Character actor, Harry Davenport, was born Harold George Bryant Davenport on Jan 19, 1866 in New York City, NY. Davenport appeared in over 160 film roles. His best known films include the Night Court Judge in You Can't Take It with You (1938), Dr. Meade in Gone with the Wind (1939), Judy Garland's uncle in Meet Me in St. Louis, and Myrna Loy's and Shirley Temple's great uncle, Judge Thaddeus Turner, in The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947). Davenport died at the age of 83 on Aug 9, 1949 in Los Angeles, CA and was laid to rest in Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, CA.
From a long line of actors (his two wives and four children were all in the profession), the tall, distinguished Harry Davenport brought his own distinctive sense of humor to bear on many of the Hollywood roles he graced. He played Grandpa in "The Higgins Family" comedies and Grandpa again in "Meet Me in St. Louis". He also directed a few films in the silent era.(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).
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Born January 19, 1866 Character Actor?! A veteran stage actor, ?made his film debut at age 48. In his 37-year film career, he appeared in over 160 films and shorts, playing his share of?grandfathers, judges and doctors. His films include?Gone with the Wind (as Dr. Meade... Read full article
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