Porter Hall

Actor, Steel mill worker
Cincinnati native Porter Hall made a name for himself by almost exclusively portraying evil, low-life characters in the 1930s and 1940s. While he was a gentle-mannered, church-going man in real life, Hall did very well ... Read more »
Born: 09/19/1888 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (54)

Vice Squad 1952 (Movie)

Jack Hartrampf (Actor)

The Big Carnival 1951 (Movie)

Jacob Q Boot (Actor)

Intruder in the Dust 1950 (Movie)

Crawford Gowrie (Actor)

The Beautiful Blonde From Bashful Bend 1949 (Movie)

Judge O'Toole (Actor)

Miracle on 34th Street 1947 (Movie)

Mr. Sawyer (Actor)

Murder, He Says 1945 (Movie)

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Bring on the Girls 1944 (Movie)

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Double Indemnity 1944 (Movie)

Mr Jackson (Actor)

Going My Way 1944 (Movie)

Mr. Belknap (Actor)

The Great Moment 1943 (Movie)

President Franklin Pierce (Actor)

The Miracle of Morgan's Creek 1943 (Movie)

Justice of the Peace (Actor)

The Desperadoes 1942 (Movie)

Banker Clanton (Actor)

The Woman of the Town 1942 (Movie)

Mayor Dog Killey (Actor)

Sullivan's Travels 1941 (Movie)

Mr. Hadrian (Actor)

His Girl Friday 1940 (Movie)

Murphy (Actor)

Dark Command 1939 (Movie)

Angus McCloud (Actor)

Trail of the Vigilantes 1939 (Movie)

Sheriff Korley (Actor)

They Shall Have Music 1938 (Movie)

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Dangerous to Know 1937 (Movie)

Mayor Bradley (Actor)

King of Alcatraz 1937 (Movie)

Matthew Talbot (Actor)

Souls at Sea 1936 (Movie)

Court Prosecutor (Actor)

The Plainsman 1936 (Movie)

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Wells Fargo 1936 (Movie)

James Oliver (Actor)

Satan Met a Lady 1935 (Movie)

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The General Died at Dawn 1935 (Movie)

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The Story of Louis Pasteur 1935 (Movie)

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The Petrified Forest 1934 (Movie)

Mr Maple (Actor)

The Thin Man 1933 (Movie)

Maccaulay (Actor)

Arizona (Movie)

Lazarus Ward (Actor)

Blood on the Sun (Movie)

Arthur Beckett (Actor)

Bulldog Drummond's Peril (Movie)

Dr. Botulian (Actor)

Carbine Williams (Movie)

Sam Markley (Actor)

Chicken Every Sunday (Movie)

Sam Howell (Actor)

Grand Jury Secrets (Movie)

Anthony Pelton (Actor)

Henry Goes Arizona (Movie)

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Holiday for Sinners (Movie)

Louie (Actor)

King of Gamblers (Movie)

George Kramer (Actor)

Kiss and Tell (Movie)

Bill Franklin (Actor)

Make Way for Tomorrow (Movie)

Harvey Chase (Actor)

Men with Wings (Movie)

Hiram F. Jenkins (Actor)

Mr. and Mrs. North (Movie)

George Heyler (Actor)

Murder in the Private Car (Movie)

Murray (Actor)

Singapore (Movie)

Mr. Bellows (Actor)

Standing Room Only (Movie)

Hugo Farenhall (Actor)

Stolen Heaven (Movie)

Von (Actor)

Stranger in Town (Movie)

Judge Austin Harkley (Actor)

Tennessee Johnson (Movie)

The Weasel (Actor)

That Wonderful Urge (Movie)

Attorney Ketchell (Actor)

The Case of the Lucky Legs (Movie)

Bradbury (Actor)

The Mark of the Whistler (Movie)

Joe Sorsby (Actor)

The Princess Comes Across (Movie)

Darcy (Actor)

True Confession (Movie)

Prosecutor (Actor)

Unconquered (Movie)

Leach (Actor)

Weekend at the Waldorf (Movie)

Stevens (Actor)

Biography

Cincinnati native Porter Hall made a name for himself by almost exclusively portraying evil, low-life characters in the 1930s and 1940s. While he was a gentle-mannered, church-going man in real life, Hall did very well for himself with his bad-guy image, aided in no small part by his bug-eyes and cold exterior. He originally mastered his acting chops on the theater stage, but it wasn't long before Hall made his way to the bright lights of Hollywood, debuting on-screen with two uncredited 1931 roles in the George Abbott-directed dramas "Secrets of a Secretary" and "The Cheat." He eventually graduated to side roles in films like the 1936 Cecile B. DeMille western, "The Plainsman," but Hall truly broke out in the late '30s, particularly with a role as Senator Martin Monroe in the 1939 James Stewart-starring courtroom drama, "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." Though Hall always found work playing side characters, never fully moving to leading man status, he became a reliable character presence throughout the 1940s and 1950s, popping up in many high-profile pictures, including the 1940 Howard Hawks screwball comedy, "His Girl Friday," the 1944 Billy Wilder film noir, "Double Indemnity," and George Seaton's 1947 Christmas feel-good film, "Miracle on 34th Street."

EDUCATION

University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, Ohio

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