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Henry Travers Overview:

Character actor, Henry Travers, was born Travers John Heagerty on Mar 5, 1874 in Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland. Travers died at the age of 91 on Oct 18, 1965 in Hollywood, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale) Cemetery in Glendale, CA.

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Henry Travers came to films when he was almost 60 and specialized in wisdom and whimsicality, combining both in memorable fashion as Clarence the Angel in Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life". He died from complications following arteriosclerosis. Received an Oscar nomination for "Mrs Miniver.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Travers was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1942Best Supporting ActorMrs. Miniver (1942)Mr. BallardNominated
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Henry Travers Quotes:

Nick: Hey look, mister. We serve hard drinks in here for men who want to get drunk fast, and we don't need any characters around to give the joint "atmosphere". Is that clear, or do I have to slip you my left for a convincer?
George Bailey: [intervening] Nick, hold on. Just give him the same as mine. He's no trouble.
Nick: Okay.
[Nick walks away to tend to the bar]
George Bailey: [to Clarence] What's the matter with him? I never saw Nick act like that before.
Clarence: You'll see a lot of strange things from now on.


Joseph Newton: We're not talking about killing people. Herb's talking about killing me and I'm talking about killing him.


Clarence: Clarence Oddbody, AS2.
George Bailey: Oddbody... Hey, what's an AS2?
Clarence: Angel, Second Class.
[the bridgekeeper, overhearing it, falls backwards in his chair]


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Henry Travers Facts
Fondly remembered as Clarence, James Stewart's guardian angel ("angel second class"), in Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946).

Of Irish extraction.

Active on Broadway from 1901-38 (early in his career credited as Travers Heagerty, his birth name).

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