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John Halliday

John Halliday
with Katharine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story
Personal information
Birth dateSeptember 14, 1880
Place of birthBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
Date of deathOctober 17, 1947(age 67)
Death placeHonolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
SpouseCamille Personi (? - ?) (divorced)
Eva Lang (? - ?) (divorced)
Eleanor Griffith (? - 1947) (his death)
Children1 child

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John Halliday (September 14, 1880 October 17, 1947) was an American actor of stage and screen, who often played suave aristocrats and foreigners.

In 1905 Halliday, a civil engineer at the time, migrated to Nevada and dug up a fortune in gold nuggets and managed to lose the lot. Despite his origins in Brooklyn, he often took on a British accent in his portrayals. Making his Broadway debut in 1912 in Cecil Raleigh and Henry Hamilton's The Whip, he became a familiar presence there, especially in sophisticated comedies such as W. Somerset Maugham's The Circle (1921), Vincent Lawrence's Sour Grapes (1926), Louis Verneuil's Jealousy (1928) and S. N. Behrman's Rain from Heaven (1934).

He was also well known for his film roles. He was one of the leading actors in the drama film Millie, and in 1939 he starred in Intermezzo.

His best-known movie appearance was as "Seth Lord", father of Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn) in the film adaptation of Philip Barry's The Philadelphia Story (1940). The following year he played his last role in Lydia (1941).

He died from a heart ailment on October 17, 1947 in Hawaii.

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