Henry Ainley

Stage Actor
Born Aug 21, 1879

Henry Hinchliffe Ainley was an English Shakespearean stage and screen actor. He was married three times to Susanne Sheldon, Elaine Fearon and the novelist Bettina Riddle, later Baroness von Hutten zum Stolzenberg.

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1879 Birth Born on August 21, 1879.


1902 22 Years Old He found fame in 1902 as Paolo in Paolo and Francesca. … Read More


1915 35 Years Old Ainley played Joseph Quinney in Quinneys' on stage in 1915 and on film in 1919.


1921 41 Years Old In 1921, Ainley became a member of the council of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and served as its president from 1931 to 1933. … Read More
1922 42 Years Old He appeared in A. A. Milne's The Dover Road opposite Athene Seyler in 1922 and as the Bishop of Chelsea in Bernard Shaw's Getting Married at the Haymarket Theatre.
1929 49 Years Old In 1929, he played James Fraser in St. John Ervine's The First Mrs. Fraser, a role he reprised for the film version in 1932. … Read More


…  He was also the father of Henrietta Riddle who was briefly engaged to Alistair Cooke in 1932. … Read More
1936 56 Years Old Shakespearean screen credits include Henry VIII (1911) and As You Like It, a 1936 film which also featured his son Richard and Laurence Olivier.


1945 66 Years Old Died on October 31, 1945.
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