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H.B. Warner

Henry Byron Warner was the definitive cinematic Jesus Christ in Cecil B. DeMille's The King of Kings (1927). He was born into a prominent theatrical family on October 26, 1875 in London. His father was Charles Warner, and his grandfather was James Warner, both prominent English actors. He replaced J.B. Warner as Jesus in The King of Kings (1927) when J.B. died of tuberculosis at age 29. (J.B. was not Henry's brother. J.B. had taken the professional last name "Warner" because Henry's family took him in.) Henry Warner's family wanted him to become a doctor, and he graduated from London University but eventually gave up his medical studies. The theater was in his blood, and he studied acting in Paris and Italy before joining his father's stock company, making his debut in the English production of "Drink." It was from his father that he honed his craft. Warner made it to America in the early 1900s, after touring the British Empire. Billed as Harry Warner, he made his Broadway debut in the American colonial drama "Audrey" at Hoyt's Theatre on November 24, 1902, starring James O'Neill, the father of playwright Eugene O'Neill. He was billed as H.B. Warner in his next appearance on Broadway, in the 1906 comedy "Nurse Marjorie." He appeared in 13 more Broadway productions in his career, from the twin-bill of "Susan in Search of a Husband" & "A Tenement Tragedy" (also 1906) to "Silence" in 1925. He moved into motion pictures, making his debut in the Mutual short Harp of Tara (1914). Also in 1914, he appeared in a film written by Cecil B. DeMille for Famous Players Lasky, The Ghost Breaker (1914), in which he had played on Broadway the year before. Warner became a leading man and a star in silent pictures, reaching the zenith of his career playing Jesus in DeMille's The King of Kings (1927). His excellent performance was actually enhanced by the silent screen, allowing the audience to imagine how Jesus would sound. Warner could be extremely moving in silent pictures, notably in the melodrama Sorrell and Son (1927) as a war veteran father who sacrifices all for his son. When talkies arrived, he became a busy supporting player. A favorite of Frank Capra , appeared in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936). Cast again by Capra, he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in Lost Horizon (1937). He also appeared in You Can't Take It with You (1938), and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939). Other major talkies included The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941) and Topper Returns (1941). Other than Jesus, the role he is best remembered role for today is in It's a Wonderful Life (1946), in which he played Mr. Gower, the druggist who is saved from committing a lethal medication error by the young George Bailey (the James Stewart character as a child). H.B. Warner appeared in Sunset Blvd. (1950) as himself. His last credited role was as Amminadab in DeMille's The Ten Commandments (1956), a remake of the earlier silent The Ten Commandments (1923). He last role was an uncredited bit part in Darby's Rangers (1958).


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Родился:
Oct 26, 1875
Кино / ТВ Кредиты:
77
Впервые появился:
на movie Zaza 1923-10-21
Последний проект:
Кино Десять заповедей 1956-10-05
Известный в фильмах
Poster of Enemy of Women
Poster of Crossroads
Poster of The Son-Daughter
Poster of Stark Mad
Фильмография
Кино Десять заповедей Amminadab 1956-10-05
Series Церемония вручения премии «Оскар» Unknown 1953-03-18
Кино Here Comes the Groom Uncle Elihu 1951-09-20
Кино The First Legion Father José Sierra 1951-05-04
Кино Journey into Light Wiz, the Wino 1951-09-28
Кино Бульвар сансет Himself 1950-08-10
Кино El Paso Judge Fletcher 1949-03-22
Кино Hellfire Brother Joseph 1949-05-29
Кино The Prince Of Thieves Gilbert Head 1948-01-16
Кино Driftwood Rev. Hollingsworth 1947-09-15
Кино High Wall Mr. Slocum 1947-12-17
Кино The Judge Steps Out Chief Justice Hayes 1947-12-15
Кино Strange Impersonation Dr. Mansfield, plastic surgeon 1946-03-16
Кино Эта замечательная жизнь Mr. Gower 1946-12-20
Кино Enemy of Women Col. Eberhart Brandt 1944-11-10
Кино Rogues' Gallery Professor Reynolds 1944-12-06
Кино Women in Bondage Pastor Renz 1943-12-16
Кино Hitler's Children The Bishop 1943-01-06
Кино Crossroads Prosecuting Attorney 1942-07-23
Кино The Boss of Big Town Jeffrey Moore 1942-12-07
Кино A Yank In Libya Herbert Forbes 1942-07-24
Кино City of Missing Girls Capt. McVeigh 1941-03-27
Кино Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime Ray Jardin 1941-08-14
Кино Топпер возвращается Mr. Carrington 1941-03-21
Кино The Corsican Brothers Dr. Enrico Paoli 1941-11-28
Кино All That Money Can Buy Justice John Hathorne 1941-10-29
Кино New Moon Father Michel 1940-06-28
Кино Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police Col. Nielson 1939-03-29
Кино Let Freedom Ring Rutledge 1939-02-24
Кино Arrest Bulldog Drummond Colonel Nielsen 1939-01-11
Кино The Gracie Allen Murder Case Richard Lawrence 1939-06-02
Кино The Rains Came Maharajah 1939-09-15
Кино Bulldog Drummond's Bride Colonel Nielson 1939-07-12
Кино Мистер Смит едет в Вашингтон Senate Majority Leader 1939-10-19
Кино Nurse Edith Cavell Hugh Gibson 1939-08-31
Кино The Toy Wife Victor Brigard 1938-06-10
Кино The Girl of the Golden West Father Sienna 1938-03-18
Кино Kidnapped Angus Rankeiller 1938-05-27
Кино The Adventures of Marco Polo Chen Tsu 1938-07-04
Кино Bulldog Drummond in Africa Col. J.A. Nielsen 1938-08-05
Кино С собой не унесешь Mr. Ramsey 1938-08-23
Кино Army Girl Col. Armstrong 1938-08-11
Кино Victoria the Great Lord Melbourne 1937-09-01
Кино Lost Horizon Chang 1937-09-01
Кино The Garden Murder Case Major Fenwicke-Ralston 1936-02-21
Кино Moonlight Murder Godfrey Chiltern 1936-03-27
Кино Rose of the Rancho 1936-01-09
Кино Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Judge May 1936-04-12
Кино Along Came Love Dr. Martin 1936-11-05
Кино Born to Gamble Carter Mathews 1935-07-09
Кино Behold My Wife! Hubert Carter 1934-12-06
Кино In Old Santa Fe Charlie Miller 1934-11-15
Кино Night Alarm Henry B. Smith 1934-12-10
Кино Supernatural Dr. Carl Houston 1933-05-12
Кино Jennie Gerhardt William Gerhardt 1933-06-08
Кино Cross-Examination Gerald Waring 1932-02-13
Кино Charlie Chan's Chance Inspector Fife 1932-01-24
Кино The Menace Inspector Tracy 1932-01-29
Кино The Crusader Phillip Brandon 1932-10-04
Кино Unholy Love Dr. Daniel Gregory 1932-06-08
Кино The Son-Daughter Sin Kai 1932-12-23
Кино The Phantom of Crestwood Priam Andes 1932-10-14
Кино A Woman of Experience Hugh Schmidt 1931-08-06
Кино The Reckless Hour Walter Nichols 1931-08-15
Кино Five Star Final Michael Townsend 1931-09-26
Кино Expensive Women Melville Raymond 1931-10-24
Кино The Green Goddess Major Crespin 1930-02-13
Кино The Second Floor Mystery Inspector Bray 1930-04-26
Кино Wild Company Henry Grayson 1930-07-05
Кино Liliom Chief Magistrate 1930-10-05
Кино Stark Mad 1929-02-02
Кино The Divine Lady Sir William Hamilton 1929-03-31
Кино The Trial Of Mary Dugan District Attorney Galway 1929-06-08
Кино Show of Shows The Victim - Guillotine Sequence 1929-12-28
Кино The King of Kings Jesus, The Christ 1927-01-01
Кино Sorrell and Son Stephen Sorrell 1927-12-02
Кино Zaza Bernard Dufresne 1923-10-21