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Harry Woods (actor)

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Harry Woods
Woods in The Ranger and the Lady
Harry Lewis Woods

(1889-05-05)May 5, 1889
DiedDecember 28, 1968(1968-12-28) (aged 79)
Resting placeValhalla Memorial Park Cemetery
Years active1923-1958
ChildrenCraig Woods

Harry Lewis Woods[1] (May 5, 1889 – December 28, 1968) was an American film actor.[2]

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Woods served in the military prior to becoming an actor.[1] He appeared in nearly 250 films between 1923 and 1958. During his 35-year film career he acquired a reputation as a screen villain par excellence; his imposing size, powerful build, piercing eyes and snarling voice typed him as a bad guy to be reckoned with. He seldom played ordinary henchmen, usually cast as both the brains (the banker or saloon owner who secretly runs the bandit gang terrorizing the area) and the brawn behind the local villainy. He was well respected by his peers. Another prime screen villain, Roy Barcroft, once said of him, "Everything I know about being a bad guy I learned from Harry Woods."[3] He enjoyed a long career in films before retiring in 1958, and he died in Los Angeles ten years later from uremia.

Personal life

His son, Harry Lewis Woods, Jr., followed in his footsteps and acted in the 1940s and 1950s as Craig Woods.[citation needed]

Selected filmography

Lobby card with Buck Jones and Harry Woods in The Range Feud (1931)
Lobby card with Buck Jones and Harry Woods in The Range Feud (1931)


  1. ^ a b Katchmer, George A. (2009). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland. p. 407. ISBN 978-0-7864-4693-3. Retrieved February 2, 2020.
  2. ^ Kear, Lynn; Rossman, John (2008). The Complete Kay Francis Career Record: All Film, Stage, Radio and Television Appearances. McFarland. p. 262. ISBN 9780786431984. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  3. ^ Brode, Douglas (2010). Shooting Stars of the Small Screen: Encyclopedia of TV Western Actors, 1946–Present. University of Texas Press. p. 32. ISBN 9780292783317. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
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