William Henry (actor)

William Albert Henry (November 10, 1914 August 10, 1982) was an American actor who worked in both films and television.

William Henry
Film still of William Henry with Virginia Gilmore in Jennie (1940)
William Albert Henry

(1914-11-10)November 10, 1914
Los Angeles, California, US
DiedAugust 10, 1982(1982-08-10) (aged 67)
Los Angeles, California
Years active19251978
Spouse(s)Grace Durkin
(m. 1936; div. 19??)
Barbara Knudson
(m. 1952; div. 1962)
ChildrenTwo children from first marriage; a namesake son from the second marriage


Born in Los Angeles, California, Henry started as a child actor, then was a hero in B-movies (mainly westerns), and ended his career as a character actor. He appeared in various roles on episodes of many television series. He was a member of the John Ford Stock Company and appeared twelve times for Ford.

Henry was active with the Pasadena Community Playhouse.[1]

In 1952, Henry was cast as the San Francisco lawyer Lew Barry in the episode, "Self Made Man," of the syndicated television anthology series, Death Valley Days, hosted by Stanley Andrews. In the story line, Barry studies to become a lawyer after he loses an arm in a shooting and can no longer earn his livelihood as a rock driller. Years later, he gains the acquittal of Jerry (Steve Conte), the man who shot him, on a murder charge.[2]

Henry's brother was the character actor Thomas Browne Henry.[3]

Henry was married and twice divorced. His first marriage was to Grace Durkin, with whom he had a son, Michael, and a daughter, Michele. He and his second wife, Barbara Knudson, were the parents of William "Bill" Henry, Jr. (b. 1958).[4]

Selected filmography


  1. Warren, Grace Tower (11 March 1933). "Former Island Visitor Wins Film Contract". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Hawaii, Honolulu. p. 27. Retrieved December 22, 2017 via Newspapers.com.
  2. "Self Made Man on Death Valley Days". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
  3. Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. McFarland. p. 335. ISBN 9781476625997. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  4. "BARBARA KNUDSON HENRY's Obituary in Las Vegas Review-Journal". Las Vegas Review-Journal.
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