Mini Tribute: Gene Lockhart

Born July 18, 1891 Character Actor Gene Lockhart!

Gene Lockhart 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), 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.

Gene Lockhart Miracle on 34th StreetGene Lockhart in Miracle on 34th Street (1947, director George Seaton)

“Since the United States Government declares this man to be Santa Claus, this court will not dispute it. Case dismissed.”
-Gene Lockhart as Judge Henry X. Harper in Miracle on 34th Street


Gene Lockhart in His Girl FridayGene Lockhart as Sheriff Peter B. Hartwell in His Girl Friday (1940, director Howard Hawks)

Please don’t call me ‘Pinky’… because I got a name, see and it’s Peter B. Hartwell.
-Gene Lockhart as Sheriff Hartwell in His Girl Friday


Gene Lockhart as the Starkeeper, Gordon MacRea, CarouselGene Lockhart as the Starkeeper and Gordon MacRae as Billy Bigelow in Carousel (1956, director Henry King)

Your daughter’s down there. She’s unhappy, she needs help.
-Gene Lockhart as Starkeeper in Carousel


–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hb

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One Response to Mini Tribute: Gene Lockhart

  1. Anne C La Rose says:

    Another theatrical dynasty. Gene was married to actress Kathleen Lockhart, they are the parents of June Lockheart (“Lost in Space”), and she is the mother of Anne Lockhart. Gene was an actor, singer, and playwright. Gene did stage and film, but perhaps his two standout performances were as Bob Cratchit in the 1938 “A Christmas Carol” and as the judge in 1947s “Miracle on 34th Street”.

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