Ben Hall (actor)

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Ben Hall
Algiers 1938 (6).jpg
Still from Algiers (1938) with Joseph Calleia, Hedy Lamarr, Ben Hall, Joan Woodbury, Charles D. Lyon, and Charles Boyer
Born (1899-03-18)March 18, 1899
Brooklyn, New York
Died May 20, 1985(1985-05-20) (aged 86)
North Hollywood, California
Occupation Actor

Benjamin Joseph Hall (March 18, 1899 – May 20, 1985) was an American actor who started performing as a boy and worked for three and a half decades, mainly in small parts.

Biography[edit]

Born in Brooklyn, New York as the eldest child of American stevedore George E. Hall and his English wife Constance L. Fletcher, Ben Hall began making appearances in films when he was little more than ten years old. After a handful of movies, his family moved to Weehawken, New Jersey, and in 1918 Ben took work as a bank clerk in Manhattan.[1] But by 1920, Ben and his mother had moved to Los Angeles (where they were joined later by his younger brother George Jr.).[2] Hall worked as a property man for the studios for a time,[3] but eventually began to get small roles and was eking out a living as an actor again by 1926. He became a minor but fairly frequently-used member of the John Ford Stock Company, and did eight films for John Ford between 1929 and 1946. Most memorable among these bit roles was probably that of the barber who slicks down and perfumes Wyatt Earp's hair in My Darling Clementine (1946). Hall left acting in 1949, though he lived for another 36 years. He died in North Hollywood, California in 1985.

Selected filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Hudson County, New Jersey, Roll: 1712199, Draft Board: 4
  2. ^ United States Census records for 1930, Los Angeles, California, Assembly District 57, District 126, sheet 11A
  3. ^ United States Census records for 1920, Los Angeles, California, Assembly District 63, District 168, sheet 13A

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