Halliwell Hobbes

Herbert Halliwell Hobbes ( November 16, 1877 Stratford- upon- Avon, Warwickshire, England; † February 20, 1962, Santa Monica, California, United States) was a British character actor.

Life and work

The burly, white-haired at an early age Halliwell Hobbes played first with Francis Robert Benson in Shakespeare plays, in which Hobbes was himself born in Shakespeare's hometown of Stratford- upon- Avon. In the following years he played with Theatergößen as Mrs. Patrick Campbell and Ellen Terry. It was not until more than 50 years, he moved to the United States, where he appeared in over 100 films and several television appearances in supporting roles. For Hobbes signature role of " British butler ", he is highly praised by critics in the comedies Before blondes was warned and played Lady for a Day. In addition, he played more frequently Lords, doctors, generals or diplomats. Hobbes worked throughout his career for all of the five major film studios of Hollywood.

Occasionally Hobbes was used as comic relief, such as in the adventure film The Prince and the Pauper in the role of a bumbling bishop. His best-known roles played Hobbes but probably as a brigadier general in the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and in supporting roles in the Oscar-winning artist living and the Gaslight. In the meantime, he was also seen on Broadway, about as Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet.

From the late 1940s, Hobbes drew increasingly from the spectacle business back in 1957 he had his last appearance on television in the role of a doorman. Halliwell Hobbes died in 1962 aged 84, to a heart attack. He had been married to theater actress Nancy B. Marsland.

Filmography (selection)