Gene Lockhart Overview:

Actor, Gene Lockhart, was born Eugene Lockhart on Jul 18, 1891 in London, Canada. Lockhart died at the age of 65 on Mar 31, 1957 in Santa Monica, CA and was laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, Los Angeles County, CA.

MINI BIO:

Gene Lockhart appeared in over 145 film and TV roles from 1922 through 1957, some of his most memorable roles being the Judge that 'tries' Santa Claus in Miracle on 34th Street (1947), Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (1938), the Starkeeper in Carousel (1956), bumbling Sheriff Peter B. Hartwell in His Girl Friday (1940), and Regis the treacherous informant in Algiers (1938) for which he earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Lockhart is the father of actress June Lockhart of Lassie, Lost in Space and Petticoat Junction fame.

(Source: article by Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub).

HONORS and AWARDS:

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

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1938Best Supporting ActorAlgiers (1938)RegisNominated
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He was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Motion Pictures and Television.

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By smumcountry on Dec 30, 2015 From Smum County

December 30, 2015 by smumcounty Eu was born in London, Ontario on July 18th, 1891. Gene displayed an interest in performing at an early age. At the age of seven, he danced a Highland fling for the 48th Highlanders? Regimental Band. Shortly after that, his father joined the band as a Sc... Read full article


Know Your Character Actor –

By smumcountry on Dec 30, 2015 From Smum County

December 30, 2015 by smumcounty Eu was born in London, Ontario on July 18th, 1891. Gene displayed an interest in performing at an early age. At the age of seven, he danced a Highland fling for the 48th Highlanders? Regimental Band. Shortly after that, his father joined the band as a Sc... Read full article


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By Annmarie Gatti on Jul 18, 2013 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Born July 18, 1891 Character Actor ! appeared in over 145 film and TV roles, some of his most memorable being the Judge that ‘tries’ Santa Claus in Miracle on 34th Street (1947), Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (1938), the Starkeeper in Carousel (1956), bumbl... Read full article


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Gene Lockhart Quotes:

Charles Halloran: All right, you go back and tell them that the New York State Supreme Court rules there's no Santa Claus. It's all over the papers. The kids read it and they don't hang up their stockings. Now what happens to all the toys that are supposed to be in those stockings? Nobody buys them. The toy manufacturers are going to like that; so they have to lay off a lot of their employees, union employees. Now you got the CIO and the AF of L against you and they're going to adore you for it and they're going to say it with votes. Oh, and the department stores are going to love you too and the Christmas card makers and the candy companies. Ho ho. Henry, you're going to be an awful popular fella. And what about the Salvation Army? Why, they got a Santa Claus on every corner, and they're taking a fortune. But you go ahead Henry, you do it your way. You go on back in there and tell them that you rule there is no Santy Claus. Go on. But if you do, remember this: you can count on getting just two votes, your own and that district attorney's out there.
Judge Henry X. Harper: The District Attorney's a Republican.


Tom Rath: I don't know anything about public relations.
Bill Hawthorne: Who does? You've got a clean shirt and you bathe everyday. That's all there is to it.


Fred Gailey: Your Honor, every one of these letters is addressed to Santa Claus. The Post Office has delivered them. Therefore the Post Office Department, a branch of the Federal Governent, recognizes this man Kris Kringle to be the one and only Santa Claus.
Judge Henry X. Harper: Uh, since the United States Government declares this man to be Santa Claus, this court will not dispute it. Case dismissed.


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Wrote the words to the song "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise" which became a huge post-WWI hit. Later recorded by Ted Lewis, Benny Goodman, and Duke Ellington'; a version by Les Paul and Mary Ford became a million seller in 1951.

Father, with actress Kathleen Lockhart, of actress June Lockhart. The three appeared together in A Christmas Carol (1938).

Grandfather of actress Anne Lockhart.

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