Porter Hall

Porter Hall

  • Born on
    • September 19th, 1888
  • Died on
    • October 6th, 1953
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Clifford Porter Hall (September 19, 1888 – October 6, 1953) was an American character actor known for appearing in a number of films in the 1930s and 1940s. Hall played movie villains or comedic incompetent characters. Hall was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and began his career touring as a stage actor with roles in productions of The Great Gatsby and Naked in 1926. Hall made his film debut in the 1931 drama Secrets of a Secretary. He made his last onscreen appearance in the 1954 film Return to Treasure Island, which was released after his death. He was probably best remembered for four roles: a senator in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, an atheist in Going My Way, the nervous, ill-tempered Granville Sawyer, who administers a psychological test to Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street, and a train passenger who encounters a man (Fred MacMurray) who has just committed a murder in Double Indemnity. On October 6, 1953, Hall died of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California at the age of 65. His interment was at Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery. Hall had two children, David and Sarah Jane.

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Acting (41 Credits)

1953Vice Squad as Jack Hartrampf
1953Pony Express as Jim Bridger
1952Carbine Williams as Sam Markley
1951Ace in the Hole as Jacob Q. Boot
1949Intruder in the Dust as Nub Gowrie
1949The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend as Judge O'Toole
1948You Gotta Stay Happy as Mr. Caslon
1948That Wonderful Urge as Attorney Ketchell
1947Miracle on 34th Street as Granville Sawyer
1947Singapore as Mr. Gerald Bellows
1947Unconquered as Leach
1945Blood on the Sun as Arthur Bickett
1945Murder, He Says as Mr. Johnson
1945Week-End at the Waldorf as Stevens
1944Double Indemnity as Mr. Jackson
1944Going My Way as Mr. Belknap
1944The Great Moment as President Franklin Pierce
1943A Stranger in Town as Judge Austin Harkley
1943The Miracle of Morgan's Creek as Jacob Woodson, Justice of the Peace
1943The Desperadoes as Banker Clanton
1941Sullivan's Travels as Mr. Hadrian
1940Arizona as Lazarus Ward
1940His Girl Friday as Murphy
1940Dark Command as Angus McCloud
1939Mr. Smith Goes to Washington as Senator Monroe
1939Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police as Man in Drummond's Dream
1938Bulldog Drummond's Peril as Dr. Botulian
1937Bulldog Drummond Escapes as Norman Merridew
1937Make Way for Tomorrow as Harvey Chase
1937True Confession as Mr. Hartman, Prosecutor
1937Souls at Sea as Court Prosecutor
1937Wells Fargo as James Oliver
1936The General Died at Dawn as Peter Perrie
1936The Petrified Forest as Jason Maple
1936The Plainsman as Jack McCall
1936Satan Met a Lady as Milton Ames
1936The Princess Comes Across as Darcy
1936The Story of Louis Pasteur as Dr. Rossignol
1935The Case of the Lucky Legs as Col. Bradbury
1934The Thin Man as Herbert MacCaulay
1931The Cheat as Leslie (uncredited)

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