Samuel S. Hinds

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Samuel S. Hinds
Samuel S Hinds in Grand Central Murder trailer.jpg
from the trailer for
Grand Central Murder (1942)
Born
Samuel Southey Hinds

(1875-04-04)April 4, 1875
DiedOctober 13, 1948(1948-10-13) (aged 73)
Resting place Inglewood Park Cemetery
OccupationActor
Years active1926–48
Spouse(s)Dorothy Cruickshank (2 children)
Samuel Hinds in Stage Door (1937) Samuel S Hinds in Stage Door trailer.jpg
Samuel Hinds in Stage Door (1937)

Samuel Southey Hinds (April 4, 1875 – October 13, 1948) was an American actor and former lawyer. He was often cast as kindly authoritarian figures and appeared in over 200 films until his death.

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Early years

Hinds was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Joseph E. Hinds and Mary A. Beetham Hinds. [1] He was the great-grandson of poet Robert Southey.[ citation needed ] His father was the president of the United States Playing Card Company, [2]

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He was a graduate of Phillips Andover Academy, Harvard Law School, and New York University Law School [1] and worked for over 32 years as a lawyer before becoming a professional actor. After he lost most of his money in the financial crisis of 1929, Hinds retired as a lawyer [3] and joined the Pasadena Community Playhouse. [2] He started acting in Broadway shows at age 54.

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Career

Hinds is perhaps best remembered for playing Peter Bailey, the father of James Stewart and founder of the Bailey Building and Loan, in It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and for his part as Paul Sycamore in You Can't Take It With You (1938), both films directed by Frank Capra. Hinds was also known for his roles in the Abbott & Costello films such as Buck Privates (1941), Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942) and Pardon My Sarong (1942). He also portrayed Lew Ayres' father in the Dr. Kildare film series during the early 1940s. Hinds mostly played supporting roles, often kind and dignified authority figures; often lawyers, doctors, mayors, judges or the father of the main figure.

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Hinds' first film was If I Had a Million (1932); [2] his second film was The Road Is Open Again (1933) where he portrayed President Woodrow Wilson. His earlier career was reflected in the role of Judge Thatcher, tortured by the mad Dr. Richard Vollin (Bela Lugosi) in The Raven (1935).

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Hinds acted in a total of 214 films. His last film was The Bribe , released in 1949, after his death.

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Death

Hinds died of pneumonia in Pasadena, California, on October 13, 1948 at age 73. [4] He was married to Dorothy Cruickshack, they had two children.

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Selected filmography

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References

  1. 1 2 Rodman, Willoughby (1909). History of the Bench and Bar of Southern California. W. J. Porter. p. 174. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  2. 1 2 3 Weaver, Tom; Brunas, Michael; Brunas, John. Universal Horrors: The Studio's Classic Films, 1931-1946, 2d ed. McFarland. p. 146. ISBN   9780786491506 . Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  3. "Samuel S. Hinds | Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos | AllMovie". allmovie.com. Retrieved 2015-12-24.
  4. Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 179. ISBN   9780786409839 . Retrieved 16 April 2017.