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Henry B. Walthall
Born 16 March 1878 in Shelby City, Alabama, USA, as Henry Brazeale Walthall
Died 17 June 1936 in Monrovia, California, USA, of influenza.
Brother of actress Anna Mae Walthall.
Married actress Isabel Fenton, 1907; divorced 1917.
Married actress Mary Charleson, 1918; daughter, actress Patricia Walthall, born 16 March 1918; until his death.
Henry B. Walthall began his career as a stage actor in 1901 after having briefly studying law at Howard College. It appears that Walthall may have appeared in his first film at Edison Manufacturing Company with his future director, D.W. Griffith, in Rescued From an Eagle’s Nest (1908). In 1909, Walthall began his motion picture career in earnest for Biograph Company as Griffith was making his earliest films. The culmination of the Griffith-Walthall connection was Henry’s best-known role as Colonel Ben Cameron in The Birth of a Nation (1915).
Throughout his career, Henry B. Walthall remained working as a motion picture actor. At the time of his death in 1936, Walthall had appeared in more than 320 films.