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Henry Victor

Henry Victor
Born (1892-10-02)2 October 1892
London, England, UK
Died 15 March 1945(1945-03-15) (aged 52)
Hollywood, California, USA
Occupation Actor
Years active 1914–1945

Henry Victor (2 October 1892 – 15 March 1945) was an English-born character actor. Brought up in Germany, Victor is probably best remembered for his portrayal of the circus strongman Hercules in Tod Browning's 1932 film Freaks. The role was originally considered for Victor McLaglen, with whom Browning had worked previously. He was a leading figure in early British silent films.

He made his film debut in 1914 as Prince Andreas in The Revolutionist, originally titled The Kings Romance. He appeared in literary interpreted pieces, like The Picture of Dorian Gray. Never a leading man in sound films mainly due to his difficult to interpret accent, he established later in his career, and with the advent of talkies, many character roles, in which he mostly portrayed villains or Nazis in both American and British films with his trademark German accent and was best known for the Ernst Lubitsch film To Be or Not to Be. He died in 1945, aged 52 of a brain tumour. He is buried in Chatsworth, California at the Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery.

Selected filmography


  1. ^ Rare Alfred Hitchcock film footage uncovered – BBC News, 3 August 2011, retrieved 4 August 2011.
  2. ^ The White Shadow – IMDb

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