26 April 1891|
Wellington, Somerset, England, U.K.
|Died||1 September 1954
Sun Valley, California, United States
|Glen Haven Memorial Park, Sylmar, Los Angeles|
Harry Cording (26 April 1891 – 1 September 1954) was a British character actor.
Life and career
Cording was born on April 26, 1891 in Wellington, Somerset. He was educated in England, and later settled permanently in Los Angeles, California, USA and began a film career. His first role was as a henchmen in The Knockout (1925), followed by similar roles over the next few years. Harry Cording appeared in many Hollywood films from the 1920s to the 1950s. Due to his imposing imposing six-foot height and stocky build, "Harry the Henchman" usually portrayed thugs, villains' henchmen and policemen.
Cording's most notable roles were probably as the villainous Captain of the Guard in Errol Flynn's The Adventures of Robin Hood and as Thamal, the hulking henchman to Bela Lugosi's character in 1934's The Black Cat. As a contract player at Universal in the 1940s, he turned up in tiny parts in many of their horror films, such as The Wolf Man, and also appeared in supporting and bit parts in eight of the fourteen Universal Studios Sherlock Holmes films with Basil Rathbone.
Cording died on September 1, 1954. The cause of death was not documented. There is also no information about his private life.
- The Squall (1929)
- The Isle of Lost Ships (1929)
- Women Everywhere (1930)
- Night Beat (1931)
- Captain Blood (1935)
- Daniel Boone (1936)
- Law and Order (1940)
- Sudan (1945)
- Prelude to Murder (1945)
- Samson and Delilah (1949)
- Against All Flags (1952)
- Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair (1952, uncredited)
- Brave Warrior (1952)
- Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)
- King Richard and the Crusaders (1954)
- Jungle Gents (1954)
- East of Eden (1955)
- Harry Cording at Find a Grave
- Harry Cording at the Internet Movie Database
- Harry Cording at Classic Horror Movie Players. Retrieved 27 May 2013
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