Hooper Atchley

Lemuel Hooper Atchley (April 30, 1887 November 17, 1943) was an American film actor.

Hooper Atchley
Hooper Atchley (left) and James A. Marcus in Hell's House (1932)
Lemuel Hooper Atchley

(1887-04-30)April 30, 1887
DiedNovember 17, 1943(1943-11-17) (aged 56)
Cause of deathSuicide
OccupationFilm actor
Years active1929-1943
Spouse(s)Violet Yahar

Born in Ebenezer, Marion County, Tennessee, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. P. S. Atchley.[1] He was a 1908 graduate of the Knoxville, Tennessee, school system.[2]

Atchley's first professional acting occurred with a stock theater company in Fort Wayne, Indiana.[3] He appeared in 214 films between 1929 and 1944 and is known for his appearance as the inconsiderate father in the Our Gang film Birthday Blues (1932). Atchley's Broadway credits included Jarnegan (1928), Across the Street (1924), and Marie Dressler's "All Star Gambol" (1913).[4]


Atchley shot himself on November 17, 1943, aged 56, in Hollywood.[5]

Partial filmography


  1. "Hooper L. Atchley to begin play rehearsals". Knoxville Sentinel. Tennessee, Knoxville. July 29, 1912. p. 3. Retrieved October 15, 2019 via Newspapers.com.
  2. "Signet ring for Hooper L. Atchley". The Journal and Tribune. Tennessee, Knoxville. June 2, 1911. p. 7. Retrieved October 16, 2019 via Newspapers.com.
  3. "Hooper Atchley is meeting with success". Knoxville Sentinel. Tennessee, Knoxville. September 13, 1909. p. 8. Retrieved October 16, 2019 via Newspapers.com.
  4. "Hooper Atchley". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on October 15, 2019. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  5. Staff. "Hooper Atchley". New York Times. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
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