Warner, Henry Byron
H. B. Warner (26 October 1875 – 21 December 1958) was a British actor. Autograph Letter Signed, n.d. - 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 ALS: written in blk ink re: miss Greechly's request to meet him while he was proforming in New York City. He was checking a flight back to England but sent her this letter and a photo signed. One center fold seen overall, fine condition.
*Both Frank and Letter are to be sold as one lot.
"He was born Henry Byron Charles Stewart Warner-Lickfold in St John's Wood, London, England in 1875.
His father, Charles Warner, was an actor, and, although young Henry had initially thought about studying medicine, he eventually followed in his father's footsteps and performed on the stage.
Warner began his film career in silent films in 1914, when he debuted in The Lost Paradise.
He played lead roles, culminating in the role of Jesus Christ in Cecil B. DeMille's silent film epic, The King of Kings in 1927.
Following that film, he was usually cast in dignified roles, in such films as the 1930 version of Liliom (as the Heavenly Magistrate), Grand Canary (1934, as Dr. Ismay), the 1935 version of A Tale of Two Cities (as Charles Darnay's servant), Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) (as the judge), the original 1937 version of Lost Horizon (as Chang, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor), You Can't Take It with You (1938), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), The Rains Came (1939), and The Corsican Brothers. In It's a Wonderful Life (1946) he played what was for him, an atypical role, as the drunken druggist.
On 21 December 1958 Warner died in Los Angeles, California of heart attack, and he is buried in Chapel of Pines crematory in Los Angeles, California.
Warner has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6600 Hollywood Blvd.