Halliwell Hobbes

Herbert Halliwell Hobbes (16 November 1877[1]  20 February 1962) was an English actor.

Halliwell Hobbes
Halliwell Hobbes in Fit for a King (1937)
Herbert Halliwell Hobbes

(1877-11-16)16 November 1877
Died20 February 1962(1962-02-20) (aged 84)
Years active1898–1956
Nancie B. Marsland
(m. 1915; his death 1962)

Early years

The future actor was the son of William Albert Hobbes (1841-1909), a Warwickshire solicitor, and his wife, Marion Hobbes, nee Dennis, (1838-1925). His schooling came at Trinity College in Straford-on-Avon.[2]


Hobbes's stage debut was as a member of Frank Benson's company, in the role of Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet in 1898,[3] playing in Shakespearean rep alongside actors such as Ellen Terry and Mrs Patrick Campbell. His earliest American work was as an actor and director from 1906, before moving to Hollywood in early 1929 (aged 51) to play older men's roles such as clerics, butlers, doctors, lords and diplomats. He remained a British subject throughout his life.

Receiving fewer film roles during the 1940s (though he still managed to have been in over 100 films by 1949), he moved back to Broadway by the mid-1940s, appearing in Romeo and Juliet as Lord Capulet[1] and continuing there until late 1955. By 1950 he had moved to American television in the diverse playhouse format.

A heart ailment caused Hobbes to retire in 1956.[4]

Personal life

In 1915, Hobbes married Nancie Brenda Marsland,[1] an actress. They had one son.[2] He increased the sunkenness of his cheeks by having his four 12-year-molars removed.


After Hobbes died from a heart attack on February 20, 1962, he was buried at the Chapel of the Pines Crematory in Los Angeles.[1]


Partial Broadway credits


  1. Gordon, Dr Roger L. (2018). Supporting Actors in Motion Pictures. p. 50. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  2. "Halliwell Hobbes". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. 11 November 1923. p. D 17. Retrieved 22 December 2018 via Newspapers.com.
  3. "Broadway Comedy Stars Veteran Halliwell Hobbes". The Indianapolis Star. Indiana, Indianapolis. Associated Press. 10 December 1944. p. 76. Retrieved 22 December 2018 via Newspapers.com.
  4. "Veteran Actor Hobbes Is Dead". Des Moines Tribune. Iowa, Des Moines. Associated Press. 23 February 1962. p. 8. Retrieved 22 December 2018 via Newspapers.com.
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