~Walter Hampden~

Born: June 30, 1879 in Brooklyn New York, New York City, USA
Died: June 11, 1955 in Los Angeles, California, USA
~Shakespearean actor Walter Hampden,
pictured here as Caponsacchi in the
off-Broadway production of "The Ring
and the Book," in 1933 at Columbia
Brooklyn-born actor Walter Hampden launched his acting career in England, starting with the Frank
Benson Stock Company. In 1907, Hampden returned to the US, where his classical training and
orotund voice enabled him to tour with the famed Russian actress Nazimova. Hampden's greatest
American triumph was as Cyrano de Bergerac in the Edmond Rostand play of the same name; the
actor first interpreted Cyrano in 1923, reviving the play periodically throughout his career. In 1925,
Hampden established his own acting company at New York City's Colonial Theatre, where he acted
and directed until 1930. Later on, Hampden was on hand for the opening of the American Repertory
Theatre, playing Cardinal Wolsey in Shakespeare's Henry VIII. Hollywood, in its typical pigeonholing
fashion, regarded Hampden as a caricature of the string-tied declamatory "grrreat ac-tor" usually
treated contemptuously by more "realistic" performers. Such was not truly the case, but Hampden
found himself often as not cast in films as distinguished old blowhards, notably in the opening scenes
of All About Eve (1950), wherein Hampden's on-screen pomposity is the target of George Sanders'
first insulting remark. The actor was better treated in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) as the
kindly archbishop who offers Maureen O'Hara sanctuary, and in Five Fingers (1952) as the unwitting
British ambassador whose valet (James Mason) is a spy for the Nazis. For reasons that defy
comprehension, Cecil B. DeMille cast both Hampden and Boris Karloff as American Indians in
Unconquered (1947)! While his movie roles weren't terribly compelling, Walter Hampden rounded
out his stage career with distinction in Arthur Miller's The Crucible.

Biography by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
~Silent Filmography~
The Vagabond King (1956) ... King Louis XI
Strange Lady in Town (1955) ... Father Gabriel Mendoza
The Prodigal (1955) ... Eli
Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series) (1954)
- Two Little Minks (1954) ... Uncle Silas
The Silver Chalice (1954) ... Joseph of Arimathea
Sabrina (1954) ... Oliver Larrabee
The United States Steel Hour (TV Series) (1954)
- The Great Chair (1954) ... Old Dean
The Motorola Television Hour (TV Series) (1954)
- The Sins of the Fathers (1954) ... Arthur Bell
Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series) (1952 - 1954)
- Such a Busy Day (1954)
- The Bench in the Park (1952)
Danger (TV Series) (1953)
- Death Is My Neighbor (1953)
Sombrero (1953) ... Don Carlos Castillo
Treasure of the Golden Condor (1953) ... Pierre Champlain
Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series) (1951 - 1952)
- Now's the Time (1952)
- Make Way for Teddy (1952)
- Billy Budd (1952) ... Captain Vere
- Two Living and One Dead (1951)
- Decision and Daniel Webster (1951) ... Daniel Webster
5 Fingers (1952) ... Sir Frederic Taylor
The First Legion (1951) ... Father Edward Quarterman
Lux Video Theatre (TV Series) (1951)
- Heritage of Wimpole Street (1951) ... Barrett
The Prudential Family Playhouse (TV Series) (1951)
- The Bishop Misbehaves (1951) ... James, Bishop of Broadminster
1950-1951 The Billy Rose Show (TV Series)
- The Old Magician (1951)
- The Benefit of the Doubt (1950)
- The Murder Club (1950)
The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series) (1949 - 1952)
- Spring Again (1951)
- The Traitor (1950) ... Prof. Tobias Emanuel
- On Borrowed Time (1949) ... Julian Northrup
Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series) (1951)
- Portrait of a President (1951) ... Andrew Jackson
All About Eve (1950) ... Aged Actor

The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series) (1949)
- Macbeth (1949) ... Macbeth
The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944) ... Jervis Langdon
Reap the Wild Wind (1942) ... Commodre Devereaux
They Died with Their Boots On (1941) ... William Sharp
North West Mounted Police (1940) ... Big Bear
All This, and Heaven Too (1940) ... Pasquier

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) ... Archdeacon

The Warfare of the Flesh (1917) .... Henry Goode
... aka "Souls Redeemed" - USA (alternative title)
... aka "Transgressors" - USA (alternative title)
The Dragon's Claw (1915)