Hobart Henley

Hobart Henley (born Hess Manassah Henle; November 23, 1887 – May 22, 1964) was an American silent film actor, director, screenwriter and producer. He was involved in over 60 films either as an actor or director or both in his twenty-year career, between 1914 and 1934 when he retired from filmmaking.

Hobart Henley
Motion Picture Magazine, 1915
Hess Henle

November 23, 1887
DiedMay 22, 1964 (aged 76)
Spouse(s)Dorothy Bertha March

Early life

Henley was born Hess Manassah Henle in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of Samuel Henle, a retailer, and Clementine Hess.

His father moved the family to Cincinnati, Ohio.


Henley directed films such as the film Bad Sister (1931) with Humphrey Bogart. He is noted for beginning the film careers of Bette Davis and Will Rogers. He began with his own studio and later worked for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Warner Brothers, and Paramount Pictures. He directed top stars, including Claudette Colbert, Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, and Maurice Chevalier. His remains are buried in Chapel of the Pines Crematory, Los Angeles

Personal life

He married Louisiana native Dorothy March. This later marriage produced two sons, David, and Hobart Jr. (deceased age 14). He died in Beverly Hills, California, aged 76.

Partial filmography

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