Huntz Hall

Huntz Hall

American actor working in radio, film and theater
Date of Birth: 15.08.1919
Country: USA

Content:
  1. Biography of Huntz Hall
  2. Early Life and Career
  3. Later Career and Personal Life

Biography of Huntz Hall

Early Life and Career

Henry Richard 'Huntz' Hall (August 15, 1919 – January 30, 1999) was an American actor who worked in radio, film, and theater. He was born to Joseph Patrick Hall and Mary Ellen Mullen, but his exact date of birth is uncertain, either August 15, 1919, August 15, 1920, or August 18, 1920. He was the 14th of their 16 children. Hall attended a Catholic grammar school and began performing on radio at the age of 5.

Huntz Hall

In 1935, Hall made his breakthrough on Broadway in Sidney Kingsley's play 'Dead End'. Shortly after, he and the rest of the 'Dead End Kids' were cast in the 1937 film adaptation of the same name, directed by William Wyler and starring Humphrey Bogart. Hall gained recognition for his roles in the 'Dead End Kids' projects, particularly in the 1938 film 'Angels with Dirty Faces'.

Huntz Hall

Later Career and Personal Life

In the 1950s, Hall joined the 'Bowery Boys' project, taking on the role of Horace DeBussy Jones. Following Leo Gorcey's departure in 1955, Hall became one of the main stars of the show. Despite his comedic work, Hall also appeared in films unrelated to his comedy team. In 1945, he played Private Carraway in the war drama 'A Walk in the Sun'.

Huntz Hall

In 1948, Hall faced legal troubles when he was arrested for marijuana possession. However, he was acquitted by a jury. Shortly after the trial, Hall married dancer Leslie Wright. In the early 1950s, Hall and actor Gabriel Dell launched a successful nightclub venture, which eventually led to the end of both of their marriages due to their focus on their careers.

In 1977, Hall portrayed film mogul Jesse Lasky in Ken Russell's film 'Valentino'. He later transitioned to performing in dinner theater productions and retired in 1994 after the death of his wife. Hall passed away from heart failure on January 30, 1999, at the age of 79. He was laid to rest at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California.

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