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Henry Travers



A stage actor in the British Isles from 1894, Henry Travers settled permanently in America in 1901. Even as a comparative youngster, the pudding-faced, wispy-voiced Travers specialized in portraying befuddled old men. He was brought to Hollywood in 1933 to recreate his stage role as Father Krug in Robert E. Sherwood's Reunion in Vienna. Though often cast in amiable, self-effacing roles, Travers was perfectly capable of meatier stuff: as a downtrodden Chinese farmer in Dragon Seed (1944), he delivers a terse monologue describing how he has regained his self respect by beating his shrewish wife! Travers' best-remembered movie assignments included his Oscar-nominated portrayal of British postman Mr. Ballard in Mrs. Miniver (1942); his amusing turn as bank clerk and mystery-magazine fanatic Joseph Newton in Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt (1943); and, of course, his matchless performance as wingless guardian angel Clarence Oddbody in the Yuletide perennial It's a Wonderful Life (1946). After several years in retirement, Henry Travers died of arteriosclerosis at the age of 91.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Girl From Jones Beach
  • Judge Bullfinch
1949
No Score Yet The Accused
  • Romley's assistant
1949
94% It's a Wonderful Life
  • Clarence Oddbody
1946
100% The Yearling
  • Mr. Boyles
1946
No Score Yet Gallant Journey
  • Actor
1946
94% The Bells of St. Mary's
  • Mr. Bogardus
1945
No Score Yet The Naughty Nineties
  • Capt. Sam Jackson
1945
No Score Yet Thrill of a Romance
  • Hobart Glenn
1945
No Score Yet The Very Thought of You
  • Pop Wheeler
1944
No Score Yet None Shall Escape
  • Father Warecki
1944
No Score Yet Dragon Seed
  • 3rd Cousin
1944
83% Madame Curie
  • Eugene Curie
1943
No Score Yet The Moon Is Down
  • Mayor Orden
1943
100% Shadow of a Doubt
  • Joseph Newton
1943
89% Random Harvest
  • Dr. Simms
1942
92% Mrs. Miniver
  • Mr. Ballard
1942
No Score Yet A Girl, a Guy and a Gob
  • Abel Martin
1941
94% High Sierra
  • Pa
1941
100% Ball of Fire
  • Prof. Jerome
1941
No Score Yet I'll Wait For You
  • Actor
1941
No Score Yet Anne of Windy Poplars
  • Matey
1940
80% Edison, the Man
  • Ben Els
1940
No Score Yet Primrose Path
  • Gramp
1940
No Score Yet The Rains Came
  • Rev. Homer Smiley
1939
No Score Yet Stanley and Livingstone
  • John Kingsley
1939
No Score Yet On Borrowed Time
  • Dr. Evans
1939
86% Dark Victory
  • Dr. Parsons
1939
100% Dodge City
  • Dr. Irving
1939
No Score Yet The Sisters
  • Ned Elliott
1938
No Score Yet Too Many Parents
  • Wilkins
1936
No Score Yet Captain Hurricane
  • Capt. Ben
1935
83% Death Takes a Holiday
  • Baron Cesarea
1934
No Score Yet Born to Be Bad
  • Fuzzy
1934
100% The Invisible Man
  • Cr. Cranley
1933
No Score Yet My Weakness
  • Ellery Gregory
1933

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