Porter Hall

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Porter Hall
Porter Hall 1930.JPG
Hall in 1930.
Born Clifford Porter Hall
(1888-09-19)September 19, 1888
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Died October 6, 1953(1953-10-06) (aged 65)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1926–1953
Spouse(s) Geraldine Hall (1927-1953) 2 children

Porter Hall (September 19, 1888 – October 6, 1953) was an American character actor known for appearing in a number of films in the 1930s and 1940s. Possessing a weak chin and shifty eyes, Hall played movie villains or comedic incompetent characters.

Career[edit]

Born Clifford Porter Hall in Cincinnati, Ohio, he began his career touring as a stage actor with roles in productions of The Great Gatsby and Naked in 1926. Hall made his film debut in the 1931 drama Secrets of a Secretary. He made his last onscreen appearance in the 1954 film Return to Treasure Island, which was released after his death.

He was probably best remembered for three roles: a senator in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, an atheist in Going My Way, and the nervous, ill-tempered Granville Sawyer, who administers psychological tests to Macy's employees (including Kris Kringle), in Miracle on 34th Street.

On October 6, 1953, Hall died of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California at the age of 65. His interment was at Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery. Hall had two children, David and Sarah Jane.

In popular culture[edit]

Director Russ Meyer named one of the characters in the 1970 cult film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls after Hall.

Partial filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
1950 The Bigelow Theatre 1 episode
1952 Four Star Playhouse 1 episode
1954 Fireside Theatre Mr. Aiken 1 episode

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