Harry Dunkinson

Active - 1914 - 1936  |   Born - Dec 16, 1878   |   Died - Mar 4, 1936   |   Genres - Western, Comedy, Action, Drama, Romance

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Biography by Hans J. Wollstein

A tall, heavyset character actor, Harry Dunkinson (born Leopold) began his stage career at the young age of nine. After touring with Denman Thompson in The Old Homestead and opposite Augustin Daly and Horace McVicker, Dunkinson entered films with the pioneering Essanay company in Chicago, joining a stock company that also included Wallace Beery and Beery's future wife, Gloria Swanson. Very busy through the entire silent era, Dunkinson played a wide variety of characters that included the title role in the second screen version of Officer 666 (1920), the circus manager in Eileen Percy's The Tomboy (1921), and Uncle Joe in Booth Tarkington's Gentle Julia (1923). Less frequently used after the advent of sound, Dunkinson can be seen today in such minor potboilers as the independently produced dog melodrama The Ferocious Pal (1934), in which he is the sheriff.

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