09 February, 2009

Henry Travers

Henry Travers was an English actor.

Travers was born Travers John Heagerty in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England, the son of Daniel Heagerty, an Irish doctor from Cork. The family were only in Prudhoe for a couple of years, moving there from Woodburn (Corsenside) in about 1866 and then moving on to Tweedmouth at Berwick-upon-Tweed in about 1876. Initially he trained as an architect at Berwick before taking to the stage under the name Henry Travers.

On his passing in 1965, Travers was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.

A stage actor in England, he emigrated to the United States and appeared in Hollywood film productions beginning in 1933. He made his last film in 1949. Travers' most famous role was as the angel Clarence who comes to save James Stewart's character from suicide in Frank Capra's classic It's a Wonderful Life. He was also an Oscar-nominated actor for his role in the film Mrs. Miniver.

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