Job Actor
Years active 1914-49
Known for Avuncular types, grandfathers, judges, doctors, ministers
Top Roles Supreme Court Judge, Mr. Powers, Judge, Colonel Skeffington, Amos Kidder
Top GenresDrama, Comedy, Romance, Crime, Mystery, War
Top TopicsRomance (Comic), Book-Based, Screwball Comedy
Top Collaborators (Producer), (Producer), (Director), (Director)
Shares birthday with Jean Stapleton, B.P. Schulberg, Tippi Hedren  see more..

Harry Davenport Overview:

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.

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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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By Annmarie Gatti on Jan 19, 2014 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

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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Harry Davenport Quotes:

Albert: Nobody's too old for anything, but unhappiness!


Confederate Veteran: [to his fellow Confederate veterans] On your feet now. Go on and look sharp. The whole town's wwatching. This is the one day out of the year that belongs to us.


Pop Tolliver: Well, ain't much difference 'tween kidnapping and marriage. You get snatched from your parents, but in marriage nobody offers a reward.


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Harry Davenport Facts
An avid antique collector.

Father of actress Kate Davenport.

Son of Edward Loomis (E.L.) Davenport & Fanny Elizabeth Vining. Brother of Blanche, Flo, May, Fannie, Lillie & Edgar. Father of Dorothy Davenport and actress Kate Davenport. Father-in-law of Wallace Reid. Grandfather of Wallace Reid Jr.. Grandfather of actor/producer/director Dirk Wayne Summers. Great-great-grandfather of Thomas Grant and Tyler Grant.

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