HENRY WILCOXON BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Henry Wilcoxon was born on September 8th, 1905 in Dominica, British West Indies with the birth name Harry Frederick Wilcoxon. His father was Robert Stanley who worked as a manager of a bank in Jamaica and his mother, Lurline Minuette Nunes had once been an amateur theatre actress.
At only eleven months old he and his only brother, Robert Owen Wilcoxon lost their mother suddenly and were sent off to live with their grandmother as their father did not want to raise two boys alone. The grandmother sent the boys to live in Foster care which turned out to be such horrible conditions that they boys then went to live in an orphanage as neither their father nor grandmother wanted to take them back and raise them.
The boys were soon taken in by the Stewart family who raised them until they were seven and ten years old. They were then reunited with their father whom had remarried and they lived an unhappy life with them until the boys were old enough to leave and go to college.
Henry went on to college at Woolmere in Kingston, Jamaica and then to a boarding school, Ashford in Kent. He spent the remainder of his teenage years at this boarding school until he completed and then found work for Bond Street Tailors. Henry soon tried to relocate to the United States applying for a job as a chauffeur but did not get hired and then decided to turn to acting and boxing to make a living.
He began with stage work and his first performance was in the play, "The 100th Chance" followed by him joining the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and having the opportunity to tour for several years. He worked on such plays as, "The Barretts of Wimpole Street".
In 1930, he made his film debut in, "The Perfect Lady" followed by his next role in, "Self Made Lady" (1932). By 1934 he had made a total of eight films in England. He continued to work on stage in England and a talent scout for Paramount spotted him and arranged for him to come to America for a screen test. He was successful and relocated to Los Angeles where he was then given his stage name Henry Wilcoxon.
He was cast in the film, "The Crusades" (1935) however, this film turned out to be a financial disaster and his film career briefly came to a halt. He did get cast in a number of 'B' rated films such as, "The President's Mystery" (1936) and "Mr. Moto" (1938).
In 1941 in joined the United States Coast Guard and served during the war till 1946 earning the rank of Lieutenant. While he was serving in the war, one of the films he had completed prior to joining, "Mrs. Miniver" (1942) was released and received great reviews as well as six Academy Awards.
When he did complete his military service he was welcomed back into the Hollywood scene since the success of his last film. He worked on a number of other features such as, "Unconquered" (1947) and "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" (1949). In 1950 he returned to England to work on the sequel to Mrs. Miniver, "The Miniver Story".
His career and his popularity were now finally reaching the level he had hoped for. He and his current wife who was also an actress decided to form a play reading group. In began to be known as the Wilcoxon Players and they would have plays with guest appearances performed in their living room. They then started doing annual productions at the Miles Playhouse in Santa Monica California and the group was recognized by the American Cancer Society.
This lead to Wilcoxon becoming interested in working as a director and producer. He worked as the associate producer on, "The Ten Commandments" (1956) and was the only producer for the film, "The Buccaneer" (1958). Most of his work at this time was being done with his long time friend, Cecil B. Demille, another well known director.
When DeMille passed away, Wilcoxon had the opportunity to meet an actor by the name of Charlton Heston and also a director, Franklin Schaffner at Universal Studio's and he was cast in the film, "The War Lords" (1965). He was the main advertiser for this film and was sent to talk about it in over 21 cities to help publicize the film.
As he began to get older, he did not completely retire from acting, but instead would just accept minor film and television roles to keep up his acting. Some of his guest star appearances were on such series as, "Daniel Boone", "It Takes a Thief", " Gunsmoke", "Perry Mason" and "Cagney & Lacey" to name a few.
Henry Wilcoxon married twice throughout his life, first to Sheila Browning from June 26th, 1936 through July 2nd, 1937. His second and final marriage was to Joan Woodbury from December 17th, 1938 through August 1969. He had three children with his second wife, Wendy, Heather Ann and Cecilia Dawn.
On March 6th, 1984, Wilcoxon passed away from heart failure and caner in Los Angeles, California. he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to the Motion picture industry.
1983 Sweet 16
1982 Private Benjamin
1982 Cagney & Lacey
1980 Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb
1980 Sam Marlow, Private Eye
1979 The Two Worlds of Jennie Logan
1978 When Every Day Was the Fourth of July
1976 Pony Express Rider
1976 Doomsday Machine
1976 Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood
1975 Against a Crooked Sky
1975 The Legendary Curse of the Hope Diamond
1975 The Log of the Black Pearl
1974 The Tribe
1971 Man in the Wilderness
1969 Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969 The Wild Wild West
1968 The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell
1968 It Takes a Thief
1967 Cimarron Strip
1967 The F.B.I.
1966 The Road West
1966 I Spy
1966 Preview Tonight
1966 Daniel Boone
1965 The War Lord
1965 The Big Valley
1956 The Ten Commandments
1952 The Greatest Show on Earth
1950 The Miniver Story
1949 Samson and Delilah
1949 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
1942 Johnny Doughboy
1942 Mrs. Miniver
1942 The Man Who Wouldn't Die
1941 The Corsican Brothers
1941 South of Tahiti
1941 Scotland Yard
1941 That Hamilton Woman
1941 The Lone Wolf Takes a Chance
1940 Mystery Sea Raider
1940 The Crooked Road
1940 Free, Blonde and 21
1939 Tarzan Finds a Son!
1939 Chasing Danger
1939 The Arizona Wildcat
1939 Woman Doctor
1938 Mysterious Mr. Moto
1938 Five of a Kind
1938 If I Were King
1938 Keep Smiling
1938 Prison Nurse
1937 Souls at Sea
1936 The President's Mystery
1936 The Last of the Mohicans
1936 Two Who Dared
1935 The Crusades
1933 Lord of the Manor
1933 Taxi to Paradise
1932 The Flying Squad
1932 Self Made Lady
1931 The Perfect Lady