Henry Hull
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Henry Hull
Henry Hull
Hull in 1923
Henry Watterson Hull

(1890-10-03)October 3, 1890
DiedMarch 8, 1977(1977-03-08) (aged 86)
Cornwall, England, UK.
Years active1910-1966
Juliet van Wyck Fremont
(m. 1913; died 1971)
From the original Broadway production of Grand Hotel, L-R: Henry Hull, William Nunn, Eugenie Leontovich, Lester Alden, and Rafaela Ottiano (1930).

Henry Watterson Hull (October 3, 1890 - March 8, 1977) was an American character actor who is best remembered for playing the lead role in Universal Pictures's Werewolf of London (1935).[1]

Life and career

Hull was born in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of William Madison Hull and Elinor Bond Vaughn.[2] Early in his career, Hull appeared frequently on Broadway; he created the role of Jeeter Lester in the long-running play Tobacco Road (1933), based on the novel by Erskine Caldwell.[1]

Hull appeared in 74 films between 1917 and 1966, often playing supporting characters like the uncle of Tyrone Power's love interest Nancy Kelly in Jesse James (1939). He appeared as Charles Rittenhouse, a wealthy industrialist in Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat (1944). Other notable roles were as Abel Magwitch in the 1934 version of Great Expectations and in the last film of director Tod Browning, Miracles for Sale (1939). He starred in Werewolf of London in 1935.[1]

Hull memorably portrayed a doctor who Humphrey Bogart goes to for help in High Sierra, then also was cast in Colorado Territory, a western remake of the High Sierra story that starred Joel McCrea. He played a desert prospector who comes to Robert Ryan's rescue in Inferno in 1953.

He guest starred on CBS's Appointment with Adventure, John Payne's NBC western series, The Restless Gun, and the syndicated crime drama, U.S. Marshal. In 1958, he was featured in Robert Culp's western series, Trackdown as "Moss" in episode "Three Legged Fox".

In 1960, Hull appeared on Bonanza twice: in the episode "The Gunmen" as Sheriff B. Banneman and he portrayed a scout for General John Charles Fremont (who, in real life, was the grandfather of Hull's wife) in the episode "The Mission". [3]

On December 13, 1960, Hull guest-starred on NBC's Laramie as an embittered rancher, Ben Parkinson, who challenges Slim Sherman, played by series star John Smith, to a duel after Parkinson's youngest son accidentally kills himself on Sherman ranch land. Ron Harper portrays Parkinson's other son, Tom.[4]

Hull also guest-starred in the series finale of Laramie, the episode "The Road to Helena" (May 21, 1963). Series character Slim Sherman, while in Cody, Wyoming, is hired by David Franklin, played by Hull, and his barmaid daughter, Ruth, portrayed by Maggie Pierce, to guide the pair to Helena, Montana, so that Franklin can return money that he had previously stolen. John M. Pickard also appears in this episode.[5][6]

Hull's last film was The Chase (1966) with Marlon Brando and Robert Redford.[1]


Hull was married to Juliet Van Wyck Fremont (1886-1971) from 1913 until her death in 1971. She was a granddaughter of Civil War general and explorer John C. Frémont and Jessie Ann Benton, the daughter of Missouri Senator Thomas Hart Benton. The couple had three children, Henry Jr., Shelley (1919-2005; named after Henry's late brother) and Joan. When his wife died in 1971, Hull went to Britain to spend his last years with his daughter. He died in Cornwall at his daughter's residence on March 8, 1977.[1]

Hull had two brothers who were also actors. Shelley Hull was a popular leading man, who died in 1919 during the Spanish influenza epidemic. Shelley's wife, Josephine Hull, was an Oscar-winning character actress. Hull's other brother, Howard, the eldest brother, was also an actor. He was married, until his death in 1937, to stage star Margaret Anglin.[1] Henry Hull was quoted as saying he owed all his dramatic training to Anglin, with whom he had acted on stage.[7]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Henry Hull". IMDb.
  2. ^ Daniel Blum (c. 1952). "Profile #110". GREAT STARS OF THE AMERICAN STAGE.
  3. ^ Bulletin, Richard Curland For The. "HISTORICALLY SPEAKING: Character actor Henry Hull had long, successful career". The Bulletin.
  4. ^ "Duel at Parkison Town". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ "Laramie: "The Road to Helena", May 21, 1963". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved 2012.
  6. ^ "Laramie: "The Road to Helena"". tv.com. Retrieved 2012.
  7. ^ Parsons, Louella (December 31, 1922). "In And Out of Focus: "The Boy is Grown Up"". New York: The Morning Telegraph. Retrieved .

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