Harry Townes Biography

Birthday: 1914-09-18
Place of Birth: Huntsville, Alabama
Wiki Biography: Harry Townes was born and died in Huntsville, Alabama, where he served as an ordained Episcopal priest. Aside from Huntsville and the priesthood, he had a distinguished, prolific, and quite long career as a character actor in movies and on television. He attended the University of Alabama in the 1930s, but moved to New York, before finishing, in order to study acting. He found his niche at Columbia University where he also received his undergraduate degree. From there, it was on to roles on stage -- his first in 1936 playing Captain Tim in "Tobacco Road". A two-year run in the part of a leprechaun in "Finian's Rainbow" came next -- a role that also took him to London. After a spattering of roles in the movies, Townes found his greatest presence on television, amassing a very large portfolio of roles for his handbag of characters. "Studio One in Hollywood" (1948), "Playhouse 90" (1956) and "Ponds Theater" (1953) all enjoyed his contributions. The more popular "Gunsmoke" (1955), "Perry Mason" (1957), "Star Trek" (1966), "Rawhide" (1959) and "Bonanza" (1959) also benefited from Townes' acting skills. Though he continued to perform occasionally into old age, he quit his Beverly Hills home and lifestyle, entered the priesthood, and settled back into his hometown of Huntsville in the 1970s.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Kraft Television Theatre Bill / ... 1947 - 1958
Kraft Television Theatre (1953) Bob Cratchit / ... 1953 - 1955
Kaiser Aluminum Hour 1956 Drama
Kraft Suspense Theatre 1963 Crime
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Screaming Mimi Dr. Greenwood 1958
The Brothers Karamazov Ippoli Kirillov 1958
Fitzwilly 1968 Comedy, Romance
The Hawaiians 1970 Drama
The Warrior And The Sorceress 1984 Action, Adventure, Fantasy