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Henry Travers is a Actor British born on 5 march 1874 at Berwick-upon-Tweed (United-kingdom)

Henry Travers

Henry Travers
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Birth name Travers John Heagerty
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 5 march 1874 at Berwick-upon-Tweed (United-kingdom)
Death 18 october 1965 (at 91 years) at Hollywood (USA)

Henry Travers (5 March 1874 – 18 October 1965) was an English character film and theatre actor. His most famous role was the guardian angel Clarence Odbody in the 1946 film classic It's a Wonderful Life; in addition, he received an Academy Award nomination for his supporting role in Mrs. Miniver. Travers specialized in portraying slightly bumbling but friendly and lovable old men.


His first wife was actress Amy Forrest-Rhodes (1881-1954). They were married until Amy's death in 1954. Despite his old age, Travers married for a second time to Ann G. Murphy (1899-1983) who was a nurse.

After several years in retirement Travers died due to Arteriosclerosis in 1965, at the age of 91. He is buried with his second wife in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale.

Partial filmography

Reunion in Vienna (1933)
My Weakness (1933)
The Invisible Man (1933)
Death Takes a Holiday (1934)
Ready for Love (1934)
Born to Be Bad (1934)
The Party's Over (1934)
After Office Hours (1935)
Escapade (1935)
Four Hours to Kill! (1935)
The Sisters (1938)
Dodge City (1939)
Dark Victory (1939)
You Can't Get Away with Murder (1939)
On Borrowed Time (1939)
Stanley and Livingstone (1939)
The Rains Came (1939)
Primrose Path (1940)
Edison, the Man (1940)
High Sierra (1941)
The Bad Man (1941)
Ball of Fire (1941)
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
Random Harvest (1942)
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
The Moon Is Down (1943)
Madame Curie (1943)
Dragon Seed (1944)
The Very Thought of You (1944)
None Shall Escape (1944)
Thrill of a Romance (1945)
The Naughty Nineties (1945)
The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)
The Yearling (1946)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Gallant Journey (1946)
The Girl From Jones Beach (1949)


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Best films

The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)
The Yearling (1946)

Usually with

Cedric Gibbons
Cedric Gibbons
(10 films)
Hal B. Wallis
Hal B. Wallis
(6 films)
Paul Harvey
Paul Harvey
(6 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Henry Travers (51 films)

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The Accused, 1h41
Directed by William Dieterle
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Noir, Crime
Actors Loretta Young, Robert Cummings, Wendell Corey, Sam Jaffe, Douglas Dick, Sara Allgood
Roles Blakely (uncredited)
Rating68% 3.4389653.4389653.4389653.4389653.438965
Wilma Tuttle (Young) is a college professor who arouses the sexual interest of her student Bill Perry (Douglas Dick). When Perry tries to rape Tuttle, she beats him to death with a tire iron. She covers up her crime by making it seem as though Perry was killed while diving into the sea from a precipitous cliff. As she follows the police investigation of Perry's death, Wilma realizes that she'll never be able to escape her conscience, especially when she falls in love with Warren Ford (Cummings), the dead boy's guardian.
The Girl from Jones Beach, 1h18
Directed by Peter Godfrey, Peter Godfrey
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Ronald Reagan, Virginia Mayo, Lola Albright, Eddie Bracken, Dona Drake, Henry Travers
Roles Judge Bullfinch
Rating60% 3.0032053.0032053.0032053.0032053.003205
Chuck Donovan is a not so successful agent in New York who is hired by some television producers for a special job. He is to find the real identity of the woman who modeled for commercial sketch artist Bob Randolph as he created the famous "Randolph Girl". No one besides Randolph, not even the artist's secretary, Miss Brooks, has ever met the woman.
Beyond Glory, 1h22
Directed by John Farrow
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Alan Ladd, Donna Reed, George Macready, George Coulouris, Harold Vermilyea, Henry Travers
Roles Pop Dewing
Rating68% 3.42673.42673.42673.42673.4267
West Point cadet Rockwell "Rocky" Gilman is called before a hearing brought after an influential cadet, Raymond Denmore, Jr., is forced to leave the academy. Gilman has reported Denmore for lying to him during training, and in retaliation has been accused of bullying and hazing the dismissed cadet. Denmore's attorney, Lew Proctor, attacking the academy and its Honor Code system, declares that Gilman is unfit and possibly criminally liable. Gilman is confined to quarters by the academy superintendent and warned not to discuss the case with anyone. Consequently, he breaks a date his girlfriend Ann Daniels without explanation. The hearing resumes and Gilman's classmate, Eddie Loughlin, recounts how Gilman uncomplainingly withstood the rigors of academy training, especially during his plebe year, when he was still recovering from war wounds. Gilman takes the stand and testifies about his war experiences.
The Flame
The Flame (1947)
, 1h37
Directed by John H. Auer
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors John Carroll, Vera Ralston, Robert Paige, Broderick Crawford, Henry Travers, Blanche Yurka
Roles Dr. Mitchell
Rating64% 3.2465453.2465453.2465453.2465453.246545
A man (Carroll) induces an ambitious nurse (Ralston) to marry his rich brother (Paige) for the money who has a terminal disease.
It's a Wonderful Life, 2h10
Directed by Frank Capra
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy-drama, Fantasy, Romance
Themes Films about families, Christmas films, Films about religion, Films about angels, Alternate history films
Actors James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Travers, Thomas Mitchell, Samuel S. Hinds
Roles Clarence
Rating85% 4.2987354.2987354.2987354.2987354.298735
In Bedford Falls, New York, on Christmas Eve 1945, George Bailey is suicidal. Prayers for him reach Heaven. Clarence Odbody, Angel 2nd Class, is assigned to save George in order to earn his angel wings. To prepare Clarence, his superior Joseph shows flashbacks of George's life.
The Yearling, 2h8
Directed by Clarence Brown
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about animals, Films about families, Children's films
Actors Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman, Claude Jarman Jr., Henry Travers, Clem Bevans, Margaret Wycherly
Roles Mr. Boyles
Rating71% 3.595953.595953.595953.595953.59595
Ezra "Penny" Baxter (Gregory Peck), once a Confederate soldier, and his wife Ora (Jane Wyman), are pioneer farmers near Lake George, Florida in 1878. Their son, Jody (Claude Jarman, Jr.), a boy in his pre-teen years, is their only surviving child. Jody has a wonderful relationship with his warm and loving father. Ora, however, is still haunted by the deaths of the three other children of the family. She is very somber, and is afraid that Jody will end up dying if she shows her parental love to him. Jody finds her somewhat unloving and unreasonable.
Gallant Journey, 1h26
Directed by William A. Wellman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical
Themes Transport films, Aviation films
Actors Glenn Ford, Janet Blair, Charles Ruggles, Henry Travers, Charles Kemper, Arthur Shields
Roles Thomas Logan
Rating64% 3.2411153.2411153.2411153.2411153.241115
The story picks up as Father Dick Ball in San Diego, California, tells the story of his childhood friend, John Joseph Montgomery, who was the first American to ever fly a glider plane in 1883. As early as 1879, John told his girlfriend Regina Cleary about his dreams of flying, although his family was very much opposed to this idea and considered him a fool. Regina believed in him, and secretly supported his work, until the first test flight in 1883, which was successful. John named his flying machine "aeroplane".
The Bells of St. Mary's, 2h6
Directed by Leo McCarey
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical
Themes Films about education, Films about music and musicians, Christmas films, Films about religion, Musical films
Actors Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman, Henry Travers, William Gargan, Una O'Connor, Ruth Donnelly
Roles Horace P. Bogardus
Rating72% 3.6480753.6480753.6480753.6480753.648075
The unconventional Father Charles "Chuck" O'Malley (Bing Crosby) is assigned to St. Mary's parish, which includes a run-down inner-city school building on the verge of being condemned. O'Malley is to recommend whether or not the school should be closed and the children sent to another school with modern facilities; but the sisters feel that God will provide for them.
Thrill of a Romance, 1h45
Directed by Richard Thorpe
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Van Johnson, Esther Williams, Frances Gifford, Carleton G. Young, Henry Travers, Spring Byington
Roles Hobart Glenn
Rating65% 3.296613.296613.296613.296613.29661
Cynthia Glenn (Esther Williams) is a swimming instructor in Los Angeles, California, where she lives with her scatterbrained aunt and uncle Nona and Hobart (Spring Byington and Henry Travers). While demonstrating a dive to her students, she catches the eye of an interested stranger, Bob Delbar (Carleton G. Young). Cynthia returns home to find that she has received flowers from the stranger. The two court for one month, and then get married.
The Naughty Nineties, 1h16
Directed by Jean Yarbrough
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Crime, Romance
Themes Buddy films
Actors Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Alan Curtis, Rita Johnson, Lois Collier, Henry Travers
Roles Capt. Sam Jackson
Rating72% 3.6446653.6446653.6446653.6446653.644665
The time is the 1890s. Captain Sam (Henry Travers), owner of the showboat River Queen, travels along the Mississippi River bringing honest entertainment to each town. At a stop in Ironville, he meets Crawford (Alan Curtis), Bonita (Rita Johnson), and Bailey (Joe Sawyer), who are wanted by the local sheriff. Against the advice of his daughter Caroline (Lois Collier), his lead actor Dexter Broadhurst (Bud Abbott), and his chief roustabout Sebastian Dinwiddle (Lou Costello), the Captain joins them for a card game at a local gambling house.
Dragon Seed, 2h28
Directed by Jack Conway, Harold S. Bucquet, Andrew Marton
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War
Themes Political films
Actors Katharine Hepburn, Walter Huston, Aline MacMahon, Akim Tamiroff, Turhan Bey, J. Carrol Naish
Roles Third Cousin
Rating62% 3.100023.100023.100023.100023.10002
Durant la Deuxième Guerre mondiale, un paisible village chinois est occupé par l'armée japonaise. Si la plupart des habitants acceptent le joug nippon, Jade le refuse. La rebelle entrepend de résister à l'envahisseur, au grand dam de son père.
None Shall Escape, 1h25
Directed by André de Toth
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War
Themes Political films
Actors Marsha Hunt, Alexander Knox, Henry Travers, Felix Basch, Richard Crane, Richard Hale
Roles Father Warecki
Rating70% 3.533443.533443.533443.533443.53344
The film centres around the trial of Grimm as a war criminal. Each character witness provides a flashback scene to a previous part of Grimm's life.
The Very Thought of You, 1h39
Directed by Delmer Daves
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Political films
Actors Dennis Morgan, Eleanor Parker, Joseph Fiennes, Dane Clark, Faye Emerson, Beulah Bondi
Roles Pop Wheeler
Rating70% 3.534193.534193.534193.534193.53419
Away for a year and a half serving their country, Army Sergeants Dave (Dennis Morgan) and "Fixit" (Dane Clark) spend a three-day pass in Pasadena, also visiting Dave's alma mater, Caltech.
Madame Curie, 2h4
Directed by Harry Beaumont, Mervyn LeRoy
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Romance
Actors Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Henry Travers, Albert Bassermann, C. Aubrey Smith, May Whitty
Roles Eugene Curie
Rating71% 3.5982053.5982053.5982053.5982053.598205
Marie Sklodowska (Greer Garson) is a poor, idealistic student living in Paris and studying at the Sorbonne. She neglects her health and one day faints during class. Her tutor, Prof. Perot (Albert Bassermann) is sympathetic and, finding that she has no friends or family in Paris, invites her to a soirée his wife is throwing for a "few friends" (primarily professors and their wives). Among the many guests is physicist Pierre Curie (Walter Pidgeon), an extremely shy and absentminded man completely devoted to his work. He allows Marie to share his lab and finds that she is a gifted scientist. Appalled that she plans on returning to Poland to teach after graduation, rather than devoting her life to further study, he takes her to visit his family in their country home. Marie and Pierre both tend to concentrate on science to the extent that they don't realize until the last minute they have fallen in love. Even when Pierre asks Marie to be his wife, he does so in terms of reason, logic and chemistry.
Shadow of a Doubt, 1h48
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Noir, Crime
Themes Transport films, Rail transport films, Serial killer films
Actors Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Macdonald Carey, Hume Cronyn, Patricia Collinge, Henry Travers
Roles Joseph Newton
Rating78% 3.948913.948913.948913.948913.94891
Charlotte "Charlie" Newton is a bored teenager living in the idyllic town of Santa Rosa, California. She receives wonderful news: her mother's younger brother (her namesake), Charlie Oakley, is arriving for a visit. Two men appear, supposedly working on a national survey. One takes a photo of Uncle Charlie, who demands the roll of film because "no one takes my photograph." The younger surveyor, Jack Graham, asks young Charlie out, and she guesses that he is really a detective. He explains that her uncle is one of two suspects who may be the "Merry Widow Murderer". Charlie refuses to believe it at first, but then observes Uncle Charlie acting strangely. The initials engraved inside a ring he gave her match those of one of the murdered women. During a family dinner he reveals his hatred of rich widows, comparing them to fat animals deserving to be slaughtered.