Samuel S. Hinds

Samuel S. Hinds

  • Born on
    • April 4th, 1875
  • Died on
    • October 13th, 1948
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 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. Hinds was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Joseph E. Hinds and Mary A. Beetham Hinds. He was a graduate of Phillips Andover Academy and Harvard Law School 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 and joined the Pasadena Community Playhouse. He started acting in Broadway shows at age 54. 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. Hinds' first film was If I Had a Million (1932); 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). Hinds acted in a total of 214 films. His last film was The Bribe, released in 1949, after his death. Hinds died of pneumonia in Pasadena, California, on October 13, 1948 at age 73. He was married to Dorothy Cruickshack, they had two children.

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Acting (54 Credits)

1949The Bribe as Dr. Warren
1948The Boy with Green Hair as Dr. R.T. Knudson
1948Call Northside 777 as Judge Charles Moulton (uncredited)
1947The Egg and I as Sheriff Drum
1946It's a Wonderful Life as Pa Bailey
1945The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry as Dr. Adams
1945Scarlet Street as Charles Pringle
1945Lady on a Train as Mr. Wiggam, Waring Lawyer
1945Week-End at the Waldorf as Mr. Jessup
1944Cobra Woman as Father Paul
1944Phantom Lady as Judge (voice) (uncredited)
1943Son of Dracula as Judge Simmons
1943It Ain't Hay as Colonel Brainard
1942Kid Glove Killer as Mayor Daniels
1942Grand Central Murder as Roger Furness
1942The Spoilers as Judge Horace Stillman
1942Pardon My Sarong as Chief Kolua
1942Pittsburgh as Morgan Prentiss (President, Prentiss Steel)
1942Ride 'Em Cowboy as Sam Shaw
1941Man Made Monster as Dr. John Lawrence
1941The Shepherd of the Hills as Andy Beeler
1941Blossoms in the Dust as Mr. George Kahley
1941Back Street as Felix Darren
1941Buck Privates as Maj. Gen. Emerson
1941Hellzapoppin' as Showboat Captain (uncredited)
1940It's a Date as Sidney Simpson
1940Seven Sinners as Governor
1939Destry Rides Again as Judge Slade
1939First Love as Mr. Parker
1938Test Pilot as General Ross
1938The Rage of Paris as Mr. William Duncan Sr.
1938Young Dr. Kildare as Dr. Stephen Kildare
1938You Can't Take It with You as Paul Sycamore
1937Night Key as Steven Ranger
1937Navy Blue and Gold as Richard Gates Sr.
1937Black Legion as Judge
1937Stage Door as Henry Sims
1936His Brother's Wife as Doctor Claybourne
1935The Raven as Judge Thatcher
1935Rendezvous as John Carter, Assistant Secretary of War
1935She as John Vincey
1935Bordertown as Judge at First Trial
1934The 9th Guest as Dr. Murray Reid
1934Men in White as Dr. Gordon
1934Baby, Take a Bow as Warden
1934Manhattan Melodrama as Warden of Sing Sing (uncredited)
1933Bed of Roses as Father Doran
1933Gabriel Over the White House as Dr. H.L. Eastman
1933Murders in the Zoo as Banquet Guest (Uncredited)
1933Berkeley Square as American Ambassador
1933Little Women as Mr. March
1933Penthouse as Stuyvesant (uncredited)
1933Lady for a Day as Mayor (uncredited)
1932If I Had a Million as Lawyer (uncredited)

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