Samuel S. Hinds

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Samuel S. Hinds
Samuel S Hinds in Grand Central Murder trailer.jpg
from the trailer for
Grand Central Murder (1942)
Born Samuel Southey Hinds
(1875-04-04)April 4, 1875
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died October 13, 1948(1948-10-13) (aged 73)
Pasadena, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Resting place
Inglewood Park Cemetery
Occupation Actor
Years active 1926–48
Spouse(s) Dorothy Cruickshank (2 children)

Samuel Southey Hinds (April 4, 1875 – October 13, 1948) was an American actor who often portrayed kindly authority figures.

Life and career[edit]

Samuel S. Hinds is perhaps best remembered for playing Peter Bailey, the father of James Stewart and founder of Building&Loan, in It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and for his part as Jean Arthur in You Can't Take It With You (1938), both films by Frank Capra. He was also known for his roles in the Abbott & Costello films such as Buck Privates (1941), Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942) and Pardon My Sarong (1942).

Hinds was born in Brooklyn, New York. He was a Harvard Law School graduate and was a lawyer before becoming an actor. After he lost most of his money in 1929, Hinds retired as a lawyer[1] and started acting in Broadway shows at age 54. In 1932, Hinds acted a bit part in his first film If I Had a Million (1932). His second film was The Road Is Open Again (1933) portrayed President Woodrow Wilson. His earlier career was reflected in the role of Judge Thatcher, tortured by the mad Dr. Richard Vollin (Bela Lugosi) in The Raven (1935).

Hinds acted in a total of 214 films. His last film was The Bribe, released in 1949, after his death. He died of pneumonia in Pasadena, California on October 13, 1948 at age 73.

Partial filmography[edit]