Job Actor
Years active 1928-1950
Top Roles Philostrate, Master of Revels to Theseus, Dr. Bronson, Fake Worthingham, One Punch McCoy, Harry, the drunk
Top GenresComedy, Drama, Romance, Crime, Mystery, Musical
Top TopicsRomance (Comic), Pre-Code Cinema, Book-Based
Top Collaborators (Producer), (Producer), (Director), (Producer)
Shares birthday with Paul Muni, Martha Scott, John Houseman  see more..

Hobart Cavanaugh Overview:

Character actor, Hobart Cavanaugh, was born on Sep 22, 1886 in Virginia City, NV. Cavanaugh died at the age of 63 on Apr 27, 1950 in Woodland Hills, CA .

Hobart Cavanaugh was born on September 22nd, 1886 in Virginia City, Nevada. Before deciding on a career as an actor, he studied engineering at the University of California. He eventually found his way to the vaudeville stage, partner with fellow character actor Walter Catlett. He steadily work on his craft on the vaudevillian stage and in 1916 made his Broadway debut with a small role in Mile-a-minute Kendall. He soon established himself as fine supporting actor in comedy shows like Irene, The Nervous Walk, and  Sunshine.

By the end of the 1920s Cavanaugh had entered the Hollywood game and began playing supporting, often uncredited roles in films such San Francisco Nights, State Fair, and Close Friends. He would spend the first half of the 1930s splitting his time between the Broadway Stage and Hollywood. By 1935 he made the permanent move to Hollywood, focusing solely on his film career. Cavanaugh began appearing more substantial films such as Captain Blood, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Wife Vs. Secretary. He continued working for the next decade and a half in a myriad of films such as Reno, Santa Fe Trail Jack London and A Letter to Three Wives. He eventually returns to Broadway in 1948 for the hit show As the Girls Go. His final silver screen performance came in 1950 with the Claude Binyon comedy Stella. It was clear the aging actor had little time left, as he passed out twice during the films production. By that time, he had acted in over 175 films.

Hobart Cavanaugh died on April 26th, 1950 in Woodland Hills, California. He was 63 years old. 

(Source: article by Minoo Allen for Classic Movie Hub).



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J. Horatio 'Boggsie' Boggs: I wouldn't ride on that stage again if it means staying in this town for the rest of my life - heaven forbid.

[when the deputy sheriff rides up, Pinky quickly mounts his horse]
Mary Cook: What's your hurry?
Pinky Gardner: My conscience is clear, but my horse's isn't.

[fearing that Dan has stolen their gold, the miners stop his stagecoach]
J. Horatio 'Boggsie' Boggs: I'll vouch for him!
Miner: Who'll vouch for you?

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Prolific small part character actor of the 1930s and 40s with stage experience. Worried-looking, balding and usually bespectacled, he played downtrodden or henpecked little men, victim of just about everybody. On occasion, he could play sneaky or slightly sinister villain's accomplices.

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