Joseph Henabery

Joseph Henabery (January 15, 1888 - February 18, 1976) Omaha, Nebraska, was a US film actor, screenplay writer, and director. Henabery's acting career began in The Joke on Yellentown (1914). Henabery appeared in the D. W. Griffith silent film Birth of a Nation (1915) as Abraham Lincoln. From 1914 to 1917 he appeared in seventeen films. Henabery also worked as a second-unit director on Griffith's Intolerance (1916), and supervised the filming of at least one extended sequence that appeared in the film. Throughout the rest of his career, he worked as a director. From the mid-1920s, and after professional disagreements with both Louis B. Mayer at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Adolph Zukor at Paramount Pictures, Henabery found employment as a director for smaller Hollywood studios. His career as a director of feature films ended by the late 1930s. Although Henabery's impersonation of Lincoln was a masterpiece of facial makeup, Henabery was significantly shorter than Lincoln.


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