H.B. Warner Overview:

Character actor, H.B. Warner, was born Harry Byron Warner on Oct 26, 1875 in London, England. Warner died at the age of 83 on Dec 21, 1958 in Woodland Hills, CA .


Tall, dignified, light-haired, mustachioed British actor who went to Hollywood in 1914 and spent more than 40 years in films playing men whose opinions had to be respected, even when, as was often the case, they were under pressure. After hitting the limelight with his portrait of Jesus in the 1927 version of King of Kings, he kept acting almost to the end of his long life. Nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in the 1937 version of Lost Horizon.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).



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

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1937Best Supporting ActorLost Horizon (1937)ChangNominated

He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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H.B. Warner Quotes:

Chief Magistrate: [to Liliom] The memory of you makes them much happier than you could ever make them.

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Mr. Emil Gower: I owe everything to George Bailey. Help him, dear Father.

Judge May: Mr. Deeds, there has been a great deal of damaging testimony against you. Your behavior, to say the least, has been most strange. But in the opinion of the court, you are not only sane, but you're the sanest man that ever walked into this courtroom!

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H.B. Warner Facts
An in-depth article by Grange B. McKinney on actor J.B. Warner in "Classic Images" magazine points out that H.B. (Henry) was not the older brother of J.B., a handsome western film actor who died of tuberculosis at age 29. In fact, they were not related. J.B.'s real name was James B. Tobias and he adopted the surname of Warner after H.B's grandparents took him in and raised him.

Grandfather of actor Ed Garner.

Was survived by a son and daughter by actress Rita Stanwood.

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