West T.M. Sawyer - Banker Serial, (Ch. 10), Uncredited
Days of Old Cheyenne Governor Frank Shelby
Colt Comrades Varney
The Masked Marvel Mr. Kellering Serial, Uncredited
Doughboys in Ireland Larry Hunt
Where Are Your Children? Brooks the Butler
Old Acquaintance Red Cross Chairman Uncredited
Riders of the Deadline Ranger Captain Jennings
The Woman of the Town Doc Sears
1944 Marshal of Gunsmoke Sam Garret
Nabonga T.F. Stockwell
[45][46]
Sailor's Holiday Director Uncredited
Oklahoma Raiders Colonel Rogers
Shake Hands with Murder John Clark American comedy mystery film directed by Albert Herman. [45][46]
Lumberjack Buck Peters
Forty Thieves Buck Peters American western directed by Lesley Selander.
Marshal of Reno Editor John Palmer
Goin' to Town Wentworth
Sheriff of Sundown Governor Brainerd American western drama film directed by Lesley Selander.
Hi, Beautiful Board Member Uncredited
1946 Accomplice Vincent Springer
San Quentin Dr. Stanton
[47]
1947 Honeymoon American Uncredited
Railroaded! Doctor Attending Cowie Uncredited
1948 Silent Conflict Yardman Pete
The Argyle Secrets Dr. Van Selbin Uncredited
The Gallant Legion Major Grant
The Counterfeiters Norman Talbot
Sinister Journey Marshal Reardon
Borrowed Trouble Groves
Superman Graham Serial, [Chs. 3, 9-11, 13-15]
Strange Gamble John Murray
Joan of Arc Judge Marguerie Uncredited
1949 Brimstone Storekeeper
Fighting Man of the Plains Lawyer
1950 Chain Gang Senator Harden Uncredited
1951 Gene Autry and the Mounties Inspector Wingate
1953 The Stranger Wore a Gun Man on Riverboat Stairs Uncredited
The Flaming Urge Herb American crime film directed by Harold Ericson.
1954 Jail Bait Dr. Boris Gregor American film noir crime film directed by Ed Wood. [48]

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1952 Adventures of Superman Rozan 1 episode
1953 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show Captain Benson 1 episode
Mr. and Mrs. North Hugo Crosset 1 episode

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