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Harlan Briggs

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Harlan Briggs (August 17, 1879 – January 26, 1952) was an American actor and vaudeville performer who was active from the 1930s until his death in 1952. During the course of his career he appeared on Broadway, in over 100 films, as well as appearing on television once towards the end of his career. Briggs was born in Blissfield, Michigan. Although he was a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, he chose to go into acting rather than pursue a career in law. His acting career began in vaudeville at around the beginning of the 20th century. He would make his Broadway debut in 1926, in the drama Up the Line. He worked steadily on Broadway through 1935. On August 6, 1929 he began a successful run in the featured role of G. A. Appleby in It's a Wise Child at the Belasco Theatre. In 1934 he had another featured role in the successful play Dodsworth, as Tubby Pearson. The show opened at the Shubert Theatre on February 24, 1934 and ran for 147 performances, starring Walter Huston as Samuel Dodsworth. After a six-week hiatus, the show reopened at the Shubert on August 20 and ran for an additional 168 performances. When Samuel Goldwyn bought the rights to the play, Briggs was one of two of the original Broadway cast to reprise their roles in the film, the other being Huston in the title role. Briggs would focus on his film career for the remainder of the 1930s, before returning to Broadway in the 1940s, combining both stage and screen performances during that decade. The most successful of his Broadway appearances in the 1940s was as Constable Small in Ramshackle Inn, which featured ZaSu Pitts in her Broadway debut. The Story of Mary Surratt, in which Briggs appeared in 1947, was Briggs' 400th play. Beginning with Dodsworth, Briggs worked consistently in films over the next 16 years, until his death in 1952, appearing in over 100 films. His most famous role was as Dr. Stall in the 1940 comedy classic The Bank Dick, starring W.C. Fields. Other notable films in which he appeared include After the Thin Man (1936), Stella Dallas (1937), Having Wonderful Time (1938), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), My Little Chickadee (1940), Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940), State Fair (1945), Night and Day (1946), Little Women (1949), Goodbye, My Fancy (1951), and Carrie (1952). The last film on which Briggs worked was The Sea Hornet, which was in production in April and May 1951, and released later that year. On January 26, 1952, Briggs died in Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital from complications resulting from a heart attack. His death occurred almost half a year prior to the release of Carrie. Briggs married actress Viola Scott on July 3, 1914. They had four sons.


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Born:
Aug 17, 1879 In Blissfield, Michigan, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
54
First Appeared:
In the movie Dodsworth 1936-09-23
Latest Project:
Movie Carrie 1952-07-17
Known For
Poster of Opening Day
Poster of Riding on Air
Filmography
Movie Carrie Joe Brant 1952-07-17
Movie The Sea Hornet Watchman 1951-11-06
Movie A Double Life Oscar Bernard 1947-12-25
Movie Cynthia J.M. Dingle, Napoleon Hardware 1947-08-27
Movie Danger Street Darnstein 1947-06-20
Movie Spoilers of the North Salty 1947-04-23
Movie Humoresque Toy Shop Proprietor (uncredited) 1947-01-25
Movie My Pal Trigger Dr. Bentley 1946-07-10
Movie Conflict Second pawnbroker 1945-06-15
Movie There's One Born Every Minute Luke Simpson 1942-06-26
Movie The Remarkable Andrew Sheriff Clem Watkins 1942-03-05
Movie The Vanishing Virginian Mr. Rogard 1942-02-01
Movie Among the Living Judge 1941-12-19
Movie Young as You Feel Dr. Kinsley 1940-02-16
Movie The Man Who Wouldn't Talk Foreman in Jury 1940-01-23
Movie My Little Chickadee Hotel Clerk 1940-02-09
Movie Abe Lincoln in Illinois Denton Offut 1940-02-12
Movie Lucky Partners Mayor 1940-08-02
Movie Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise Coroner 1940-05-02
Movie Edison, the Man Bisbee 1940-05-10
Movie Brother Orchid Thomas A. Bailey - Acme Paving 1940-06-08
Movie I Love You Again Mayor Carver (uncredited) 1940-08-09
Movie The Bank Dick Doctor Stall 1940-11-29
Movie Tell No Tales Davie Bryant 1939-06-12
Movie The Mysterious Miss X Charlie Graham 1939-01-10
Movie Boy Trouble Mr. Pike 1939-01-27
Movie The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mr. Rucker (uncredited) 1939-02-10
Movie Made for Each Other Judge 1939-02-10
Movie Cafe Society Justice of the Peace 1939-03-03
Movie Calling Dr. Kildare James Galt 1939-04-28
Movie The Man They Could Not Hang Defense Attorney Parker 1939-08-17
Movie Maisie Deputy Sheriff Cal Hoskins 1939-06-22
Movie Frontier Marshal Editor 1939-07-28
Movie Flight at Midnight 'Pop' Hussey 1939-08-28
Movie 5th Ave Girl Stanton - Union Representative 1939-09-22
Movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Mr. Edwards a Howling Citizen 1939-10-19
Movie Bad Little Angel Lem Dodd, Man in Jim's Office (uncredited) 1939-10-27
Movie Blondie Takes a Vacation Mr. Holden 1939-07-20
Movie The Missing Guest Frank Kendall - Editor 1938-08-12
Movie You and Me Thomas McTavish 1938-06-03
Movie One Wild Night Mayor 1938-06-10
Movie Sing, You Sinners Customer at Gas Station (uncredited) 1938-09-02
Movie A Man to Remember Homer Ramsey 1938-10-14
Movie Opening Day Mr. Garnish 1938-11-12
Movie Quick Money Thorndyke Barnsdale 1937-12-10
Movie Beg, Borrow or Steal Mr. Virgil Miller 1937-12-03
Movie Live, Love and Learn Justice of The Peace 1937-10-29
Movie Exclusive Springer 1937-08-06
Movie Stella Dallas Mr. Beamer 1937-08-06
Movie Easy Living Office Manager 1937-07-16
Movie Riding on Air Mr. Harrison 1937-06-18
Movie A Family Affair Oscar Stubbins 1937-03-12
Movie Happy Go Lucky U.S. Consul E.R. Brown 1936-12-13
Movie Dodsworth Tubby Pearson 1936-09-23