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Henry Stephenson Garraway (16 April 1871 - 24 April 1956),
sometimes credited as Harry Stephenson, was a British stage and film actor. He
portrayed friendly and wise Gentleman in many films of the 1930s and 1940s.
Among his roles was Sir Joseph Banks in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) and Mr.
Brownlow in Oliver Twist.
Stephenson was educated in Rugby in Warwickshire and started
acting in his twenties. He appeared on British and American stages and made his
Broadway debut in 1901, playing the messenger in A Message from Mars. In the
following decades, he appeared in over 30 Broadway plays. Henry Stephenson made
his film debut in 1917 and appeared in a few silent films, but made his mark
mostly as an elder man in sound films. Between 1931 and 1932, he appeared in
the successful Broadway play Cyanara with over 200 performances. He came to
Hollywood for the film version of Cyanara, starring Ronald Colman and with
Henry Stephenson in a supporting role.
In the same year year, he played the tycoon C.B. Gaerste in
Red-Headed Woman and Doctor Alliott in A Bill of Divorcement. The following
year, the English-born actor appeared as the intimidating yet warm-hearted Mr.
Laurence in Little Women. The tall, white-haired actor specialized in portraying
wise, dignified and friendly British gentlemans in supporting roles. He could
be "both imposing and benevolent in his patrician portrayals, usually
expounding words of wisdom or offering gentlemanly aid." He appeared
overall in 90 films from 1917 to 1951, often as a doctor or professor, general,
judge or aristocrat. He often played historical figures like Sir Joseph Banks
in the oscar-winnig adventure film Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) and Florimond
Claude, Comte de Mercy-Argenteau in Marie Antoinette (1938).
Stephenson worked with film star Errol Flynn in the films
Captain Blood, The Charge of the Light Brigade, The Prince and the Pauper, and
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex; often as Flynn's paternal friend and superior.
He portrayed Sir Thomas Lancing in Tarzan Finds a Son! in 1939 and playing an
entirely different role as Sir Guy Henderson in Tarzan and the Amazons in 1945.
He seldom played dark figures, among the exceptions was the snobbish Mr. Bryant
in Mr. Lucky in 1943. Stephenson also appeared in literature adaptions, for
example as the friendly lawyer Havisham in Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936) and as
Mr. Brownlow in David Lean's literature adaption Oliver Twist (1948). He made
his last film in 1949, but appeared in two TV-series in 1951 before the end of
his career. In 1950, after finishing his role of Cardinal Gaspar de Quiroga in
the drama play, That Lady, Stephenson retired from the stage.
He married actress Ann Shoemaker. They had one daughter.
Henry Stephenson died in 1956 at the age of 85 years. He was survived by Ann
and his daughter.