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Henry Wadsworth (actor)

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Henry Wadsworth (June 18, 1903 – December 5, 1974) was an American actor best known for appearing in Applause (1929), The Thin Man (1934), and Mark of the Vampire (1935).

Early life

Joseph Henry Wadsworth was born on June 18, 1903 to John Gray Wadsworth and Ida Power Wadsworth, who were married in 1894. Henry Wadsworth's ancestors first arrived in Hartford, Connecticut from England in 1632. He was the grandson of William Henry Wadsworth, who was a well-known lawyer, orator, and congressman.

Wadsworth attended the University of Kentucky after graduating from Maysville High School in 1921.[1]

He enrolled in Carnegie Institute of Technology's drama school before starting his acting career.


Wadsworth made his first appearance in film in the title role of Howard Lindsay's Tommy in late 1927,[2] following which he went on to appear in films like Applause, made under Paramount production. The film also marked Helen Morgan's debut.[3][self-published source?]

He played minor roles in Operator 13 (alongside Marion Davies) and in Fast and Loose before starring in W.S. Van Dyke's The Thin Man. He also appeared in The Voice of Bugle Ann, This Side of Heaven, All-Legit Cast, Mark of the Vampire, Sitting on the Moon, and Dr. Kildare Goes Home.

Wadsworth was cast in The Big Broadcast series' The Big Broadcast of 1936.

He retired from acting in the late 1950s; his last appearance was in Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Happy Time alongside Leora Dana and Eva Gabor. He joined the US Navy during World War II and remained there for two and a half years.[1]


Wadsworth died on December 5, 1974 at St. Luke's Hospital, New York City, at the age of 71.


Year Title Role Notes
1929 Applause Tony
1930 Slightly Scarlet Sandy Weyman
1930 Fast and Loose Bertie Lenox
1933 Luxury Liner Fritz
1933 Soldiers of the Storm Dodie
1933 Hold the Press Frankie White
1934 This Side of Heaven Hal
1934 The Show-Off Joe Fisher
1934 The Thin Man Tommy
1934 Operator 13 John Pelham
1934 Dangerous Corner Gordon Whitehouse
1934 Evelyn Prentice Chester Wylie
1935 West Point of the Air Lieutenant Pettis
1935 Mark of the Vampire Fedor Vincente
1935 The Big Broadcast of 1936 Smiley
1936 Ceiling Zero Tay Lawson
1936 The Voice of Bugle Ann Bake Royster
1936 Sitting on the Moon Charlie Lane
1938 Doctor Rhythm Otis Eaton (The Drunk)
1940 Dr. Kildare Goes Home Collins
1943 Silver Skates Tom
1945 Secret Agent X-9 Jack Roberts Serial, Uncredited, (final film role)


  1. ^ a b Toncray, Marla (19 July 2013). "Remembering actor Joseph Henry Wadsworth". Ledger Independent. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Henry Wadsworth, Stage, Film Actor". The New York Times. 7 December 1974.
  3. ^ Reid, John Howard (2006). Success in the Cinema: Money Making Movies and Critic's Choices. Lulu.com. ISBN 978-1-84728-088-6. Retrieved 8 July 2016 – via Google Books.
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