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Harlan Briggs (August 17, 1879 – January 26, 1952) was an American actor and vaudeville performer who was active from the 1930s until his death in 1952. During the course of his career he appeared on Broadway, in over 100 films, as well as appearing on television once towards the end of his career.

Briggs was born in Blissfield, Michigan. Although he was a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, he chose to go into acting rather than pursue a career in law.

His acting career began in vaudeville at around the beginning of the 20th century. He would make his Broadway debut in 1926, in the drama Up the Line. He worked steadily on Broadway through 1935. On August 6, 1929 he began a successful run in the featured role of G. A. Appleby in It's a Wise Child at the Belasco Theatre. In 1934 he had another featured role in the successful play Dodsworth, as Tubby Pearson. The show opened at the Shubert Theatre on February 24, 1934 and ran for 147 performances, starring Walter Huston as Samuel Dodsworth. After a six-week hiatus, the show reopened at the Shubert on August 20 and ran for an additional 168 performances. When Samuel Goldwyn bought the rights to the play, Briggs was one of two of the original Broadway cast to reprise their roles in the film, the other being Huston in the title role.

Briggs would focus on his film career for the remainder of the 1930s, before returning to Broadway in the 1940s, combining both stage and screen performances during that decade. The most successful of his Broadway appearances in the 1940s was as Constable Small in Ramshackle Inn, which featured ZaSu Pitts in her Broadway debut. The Story of Mary Surratt, in which Briggs appeared in 1947, was Briggs' 400th play.

Beginning with Dodsworth, Briggs worked consistently in films over the next 16 years, until his death in 1952, appearing in over 100 films. His most famous role was as Dr. Stall in the 1940 comedy classic The Bank Dick, starring W.C. Fields. Other notable films in which he appeared include After the Thin Man (1936), Stella Dallas (1937), Having Wonderful Time (1938), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), My Little Chickadee (1940), Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940), State Fair (1945), Night and Day (1946), Little Women (1949), Goodbye, My Fancy (1951), and Carrie (1952). The last film on which Briggs worked was The Sea Hornet, which was in production in April and May 1951, and released later that year.

On January 26, 1952, Briggs died in Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital from complications resulting from a heart attack. His death occurred almost half a year prior to the release of Carrie.

Briggs married actress Viola Scott on July 3, 1914. They had four sons.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Harlan Briggs (August 17, 1879 – January 26, 1952) was an American actor and vaudeville performer who was active from the 1930s until his death in 1952. During the course of his career he appeared on Broadway, in over 100 films, as well as appearing on television once towards the end of his career.

Briggs was born in Blissfield, Michigan. Although he was a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, he chose to go into acting rather than pursue a career in law.

His acting career began in vaudeville at around the beginning of the 20th century. He would make his Broadway debut in 1926, in the drama Up the Line. He worked steadily on Broadway through 1935. On August 6, 1929 he began a successful run in the featured role of G. A. Appleby in It's a Wise Child at the Belasco Theatre. In 1934 he had another featured role in the successful play Dodsworth, as Tubby Pearson. The show opened at the Shubert Theatre on February 24, 1934 and ran for 147 performances, starring Walter Huston as Samuel Dodsworth. After a six-week hiatus, the show reopened at the Shubert on August 20 and ran for an additional 168 performances. When Samuel Goldwyn bought the rights to the play, Briggs was one of two of the original Broadway cast to reprise their roles in the film, the other being Huston in the title role.

Briggs would focus on his film career for the remainder of the 1930s, before returning to Broadway in the 1940s, combining both stage and screen performances during that decade. The most successful of his Broadway appearances in the 1940s was as Constable Small in Ramshackle Inn, which featured ZaSu Pitts in her Broadway debut. The Story of Mary Surratt, in which Briggs appeared in 1947, was Briggs' 400th play.

Beginning with Dodsworth, Briggs worked consistently in films over the next 16 years, until his death in 1952, appearing in over 100 films. His most famous role was as Dr. Stall in the 1940 comedy classic The Bank Dick, starring W.C. Fields. Other notable films in which he appeared include After the Thin Man (1936), Stella Dallas (1937), Having Wonderful Time (1938), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), My Little Chickadee (1940), Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940), State Fair (1945), Night and Day (1946), Little Women (1949), Goodbye, My Fancy (1951), and Carrie (1952). The last film on which Briggs worked was The Sea Hornet, which was in production in April and May 1951, and released later that year.

On January 26, 1952, Briggs died in Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital from complications resulting from a heart attack. His death occurred almost half a year prior to the release of Carrie.

Briggs married actress Viola Scott on July 3, 1914. They had four sons.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 57

Birthday 1879-08-17

Day of Death 1952-01-26

Place of Birth Blissfield, Michigan, USA

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Also Known As

  • Harlan Paul Briggs

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1952 Carrie as Joe Brant
1951 The Sea Hornet as Watchman
1947 A Double Life as Oscar Bernard
1947 Cynthia as J.M. Dingle, Napoleon Hardware
1947 Danger Street as Darnstein
1947 Spoilers of the North as Salty
1947 Humoresque as Toy Shop Proprietor (uncredited)
1946 My Pal Trigger as Dr. Bentley
1945 Conflict as Second pawnbroker
1942 There's One Born Every Minute as Luke Simpson
1942 The Remarkable Andrew as Sheriff Clem Watkins
1942 The Vanishing Virginian as Mr. Rogard
1941 Among the Living as Judge
1940 The Bank Dick as Doctor Stall
1940 I Love You Again as Mayor Carver (uncredited)
1940 Lucky Partners as Mayor
1940 Brother Orchid as Thomas A. Bailey - Acme Paving
1940 Edison, the Man as Bisbee
1940 Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise as Coroner
1940 Young as You Feel as Dr. Kinsley
1940 Abe Lincoln in Illinois as Denton Offut
1940 My Little Chickadee as Hotel Clerk
1940 The Man Who Wouldn't Talk as Foreman in Jury
1939 Bad Little Angel as Lem Dodd, Man in Jim's Office (uncredited)
1939 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington as Mr. Edwards a Howling Citizen
1939 5th Ave Girl as Stanton - Union Representative
1939 Flight at Midnight as 'Pop' Hussey
1939 The Man They Could Not Hang as Defense Attorney Parker
1939 Frontier Marshal as Editor
1939 Blondie Takes a Vacation as Mr. Holden
1939 Maisie as Deputy Sheriff Cal Hoskins
1939 Tell No Tales as Davie Bryant
1939 Calling Dr. Kildare as James Galt
1939 Cafe Society as Justice of the Peace
1939 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as Mr. Rucker (uncredited)
1939 Made for Each Other as Judge
1939 Boy Trouble as Mr. Pike
1939 The Mysterious Miss X as Charlie Graham
1938 Opening Day as Mr. Garnish
1938 A Man to Remember as Homer Ramsey
1938 Sing, You Sinners as Customer at Gas Station (uncredited)
1938 The Missing Guest as Frank Kendall - Editor
1938 One Wild Night as Mayor
1938 You and Me as Thomas McTavish
1937 Quick Money as Thorndyke Barnsdale
1937 Beg, Borrow or Steal as Mr. Virgil Miller
1937 Live, Love and Learn as Justice of The Peace
1937 Behind the Mike as Sheriff
1937 Exclusive as Springer
1937 Stella Dallas as Mr. Beamer
1937 Easy Living as Office Manager
1937 Riding on Air as Mr. Harrison
1937 A Family Affair as Oscar Stubbins
1936 Happy Go Lucky as U.S. Consul E.R. Brown
1936 Dodsworth as Tubby Pearson
1933 Kissing Time as David Sullivan (uncredited)
1933 Seasoned Greetings as Uncle Ben Jones (uncredited)

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