An unoriginal observation, sharing it anyway: Harry Davenport (1866 - 1949) was perhaps the greatest old-guy character actor in Hollywood history. It was Bette Davis' view that Davenport was "without a doubt the greatest character actor of all time."

For my money he accomplished this feat with four roles: the tough but kindly Dr. Meade in David O. Selznick's Gone With The Wind ('39); the whimsical, sparkle-eyed Louis XI of France in William Dieterle's The Hunchback of Notre Dame ('39); Davies, the despairing moral conscience of William Wellman's The Ox-Bow Incident ('43); and the snappy...

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