Henry Travers

5 Mar 1874 - 18 Oct 1965


British-born Henry Travers was a veteran of the English stage before emigrating to the U.S. in 1917. He gained more stage experience there on Broadway working with the Theatre Guild, and began his long film career with Reunion in Vienna (1933). Travers' kindly, grandfatherly demeanor became familiar to filmgoers over the next 25 years, especially in films like High Sierra (1941), where he played Joan Leslie's kindly but slyly observant uncle, and the generous Mr. Bogardus in The Bells of St. Mary's (1945), but it's as the somewhat befuddled angel Clarence Oddbody assigned to James Stewart in the classic It's a Wonderful Life (1946) that Travers will forever be known. After a long and successful career, he retired from the screen in 1949, and died in Hollywood in 1965.


Filmography (16 titles)

(movie, 1946)
···It's a Wonderful Life
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Clarence)
(movie, 1945)
···The Bells of St. Mary's
Genre: Drama, Family
Role: Actor (as Horace P. Bogardus)
(movie, 1945)
···Thrill of a Romance
Genre: Musical, Romance
Role: Actor (as Hobart Glenn)
(movie, 1944)
···None Shall Escape
Genre: Drama, War
Role: Actor (as Father Warecki)
(movie, 1943)
···Shadow of a Doubt
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Joseph Newton)
(movie, 1943)
···The Moon Is Down
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Mayor Orden)
(movie, 1942)
···Mrs. Miniver
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Mr. Ballard)
(movie, 1941)
···Ball of Fire
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Prof. Jerome)
(movie, 1941)
···High Sierra
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Pa)
(movie, 1941)
···A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Abel Martin)
(movie, 1940)
···Anne of Windy Poplars
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Matey)
(movie, 1940)
···Primrose Path
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Gramp)
(movie, 1939)
···Dark Victory
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Dr. Parsons)
(movie, 1935)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Thomas 'Tom' Reynolds)
(movie, 1933)
···The Invisible Man
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Dr. Cranley)
(movie, 1933)
···Reunion in Vienna
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Father Krug)