Harry Cording

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Harry Cording
The Great Alaskan Mystery (1944 serial) still 1.JPG
Harry Cording (right) in The Great Alaskan Mystery (1944)
Born Hector William Cording
(1891-04-26)26 April 1891
Wellington, Somerset, England
Died 1 September 1954(1954-09-01) (aged 63)
Sun Valley, California, US
Resting place
Glen Haven Memorial Park, Sylmar, Los Angeles
Occupation Actor
Years active 1925–1954

Harry Cording (26 April 1891 – 1 September 1954) was a British character actor.

Life and career[edit]

Harry Cording was born Hector William Cording on April 26, 1891 in Wellington, Somerset. He was brought up and was educated in his native England,[1] and later settled permanently in Los Angeles, California, US 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. His wife was Margaret Cording, nee Fiero, (1912-1991), a native of Michigan; their daughter, Margaret Rose, was born on November 7, 1939. The Cordings lived at 4104 Farmdale Avenue, North Hollywood. Harry Cording was an active member of the Loyal Order of Moose fraternity.

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