Henry Travers

Henry Travers

Highest Rated: 100% Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

Lowest Rated: 80% Edison, the Man (1940)

Birthday: Mar 05, 1874

Birthplace: Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England, UK

A veteran of the English stage, actor Henry Travers came to Hollywood in the early 1930s and is best known as Clarence the guardian angel from Frank Capra's classic film "It's a Wonderful Life." The relaxed demeanor and bemused whimsy of Travers's angel, who hopes to earn his wings by helping a depressed and suicidal James Stewart to find the true worth of being alive, helped make the film a beloved holiday favorite. That approach to the role was not relegated only to Capra's film; many of Travers's performances are similar in tone, though serious drama was not outside of his reach. Some of his finest acting can be seen in the William Wyler drama "Mrs. Miniver," playing the postman Mr. Ballard, for which he received his only Oscar nomination. Travers also starred in the Errol Flynn Western "Dodge City," as Doc Irving; Alfred Hitchcock's thriller "Shadow of a Doubt," playing Teresa Wright's mystery story-obsessed father; and the drama "The Bells of St. Mary's," as businessman Horace P. Bogardus. Travers died from artery disease at age 91.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 36% The Girl From Jones Beach Judge Bullfinch (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Flame Dr. Mitchell (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gallant Journey Thomas Logan (Character) - 1946
100% 76% The Yearling Mr. Boyles (Character) - 1946
94% 95% It's a Wonderful Life Clarence Oddbody (Character) $3.3M 1946
No Score Yet 54% Thrill of a Romance Hobart Glenn (Character) - 1945
85% 77% The Bells of St. Mary's Horace P. Bogardus (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 70% None Shall Escape Unknown (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 38% Dragon Seed Third Cousin (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 75% The Very Thought of You Pop Wheeler (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 80% The Moon Is Down Mayor Orden (Character) - 1943
100% 89% Shadow of a Doubt Joseph Newton (Character) - 1943
86% 67% Madame Curie Eugene Curie (Character) - 1943
90% 88% Random Harvest Dr. Sims (Character) - 1942
94% 85% Mrs. Miniver Mr. Ballard, Station-master and Bell-ringer (Character) - 1942
100% 90% Ball of Fire Prof. Jerome (History) (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bad Man Mr. Jasper Hardy (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet I'll Wait for You Mr. Miller (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 40% A Girl, a Guy and a Gob Abel Martin (Character) - 1941
90% 78% High Sierra Pa Goodhue (Character) - 1941
80% 63% Edison, the Man Ben Els (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 59% Primrose Path Gramp (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 44% Anne of Windy Poplars Matey (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wyoming Sheriff (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Remember? Judge Milliken (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet On Borrowed Time Dr. Evans (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 66% The Rains Came Rev. Homer Smiley (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 50% Stanley and Livingstone John Kingsley (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet You Can't Get Away With Murder Pop (Character) - 1939
100% 74% Dodge City Dr. Irving (Character) - 1939
88% 81% Dark Victory Dr. Parsons (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 58% The Sisters Ned Elliott (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet Maybe It's Love Mr. Halevy (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Escapade Concierge (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet After Office Hours Cap (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pursuit Thomas "Tom" Reynolds (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Party's Over Unknown (Character) - 1934
88% 80% Death Takes a Holiday Baron Cesarea (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 25% Born to Be Bad Fuzzy (Character) - 1934
94% 85% The Invisible Man Dr. Cranley (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Weakness Ellery Gregory (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet Another Language Pop Hallam (Character) - 1933

QUOTES FROM Henry Travers CHARACTERS

Clarence says: [to George] Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?

Clarence says: [In book inscription] Remember, George: no man is a failure who has friends.

Clarence says: You see George, you've really had a wonderful life. Don't you see what a mistake it would be to just throw it away?

Clarence says: You've been given a great gift, George: A chance to see what the world would be like without you.

Clarence says: You've been given a great gift.

George Bailey says: A chance to see what the world would be like without you.

Clarence says: Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?

George Bailey says: Well, maybe I left the car up at Martini's. Well, come on, Gabriel.

Clarence says: Clarence!

George Bailey says: Clarence. Right... Clarence.