H.B. Warner (1876–1958)

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Henry Byron Warner was the definitive cinematic Jesus Christ in Cecil B. DeMille's The King of Kings (1927). He was born into a prominent theatrical family on October 26, 1875 in London. His father was Charles Warner, and his grandfather was James Warner, both prominent English actors. He replaced J.B. Warner as Jesus in The King of Kings (1927) ... See full bio »

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 2020 The Puppetoon Movie Volume 2 (Video)
Narrator (voice)
 1958 Darby's Rangers
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1956 The Ten Commandments
 1951 Journey Into Light
Wiz - the Wino
 1951 Here Comes the Groom
Uncle Elihu
 1951 Savage Drums
 1951 The First Legion
Fr. Jose Sierra
 1950 Sunset Blvd.
H. B. Warner
 1949 Hellfire
Brother Joseph
 1949 El Paso
Judge Fletcher
 1948 The Judge Steps Out
Chief Justice Hayes
 1948 The Prince of Thieves
Gilbert Head
 1947 High Wall
Mr. Slocum
 1947 Driftwood
Rev. J. 'Grandpappy' Hollingsworth
 1946 It's a Wonderful Life
Mr. Gower
 1946 Gentleman Joe Palooka
Sen. McCarden
 1946 Strange Impersonation
Dr. Mansfield
 1945 Captain Tugboat Annie
Judge Abbott
 1944 Rogues Gallery
Prof. Reynolds
 1944 Faces in the Fog
Defense Attorney Rankins
 1944 Enemy of Women
Col. Eberhart Brandt
 1944 Prices Unlimited (Short)
Uncle Sam (uncredited)
 1944 Action in Arabia
Abdul El Rashid
 1943 Women in Bondage
Pastor Renz
 1943 Hitler's Children
The Bishop
 1942 The Boss of Big Town
Jeffrey Moore
 1942 A Yank in Libya
Herbert Forbes
 1942 Crossroads
Prosecuting Attorney
 1941 The Corsican Brothers
Dr. Enrico Paoli
 1941 South of Tahiti
High Chief Kawalima
 1941 The Devil and Daniel Webster
Justice Hawthorne
 1941 City of Missing Girls
Captain McVeigh
 1941 Topper Returns
Mr. Carrington
 1940 New Moon
Father Michel
 1939 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Senate Majority Leader
 1939 The Rains Came
 1939 Nurse Edith Cavell
Mr. Hugh Gibson
 1939 Bulldog Drummond's Bride
Colonel Nielson
 1939 The Gracie Allen Murder Case
Richard Lawrence
 1939 Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police
Colonel Nielson
 1939 Let Freedom Ring
 1938 Arrest Bulldog Drummond
Colonel Nielsen
 1938 Army Girl
Col. Armstrong
 1938 Bulldog Drummond in Africa
Colonel J.A. Nielson
 1938 The Toy Wife
Victor Brigard
 1938 Kidnapped
Angus Rankeillor
 1938 The Girl of the Golden West
Father Sienna
 1937 Victoria the Great
Lord Melbourne
 1937 Torpedoed
British Consul Brent
 1937 Lost Horizon
 1936 Along Came Love
Dr. Martin
 1936 Blackmailer
Michael Rankin
 1936 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Judge May
 1936 Moonlight Murder
Godfrey Chiltern
 1936 Rose of the Rancho
Don Pasqual Castro
 1936 The Garden Murder Case
Major Fenwicke-Ralston
 1935 A Tale of Two Cities
 1935 Born to Gamble
Carter Mathews
 1934 Night Alarm
Henry B. Smith
 1934 Behold My Wife!
Hubert Carter
 1934 In Old Santa Fe
Charlie Miller
 1934 Grand Canary
Dr. Ismay
 1934 Viva Villa!
Man (scenes deleted)
 1933 Sorrell and Son
Captain Stephen Sorrell
 1933 Christopher Bean
Maxwell Davenport
 1933 Jennie Gerhardt
William Gerhardt
 1933 Supernatural
Dr. Carl Houston
 1933 Justice Takes a Holiday
John Logan
 1932 The Son-Daughter
Sin Kai
 1932 The Phantom of Crestwood
Priam Andes
 1932 The Crusader
Phillip Brandon
 1932 Tom Brown of Culver
Dr. Brown
 1932 Unholy Love
Dr. Daniel Gregory
 1932 Cross-Examination
Gerald Waring - Defense Attorney
 1932 A Woman Commands
Col. Stradimirovitsch
 1932 The Menace
Inspector Tracy
 1932 Charlie Chan's Chance
Inspector Fife
 1931 Expensive Women
Melville Raymond
 1931 Five Star Final
Michael Townsend
 1931 The Reckless Hour
Walter Nichols
 1931 A Woman of Experience
Major Hugh Schmidt
 1930 The Princess and the Plumber
Prince Conrad of Daritzia
 1930 Liliom
Chief Magistrate
 1930 On Your Back
Raymond Pryor
 1930 Wild Company
Henry Grayson
 1930 The Second Floor Mystery
Inspector Bray
 1930 The Furies
Oliver Bedlow
 1930 The Green Goddess
Major Crespin
 1929 Wedding Rings
Lewis Dike
 1929 Tiger Rose
Dr. Cusick
 1929 Show of Shows
The Victim - Guillotine Sequence
 1929 The Argyle Case
 1929 The Gamblers
James Darwin
 1929 The Trial of Mary Dugan
District Attorney Galway
 1929 Stark Mad
Prof. Dangerfield
 1929 The Doctor's Secret
Richard Garson
 1928 The Divine Lady
Sir William Hamilton
 1928 Conquest
James Farnham
 1928 The Naughty Duchess
Duke de St. Maclou
 1928 Romance of a Rogue
Bruce Lowry
 1928 Man-Made Women
Jules Moret
 1927 French Dressing
Phillip Grey
 1927 Sorrell and Son
Stephen Sorrell
 1927 The King of Kings
Jesus - the Christ
 1926/I Silence
Jim Warren
 1926 Whispering Smith
'Whispering Smith'
 1924 Is Love Everything?
Jordan Southwick
 1924 The Man from Broadway
James Sanford Richardson
 1923 Zaza
Bernard Dufresne
 1921 When We Were 21
Richard Carewe
 1920 Dice of Destiny
Jimmy Doyle
 1920 Felix O'Day
Felix O'Day
 1920 One Hour Before Dawn
George Clayton
 1920 Uncharted Channels
Timothy Webb Jr
 1920 The White Dove
Sylvester Lanyon
 1919 Haunting Shadows
John Glenarm
 1919 A Fugitive from Matrimony
Stephen Van Courtlandt
 1919 The Gray Wolf's Ghost
Doctor West / Harry West
 1919 For a Woman's Honor
Captain Clyde Mannering
 1919 The Pagan God
Bruce Winthrop
 1919 The Man Who Turned White
Captain Rand / aka Ali Zaman
 1917 Seven Deadly Sins
Feodor / The Grand Duke - Wrath & Seventh Sin
 1917 Danger Trail
John Howland
 1917 God's Man
Arnold L'Hommedieu
 1917 The Seventh Sin
Feodor / The Grand Duke
 1917 Wrath
Feodor / The Grand Duke
 1916 The Vagabond Prince
Prince Tonio
 1916 Shell 43
William Berner
 1916 The Market of Vain Desire
John Armstrong (as Henry B. Warner)
 1916 The Beggar of Cawnpore
Dr. Robert Lowndes
 1916/I The Raiders
Scott Wells (as Henry B. Warner)
 1914 The Ghost Breaker
Warren Jarvis
 1914 The Lost Paradise
Reuben Warren
 1914 Harp of Tara (Short)
Father Daly
 1900 English Nell (Short)
Duke of Monmouth
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Stage: Appeared in "The Ghost Breaker" on Broadway. Written by Paul Dickey and Charles W. Goddard. Lyceum Theatre: 3 Mar 1913-May 1913 (closing date unknown/72 performances). Cast: James Anderson, Sara Biala, Margaret Boland, A.M. Buckley, Frank Campeau, Walter Dean, Katherine Emmett, Martin Goodman, C.N. Greene, Frank Hilton, W.H. ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Henry B. Warner


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Did You Know?


An in-depth article by Grange B. McKinney on actor J.B. Warner in "Classic Images" magazine points out that H.B. (Henry) was not the older brother of J.B., a handsome western film actor who died of tuberculosis at age 29. In fact, they were not related. J.B.'s real name was James B. Tobias and he adopted the surname of Warner after H.B's grandparents took him in and raised him. See more »

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