Biography

From Wikipedia

Henry Stephenson Garraway (16 April 1871 – 24 April 1956), sometimes credited as Harry Stephenson, was a British stage and film actor. He portrayed friendly and wise Gentleman in many films of the 1930s and 1940s. Among his roles was Sir Joseph Banks in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) and Mr. Brownlow in Oliver Twist.

Stephenson was educated in Rugby in Warwickshire and started acting in his twenties. He appeared on British and American stages and made his Broadway debut in 1901, playing the messenger in A Message from Mars. In the following decades, he appeared in over 30 Broadway plays. Henry Stephenson made his film debut in 1917 and appeared in a few silent films, but made his mark mostly as an elder man in sound films. Between 1931 and 1932, he appeared in the successful Broadway play Cyanara with over 200 performances. He came to Hollywood for the film version of Cyanara, starring Ronald Colman and with Henry Stephenson in a supporting role.

In the same year year, he played the tycoon C.B. Gaerste in Red-Headed Woman and Doctor Alliott in A Bill of Divorcement. The following year, the English-born actor appeared as the intimidating yet warm-hearted Mr. Laurence in Little Women. The tall, white-haired actor specialized in portraying wise, dignified and friendly British gentlemans in supporting roles. He could be "both imposing and benevolent in his patrician portrayals, usually expounding words of wisdom or offering gentlemanly aid." He appeared overall in 90 films from 1917 to 1951, often as a doctor or professor, general, judge or aristocrat. He often played historical figures like Sir Joseph Banks in the oscar-winnig adventure film Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) and Florimond Claude, Comte de Mercy-Argenteau in Marie Antoinette (1938).

Stephenson worked with film star Errol Flynn in the films Captain Blood, The Charge of the Light Brigade, The Prince and the Pauper, and The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex; often as Flynn's paternal friend and superior.

He portrayed Sir Thomas Lancing in Tarzan Finds a Son! in 1939 and playing an entirely different role as Sir Guy Henderson in Tarzan and the Amazons in 1945. He seldom played dark figures, among the exceptions was the snobbish Mr. Bryant in Mr. Lucky in 1943. Stephenson also appeared in literature adaptions, for example as the friendly lawyer Havisham in Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936) and as Mr. Brownlow in David Lean's literature adaption Oliver Twist (1948). He made his last film in 1949, but appeared in two TV-series in 1951 before the end of his career. In 1950, after finishing his role of Cardinal Gaspar de Quiroga in the drama play, That Lady, Stephenson retired from the stage.

He married actress Ann Shoemaker. They had one daughter.

Henry Stephenson died in 1956 at the age of 85 years. He was survived by Ann and his daughter.

From Wikipedia

Henry Stephenson Garraway (16 April 1871 – 24 April 1956), sometimes credited as Harry Stephenson, was a British stage and film actor. He portrayed friendly and wise Gentleman in many films of the 1930s and 1940s. Among his roles was Sir Joseph Banks in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) and Mr. Brownlow in Oliver Twist.

Stephenson was educated in Rugby in Warwickshire and started acting in his twenties. He appeared on British and American stages and made his Broadway debut in 1901, playing the messenger in A Message from Mars. In the following decades, he appeared in over 30 Broadway plays. Henry Stephenson made his film debut in 1917 and appeared in a few silent films, but made his mark mostly as an elder man in sound films. Between 1931 and 1932, he appeared in the successful Broadway play Cyanara with over 200 performances. He came to Hollywood for the film version of Cyanara, starring Ronald Colman and with Henry Stephenson in a supporting role.

In the same year year, he played the tycoon C.B. Gaerste in Red-Headed Woman and Doctor Alliott in A Bill of Divorcement. The following year, the English-born actor appeared as the intimidating yet warm-hearted Mr. Laurence in Little Women. The tall, white-haired actor specialized in portraying wise, dignified and friendly British gentlemans in supporting roles. He could be "both imposing and benevolent in his patrician portrayals, usually expounding words of wisdom or offering gentlemanly aid." He appeared overall in 90 films from 1917 to 1951, often as a doctor or professor, general, judge or aristocrat. He often played historical figures like Sir Joseph Banks in the oscar-winnig adventure film Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) and Florimond Claude, Comte de Mercy-Argenteau in Marie Antoinette (1938).

Stephenson worked with film star Errol Flynn in the films Captain Blood, The Charge of the Light Brigade, The Prince and the Pauper, and The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex; often as Flynn's paternal friend and superior.

He portrayed Sir Thomas Lancing in Tarzan Finds a Son! in 1939 and playing an entirely different role as Sir Guy Henderson in Tarzan and the Amazons in 1945. He seldom played dark figures, among the exceptions was the snobbish Mr. Bryant in Mr. Lucky in 1943. Stephenson also appeared in literature adaptions, for example as the friendly lawyer Havisham in Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936) and as Mr. Brownlow in David Lean's literature adaption Oliver Twist (1948). He made his last film in 1949, but appeared in two TV-series in 1951 before the end of his career. In 1950, after finishing his role of Cardinal Gaspar de Quiroga in the drama play, That Lady, Stephenson retired from the stage.

He married actress Ann Shoemaker. They had one daughter.

Henry Stephenson died in 1956 at the age of 85 years. He was survived by Ann and his daughter.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 81

Birthday 1871-04-16

Day of Death 1956-04-24

Place of Birth Granada, British West Indies

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Also Known As

  • Henry Stephenson Garraway
  • Henry Stephenson Garroway
  • Harry Stephenson

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1949 Challenge to Lassie as Sir Charles Loring
1948 Enchantment as General Fitzgerald
1948 Julia Misbehaves as Lord Pennystone
1948 Oliver Twist as Mr. Brownlow
1947 Ivy as Judge
1947 Dark Delusion as Evans Biddle
1947 The Homestretch as Don Humberto Balcares
1947 Time Out Of Mind as Wellington Drake
1946 The Locket as Lord Wyndham
1946 The Return of Monte Cristo as Prof. Duval
1946 Her Sister's Secret as Mr. DuBois
1946 Of Human Bondage as Dr. Tyrell
1946 The Green Years as Blakely
1946 Heartbeat as Minister
1945 Tarzan and the Amazons as Sir Guy Henderson, the Archeologist
1944 Reckless Age as J. H. Wadsworth
1944 Secrets of Scotland Yard as Sir Reginald Meade
1944 Two Girls and a Sailor as John Dyckman Brown I
1944 The Hour Before the Dawn as Gen. Hetherton
1943 Mr. Lucky as Mr. Bryant
1943 The Mantrap as Sir Humphrey Quilp
1942 Half Way to Shanghai as Col. Algernon Blimpton
1942 This Above All as General Cathaway
1942 Rings on Her Fingers
1941 Lady from Louisiana as General Anatole Mirbeau
1941 The Man Who Lost Himself as Frederick Collins
1940 Down Argentine Way as Don Diego Quintana
1940 Spring Parade as Emperor Franz Joseph
1940 It's a Date as Capt. Andrew
1940 Little Old New York as Robert R. Livingston
1939 The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex as Lord Burghley
1939 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes as Sir Ronald Ramsgate
1939 Tarzan Finds a Son! as Sir Thomas Lancing
1938 Dramatic School as Pasquel Sr.
1938 Suez as Count Mathieu de Lesseps
1938 Marie Antoinette as Count de Mercey
1938 The Young in Heart as Felix Anstruther
1938 The Baroness and the Butler as Count Albert Sandor
1937 Wise Girl as Mr. Fletcher
1937 Conquest as Count Anastas Walewski
1937 The Emperor's Candlesticks as Prince Johann
1937 The Prince and the Pauper as Duke of Norfolk
1937 When You're in Love as Walter Mitchell
1936 Beloved Enemy as Lord Athleigh
1936 The Charge of the Light Brigade as Sir Charles Macefield
1936 Give Me Your Heart as Edward, Lord Farrington
1936 Walking on Air as Mr. Horace Bennett
1936 Hearts Divided as Charles Patterson
1936 Half Angel as Prof. Jerome Hargraves
1936 Little Lord Fauntleroy as Havisham
1935 Captain Blood as Lord Willoughby
1935 The Perfect Gentleman as Bishop
1935 Mutiny on the Bounty as Sir Joseph Banks
1935 Rendezvous as Russian Ambassador Gregory
1935 O'Shaughnessy's Boy as Maj. Winslow
1935 The Flame Within as Dr. Jock Frazier
1935 Reckless as Colonel Harrison Sr.
1935 Vanessa: Her Love Story as Barney Newmark
1935 The Night Is Young as Emperor Franz Josef
1934 What Every Woman Knows as Charles Venables
1934 Outcast Lady as Sir Maurice
1934 The Richest Girl in the World as John Connors
1934 She Loves Me Not as Dean Mercer
1934 One More River as Sir Laurence Mont
1934 Stingaree as Mr. Hugh Clarkson
1934 Thirty Day Princess as King Anatol XII
1934 All Men Are Enemies
1934 The Mystery of Mr. X as Frensham
1934 Man of Two Worlds as Sir Basil Pemberton
1933 If I Were Free as Hector Stribling
1933 Little Women as Mr. Laurence
1933 My Lips Betray as De Conti
1933 Blind Adventure as Major Thorne
1933 Double Harness as Colonel Sam Colby
1933 Tomorrow at Seven as Thornton Drake
1932 The Animal Kingdom as Rufus Collier
1932 Cynara as John Tring
1932 A Bill of Divorcement as Doctor Alliot
1932 Guilty as Hell as Dr. Ernest S. Tindal
1932 Red-Headed Woman as Charles B. 'Charlie' / 'C.B.' Gaerste
1925 Men and Women as Arnold Kirke

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