Walter Kingsford

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Walter Kingsford
Walter Kingsford in Calling Dr. Gillespie trailer.jpg
Walter Kingsford in Calling Dr. Gillespie
BornWalter Pearce
(1881-09-20)20 September 1881
Redhill, Surrey, UK
Died7 February 1958(1958-02-07) (aged 76)
North Hollywood, California, U.S.
Years active1930–1958
Spouse(s)Winifred Hanley
Alison Kingsford (?-1950) (her death)
Children1 son

Walter Kingsford (born Walter Pearce, 20 September 1882 – 7 February 1958) was a British stage, film and television actor.

Early years[edit]

Kingsford was born in Redhill, Surrey, England.

Career[edit]

Kingsford began his acting career on the London stage. He also had a long Broadway career, appearing in plays from the 1912 original American production of George Bernard Shaw's Fanny's First Play to 1944's Song of Norway.

In the early 1920s, Kingford was active with the Henry Jewett Players.[1]

Kingsford moved to Hollywood, California, for a prolific film career in supporting parts. On screen, he specialised in portraying authority figures such as noblemen, heads of state, doctors, police inspectors and lawyers. He is best known for his recurring role as the snobbish hospital head Dr. P. Walter Carew in the popular Dr. Kildare (and Dr. Gillespie) film series.[2]

Kingsford had numerous television appearances in the 1950s. They included TV Reader's Digest,[3] Command Performance[4] and Science Fiction Theatre.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Kingsford was married to actress Winifred Hanley. They had a son, Guy.[1]

Kingsford died of a heart attack in Hollywood in 1958, aged 76.[2]

Complete filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Cottage in Open for City's Poor". Boston Post. Boston, Massachusetts. 18 February 1921. p. 10. Retrieved 29 May 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ a b "Walter Kingsford Dies in Hollywood". Appleton Post-Crescent. Associated Press. 8 February 1958 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ "(TV listing)". Independent. California, Long Beach. 31 May 1958. p. 22. Retrieved 29 May 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ "(TV listing)". Independent Press-Telegram. California, Long Beach. 28 September 1958. p. 143. Retrieved 29 May 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ "(TV listing)". Independent. California, Long Beach. 13 November 1958. p. 31. Retrieved 29 May 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read

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