Hobart Henley

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Hobart Henley
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Born Hess Henle
November 23, 1886
Louisville, Kentucky  United States
Died May 22, 1964
Beverly Hills, California
Spouse(s) Corrinne Riley Barker and Dorothy Bertha March
Temptation and the Man (1916)

Hobart Henley (born Hess Manassah Henle, November 23, 1887 - May 22, 1964) was an American silent film actor, director, and screenwriter. He was involved in well over 60 films either as an actor or director or both in his twenty-year career, between 1914 and 1934 when he retired from filmmaking.

Early life[edit]

Henley was born Hess Manassah Henle in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of Samuel Henle, a German immigrant and retailer, and Clementine Hess. He was the sixth of seven children. Edgar Moses (1875–1908), May Grace (Mack) (1878–1966), Lillie Belle (Kronenberger) (1880–1963), Flora Celestine (Klein) (1881–1955), Alberta (1883–1902), and Samuel Jr. (1891–1938).

His father moved the family to Cincinnati, Ohio. in 1895 due to some bad business dealings that caused the folding of his business.


Henley directed films such as the film Bad Sister (1931) with Humphrey Bogart. He is noted for beginning the film careers of Bette Davis and Will Rogers. He began with his own studio and later worked for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Warner Brothers, and Paramount Pictures. He directed top stars, including Claudette Colbert, Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, and Maurice Chevalier. His remains are buried in Chapel of the Pines Crematory.

Personal life[edit]

He married actress Corinne Barker (divorced) and then Louisiana native Dorothy March. This later marriage produced two sons, David and Hobart March Henley. He died in Beverly Hills, California, aged 76.

Selected filmography[edit]

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