H.B. Warner

H.B. Warner

Henry Byron Warner was the definitive cinematic Jesus Christ in Cecil B. DeMille's The King of Kings (1927). He was born into a prominent theatrical family on October 26, 1875 in London. His father was Charles Warner, and his grandfather was James Warner, both prominent English actors. He replaced J.B. Warner as Jesus in The King of Kings (1927) when J.B. died of tuberculosis at age 29. (J.B. was not Henry's brother. J.B. had taken the professional last name "Warner" because Henry's family took him in.) Henry Warner's family wanted him to become a doctor, and he graduated from London University but eventually gave up his medical studies. The theater was in his blood, and he studied acting in Paris and Italy before joining his father's stock company, making his debut in the English production of "Drink." It was from his father that he honed his craft. Warner made it to America in the early 1900s, after touring the British Empire. Billed as Harry Warner, he made his Broadway debut in the American colonial drama "Audrey" at Hoyt's Theatre on November 24, 1902, starring James O'Neill, the father of playwright Eugene O'Neill. He was billed as H.B. Warner in his next appearance on Broadway, in the 1906 comedy "Nurse Marjorie." He appeared in 13 more Broadway productions in his career, from the twin-bill of "Susan in Search of a Husband" & "A Tenement Tragedy" (also 1906) to "Silence" in 1925. He moved into motion pictures, making his debut in the Mutual short Harp of Tara (1914). Also in 1914, he appeared in a film written by Cecil B. DeMille for Famous Players Lasky, The Ghost Breaker (1914), in which he had played on Broadway the year before. Warner became a leading man and a star in silent pictures, reaching the zenith of his career playing Jesus in DeMille's The King of Kings (1927). His excellent performance was actually enhanced by the silent screen, allowing the audience to imagine how Jesus would sound. Warner could be extremely moving in silent pictures, notably in the melodrama Sorrell and Son (1927) as a war veteran father who sacrifices all for his son. When talkies arrived, he became a busy supporting player. A favorite of Frank Capra , appeared in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936). Cast again by Capra, he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in Lost Horizon (1937). He also appeared in You Can't Take It with You (1938), and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939). Other major talkies included The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941) and Topper Returns (1941). Other than Jesus, the role he is best remembered role for today is in It's a Wonderful Life (1946), in which he played Mr. Gower, the druggist who is saved from committing a lethal medication error by the young George Bailey (the James Stewart character as a child). H.B. Warner appeared in Sunset Blvd. (1950) as himself. His last credited role was as Amminadab in DeMille's The Ten Commandments (1956), a remake of the earlier silent The Ten Commandments (1923). He last role was an uncredited bit part in Darby's Rangers (1958).
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    London, England, UK
    Birthday
    10/25/1875
Sunset Boulevard
Sunset Boulevard
8.3
It's a Wonderful Life
It's a Wonderful Life
8.3
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
7.9
Lost Horizon
Lost Horizon
7
Strange Impersonation
Strange Impersonation
6
Rogues' Gallery
Rogues' Gallery
4.9
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
7.5
High Wall
High Wall
6.2
The Phantom of Crestwood
The Phantom of Crestwood
6.1
You Can't Take It with You
You Can't Take It with You
7.5
All That Money Can Buy
All That Money Can Buy
7.1
Five Star Final
Five Star Final
6.5
Crossroads
Crossroads
5.9
Arrest Bulldog Drummond
Arrest Bulldog Drummond
6.7
New Moon
New Moon
6.8
The Girl of the Golden West
The Girl of the Golden West
4.6
The Boss of Big Town
The Boss of Big Town
5
The King of Kings
The King of Kings
6.5
Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime
Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime
5.8
The Gracie Allen Murder Case
The Gracie Allen Murder Case
5.5
Expensive Women
Expensive Women
4.8
Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police
Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police
6.1
The Divine Lady
The Divine Lady
5.3
The Trial of Mary Dugan
The Trial of Mary Dugan
6
Nurse Edith Cavell
Nurse Edith Cavell
6.4
Driftwood
Driftwood
6.1
Bulldog Drummond's Bride
Bulldog Drummond's Bride
6.4
Supernatural
Supernatural
6
Bulldog Drummond in Africa
Bulldog Drummond in Africa
5.5
The Garden Murder Case
The Garden Murder Case
5.5
The Green Goddess
The Green Goddess
4.5
Liliom
Liliom
6.6
A Woman Commands
A Woman Commands
8
Cross-Examination
Cross-Examination
5
Enemy of Women
Enemy of Women
5.1
The Adventures of Marco Polo
The Adventures of Marco Polo
5.9
The Reckless Hour
The Reckless Hour
7
In Old Santa Fe
In Old Santa Fe
5
Behold My Wife!
Behold My Wife!
7
Zaza
Zaza
6.1
The Toy Wife
The Toy Wife
4.8
Sorrell and Son
Sorrell and Son
5
Born to Gamble
Born to Gamble
4.8
Along Came Love
0
The Second Floor Mystery
The Second Floor Mystery
0
Jennie Gerhardt
Jennie Gerhardt
0
Army Girl
Army Girl
6
Let Freedom Ring
Let Freedom Ring
6
Moonlight Murder
Moonlight Murder
5
The Menace
The Menace
4
El Paso
El Paso
5.6
The Son-Daughter
The Son-Daughter
7
The Crusader
The Crusader
5
Unholy Love
Unholy Love
3
City of Missing Girls
City of Missing Girls
4.1
Topper Returns
Topper Returns
6.3
Show of Shows
Show of Shows
5.5
Charlie Chan's Chance
Charlie Chan's Chance
7
The First Legion
The First Legion
6.7
Hitler's Children
Hitler's Children
5.8
A Yank in Libya
A Yank in Libya
4.3
A Woman of Experience
A Woman of Experience
5.2
The Rains Came
The Rains Came
5.9
Night Alarm
Night Alarm
3.7
Wild Company
Wild Company
5
The Corsican Brothers
The Corsican Brothers
6.8
Stark Mad
Stark Mad
3
Journey Into Light
Journey Into Light
6
The Judge Steps Out
The Judge Steps Out
7
The Beggar of Cawnpore
0
Conquest
Conquest
0
Kidnapped
Kidnapped
6
Faces in the Fog
Faces in the Fog
3
Rose of the Rancho
Rose of the Rancho
0
Victoria the Great
Victoria the Great
5.3
The Raiders
The Raiders
0
The Vagabond Prince
0
Women in Bondage
Women in Bondage
5.7
Savage Drums
6
Tom Brown of Culver
Tom Brown of Culver
5.2
Hellfire
Hellfire
5.8
The Lost Paradise
The Lost Paradise
0
Here Comes the Groom
Here Comes the Groom
5.1
On Your Back
On Your Back
0
South of Tahiti
South of Tahiti
6
Silence
Silence
7
Our Fighting Navy
3
Grand Canary
Grand Canary
4.1
The Gamblers
The Gamblers
0
The Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments
7.8
Sorrell and Son
Sorrell and Son
5
The Prince Of Thieves
The Prince Of Thieves
5.7
Action in Arabia
Action in Arabia
5.9
Viva Villa!
Viva Villa!
6.3
The Princess and the Plumber
The Princess and the Plumber
0
The Man from Broadway
The Man from Broadway
0
James Stewart: A Wonderful Life
James Stewart: A Wonderful Life
6
Blackmailer
Blackmailer
5
Gentleman Joe Palooka
Gentleman Joe Palooka
0
The Market of Vain Desire
The Market of Vain Desire
0
Man-Made Women
Man-Made Women
0
When We Were Twenty-One
When We Were Twenty-One
0
Christopher Bean
Christopher Bean
0
Wedding Rings
Wedding Rings
0
The Ghost Breaker
The Ghost Breaker
0
One Hour Before Dawn
One Hour Before Dawn
0
Lux Æterna: The Art of Filmmaking
Lux Æterna: The Art of Filmmaking
7.5
Romance of a Rogue
Romance of a Rogue
0
The Doctor's Secret
The Doctor's Secret
0
A Tale of Two Cities
A Tale of Two Cities
6.8
Danger Trail
Danger Trail
0
French Dressing
French Dressing
1
Tiger Rose
Tiger Rose
0
Is Love Everything?
Is Love Everything?
0
Whispering Smith
Whispering Smith
0
Felix O'Day
Felix O'Day
0
Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath
Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath
0
The Seventh Sin
The Seventh Sin
0
God's Man
God's Man
0
Shell 43
Shell 43
0
Captain Tugboat Annie
Captain Tugboat Annie
0
Prospecting for Petroleum
Prospecting for Petroleum
0
The Furies
The Furies
0
The Pagan God
The Pagan God
0
The Argyle Case
The Argyle Case
0
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