Henry O'Neill

Henry O'Neill (August 10, 1891 May 18, 1961)[1] was an American film actor known for playing gray-haired fathers, lawyers, and similarly dignified roles during the 1930s and 1940s.

Henry O'Neill
O'Neill in Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)
Born(1891-08-10)August 10, 1891
DiedMay 18, 1961(1961-05-18) (aged 69)
Years active19301957
Anna Barry
(m. 1924; his death 1961)

Early years

He was born in Orange, New Jersey.[2]


O'Neill began his acting career on the stage, after dropping out of college to join a traveling theatre company.[3] His Broadway debut came in The Spring (1921), and his final Broadway appearance was in Shooting Star (1933).[1] He also acted with the Provincetown Players and the Celtic Players.[4]

He served in the Navy in World War I, after which he worked at several jobs, including being an usher in a funeral home.[4] Eventually, he returned to the stage. In the early 1930s he began appearing in films, including The Big Shakedown (1934), the Western Santa Fe Trail (1940), the musical Anchors Aweigh (1945),[3] The Green Years (1946), and The Reckless Moment (1949). His last film was The Wings of Eagles (1957), starring John Wayne.

Personal life

He was on the board of directors of the Screen Actors Guild and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[2]

In 1924, O'Neill married Anna Barry. They had one child and remained wed until his death.[3]


O'Neill died in Hollywood, California, at the age of 69.

Selected filmography


  1. "Henry O'Neill". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on September 29, 2019. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  2. "Hollywood Star Walk: Henry O'Neill". Los Angeles Times. May 21, 1961.
  3. Gordon, Dr Roger L. (2018). Supporting Actors in Motion Pictures. Dorrance Publishing. pp. 28–29. ISBN 9781480944992. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  4. Stokes, Jon (February 26, 1939). "An Actor". Detroit Free Press. Michigan, Detroit. p. 60. Retrieved September 29, 2019 via Newspapers.com.
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