Oscar Directors: King, Henry–Background, Career, Awards

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Henry King (January 24, 1886 – June 29, 1982) was an American actor and film director. Widely considered as one of the finest and most successful filmmakers of his era, King was nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Director, and directed 7 films nominated for Best Picture.

Before coming to film, King worked as an actor in various repertoire theatres and first started to take small film roles in 1912. Between 1913 and 1925, he appeared as an actor in approximately sixty films. He directed for the first time in 1915 and grew to become one of the most commercially successful Hollywood directors of the 1920s and ’30s. He was twice nominated for the Best Director Oscar. In 1944, he was awarded the first Golden Globe Award for Best Director for his film The Song of Bernadette. He worked most often with Tyrone Power and Gregory Peck and for 20th Century Fox.

Henry King was one of the 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards excellence of cinematic achievements every year, and was the last surviving founder. He directed more than 100 films in his career.

In 1955, King was awarded The George Eastman Award,[2] given by the George Eastman House for distinguished contribution to the art of film.

During World War II, King served as the deputy commander of the Civil Air Patrol coastal patrol base in Brownsville, Texas, holding the grade of captain. In his final years, he was the oldest licensed private pilot in the United States, having obtained his license in 1918.

Henry King died of a heart attack while asleep at his home.

Partial filmography
Should a Wife Forgive? (1915)
Little Mary Sunshine (1916)
Pay Dirt (1916)
Shadows and Sunshine (1916)
The Mate of the Sally Ann (1917)
Twin Kiddies (1917)
Sunshine and Gold (1917)
A Game of Wits (1917)
Told at Twilight (1917)
The Bride’s Silence (1917)
Southern Pride (1917)
Powers That Prey (1918)
Up Romance Road (1918)
Hobbs in a Hurry (1918)
Hearts or Diamonds? (1918)
Social Briars (1918)
The Locked Heart (1918)
All the World to Nothing (1918)
Where the West Begins (1919)
Brass Buttons (1919)
This Hero Stuff (1919)
A Fugitive from Matrimony (1919)
Six Feet Four (1919)
Some Liar (1919)
A Sporting Chance (1919
Haunting Shadows (1919)[4]
One Hour Before Dawn (1920)
Dice of Destiny (1920)
The White Dove (1920)
Uncharted Channels (1920)
Help Wanted – Male (1920)
When We Were 21 (1921)
The Sting of the Lash (1921)
Salvage (1921)
Tol’able David (1921)
Sonny (1922)
The Seventh Day (1922)
Fury (1923)
The Bond Boy (1923)
The White Sister (1923)
Romola (1924)
Stella Dallas (1925)
The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926)
Partners Again (1926)
The Magic Flame (1927)
The Woman Disputed (1928)
She Goes to War (1929)
Hell Harbor (1930)
The Eyes of the World (1930)
Lightnin’ (1930)
Merely Mary Ann (1931)
Over the Hill (1931)
The Woman in Room 13 (1932)
State Fair (1933)
I Loved You Wednesday (1933)
Marie Galante (1934)
One More Spring (1935)
Way Down East (1935)
The Country Doctor (1936)
Ramona (1936)
Lloyd’s of London (1936)
Seventh Heaven (1937)
In Old Chicago (1937)
Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1938)
Jesse James (1939)
Stanley and Livingstone (1939)
Little Old New York (1940)
Maryland (1940)
Chad Hanna 1940)
A Yank in the RAF (1941)
Remember the Day (1941)
The Black Swan (1942)
The Song of Bernadette (1943)
Wilson (1944)
A Bell for Adano (1945)
Margie (1946)
Captain from Castile (1947)
Deep Waters (1948)
Prince of Foxes (1949)
Twelve O’Clock High (1949)
The Gunfighter (1950)
I’d Climb the Highest Mountain (1951)
David and Bathsheba (1951)
The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952)
Wait till the Sun Shines, Nellie (1952)
King of the Khyber Rifles (1953)
Untamed (1955)
Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)
Carousel (1956)
The Sun Also Rises (1957)
The Bravados (1958)
This Earth Is Mine (1959)
Beloved Infidel (1959)
Tender Is the Night (1962)
Academy Awards
Year Award Film Result
1943 Best Director The Song of Bernadette Nominated
1944 Best Director Wilson