Classic Film Club


Henry Wilcoxon

Henry Wilcoxon



Henry Wilcoxon was born Harry Frederick Wilcoxon in Roseau, Dominica, British West Indies, in 1905, but raised in England in foster homes and orphanages after the death of his mother.   His father, a bank manager, remained in the Carribean.   Wilcoxon returned to Barbados after his father remarried.   He received his advanced education in England.

Wilcoxon made his British film debut in 1931 for British International Pictures, at the age of 26.

His first U.S. film was a starring role in Cleopatra (1934) with Claudette Colbert.

He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II.

He appeared in more than 60 films during his career.   Wilcoxon’s last film appearance was in 1983.

Wilcoxon was married twice:

  1. Sheila Browning, actress, 1936-1937, divorced;
  2. Joan Woodbury [1915-1989], married 1938-1969, divorced.   They raised three daughters;

Wilcoxon died of heart failure, while fighting cancer, in Los Angeles, in 1984.   He was 78 years old.

Other Pictures




  • Cleopatra
  • 1934
  • Claudette Colbert stars in this Cecil B. DeMille epic based on the play by Shakespeare.   The Egyptian queen uses her charms to beguile Caesar and then one of his generals, Mark Anthony, to keep Egypt independent of Rome.

That Hamilton Woman

That Hamilton Woman
  • That Hamilton Woman
  • 1941
  • This bio-pic focuses on the affair between England’s Admiral Nelson and Lady Hamilton - a woman of ordinary circumstances who vaulted into high society as a result of her wit and beauty. Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh star.

Mrs. Miniver

Mrs. Miniver
  • Mrs. Miniver
  • 1942
  • Mrs. Miniver has a storybook life in England until World War II hits and she finds herself trying to protect her family in the midst of an air war with Germany. Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon star.

The Greatest Show on Earth

The Greatest Show on Earth
  • The Greatest Show on Earth
  • 1952
  • The Ringling Bros., Barnum & Bailey Circus serves as a receptacle for a tale of adventure, romance and treachery under the big-top.   Cecil B. DeMille directs Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde, Charlton Heston, Dorothy Lamour and Gloria Grahame.

Sunset Blvd.

Sunset Blvd.
  • Sunset Blvd.
  • 1950
  • Billy Wilder writes and directs this film noir about Hollywood. Gloria Swanson eats this role alive as a silent screen actress left behind by the 'talkies' and scheming, behind her mansion gates, how to return to the screen. William Holden plays the down-and-out playwright willing to stoke her desires.
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