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Samuel S. Hinds

Samuel S Hinds
from the trailer for
Grand Central Murder (1942)
Personal information
Birth nameSamuel Southey Hinds
Birth dateApril 4, 1875
Place of birthBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
Date of deathOctober 13, 1948(age 73)
Death placePasadena, California, U.S.
SpouseDorothy Cruickshank (2 children)

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Samuel Southey Hinds (April 4, 1875 - October 13, 1948) was an American actor who is perhaps best remembered for playing Peter Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and for his part in You Can't Take It With You (1938), both films by Frank Capra. He was also known for his roles in the Abbott & Costello films such as Buck Privates (1941), Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942) and Pardon My Sarong (1942).

Hinds was born in Brooklyn, New York. He was a Harvard Law School graduate and was a lawyer before becoming an actor. In 1929, Hinds retired as a lawyer and started acting in Broadway shows at age 54. In 1932, Hinds acted a bit part in his first film If I Had a Million (1932). His second film was The Road Is Open Again (1933) portrayed President Woodrow Wilson. His earlier career was reflected in the role of Judge Thatcher, tortured by the mad Dr. Richard Vollin (Bela Lugosi) in The Raven (1935).

Hinds acted in a total of 214 films. His last film was The Bribe, released in 1949, after his death. He died of pneumonia in Pasadena, California on October 13, 1948 at age 73.

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