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Henry Travers

British-born Henry Travers was a veteran of the English stage before emigrating to the U.S. in 1917. He gained more stage experience there on Broadway working with the Theatre Guild, and began his long film career with Reunion in Vienna (1933). Travers' kindly, grandfatherly demeanor became familiar to filmgoers over the next 25 years, especially in films like High Sierra (1941), where he played Joan Leslie's kindly but slyly observant uncle, and the generous Mr. Bogardus in The Bells of St. Mary's (1945), but it's as the somewhat befuddled angel Clarence Oddbody assigned to James Stewart in the classic It's a Wonderful Life (1946) that Travers will forever be known. After a long and successful career, he retired from the screen in 1949, and died in Hollywood in 1965.

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Mar 5, 1874 In Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Reunion in Vienna 1933-06-16
Latest Project:
Movie James Stewart's Wonderful Life 1988-11-22
Known For
Poster of Dragon Seed
Poster of None Shall Escape
Poster of Maybe It's Love
Poster of Another Language
Movie James Stewart's Wonderful Life (archive footage) 1988-11-22
Movie The Accused Blakely (uncredited) 1949-01-14
Movie The Girl from Jones Beach Judge Bullfinch 1949-07-16
Movie Beyond Glory Pop Dewing 1948-08-03
Movie The Flame Dr. Mitchell 1947-11-24
Movie Gallant Journey Thomas Logan 1946-09-24
Movie It's a Wonderful Life Clarence 1946-12-20
Movie The Yearling Mr. Boyles 1946-12-18
Movie Thrill of a Romance Hobart Glenn 1945-05-23
Movie The Naughty Nineties Capt. Sam Jackson 1945-06-20
Movie None Shall Escape Father Warecki 1944-02-03
Movie Dragon Seed Third Cousin 1944-07-20
Movie The Very Thought of You Pop Wheeler 1944-10-20
Movie The Moon Is Down Mayor Orden 1943-03-14
Movie Madame Curie Eugene Curie 1943-12-16
Movie Pierre of the Plains Percival Wellsby 1942-07-29
Movie Mrs. Miniver Mr. Ballard 1942-07-03
Movie Random Harvest Dr. Sims 1942-12-17
Movie A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob Abel Martin 1941-03-14
Movie High Sierra Pa 1941-01-23
Movie The Bad Man Mr. Hardy 1941-03-28
Movie I'll Wait for You Mr. Miller 1941-05-16
Movie Ball of Fire Prof. Jerome 1941-12-31
Movie Primrose Path Gramp 1940-03-22
Movie Edison, the Man Ben Els 1940-05-10
Movie Wyoming Sheriff 1940-09-13
Movie Anne of Windy Poplars Matey 1940-06-28
Movie Dodge City Dr. Irving 1939-04-08
Movie You Can't Get Away with Murder Pop 1939-03-23
Movie On Borrowed Time Dr. Evans 1939-07-07
Movie Dark Victory Dr. Parsons 1939-04-20
Movie The Rains Came Rev. Homer Smiley 1939-09-15
Movie Stanley and Livingstone John Kingsley 1939-08-18
Movie Remember? Judge Milliken 1939-12-19
Movie The Sisters Ned Elliott 1938-10-14
Movie Too Many Parents Wilkins 1936-03-19
Movie After Office Hours Cap 1935-02-22
Movie Maybe It's Love Mr. Halevy 1935-01-12
Movie Captain Hurricane Capt. Ben 1935-03-01
Movie Pursuit Tom Reynolds 1935-08-09
Movie Seven Keys to Baldpate Lem Peters 1935-12-13
Movie Escapade Concierge 1935-07-05
Movie Four Hours to Kill! Mac Mason 1935-04-11
Movie Death Takes a Holiday Baron Cesarea 1934-03-30
Movie Born to Be Bad Fuzzy 1934-05-18
Movie The Party's Over Theodore 1934-08-30
Movie Ready for Love Judge Pickett 1934-11-30
Movie Reunion in Vienna Father Krug 1933-06-16
Movie Another Language Pop Hallam 1933-07-28
Movie The Invisible Man Dr. Cranley 1933-11-03
Movie My Weakness Ellery Gregory 1933-09-22
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