Harry Cording

Hector William "Harry" Cording (26 April 1891 – 1 September 1954) was an English-American actor. He is perhaps best remembered for his roles in the films The Black Cat (1934) and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938).

Harry Cording
Cording (right) in a lobby card for the film The Great Alaskan Mystery (1944)
Hector William Cording

(1891-04-26)26 April 1891
Died1 September 1954(1954-09-01) (aged 63)
Resting placeGlen Haven & Sholom Memorial Park
Sylmar, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other namesHarry Gording
Years active1925–1954
Margaret Fiero
(m. 1938; died 1954)

Life and career

Cording was born Hector William Cording on 26 April 1891 in Wellington, Somerset. He was brought up and was educated in his native England,[1]. In 1919, he became steward for a British steamship line whose ships, such as the Vauban and the Calamares, which he had worked on, frequently called at the Port of New York. After a number of trips, he resigned and decided to stay in the United States. He later settled permanently in Los Angeles, where he began a film career. His first role was as a henchman 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.[2]

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.[3] 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.



  1. Harry Cording on IMDb
  2. Cozad, W. Lee (2006). More Magnificent Mountain Movies. Sunstroke Media. p. 27. ISBN 978-0972337236.
  3. "Harry Cording Biography". The Missing Link. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
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