John Halliday

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John Halliday (born September 14, 1880 in Brooklyn , New York , † October 17, 1947 in Honolulu , Hawaii ) was an American actor.

life and career

John Halliday fought with British forces in 1900 in the Second Boer War . A few years later, the trained civil engineer went to Nevada as a gold prospector , although he had no success. He decided to become an actor and made his Broadway debut in New York in November 1912 . By 1937 Halliday played 18 plays on Broadway, his last play there was Tovarich , which had a total of 356 performances between October 1936 and August 1937. Halliday played the role of Prince Mikail, who was played in the 1937 film adaptation of Charles Boyer .

Halliday made his debut as a film actor back in 1911. During the silent film era, he starred in many forgotten short films, but his career has mainly focused on the theater. Halliday was one of the many Broadway theater actors who came to Hollywood at the beginning of the sound film era around 1930 to pursue a career as a film star. In the 1930s he was regularly cast in roles of elegant businessman or dignified aristocrat. Although Halliday was a native American, he has starred on the big screen in several films. He played, among other things, an angry duke in the film drama Peter Ibbetson from 1935 and a year later the seedy accomplice of Marlene Dietrich's thief in the comedy Perlen zum Glück , each at the side of Gary Cooper . Perhaps his most famous role today was as the wealthy father of Katharine Hepburn in The Night Before the Wedding (1940), who left his family for a young showgirl . Just a year later, Halliday ended his acting career after around 90 films.

John Halliday was married three times: his first marriage to Camille Personi was divorced, as was his second marriage to actress Eva Lang (1885–1932) between 1918 and 1928. Halliday's third marriage to actress Eleanor Griffith (1902–1986) lasted from 1929 until his death in 1947. Halliday spent the rest of his life in Hawaii, where he died of heart problems at the age of 67.

Filmography (selection)

Web links

Commons : John Halliday  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Tovarich at the Internet Broadway Database
  2. ^ Eva Lang at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ Eleanor Griffith at the Internet Movie Database