Henry Stephenson

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Henry Stephenson
Henry Stephenson in Little Women trailer.jpg
in the trailer for
Little Women (1933)
Born Harry Stephenson Garraway
(1871-04-16)16 April 1871
Grenada, British West Indies
Died 24 April 1956(1956-04-24) (aged 85)
San Francisco, California. U.S.
Resting place
Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, New York
Years active 1901–52
Spouse(s) Ann Shoemaker (?-1956) (his death) 1 child

Henry Stephenson (16 April 1871 – 24 April 1956), sometimes credited as Harry Stephenson, was a British stage and film actor.

Life and career[edit]

He was born Harry Stephenson Garraway in Grenada, British West Indies. Stephenson was educated in Britain and started acting in his twenties. He made his Broadway debut in 1901, playing the messenger in A Message from Mars.

He appeared in a few silent films, but made his mark in talkies, starting in 1932. That year, he played tycoon 'C.B.' Gaerste in Red-Headed Woman, Doctor Alliott in A Bill of Divorcement, as well as John Tring in Cynara, a role Stephenson had successfully portrayed, a year earlier, on stage. He received excellent reviews for his work in Cynara. The following year, the English-born actor appeared as the intimidating yet warm-hearted Mr. Laurence in Little Women.

He eventually appeared in 90 films from 1917 to 1951, mostly portraying British Gentlemen. Stephenson worked with Errol Flynn in Captain Blood, The Charge of the Light Brigade, The 1937 film adaptation of The Prince and the Pauper, and The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex.

Stephenson also played Sir Joseph Banks in Mutiny on the Bounty in 1935, Florimond Claude, Comte de Mercy-Argenteau in Marie Antoinette and Pasquel, Sr. in Dramatic School, both in 1938, Sir Thomas Lancing in Tarzan Finds a Son! in 1939 and playing an entirely different role as Sir Guy Henderson in Tarzan and the Amazons in 1945, the snobbish Mr. Bryant in Mr. Lucky in 1943 and as Blakely in The Green Years in 1946. In 1950, after finishing his role of The Cardinal Gaspar de Quiroga in the drama play, That Lady, Stephenson retired from the stage and a couple of years later, from films as well.

He married actress Ann Shoemaker. They had one daughter. Henry Stephenson died on 24 April 1956, after a long illness at 85. He was survived by Ann and his daughter.

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