Job Actor
Years active 1930-1957
Known for Dignified roles; gray-haired fathers, judges,lawyers, officers
Top Roles Tim Ward, Dr. Emile Roux, General Bogardus, Squire O'Neill, Col. Watrous
Top GenresDrama, Comedy, Romance, Crime, Mystery, Musical
Top TopicsBased on Play, World War II, Book-Based
Top Collaborators (Producer), (Producer), (Producer), (Producer)
Shares birthday with Norma Shearer, Jack Haley, Rhonda Fleming  see more..

Henry O'Neill Overview:

Character actor, Henry O'Neill, was born on Aug 10, 1891 in Orange, NJ. O'Neill died at the age of 69 on May 18, 1961 in Hollywood, CA and was laid to rest in San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, CA.


Playing figures of authority must have come as second nature to this distinguished, thoughtful-looking American actor whose fair hair went grey early in his career. After 20 years of playing judges, lawyers, officers and doctors in more than 150 films, Henry O'Neill probably found it quite a relief to play the occasional murder suspect or villain, but his quiet dignity usually decreed he would be on the right side of the law.

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



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

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Henry O'Neill Quotes:

Dr. Evan Beaumont: All I know is that for a short time the spirit of life left his body. Now, what happened during that transition? What effect did the experience of death have on his subconscious mind. Can he remember?
District Attorney Werner: Well, it's rather a large order, doctor, and I'm afraid a bit beyond the province of law...
Dr. Evan Beaumont: ...and beyond the province of science too, but it's a challenge, and somewhere, I think, we'll find the key to all this.
District Attorney Werner: If you do, I hope you'll let me know.

[last lines]
[Kellogg and Renard hear remarks about the spy case by diners at a lunch counter]
U.S. Atty. Kellogg: The voice of the people.
Edward 'Ed' Renard: Thank God for such people.
U.S. Atty. Kellogg: Yes, thank God.

Parole Officer Masters: Parolees are supposed to be impervious to insults.

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