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Henry Hull, 1923
|Born||Henry Watterson Hull
October 3, 1890
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
|Died||March 8, 1977
Cornwall, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Juliet van Wyck Fremont (1913-1971) (her death)|
|Children||Henry Hull Jr, Shelley Hull, and Joan Hull|
Henry Watterson Hull (October 3, 1890 – March 8, 1977) was an American character actor with a unique voice who is best remembered for playing the lead role in Universal Pictures's Werewolf of London (1935).
Life and career
Hull appeared in 74 films between 1917 and 1966, often playing supporting characters like the uncle of Tyrone Power's love interest Nancy Kelly in Jesse James (1939). He appeared as Charles Rittenhouse, a wealthy industrialist in Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat (1944). Other notable roles were as Abel Magwitch in the 1934 version of Great Expectations and in the last film of director Tod Browning, Miracles for Sale (1939). He appeared in Werewolf of London in 1935.
Hull memorably portrayed a doctor who Humphrey Bogart goes to for help in High Sierra, then also was cast in Colorado Territory, a western remake of the High Sierra story that starred Joel McCrea. He played a desert prospector who comes to Robert Ryan's rescue in Inferno in 1953.
In 1955, Hull appeared as a college professor forced to retire at sixty-five in an episode of CBS's sitcom, Meet Mr. McNutley, later renamed The Ray Milland Show. He guest starred on CBS's Appointment with Adventure, John Payne's NBC western series, The Restless Gun, and the syndicated crime drama, U.S. Marshal.
In 1960, Hull appeared on Bonanza, portraying a scout for General John Charles Fremont (who, in real life, was the grandfather of Hull's wife.) In 1961, Hull played an elderly man befriended by a young outlaw, portrayed by James Coburn, in NBC's Outlaws.
On December 13, 1960, Hull guest-starred on NBC's Laramie as an embittered rancher, Ben Parkison, who challenges Slim Sherman, played by series star John Smith, to a duel after Parkison's youngest son accidentally kills himself on Sherman ranch land. Ron Harper portrays Parkison's other son, Tom.
Hull also guest starred in the series finale of Laramie, the episode "The Road to Helena" (May 21, 1963). Series character Slim Sherman, while in Cody, Wyoming, is hired by David Franklin, played by Hull, and his barmaid daughter, Ruth, portrayed by Maggie Pierce, to guide the pair to Helena, Montana, so that Franklin can return money that he had previously stolen. John M. Pickard also appears in this episode.
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Hull was married to Juliet Van Wyck Fremont (1886–1971) from 1913 until her death in 1971. She was a granddaughter of Civil War general and explorer John C. Frémont and Jessie Ann Benton, the daughter of Missouri Senator Thomas Hart Benton. The couple had three children, Henry Jr., Shelley (1919–2005; named after Henry's late brother) and Joan. When his wife died in 1971, Hull went to Britain to spend his last years with his daughter. He died in Cornwall at his daughter's residence on March 8, 1977.
Hull had two brothers who were also actors. Shelley Hull was a popular leading man, who died in 1919 during the Spanish influenza epidemic. Shelley's wife, Josephine Hull, was an Oscar-winning character actress. Hull's other brother, Howard, the eldest brother, was also an actor. He was married, until his death in 1937, to stage star Margaret Anglin. Henry Hull was quoted as saying he owed all his dramatic training to Anglin, with whom he had acted on stage.
- One Exciting Night (1922)
- Midnight (1934)
- Great Expectations (1934)
- Werewolf of London (1935)
- Paradise for Three (1938)
- Yellow Jack (1938)
- Three Comrades (1938)
- Boys Town (1938)
- The Great Waltz (1938)
- Jesse James (1939)
- The Spirit of Culver (1939)
- Stanley and Livingstone (1939)
- Miracles for Sale (1939)
- Babes in Arms (1939)
- Bad Little Angel (1939)
- My Son, My Son! (1940)
- The Return of Frank James (1940)
- High Sierra (1941)
- Lifeboat (1944)
- Objective, Burma! (1945)
- Deep Valley (1947)
- Mourning Becomes Electra (1947)
- Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! (1948)
- Fighter Squadron (1948)
- Portrait of Jennie (1948)
- Colorado Territory (1949)
- The Fountainhead (1949)
- The Great Gatsby (1949)
- Rimfire (1949)
- Song of Surrender (1949)
- The Great Dan Patch (1949)
- El Paso (1949)
- Hollywood Story (1951)
- Inferno (1953)
- Thunder Over the Plains (1953)
- Man with the Gun (1955)
- Kentucky Rifle (1955)
- The Buckskin Lady (1957)
- The Proud Rebel (1958) as Judge Morley
- The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw (1958) as Masters
- The Buccaneer (1958) as Ezra Peavey
- The Oregon Trail (1959) as George Seton
- Master of the World (1961) as Prudent
- The Fool Killer (1965) as Dirty Jim Jelliman
- The Chase (1966) as Briggs
- IMDb bio on Hull
- Daniel Blum (c. 1952). "Profile #110". GREAT STARS OF THE AMERICAN STAGE.
- "Duel at Parkison Town". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
- "Laramie: "The Road to Helena", May 21, 1963". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved September 23, 2012.
- "Laramie: "The Road to Helena"". tv.com. Retrieved September 23, 2012.
- Parsons, Louella (December 31, 1922). "In And Out of Focus: "The Boy is Grown Up"". New York: The Morning Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-08-26.
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