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Henry Kolker

Personal information
Birth dateNovember 13, 1870 (or 1874)
Place of birthQuincy, Illinois, U.S.
Date of deathJuly 15, 1947(age 76)
Death placeLos Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor
Film director

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Henry Kolker (November 13, 1870 [some sources indicate 1874], Quincy, Illinois July 15, 1947, Los Angeles, California) was an American stage and film actor and director. Kolker, like fellow actors Richard Bennett and Robert Warwick, had a substantial stage career behind him before entering silent films.

On stage he appeared opposite such leading ladies as Edith Wynne Matthison, Bertha Kalich and Ruth Chatterton. Kolker is best remembered for his motion picture appearances and for appearing with Barbara Stanwyck in the ground-breaking Pre-Code film Baby Face (1933) as the elderly CEO of the company whom Stanwyck's character seduces.

Kolker entered films as an actor in 1915 and eventually ended up trying his hand at directing. Kolker's best known directorial effort is Disraeli (1921), starring George Arliss which is now a lost film with only one reel remaining.


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