Biography

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George Delbert "Dell" Henderson (July 5, 1877 – December 2, 1956) was a Canadian-American actor, director, and writer. He began his long and prolific film career in the early days of silent film.

Born in the Southwestern Ontario city of St. Thomas, Dell Henderson started his acting career on the stage, but appeared in his first movie Monday Morning in a Coney Island Police Court already in 1908. Henderson was a frequent associate of film pioneer D.W. Griffith since 1909 and appeared in numerous of his early shorts in Hollywood. He also acted on a less prolific basis in the movies of producer Mack Sennett and his Keystone Studios. In addition to acting, Henderson also directed nearly 200 silent films between 1911 and 1928. Most of those films are forgotten or lost, but he also directed movies with silent stars like Harry Carey and Roscoe Arbuckle. Henderson also worked as a writer on numerous screenplays.

After retiring from directing in 1927, Henderson turned to acting full-time and played important supporting roles in King Vidor's The Crowd (1928) and as General Marmaduke Pepper in Show People (1928). The advent of sound film damaged his acting career, and he often had to play smaller roles. In the 1930s, the comedic character actor appeared on several occasions as a comic foil for such comedians as The Three Stooges, W. C. Fields and Laurel and Hardy. He often played somewhat pompous figures like judges, businessmen, detectives or mayors. Modern audiences will remember Henderson as annoyed hospital president Dr. Graves in The Three Stooges film Men in Black and the put-upon chaperone in the Little Rascals film Choo-Choo!. He also appeared as a Night Court Judge in Laurel and Hardy's Our Relations (1936) and as a friendly Car salesman in Leo McCarey's drama Make Way for Tomorrow (1937). Henderson ended his film career after numerous small roles in 1950.

Henderson died of a heart attack in Hollywood at the age of 79. He was married with actress Florence Lee until his death, they made several silent films together.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

George Delbert "Dell" Henderson (July 5, 1877 – December 2, 1956) was a Canadian-American actor, director, and writer. He began his long and prolific film career in the early days of silent film.

Born in the Southwestern Ontario city of St. Thomas, Dell Henderson started his acting career on the stage, but appeared in his first movie Monday Morning in a Coney Island Police Court already in 1908. Henderson was a frequent associate of film pioneer D.W. Griffith since 1909 and appeared in numerous of his early shorts in Hollywood. He also acted on a less prolific basis in the movies of producer Mack Sennett and his Keystone Studios. In addition to acting, Henderson also directed nearly 200 silent films between 1911 and 1928. Most of those films are forgotten or lost, but he also directed movies with silent stars like Harry Carey and Roscoe Arbuckle. Henderson also worked as a writer on numerous screenplays.

After retiring from directing in 1927, Henderson turned to acting full-time and played important supporting roles in King Vidor's The Crowd (1928) and as General Marmaduke Pepper in Show People (1928). The advent of sound film damaged his acting career, and he often had to play smaller roles. In the 1930s, the comedic character actor appeared on several occasions as a comic foil for such comedians as The Three Stooges, W. C. Fields and Laurel and Hardy. He often played somewhat pompous figures like judges, businessmen, detectives or mayors. Modern audiences will remember Henderson as annoyed hospital president Dr. Graves in The Three Stooges film Men in Black and the put-upon chaperone in the Little Rascals film Choo-Choo!. He also appeared as a Night Court Judge in Laurel and Hardy's Our Relations (1936) and as a friendly Car salesman in Leo McCarey's drama Make Way for Tomorrow (1937). Henderson ended his film career after numerous small roles in 1950.

Henderson died of a heart attack in Hollywood at the age of 79. He was married with actress Florence Lee until his death, they made several silent films together.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 121

Birthday 1877-07-05

Day of Death 1956-12-02

Place of Birth St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada

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Also Known As

  • Del Henderson

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1949 Once More, My Darling as Hotel Clerk
1946 Undercurrent as Party Guest
1945 The Great Morgan
1943 Du Barry Was a Lady as Flunky
1943 Slightly Dangerous as Doorman (uncredited)
1940 Young People as Eddie's Father
1940 Stranger on the Third Floor as Detective
1940 Millionaires in Prison as Dell, Deputy Taking Vander to Prison
1940 You Can't Fool Your Wife as Ritz Amsterdam Manager
1940 Little Orvie as Mr. Brown
1940 Abe Lincoln in Illinois as Minor Role
1939 5th Ave Girl as Headwaiter
1939 Frontier Marshal as Dave Hall
1939 Love Affair as Cafe Manager (uncredited)
1938 Men with Wings as Chairman
1938 Rebellious Daughters as Mr. Stanley - First Victim
1938 The Girl of the Golden West as Stagecoach Passenger
1938 Arsene Lupin Returns as Plainclothes Detective
1937 Wells Fargo as Customer
1937 The Awful Truth as Vance's Butler (uncredited)
1937 Artists & Models as Lord
1937 The Grand Bounce as Harry Briggs (uncredited)
1937 Make Way for Tomorrow as Ed Weldon - Auto Salesman (uncredited)
1937 We Who Are About to Die as Blake's Associate
1935 3 Kids and a Queen as Reporter
1935 Thunder in the Night as Ambassador - Party Guest
1935 Little Big Shot as Policeman
1935 Slightly Static as Mr. Campbell (as Del Henderson)
1935 Steamboat Round the Bend as Salesman
1935 Diamond Jim as Gambler
1935 Hot Tip as Sheriff
1935 The Daring Young Man as Mayor
1935 Ruggles of Red Gap as Sam
1934 It's a Gift as Mr. Abernathy
1934 Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch as House Manager
1934 Men in Black as Dr. Graves
1934 Bottoms Up as Lane Worthing
1934 You're Telling Me! as Mayor (as Del Henderson)
1933 Rainbow Over Broadway as Bowers
1933 Too Much Harmony as Small Town Theatre Manager
1933 Goldie Gets Along as Mr. Moon
1932 Mr. Bride as J. P. Henderson
1932 Choo-Choo! as Mr. Henderson
1932 In Walked Charley as Delbert Henderson
1931 The Champ as The Doctor (uncredited)
1931 Skip the Maloo! as Mr. Benson
1931 Spuk um Mitternacht as Housekeeper
1931 Windy Riley Goes Hollywood
1931 Thundering Tenors as Senator D.H. Henderson
1931 Helping Grandma as Henderson (Chain Store man)
1930 Looser Than Loose as Mr. Henderson
1930 Bigger and Better as Mr. Kornman
1930 The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case as Housekeeper (uncredited)
1930 Fast Work as Old Faithful
1930 The Sins of the Children as Ted Baldwin
1930 All Teed Up as Judge Quirt
1930 Whispering Whoopee as Mr. Henderson
1930 Noche de duendes as Ama de casa
1929 Wrong Again as Painting owner
1928 Riley the Cop as Judge Coronelli
1928 Show People as Colonel Pepper
1928 The Power of the Press as Bill Johnson
1928 The Patsy as Pa Harrington
1928 The Crowd as Dick
1927 Getting Gertie's Garter as Barry Scott
1926 The Clinging Vine as B. Harvey Doolittle
1916 Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages as Extra (uncredited)
1916 The Rejuvenation of Aunt Mary as Aunt Mary's Sweetheart
1915 Those Bitter Sweets as The Rival
1915 For Better - But Worse as The Police Chief's Daughter's Romeo
1912 Tragedy of the Dress Suit as Dick
1912 The Speed Demon
1912 The Furs as The Husband
1912 Won by a Fish as The Woman's Father
1912 The Brave Hunter as The Brave Hunter's Rival
1912 A Voice from the Deep as On Roller Coaster
1912 The Sunbeam as Bachelor
1912 The Mender of Nets as The Little Mender's Brother
1911 The Long Road as Wedding Guest
1911 The Adventures of Billy as Rich Man
1911 The Making of a Man as Leading Man
1911 The Baron as The Baron / A Waiter
1911 The Last Drop of Water as Undetermined Role
1911 The Primal Call as The Creditor
1911 The Lonedale Operator as A Tramp
1911 His Trust as Col. Frazier
1911 When a Man Loves as Mr. Bach
1910 The Lesson as Policeman
1910 A Plain Song as The Manager
1910 The Song of the Wildwood Flute as A Suitor
1910 A Child of the Ghetto as The Proprietor
1910 Over Silent Paths as The Wanderer
1910 The Two Brothers as Manuel
1910 The Unchanging Sea as The Rescuer
1910 Gold Is Not All
1909 Lines of White on a Sullen Sea
1909 The Broken Locket
1908 Monday Morning in a Coney Island Police Court

Directing

1927 The Rambling Ranger Director
1925 Accused Director
1918 The Beloved Blackmailer Director
1916 A Coney Island Princess Director
1916 Wife and Auto Trouble Director
1916 Because He Loved Her Director
1915 Merely A Married Man Director
1915 Those Bitter Sweets Director
1915 For Better - But Worse Director
1915 A Bear Affair Director
1915 Ambrose's Nasty Temper Director
1915 Ambrose's Fury Director
1914 Gussle, the Golfer Director
1914 The Plumber Director
1914 Bertha, the Buttonhole-Maker Director
1914 "Curses!" They Remarked Director
1914 Liberty Belles Director
1913 A Woman in the Ultimate Director
1913 Black and White Director
1913 Father's Chicken Dinner Director
1912 Getting Rid of Trouble Director
1912 The Fickle Spaniard Director

Writing

1912 A Dash Through the Clouds Writer
1912 A Voice from the Deep Story
1911 Love in the Hills Writer
1911 Bobby the Coward Writer
1910 The Lesson Writer

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