Job Actor
Years active 1914-49
Known for Avuncular types, grandfathers, judges, doctors, ministers
Top Roles Judge, Supreme Court Judge, Mr. Powers, Thaddeus, Dr. Matthew Sulven
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:

Judge: I've never heard that celebrities are to be trusted in their relationships with women more than anybody else.


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


Grandpa: Excuse me, young man, but in the great country of China, when a stranger admires one of your possessions, it's common courtesy to offer it to him.
Kid at the ball: That's very interesting...
Grandpa: Well I spent many years in China, and if you want me to feel thoroughly at home, you might offer me your partner.
Kid at the ball: Huh?
Grandpa: Spoken like a true gentleman.


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Harry Davenport Facts
In an in-depth article on Harry by Ken Dennis in the Fall 2009 issue of Films of the Golden Age, it was revealed that Harry's second wife, Phyllis Rankin, also came from a family of actors, as did Harry. Her parents were McKee Rankin and Kitty Blanchard. Her sisters Doris and Gladys both married into the Barrymore family, (Lionel Barrymore and Sidney Drew, respectively). Phyllis' son Arthur Rankin was raised by Harry and later acted.

Father of actress Kate Davenport.

Ex-brother-in-law of Lionel Barrymore, John Barrymore and Ethel Barrymore.

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