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The 'brains' and 'action' heavies who had meaty roles and lots of dialog ... and the players who were fathers, ranch owners, lawman, mayors, judges, lawyers, storekeepers, newspaper editors, wardens, etc.

(From Old Corral collection)

Henry Hall - 1942, and in his mid sixties.
Henry Hall

Full name:
Henry Leonard Hall

1876 - 1954

Henry Leonard Hall was born in Missouri in 1876. He was in his mid twenties at the time of the 1900 census and was living in Chicago and beginning a several decade career working in traveling repertory companies and stock theater. He was in New York City doing stage plays circa 1901 - 1912. And there are many newspaper articles from 1912 - 1920 with Henry making his home in Washington state. During those years, his stage work was with the American Theater Players company in Spokane. Then he was leading man and director of the Baker Players in Spokane. And circa 1918, he was performing and starring with the Wilkes Players in Seattle.

He was in Seattle for the World War I draft registration as well as the 1920 census.

June 4, 1921 issue of Billboard had an article on the Wilkes Players during their five year run in Seattle ... and explains how Hall wound up in Los Angeles. Article mentions that Henry had appeared in 1596 performances with the company. And "Henry Hall will join the Wilkes Company in Los Angeles."

His Hollywood career spanned 20+ years, from the late 1920s through 1950. He did a mix of credited and uncredited roles, and most often appeared as a lawman, politician, doctor, banker, cavalry officer, judge, rancher ... and father of the heroine. Les Adams has Hall identified in 200+ sound films, and about half were westerns and serials.

There were two marriages. He married Elenore / Lenore Allen in 1898 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Wife number two was Emma Sanders / Saunders. They tied the knot in 1904 in El Paso, Texas and Emma passed away in 1935. Appears Henry and wives had no children.

Henry Hall suffered from heart problems for years and had surgery in 1953 for prostate cancer. He passed away on December 11, 1954 at the Motion Picture Country Hospital, Woodland Hills, California.

March, 1918 with Hall in a starring role with the Wilkes Players in Seattle, Washington.

Henry Hall circa 1933, and about 57 years old.

(From Old Corral collection)

Cavalry officer Tim McCoy is being busted from the service in this scene from END OF THE TRAIL (Columbia, 1932).  Likable Lafe McKee is on the left, and doing the "busting" is Wheeler Oakman, the real baddie in the story.  The man between Oakman and McCoy is Henry Hall.  The bald headed player is unidentified.

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

From left to right are Andy Clyde, Chief Thunder Cloud (Victor Daniels), William Boyd, Henry Hall, Eleanor Stewart and Russell Hayden in a still from the Hopalong Cassidy oater PIRATES ON HORSEBACK (Harry Sherman Prod/Paramount, 1941). This was one of many lawman roles for Henry Hall.

(Courtesy of Bruce Hickey)

Another still from PIRATES ON HORSEBACK (Harry Sherman Prod/Paramount, 1941). From left to right are Russell Hayden, Eleanor Stewart, William Boyd, Andy Clyde, and Henry Hall.

  Although some of the data may be incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Henry Hall:

The Internet Broadway database has Henry Hall/Henry L. Hall doing five plays in New York City during 1901 - 1912:

The following articles from 1912 - 1919 have Henry Hall with the American company in Spokane, Washington; leading man and director of the Baker Players in Spokane, Washington; leading man with the Wilkes Players in Seattle, Washington in 1919:

Several great photos of a young Henry Hall in the J. Willis Sayre Collection of Theatrical Photographs at the University of Washington Libraries:

The Family Search website (free), (subscription), the California Death Index, newspapers, and the death certificate provide more on Henry Hall and family:

Find A Grave website has a photo of the grave marker for Henry Leonard Hall who is interred at Mount Mora Cemetery, Saint Joseph, Missouri (in the family plot along with other Hall Family members):
Henry Hall:
Henry Hall's father, John Nathaniel Hall:
Henry Hall's mother, Anna Victoria Leonard Hall:

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