|Henry Travers Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 4½ in|
|Date of Birth||March 5, 1874|
|Date of Death||October 18, 1965|
Henry Travers was an English character actor and stage artist who is best known for playing the role of the guardian angel named Clarence Odbody in the 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life. Over the course of his career, he was cast in various films which include the likes of Reunion in Vienna, The Party’s Over, Another Language, The Invisible Man, Ready for Love, My Weakness, Death Takes a Holiday, Born to Be Bad, The Flame, Seven Keys to Baldpate, Captain Hurricane, After Office Hours, Maybe It’s Love, Four Hours to Kill!, Too Many Parents, Escapade, Pursuit, You Can’t Get Away with Murder, Primrose Path, Stanley and Livingstone, Dark Victory, The Rains Came, Thrill of a Romance, On Borrowed Time, Dodge City, Remember?, Wyoming, The Yearling, Ball of Fire, Anne of Windy Poplars, The Bad Man, High Sierra, Shadow of a Doubt, I’ll Wait for You, Pierre of the Plains, The Girl From Jones Beach, Mrs. Miniver, Random Harvest, The Naughty Nineties, Beyond Glory, The Bells of St. Mary’s, The Moon Is Down, None Shall Escape, The Very Thought of You, The Accused, Madame Curie, Dragon Seed, Gallant Journey, and A Girl, a Guy and a Gob.
Travers John Heagerty
He was born on March 5, 1874.
On October 18, 1965, Henry Travers died as a result of arteriosclerosis at the age of 91 in Hollywood, California, United States.
Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California, United States
Prudhoe, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom
Henry Travers studied at Berwick on Tweed Grammar School in Northern England.
Character Actor, Stage Artist
- Father – Daniel Heagerty (Doctor)
- Mother – Ellen Gillman Hornibrook
- Siblings – Daniel George Belsaigne Heagerty (Brother), Mary Sophia Maude Heagerty (Sister), Samuel William Belcher (Older Maternal Half-Brother from his mother’s previous marriage to a merchant seaman named William H. Belcher)
5 ft 4½ in or 164 cm
61 kg or 134.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Henry Travers dated –
- Amy Forrest-Rhodes (1931-1954) – In the year 1931, he married actor Amy Forrest-Rhodes and they remained together until her death in 1954.
- Anna (Ann) Glud Murphy (1955-1965) – He married his 2nd wife Anna (Ann) Glud Murphy in 1955 and they remained together until Travers’ death in 1965.
Race / Ethnicity
Henry Travers was of Irish descent.
Salt and Pepper
- Short height
- Often played slightly bumbling but amiable and likable older men
Henry Travers Facts
- He spent his childhood years growing up in Berwick-upon-Tweed.
- For some time, his family resided in Prudhoe.
- Alongside Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright, Dame May Whitty, Reginald Owen, Richard Ney, and Henry Wilcoxon, Henry Travers co-starred as Mr. Ballard in the 1942 romantic war drama film Mrs. Miniver. The film became the highest-grossing film of 1942 and got Henry Travers nominated for an Academy Award in the “Best Supporting Actor” category.
- Along with James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Beulah Bondi, Ward Bond, Frank Faylen, and Gloria Grahame, Henry Travers co-starred as the guardian angel Clarence Odbody in the Christmas supernatural drama film It’s a Wonderful Life in 1946.
- Henry Travers was cast in 7 Oscar Best Picture nominees – Dark Victory (1939), Mrs. Miniver (1942), Random Harvest (1942), Madame Curie (1943), The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945), The Yearling (1946), and It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), with Mrs. Miniver being the only winner.
- He appeared in 5 films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant. Those 5 films are – The Invisible Man (1933), Ball of Fire (1941), Mrs. Miniver (1942), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), and It’s a Wonderful Life (1946).
Featured Image by Trailer screenshot / ‘The Bells of St. Mary’s’ trailer / Public Domain