Harry Cording

Harry Cording (26 April 1891 – 1 September 1954) was a British character actor who appeared in many Hollywood films from the 1920s to the 1950s. Due to his stocky build and imposing 6'0 height, he usually portrayed thugs and henchman to the main villain. Cording was born on April 26, 1891 in Wellington, Somerset. He was educated in England. At some point, Cording permanently settled in Los Angeles, California to America and began a film career. Cording's first role was as a henchmen in 1925's The Knockout, similar roles followed for the next few years. Cording's most notable roles were probably as a minor villain in Errol Flynn's The Adventures of Robin Hood and as Thamal, the hulking henchman to Bela Lugosi's character in 1934's The Black Cat. As a contract player at Universal in the 1940s, he turned up in tiny parts in many of their horror films, such as The Wolf Man, and also appeared in 8 of the Universal Studios Basil Rathbone/Sherlock Holmes films. In the classic 1938 A Christmas Carol he can be seen briefly in an uncredited role (like many of his parts) as a waiter to Ebenezer Scrooge.


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