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With a successful directing career, Henry King boasts the ability to create compelling screen images. King directed a variety of independent films in his early directing career, including such titles as "Southern Pride" (1917), "Hobbs in a Hurry" (1918) and "Tol'able David" (1921) with Richard Barthelmess. He also appeared in "The White Sister" (1923) with Lillian Gish, the drama "Romola" (1924) with Lillian Gish and the Ronald Colman action flick "The Winning of Barbara Worth" (1926). He continued to work in film in the thirties, directing motion pictures like the Jean Hersholt drama "The Country Doctor" (1936), the Simone Simon dramatic adaptation "Seventh Heaven" (1937) and the drama "In Old Chicago" (1938) with Tyrone Power. He also appeared in the musical "Alexander's Ragtime Band" (1938) with Tyrone Power. In the latter half of his career, King directed the Dana Andrews drama "Deep Waters" (1948), "Twelve O'Clock High" (1949) and the Tyrone Power adventure "Prince of Foxes" (1949). He also appeared in the western "The Gunfighter" (1950) with Gregory Peck and "David and Bathsheba" (1951). King last directed the dramatic adaptation "Tender Is the Night" (1962) with Jennifer Jones. King was nominated for a Directing Academy Award for "The Song of Bernadette" in 1943 as well as for a Directing Academy Award for "Wilson" in 1944. King won a Best Director - Motion Picture Golden Globe Award for "The Song of Bernadette" in 1943 as well as a Promoting International Understanding Golden Globe Award for "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing" in 1955. King passed away in June 1982 at the age of 96.
albatros1 ( 2007-10-12 )
Source: Wikipedia The Internet Encyclopedia
Henry King (b. 24th January 1886 in Christiansburg, Virginia; d. 29th June 1982 in Toluca Lake, California) was an American film director. Before coming to film, King worked as an actor in various repertoire theatres, and first started to take small film roles in 1912. He directed for the first time in 1915, and grew to become one of the most commercially successful Hollywood directors of the 1920s and 1930s. He was nominated for the best director Oscar twice, but did not win on either occasion. In 1944, he was awarded the first ever Golden Globe Award award for best director for his film The Song of Bernadette, based on the novel of the same name by Franz Werfel. He worked most often with Tyrone Power and Gregory Peck, respectively. Henry King was one of the 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars every year. He directed over 100 films in his career. During World War II, King served as the deputy commander of the Civil Air Patrol coastal patrol base in Brownsville, TX, holding the grade of captain. In his final years, he was the oldest licensed private pilot in the United States.
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