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Walter Hampden (1879–1955)


Walter Hampden was one of the great American stage actors and the only performer, aside from Maurice Evans, to play Hamlet three times on Broadway in the post-World War I-era. Born Walter Hampden Dougherty on June 30, 1879, in Brooklyn, New York, he learned his craft in London, where he made his debut as a professional actor in 1901 with the Frank... See full bio »

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Sabrina
Sabrina Oliver Larrabee
(1954)
All About Eve
All About Eve Aged Actor
(1950)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
(1939)
The Vagabond King
The Vagabond King King Louis XI
(1956)

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 1956 The Vagabond King
King Louis XI
 1955 Strange Lady in Town
Father Gabriel Mendoza
 1955 The Prodigal
Eli
 1954 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Uncle Silas
- Two Little Minks (1954) ... Uncle Silas
 1954 The Silver Chalice
Joseph of Arimathea
 1954 Sabrina
Oliver Larrabee
 1954 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Old Dean
- The Great Chair (1954) ... Old Dean
 1954 The Motorola Television Hour (TV Series)
Arthur Bell
- The Sins of the Fathers (1954) ... Arthur Bell
 1952-1954 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
- Such a Busy Day (1954)
 1953 Danger (TV Series)
 1953 Sombrero
Don Carlos Castillo
 1953 Treasure of the Golden Condor
Pierre Champlain
 1951-1952 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Captain Vere / Daniel Webster
- Now's the Time (1952)
- Billy Budd (1952) ... Captain Vere
- Decision and Daniel Webster (1951) ... Daniel Webster
 1952 5 Fingers
Sir Frederic Taylor
 1951 The First Legion
Father Edward Quarterman
 1951 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Barrett
- Heritage of Wimpole Street (1951) ... Barrett
 1951 The Prudential Family Playhouse (TV Series)
James, Bishop of Broadminster
- The Bishop Misbehaves (1951) ... James, Bishop of Broadminster
 1950-1951 The Billy Rose Show (TV Series)
- The Old Magician (1951)
- The Murder Club (1950)
 1949-1951 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series)
Prof. Tobias Emanuel / Julian Northrup
- Spring Again (1951)
- The Traitor (1950) ... Prof. Tobias Emanuel
- On Borrowed Time (1949) ... Julian Northrup
 1951 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series)
Andrew Jackson
- Portrait of a President (1951) ... Andrew Jackson
 1950 All About Eve
Aged Actor
 1949 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Macbeth
- Macbeth (1949) ... Macbeth
 1944 The Adventures of Mark Twain
Jervis Langdon
 1942 Reap the Wild Wind
Commodre Devereaux
 1941 They Died with Their Boots On
William Sharp
 1940 North West Mounted Police
Big Bear
 1940 All This, and Heaven Too
Pasquier
 1939 The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Archdeacon
 1917 The Warfare of the Flesh
Henry Goode
 1915 The Dragon's Claw (Short)
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He acted in Sidney Kingsley's play, "The Patriots," at the Hanna Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio with Cecil Humphreys, Julie Haydon, Guy Sorel, Matthew Ayres, Marie Dow, Ken Renard, Ross Matthew, Peter Emery, John Stephen, William C. Tubbs, Paul Ransom, Philip White, John P. Boyd, Sonya Stokowski, Joe Byron Totten, Paul Mosnar, ... See more »

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Hampden owned and operated Hampden's Theatre on Broadway at 62nd St. after he bought the Colonial, a 20-year-old theater that had been used for vaudeville for practically its entire life span. Hampden and his company opened his theater on October 10, 1925 with "Hamlet." (It was the second time he had tackled the role; Ethel Barrymore, sister of his Shakespearian rival John Barrymore, the great ... See more »

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