~Henry Hull~

Born: October 3, 1890 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Died: March 8, 1977 in Cornwall, England, USA
~Silent Filmography~
The Wrongdoers (1925) .... Jimmy Nolan
Wasted Lives (1925)
For Woman's Favor (1924) .... The Fool/The Lover
The Hoosier Schoolmaster (1924) .... Ralph Hartsook
Roulette (1924) .... Jimmy Moore
A Bride for a Knight (1923) .... Jimmy Poe
The Last Moment (1923) .... Hercules Napolean Cameron
One Exciting Night (1922) .... John Fairfax

Tom's Little Star (1919)
Little Women (1918) .... John Brooke
The Volunteer (1917) .... Jonathan Mendenhall
... aka The Little Volunteer
Rasputin, the Black Monk (1917) .... Kerensky
The Family Honor (1917) .... Anthony Wayne
A Square Deal (1917) .... Mark Dunbar
Henry Hull, the son of a Louisville drama critic, made his Broadway acting debut in either 1909 or
1911, depending on which "official" biography one reads. After leaving the stage to try his luck as a
gold prospector and mining engineer, Hull was back on the boards in 1916, the same year that he
made his first film at New Jersey's World Studios. While his place of honor in the American Theater is
incontestable (among his many Broadway appearances was Tobacco Road, in which he created the
role of Jeeter Lester), Hull's reputation as film actor varies from observer to observer. An incredibly
mannered movie performer, Hull was a bit too precious for his leading roles in One Exciting Night
(1922) and The Werewolf of London (1935); he also came off as shamelessly hammy in such character
parts as the crusading newspaper editor in The Return of Frank James (1940). Conversely, his
calculated mannerisms and gratuitous vocal tricks served him quite well in roles like the obnoxious
millionaire in Hitchcock's Lifeboat (1944) and the Ernie Pyle-like war correspondent in Objective
Burma (1945). A playwright as well as an actor, Hull worked on such plays as Congratulations and
Manhattan. One of Henry Hull's last film appearances was the typically irritating role of a small-town
buttinsky in The Chase (1966).

Biography by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com