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Henry Stephenson
Born April 16, 1871
Died April 24, 1956

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Henry Stephenson Garraway (16 April 1871 – 24 April 1956), sometimes credited as Harry Stephenson, was a British stage and film actor. He portrayed friendly and wise Gentleman in many films of the 1930s and 1940s. Among his roles was Sir Joseph Banks in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) and Mr. Brownlow in Oliver Twist.

Stephenson was educated in Rugby in Warwickshire and started acting in his twenties. He appeared on British and American stages and made his Broadway debut in 1901, playing the messenger in A Message from Mars. In the following decades, he appeared in over 30 Broadway plays. Henry Stephenson made his film debut in 1917 and appeared in a few silent films, but made his mark mostly as an elder man in sound films. Between 1931 and 1932, he appeared in the successful Broadway play Cyanara with over 200 performances. He came to Hollywood for the film version of Cyanara, starring Ronald Colman and with Henry Stephenson in a supporting role.

In the same year year, he played the tycoon C.B. Gaerste in Red-Headed Woman and Doctor Alliott in A Bill of Divorcement. The following year, the English-born actor appeared as the intimidating yet warm-hearted Mr. Laurence in Little Women. The tall, white-haired actor specialized in portraying wise, dignified and friendly British gentlemans in supporting roles. He could be "both imposing and benevolent in his patrician portrayals, usually expounding words of wisdom or offering gentlemanly aid." He appeared overall in 90 films from 1917 to 1951, often as a doctor or professor, general, judge or aristocrat. He often played historical figures like Sir Joseph Banks in the oscar-winnig adventure film Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) and Florimond Claude, Comte de Mercy-Argenteau in Marie Antoinette (1938).

Stephenson worked with film star Errol Flynn in the films Captain Blood, The Charge of the Light Brigade, The Prince and the Pauper, and The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex; often as Flynn's paternal friend and superior.

He portrayed Sir Thomas Lancing in Tarzan Finds a Son! in 1939 and playing an entirely different role as Sir Guy Henderson in Tarzan and the Amazons in 1945. He seldom played dark figures, among the exceptions was the snobbish Mr. Bryant in Mr. Lucky in 1943. Stephenson also appeared in literature adaptions, for example as the friendly lawyer Havisham in Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936) and as Mr. Brownlow in David Lean's literature adaption Oliver Twist (1948). He made his last film in 1949, but appeared in two TV-series in 1951 before the end of his career. In 1950, after finishing his role of Cardinal Gaspar de Quiroga in the drama play, That Lady, Stephenson retired from the stage.

He married actress Ann Shoemaker. They had one daughter.

Henry Stephenson died in 1956 at the age of 85 years. He was survived by Ann and his daughter.


Oliver Twist
 1951, Mr. Brownlow
Challenge to Lassie
 1949, Sir Charles Loring
 1948, General Fitzgerald
Julia Misbehaves
 1948, Lord Pennystone
 1947, Judge
Dark Delusion
 1947, Dr. Evans Biddle
The Homestretch
 1947, Don Humberto Balcares
Time Out Of Mind
 1947, Wellington Drake
The Locket
 1946, Lord Wyndham
The Return of Monte Cristo
 1946, Prof. Duval
Her Sister's Secret
 1946, Mr. DuBois
Of Human Bondage
 1946, Dr. Tyrell
The Green Years
 1946, Blakely
 1946, Minister
Tarzan and the Amazons
 1945, Sir Guy Henderson, the Archeologist
Secrets of Scotland Yard
 1944, Sir Reginald Meade
Two Girls and a Sailor
 1944, John Dyckman Brown I
The Hour Before the Dawn
 1944, Gen. Hetherton
Mr. Lucky
 1943, Mr. Bryant
The Mantrap
 1943, Sir Humphrey Quilp
Half Way to Shanghai
 1942, Col. Algernon Blimpton
This Above All
 1942, General Cathaway
Lady from Louisiana
 1941, General Anatole Mirbeau
The Man Who Lost Himself
 1941, Frederick Collins
Down Argentine Way
 1940, Don Diego Quintana
Spring Parade
 1940, Emperor Franz Joseph
It's a Date
 1940, Capt. Andrew
Little Old New York
 1940, Robert R. Livingston
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
 1939, Lord Burghley
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
 1939, Sir Ronald Ramsgate
Tarzan Finds a Son!
 1939, Sir Thomas Lancing
Dramatic School
 1938, Pasquel Sr.
 1938, Count Mathieu de Lesseps
Marie Antoinette
 1938, Count de Mercey
The Young in Heart
 1938, Felix Anstruther
The Baroness and the Butler
 1938, Count Albert Sandor
Wise Girl
 1937, Mr. Fletcher
 1937, Count Anastas Walewski
The Emperor's Candlesticks
 1937, Prince Johann
The Prince and the Pauper
 1937, Duke of Norfolk
When You're in Love
 1937, Walter Mitchell
Beloved Enemy
 1936, Lord Athleigh
The Charge of the Light Brigade
 1936, Sir Charles Macefield
Give Me Your Heart
 1936, Edward, Lord Farrington
Walking on Air
 1936, Mr. Horace Bennett
Hearts Divided
 1936, Charles Patterson
Half Angel
 1936, Prof. Jerome Hargraves
Little Lord Fauntleroy
 1936, Havisham
Captain Blood
 1935, Lord Willoughby
The Perfect Gentleman
 1935, Bishop
Mutiny on the Bounty
 1935, Sir Joseph Banks
 1935, Russian Ambassador Gregory
O'Shaughnessy's Boy
 1935, Maj. Winslow
The Flame Within
 1935, Dr. Jock Frazier
 1935, Colonel Harrison Sr.
Vanessa: Her Love Story
 1935, Barney Newmark
The Night Is Young
 1935, Emperor Franz Josef
What Every Woman Knows
 1934, Charles Venables
Outcast Lady
 1934, Sir Maurice
The Richest Girl in the World
 1934, John Connors
She Loves Me Not
 1934, Dean Mercer
One More River
 1934, Sir Laurence Mont
 1934, Mr. Hugh Clarkson
Thirty Day Princess
 1934, King Anatol XII
The Mystery of Mr. X
 1934, Frensham
Man of Two Worlds
 1934, Sir Basil Pemberton
If I Were Free
 1933, Hector Stribling
Little Women
 1933, Mr. Laurence
My Lips Betray
 1933, De Conti
Blind Adventure
 1933, Major Thorne
Double Harness
 1933, Colonel Sam Colby
Tomorrow at Seven
 1933, Thornton Drake
The Animal Kingdom
 1932, Rufus Collier
 1932, John Tring
A Bill of Divorcement
 1932, Doctor Alliot
Guilty as Hell
 1932, Dr. Ernest S. Tindal
Red-Headed Woman
 1932, Charles B. 'Charlie' / 'C.B.' Gaerste
Men and Women
 1925, Arnold Kirke





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