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Hector William "Harry" Cording (26 April 1891 – 1 September 1954) was a British character actor.

Cording was born Hector William Cording on 26 April 1891 in Wellington, Somerset. He was brought up and was educated in his native England, and later settled permanently in Los Angeles, where he began a film career. His first role was as a henchmen in The Knockout (1925), followed by similar roles over the next few years. Cording appeared in many Hollywood films from the 1920s to the 1950s. With an imposing six-foot height, stocky build, and perhaps due to his uncomfortable resemblance to veteran film bad guy Oskar Homolka, "Harry the Henchman" usually portrayed thugs, villains' henchmen and policemen.

Cording's most notable roles were probably as the villainous Dickon Malbete, Captain of the Guard in Errol Flynn's Adventures of Robin Hood and as Thamal, the hulking henchman to Bela Lugosi's character in 1934's Black Cat. As a contract player at Universal Pictures in the 1940s, he turned up in tiny parts in many of their horror films, such as The Wolf Man.

Having appeared in a bit role in 20th Century-Fox's Adventures of Sherlock Holmes starring Basil Rathbone (1939), he went on to appear in supporting and bit parts in seven of the twelve Universal Studios Sherlock Holmes films in which Rathbone starred.

Cording died on 1 September 1954. The cause of death was not documented. His wife was Margaret Cording, née Fiero, (1912–91), a native of Michigan; their daughter, Margaret Rose, was born on 7 November 1939. The Cordings lived at 4104 Farmdale Avenue, North Hollywood. Harry Cording was an active member of the Loyal Order of Moose fraternity.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Hector William "Harry" Cording (26 April 1891 – 1 September 1954) was a British character actor.

Cording was born Hector William Cording on 26 April 1891 in Wellington, Somerset. He was brought up and was educated in his native England, and later settled permanently in Los Angeles, where he began a film career. His first role was as a henchmen in The Knockout (1925), followed by similar roles over the next few years. Cording appeared in many Hollywood films from the 1920s to the 1950s. With an imposing six-foot height, stocky build, and perhaps due to his uncomfortable resemblance to veteran film bad guy Oskar Homolka, "Harry the Henchman" usually portrayed thugs, villains' henchmen and policemen.

Cording's most notable roles were probably as the villainous Dickon Malbete, Captain of the Guard in Errol Flynn's Adventures of Robin Hood and as Thamal, the hulking henchman to Bela Lugosi's character in 1934's Black Cat. As a contract player at Universal Pictures in the 1940s, he turned up in tiny parts in many of their horror films, such as The Wolf Man.

Having appeared in a bit role in 20th Century-Fox's Adventures of Sherlock Holmes starring Basil Rathbone (1939), he went on to appear in supporting and bit parts in seven of the twelve Universal Studios Sherlock Holmes films in which Rathbone starred.

Cording died on 1 September 1954. The cause of death was not documented. His wife was Margaret Cording, née Fiero, (1912–91), a native of Michigan; their daughter, Margaret Rose, was born on 7 November 1939. The Cordings lived at 4104 Farmdale Avenue, North Hollywood. Harry Cording was an active member of the Loyal Order of Moose fraternity.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 118

Birthday 1891-04-26

Day of Death 1954-09-01

Place of Birth Wellington, Somerset, England

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Also Known As

  • Harry Gording

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1955 East of Eden as Bouncer (uncredited)
1954 Jungle Gents as Dan Shanks
1954 Killer Leopard as Supt. Saunders
1953 Man in the Attic as Detective Sgt. Bates
1952 Against All Flags as Gow
1952 Hopalong Cassidy (2 episodes)
1952 Brave Warrior as Shayne MacGregor
1952 Night Stage to Galveston as Ted Driscoll
1952 The Big Trees as Cleve Gregg
1951 The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1 episode)
1951 Santa Fe as Moose Legrande
1950 Last of the Buccaneers as Brown
1950 Tyrant of the Sea as Sampson Edwards - Sailor
1947 Trail of the Mounties as Trapper Hawkins
1947 The Marauders as Riker
1947 Dangerous Venture as Morgan
1946 Inside Job as Bartender
1946 Dressed to Kill as Hamid
1946 Terror by Night as Mock the Undertaker
1945 The Fatal Witness as Gus
1945 Sudan as Uba
1945 The House of Fear as John Simpson
1944 Gypsy Wildcat as Captain Marver
1944 The Pearl of Death as George Gelder
1944 The Great Alaskan Mystery as Captain Greeder
1944 Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves as Mahmoud
1943 The Spider Woman as Fred Garvin (uncredited)
1943 The Man from the Rio Grande as John King
1943 For Whom the Bell Tolls as Man Who Flails the Mayor
1943 Don't You Believe It as Rogue
1943 Fugitive from Sonora as Iron Joe Martin
1943 Mission to Moscow as Blacksmith
1942 Arabian Nights as Blacksmith
1942 Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon as Jack Brady
1942 Overland Mail as Sam Gregg - Henchman
1942 Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror as Camberwell
1942 The Spoilers as Miner
1942 The Ghost of Frankenstein as Vasarian Mob Leader
1942 Ride 'Em Cowboy as Poker Player
1942 Wild Bill Hickok Rides as Saloon Bouncer
1941 Riders of the Badlands as Blacksmith Higgins
1941 The Wolf Man as Wykes (uncredited)
1941 Badlands Of Dakota as Jackson
1941 Rawhide Rangers as Blackie
1941 Singapore Woman as Crow's Nest Manager
1941 The Lady from Cheyenne as Mike, Cork's Henchman
1941 Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie as J. L. Red Clinton
1941 So Ends Our Night as Card Player (uncredited)
1940 The Green Hornet Strikes Again! as Dannick - Crooked Construction Foreman
1940 Santa Fe Trail as Workman in Delaware Crossing
1940 Trail of the Vigilantes as Phil
1940 Law and Order as Poe Daggett
1940 A Dispatch from Reuter's as Sailor on the Nova Scotian (uncredited)
1940 King of the Royal Mounted as Wade Garson
1940 When the Daltons Rode as Rigby Henchman
1940 The Sea Hawk as Slavemaster
1940 Florian as Leader
1940 Texas Stagecoach as Clancy
1940 Dark Command as Angry Townsman in Bank
1940 Virginia City as Scarecrow - Union Prisoner at Libby
1940 The Grapes of Wrath as Deputy (uncredited)
1940 Strange Cargo as Guard
1940 The House of the Seven Gables as Blacksmith Hawkins
1940 Little Old New York as Man in Mob About to Set 'Clermont' Afire
1940 The Invisible Man Returns as Miner
1939 The Hunchback of Notre Dame as Guard (uncredited)
1939 The Light That Failed as Soldier
1939 Destry Rides Again as Creepy - Lends Tom Guns
1939 We Are Not Alone as Man Carrying Leni
1939 Tower of London as Lead Murderer of the Children
1939 The Marshal Of Mesa City as Henchman Bat Cardigan
1939 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes as Cragin (uncredited)
1939 Each Dawn I Die as Temple
1939 Mutiny on the Blackhawk as Bos'un
1939 The Sun Never Sets as Zurof Camp Guard
1939 Sons of Liberty as Arresting British Trooper (uncredited)
1939 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as Man Stealing Watermelon (uncredited)
1939 Arizona Legion as Whiskey Joe
1939 Son of Frankenstein as Bearded Gendarme
1939 Devil's Island as Guard Accepting Bribe
1939 Stand Up and Fight as Bullet Line Blacksmith
1938 A Christmas Carol as Waiter (uncredited)
1938 Heart of the North as Miner Leading Mob
1938 Valley of the Giants as Greer
1938 The Adventures of Robin Hood as Dickon Malbete
1937 Song of Revolt as Peasant Rebel Leader (uncredited)
1937 The Prince and the Pauper as Second Guard
1937 The Soldier and the Lady as Peasant
1936 The White Angel as Hospital Storekeeper (uncredited)
1936 Road Gang as Sam Dawson (guard with whip)
1936 The Country Doctor as Logger (uncredited)
1936 Sutter's Gold as Seaman Lars
1935 Captain Blood as Kent
1935 Mutiny on the Bounty as Soldier (uncredited)
1934 The Black Cat as Thamal
1933 To the Last Man as Colby Man Fred (uncredited)
1933 Captured! as First Orderly
1933 Narcotic as Dr. William G. Davis
1933 The Girl in 419 as Henchman Driver
1933 Sweepings as Customer
1933 The Intruder as Cramer
1932 Scarlet Dawn as Revolutionary (uncredited)
1932 The Cabin in the Cotton as Ross Clinton (uncredited)
1932 World and the Flesh as Ivanovitch
1932 Texas Cyclone as Jake Farwell
1931 Mata Hari as Ivan (uncredited)
1931 Night Beat as Chill Scarpelli
1931 Honor of the Family as Kouski
1931 The Conquering Horde as Butch Daggett
1931 The Right of Way as Rouge's Henchman
1930 New Moon as Kirghiz Soldier at Fort Darvaz
1930 Rough Romance as Chick Carson
1930 Bride of the Regiment as Sergeant Dostal
1930 Captain of the Guard as Le Bruin
1929 Christina as Dick Torpe
1929 The Squall as Peter
1928 The Patriot as Stefan
1928 The Last Command as Revolutionist (uncredited)

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